Applying for a Teen License in Nevada
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for the issuance of driver’s licenses to all eligible NV residents.
Teen drivers younger than 18 years old must follow rules and meet specific requirements, such as driver’s education and supervised driving practice. For specific details about driver education, please read our page about Driver’s Ed in Nevada.
New to Nevada?
The Nevada DMV requires you to apply for a driver's license within 30 days of moving to the state. You must be a resident and provide a Nevada street address.
To obtain your NV driver’s license, visit your local DMV office and:
If transferring your out-of-state learner’s permit or provisional driver’s license, you must also complete a Driver’s Ed course (unless your Nevada county is exempt).
The DMV will mail your NV driver’s license or learner’s permit within 10 days after you apply.
The NV DMV accepts out-of-state drivers education classes. Your instructor must complete an Affidavit of Completion of Out-of-State Driver Education Course (Form DP-289), which shows the curriculum meets or exceeds Nevada's standards.
NV Teen Driver’s License Process
In Nevada, if you’re younger than 18 years old you must complete each of the following stages in order to obtain your first driver’s license:
- Driver’s education.
- Instruction permit.
- Restricted driver’s license.
- Full, unrestricted driver’s license.
The Nevada DMV has implemented these steps to ensure you are fully educated and trained before you drive unsupervised on the roads.
- Driver’s education: 15 years old.
- Instruction permit: 15 1/2 years old.
- Restricted driver’s license: 16 years old.
- Unrestricted driver’s license: After holding a restricted driver’s license for 6 months.
Nevada Learner’s Permit
You must be at least 15 1/2 years old to apply for your Nevada instruction permit. Be sure to take some time to study the NV driver’s manual and get ready for the written test.
To apply for your learner’s permit in Nevada, you must visit a local NV driver license office and:
You will be issued a Nevada temporary permit in person. The NV DMV will mail your actual instruction permit within 10 business days.
Learner’s Permit Restrictions and Behind-the-Wheel Practice
Your instruction permit allows you to drive ONLY while supervised by a licensed driver who:
- Is at least 21 years old.
- Has been driving for at least 1 year.
Before you can apply for your restricted driver’s license, you must:
- Be at least 16 years old.
- Complete 50 hours of driving practice, including 10 hours at night.
- Complete a driver’s education course OR complete 100 hours of driving practice, including 10 hours at night.
- Only if Driver’s Ed is not available in your area.
- Have held your instruction permit for a minimum of 6 months.
- Have a clear driving record, including:
- NO accidents where you’re at fault.
- NO convictions (moving violations).
- NO alcohol or drug convictions.
Nevada Driver’s License
Before you can apply for your Nevada driver’s license, you must:
- Be 16 years old.
- Have held your instruction permit for at least 6 months.
- Complete 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience (10 hours at night).
- Successfully complete driver’s education.
NOTE: If driver education is not offered within 30 miles of your home, you must complete 100 hours of supervised driving experience (10 hours at night). Keep in mind you must keep a log of the dates and times you practiced driving.
You must visit your local driver’s license office and bring:
- Your parent/guardian to sign a financial responsibility statement and affidavit.
- Your Driver’s Ed certificate of completion or high school transcript.
- A completed Beginning Driver Experience Log (Form DLD130).
- Your NV learner’s permit.
- Proof of your identity.
- A properly insured and registered vehicle.
You’ll be required to take a road test. Once you pass, you will need to return to the Nevada DMV to get your driver’s license. The fee will be $3.25. The DMV will mail your license within 10 business days.
Driver’s License Restrictions
During the first 6 months of your driver’s license, you may not transport any passenger under 18 years old except immediate family.
If you’re under 18 years old, you may not drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless traveling to or from school or work.
You must also obey your local curfew laws:
- Las Vegas Strip and Downtown: 9 p.m., unless under adult supervision.
- Elsewhere in Las Vegas:
- 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday.
- 12 a.m. on Friday to Saturday.
- Reno Downtown Gaming District: 9 p.m., unless under adult supervision.
- Elsewhere in Reno: 12 a.m. all weekdays
NOTE: Nevada enforces a 0.02% blood alcohol limit for drivers under 21 years old.