Nevada Permit Requirements

Applicants should understand the Nevada Division of Motor Vehicle instruction permit requirements when applying for a teen permit.  Make sure you have the met the DMV requirements and that you have the necessary documents ready.

Getting a driver instruction permit in Nevada is a fairly simple, but you need to make sure you follow all the procedures and familiarize yourself with the pertinent regulations.   Applicants must be at least 15 ½ years old to apply, but you do not need to have prior driving experience.

Nevada Documentation and Paperwork for Permit

You will need to have the following items with you at the DMV on the day of your application:

  • Proof of your identity, such as an original birth certificate issued by the United States, and your Social Security Card. Other forms of identification are also acceptable as long as they attest to both your identity and your Social Security number. You will not be required to prove the address of your residence.
  • A completed application form http://www.dmvnv.com/pdfforms/dmv002.pdf and a completed Minor Affidavit & Information Sheet. http://www.dmvnv.com/pdfforms/dld38.pdf  Keep in mind that both the application form and the Minor Affidavit must be signed by both you and your parent in front of an authorized DMV representative.   A parent or guardian must sign the  statement to show that they accept financial responsibility for the young driver.
  • Money to cover the permit fee ($22.50) and the testing fee ($25)

If they find everything in order and you successfully pass the knowledge and vision tests, the DMV will issue a temporary permit for your use and send the actual permit to your mailing address within 10 business days.

Nevada Permit Testing Details

The last step to receive a permit is to pass the written knowledge test.  The test covers information from the Handbook, including driving safety, driving rules, sharing the road with other travelers and your knowledge of driving conditions. In order to pass the knowledge test, you must answer at least 40 of the 50 multiple-choice questions correctly, as the passing score is 80 percent.

Nevada Permit Rules and Restrictions

The permit authorizes you to drive your vehicle when someone who is at least 21 years old and a licensed driver with a minimum of one year of driving experience is sitting beside you. Nevada instruction permits are valid for one year.

Nevada Requirements for a Driver’s License

You must maintain your instruction permit for at least six months with no violations or accidents before you can apply for a driver’s license.  Applicants will take a driving skills test, must have taken a driver education course, and must also have completed the compulsory hours of driving experience. The 50 hours of supervised practice driving, with at least 10 of those hours at night, can be logged here. http://www.dmvnv.com/pdfforms/dld130.pdf   You can either take a locally offered or online driver’s education course at a DMV approved school. Drivers who have no access to a local course and prefer to opt out of online education can also elect to complete 100 hours of supervised driving, of which 10 hours have to take place at night.

With the license, you are not allowed to have anyone 18 years old or younger as a passenger in the vehicle with you, unless they are immediate family members, for the first 6 months.  With the exception of going to school or work, you must also follow a curfew restricting driving between 10 p.m. at night and 5 a.m. in the morning. When driving, you cannot have a 0.02 percent or greater alcohol level in your blood, and you are not allowed to drive while under the influence of any controlled substances.