Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Nevada

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SUMMARY: How to Apply for a Nevada Driver's License

You must apply in person at a DMV office for a Nevada driver's license. You will need to pass a vision exam, written knowledge test, and driving test (if you've never been licensed before). You'll also need to provide documents to prove your identity and NV address, and pay the required fees.

Continue reading this page to learn how to apply for a driver's license from the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

NOTE: If you're younger than 18 years old, please follow the instructions on our Applying for a Teen License page. If you need a commercial driver's license, see our Applying for a New CDL page.

New to Nevada?

If you're new to Nevada, you must transfer your out-of-state driver's license within 30 days of becoming a resident.

NOTE: You do not need to obtain a NV driver's license if you are only temporarily in the state (i.e., visitors, students).

To transfer your out-of-state driver's license, visit a Nevada DMV office and:

  • Submit a completed Application for Driving Privileges or ID Card (Form DMV-002).
  • Show proof of your identity, such as your:
    • Birth certificate.
    • Citizenship certificate.
    • Foreign passport and I-94.
  • Show proof of your Social Security number (SSN), such as your:
    • Social Security card.
    • W-2 form.
    • Pay stub.
  • Show 2 documents proving your NV residency, (must be certified or originals dated within the last 60 days):
    • Rent receipt.
    • Bank statement.
    • Tax records.
  • Show proof of your name change (if applicable), such as your:
    • Marriage certificate.
    • Court order.
    • Divorce decree.
  • Surrender your current out-of-state driver's license or ID card.
  • Pass the vision test.
  • Pass the written knowledge exam (under 21 years old or if required). (See the NV DMV website for more information.)
  • Pay the required fees.

A complete list of required documents can be found on the Nevada DMV website.

NOTE: If you have a driver's license from another country or from a U.S. territory, you MUST pass the following tests to obtain your NV driver's license:

  • Vision.
  • Written.
  • Driving.

The NV DMV will mail you your driver's license within 10 days. You will receive a temporary driver's license to use while you wait.

Types of Driver's Licenses in Nevada

The Nevada DMV offers different types of driver's licenses, depending on the type of vehicle you will be driving:

Apply for a Driver's License

Before you can take your driving test and obtain your full driver's license in Nevada, you must first apply for an instruction permit. Visit your local NV DMV office and:

  • Provide proof of your identity, such as your:
    • Birth certificate.
    • Passport.
    • Permanent resident card.
  • Provide 2 documents proving your NV residency (must be certified or original documents dated within the last 60 days), such as:
    • Tax records.
    • Mortgage documents.
    • Bank statement.
  • Complete an Application for Driving Privileges or ID Card (Form DMV-002).
  • Pass a vision exam.
  • Pass a knowledge exam.
  • Have your photo taken.
  • Pay the required fees.

With your instruction permit, you will be allowed to practice driving with a licensed driver who:

  • Is at least 21 years old.
  • Has been driving for at least 1 year.

When you're ready to take the driving skills test, make an appointment with the NV DMV. You will need to provide your:

  • SSN.
  • Instruction permit number.

Once you've passed your driving test, your driver's license will be mailed to you within 10 days.

NOTE: Depending on the documents you present as proof of your identity, you will be issued either a:

  • REAL ID driver's license.
  • Standard driver's license.
  • Driver Authorization Card (cannot be used for identification purposes).

DMV Written and Driving Tests

Before you will be issued a driver's license, you must pass both a written test and driving test.

Written Knowledge Exam

You will be given 50 questions (multiple choice) as part of the written test. To pass, you must get at least 80% correct.

Pass The Written Test On Your First Try

The Nevada DMV provides a basic practice quiz to help you prepare for the written exam. We also suggest you try an online practice test from our certified partner.

Driving Exam

You will need to provide your own properly registered and insured vehicle for your road skills exam. It doesn't have to be registered in your name, but it must not be a rental car.

NOTE: Driving tests are not offered at all NV DMV office locations.

You will be tested on your ability to control the vehicle safely. You may be asked to demonstrate that you can:

  • Use your signals properly when approaching a turn.
  • Make safe lane changes.
  • Stop and start your vehicle.
  • Drive up and down a hill.

Fees for a NV Driver's License

The fee for your driver's license will depend on your age and length of validity of your card. Your card may be valid for 8 years or 4 years.

  • Younger than 65 years old: $42.25.
  • 65 years old and older: $17.25 (valid for 4 years).
  • Driver Authorization Card: $22.25.
  • Written and driving test: $25.
    • Re-test: $10.

Accepted Payment Methods

The Nevada DMV accepts payment by:

  • Cash.
  • Check.
  • Money order.
  • Debit card.
  • Credit card.

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