Licensing & State Laws

Are you legally allowed to drive without supervision now? Learn more about Nevada’s multi-stage licensing process.

Learner’s Permit

At age 15 1/2, you can apply for a learner’s permit in the state of Nevada. To do so, both you and your parent must visit the local DMV office, you must present proof of residency and identity, pass the vision and written tests, and have your parent/guardian sign the financial responsibility section on the application.

Anyone under the age of 18 who applies for an instruction permit, driver’s license or driver authorization card must submit a Certification of Attendance (DMV 301) form to provide the DMV with proof that he or she meets the minimum Nevada school attendance requirements. If the student obtained a permit prior to January 1, 2015, the form must be submitted at the time of the driving skills test.

With a learner’s permit, you may only drive with a licensed driver 21 years or older, with at least one year of driving experience, supervising and sitting in the front seat. You are required to practice driving for at least 50 hours, including 10 hours at night, with a parent or a legal guardian. A log must be kept of the dates and times of each practice driving session on the Nevada DMV Beginning Driver Experience Log (Form DLD-130). A parent or guardian must sign this form and submit it when applying for a minor license. During the learner’s permit stage, you must complete a driver’s education course at any public/private high school or DMV approved professional drive school. The course consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction. Schools must be specifically approved for this by the DMV.

Minor License

When you turn 16, have had a learner’s permit for at least six months, have no at-fault accidents, moving violation convictions, or any type of alcohol or drug conviction in the six months, you can apply for a minor license. You also must pass a behind-the-wheel driving test, submit your completed Beginning Driver Experience Log and have a parent or guardian sign the license application and other forms.

A teen with a minor license is allowed to drive alone, but must follow certain restrictions. You may not transport any passenger under the age of 18, except for immediate family members, for the first six months after the license is issued. Until age 18, you may not drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless traveling to or from a scheduled event such as school events or work. Law enforcement may ask for satisfactory evidence of the event. Teen drivers and all passengers are required to wear seat belts.

Full License

At age 18, you are eligible for a full unrestricted license if you have no outstanding DMV or court-ordered restrictions, suspensions, or revocations. At this time, the nighttime driving restriction no longer applies. However, AAA encourages parents to maintain their own rules.

Now is a good time to review the AAA parent-teen driving agreement. An agreement helps understand your family rules of the road.

Visit the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles for more information about the licensing process.

When your parents aren’t in the car beside you, authority figures are still watching over you. State and local government agencies keep the roads safe for everyone by enforcing traffic laws.

Police enforce life-saving traffic laws related to seat belt use, drinking and driving, teen driver’s licenses and speeding, among others. If you violate these laws, you will be punished. Breaking the law can lead to fines, license suspension and other penalties.

  • Expect to present your driver’s license, the vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
  • Always cooperate and be respectful with law enforcement, whether you’re the driver or a passenger.
  • Talk to your parent about what happened.

If you get a ticket or are in a crash, it could lead to a court appearance and many unpleasant consequences.

  • Fines
  • Suspended driving privileges
  • Driver’s license points
  • Attorney’s fees
  • Court costs
  • Insurance rate increases

The consequences of a drinking and driving offense are particularly severe for drivers under age 21. AAA encourages you to know the serious consequences of DUI offenses by knowing the law. This information is subject to periodic legislative updates. Drinking and driving can lead to:

  • 1 year without a driver’s license (under 18).
  • 3 months without a driver’s license (18 and older).
  • Up to $2,000 in fines and fees.
  • Jail sentence of at least 2 days and up to 6 months..
  • Attorney fees starting at $500.
  • Insurance could double or triple.
  • 8 hours DUI driver’s school – $200.
  • Lots of time at the DMV.
  • If a death or injury occurs while driving impaired, 2 to 20 years in prison.

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is in charge of licensing for all drivers in Nevada. The DMV keeps track of your license status and can suspend your license if you get too many tickets, don’t keep insurance on your car or commit other violations.