Nevada DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • Applying for Your NV License
  • Preparing for the NV Permit Test
  • Taking the NV Permit Test
  • Preparing for the NV Driving Test
  • Taking the NV Driving Test
  • Renewing Your NE License
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Applying for Your NV License: Frequently Asked Questions

What are the age requirements for getting started?

Nevada has instituted a series of steps that teen drivers must complete in order to receive their unrestricted driver’s license. Those steps and their age requirements are:

  • Driver’s education – 15 years old
  • Learner’s Permit – 15 1/2 years old
  • Restricted Driver’s License – 16 years old
  • Unrestricted Driver’s License – Must hold Restricted Driver’s License for 6 months

What documents am I required to bring with me when applying for a license in Nevada?

When applying for your Learner’s Permit, you must submit the following at your local Nevada driver’s license office:

  • Proof of identity and address – acceptable documents
  • Social Security Number
  • Form DMV-002 (Driver’s License Application)
  • Form DMV 301 – Certification of Attendance
  • $23.25 licensing fee
  • $25 testing fee

Where do I file my NV driver’s license application?

You will file your application at a local DMV office.

How can I contact my local office?

Visit https://dmvnv.com/locat.htm to find office locations and contact information.

Do I have to take a Driver’s Ed Course?

Yes, teen drivers in Nevada are required to complete a driver’s education course.

What if I am new to Nevada?

If you are transferring an out-of-state Learner’s Permit or Provisional License you may need to complete driver’s ed (some Nevada counties are exempt from this requirement) contact your local DMV office for information.

If you are transferring a valid out-of-state driver’s license you have 30 days to do so. Visit your local DMV office with proper identification.

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Preparing for the NV Permit Test: Frequently Asked Questions

What subjects are commonly covered on the written test?

The Nevada written knowledge test is designed to assess your understanding of highway signs and markings, traffic laws and safe driving practices. Test questions are drawn from the state Driver’s Manual. Here are examples of content from the manual that you may be tested on:

  • If you are stopped at a railroad crossing where there is more than one set of tracks, wait until you have a clear view in both directions before you start across.
  • When passing a cyclist, a motorist must move into the lane to the left if more than one lane for traffic in the same direction exists and doing so is reasonably safe

How is the test formatted?

The test is multiple choice and can be given either on automated testing equipment or as a paper test.

Are there a lot of “trick” questions on the written test?

No, questions are taken from the driver’s manual and are meant to gauge your knowledge of state driving rules and safe driving practices. There are not questions that are meant to trick you into giving a wrong answer. Study the driver’s manual extensively and you should be prepared for the test.

How many questions are on the test and how many do I need to answer correctly to pass?

There are 50 questions on the test and you must answer at least 40 of them correctly to pass.

What are the best ways to prepare for the written test?

Take practice tests to assess your knowledge level and then study the Nevada Driver’s Manual to sure up weak areas and ensure you have the understanding of road signs, traffic laws and safe driving methods to pass.

Where can I get a free Nevada Driver’s Manual to study?

We offer the Nevada Driver’s Manual for free here on this website.

How can I improve my odds for passing the first time I take the test?

Try to memorize numerical information, such as measurements, distances, lengths, speed limits and more as this information is often tested for on the exam. You should also study the driver’s manual thoroughly and take practice tests to identify any weak areas and further direct your studies.

What should I do the night before the test?

Do a general review of the driver’s manual, take a practice test and be sure to get a good night’s sleep as these things will help you be at your best on test day. Also, give yourself plenty of time to get to the test and be sure to eat a good meal for energy. Remember, stay calm. If you have been studying regularly you should be able to pass with flying colors.

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Taking the NV Permit Test: Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to make an appointment to take the written test?

Contact your local DMV office to find out if appointments are accepted and, if they are, it is recommended that you make one to save yourself possible hassles on test day.

Where do I take the written test?

You will take the test at the local DMV office.

What do I need to bring when I sit for the written test?

You should bring:

  • Proof of identity and address – acceptable documents
  • Social Security Number
  • Form DMV-002 (Driver’s License Application)
  • Form DMV 301 – Certification of Attendance
  • $23.25 licensing fee
  • $25 testing fee

Who should accompany me to the written test?

A parent or legal guardian should accompany you.

Do I need to pay a fee to take the written test?

Yes, you will need to pay a $23.25 licensing fee and a $25 testing fee.

What should I expect when I sit for the written test?

The test will have 50 questions covering road signs, traffic laws and safe driving practices and will be given via automated testing equipment or on paper. You will need to answer at least 40 questions correctly and you cannot use any notes or the driver’s manual when taking the test.
Here is a practice test formatted like the real Nevada test.

What happens after I pass the written test?

You will receive your Learner’s Permit (LPE) which will allow you to begin supervised driving practice.

What happens if I fail the written test?

If you fail the written test, you will be allowed to retake it.

Will I have to pay the test fee again?

You will not have to pay the $25 testing fee, but you will have to pay a $10 fee each time you retake the test.

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Preparing for the NV Driving Test: Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve passed the written permit test, what are the next steps?

You can now being supervised driving practice. You need to log 50 hours of behind the wheel training, with at least 10 of those hours coming at night. Your driving supervisor must be at least 21 years old with at least one year of driving experience.

How long after getting my Learner’s Permit can I apply for a license?

To apply for a license, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have held your Learner’s Permit for six months
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Have completed 50 hours of supervised driving practice
  • Have completed driver’s ed (or 100 hours of driving practice if driver’s ed is not available)
  • Have a clean driving record

Can I drive anywhere in Nevada with my Learner’s Permit?

As long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 or older with at least one year of driving experience, you can drive on any public Nevada road or street.

Should I practice driving solely during the day?

No, as a teen driver in Nevada you are required to log at least 10 hours of driving practice at night.

Does anyone have to be in the car with me when I’m driving with my Learner’s Permit?

Yes, you must be accompanied at all times by a licensed driver age 21 or older with at least one year of driving experience.

What should I do if I have a lost Nevada Learner’s Permit?

You can get a replacement in person at your local DMV office. You will need to provide identification.

How can I be sure I’m prepared to ace the driving test?

Be sure to log the 50 hours of driving practice with a supervisor who is a good driver and who offer you suggestions and critiques that will help you improve. Also, be sure to drive in a variety of conditions, such as at night and in rain. Finally, continue to study your driver’s manual and apply the safe driving methods to your own driving.

Are there particular driving maneuvers I should practice?

On your Nevada driving test, you will be assessed on such things as preparing to drive, vehicle control, entering traffic, lane use, speed control, turns, parallel/angle parking, backing up, stopping, passing and attention to traffic situations.

How can I simulate the driving test?

You should practice completing maneuvers such as turns, parallel/angle parking, backing up and stopping. You should also practice driving in traffic where you will need to use defensive driving skills, control your speed and obey traffic signals and signs. Practicing both of these types of driving will give you a solid foundation you can rely on to pass the test.

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Taking the NV Driving Test: Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule my driving test?

Visit https://dmvapp.nv.gov/DMV/DL/DriveTestSchedulerPublic/DriveTest_Input.aspx to access Nevada’s automated driving test scheduling system.

Where do I take the driving test?

You will take the test at a local DMV office

What should I bring to the driving test?

  • Driver’s ed completion certificate
  • Beginning Driver Experience Log
  • Learner’s Permit
  • Proof of identity
  • A well-conditioned vehicle with vehicle registration and proof of insurance

Who should bring me to the driving test?

A parent or legal guardian should bring you.

What will I be asked to do on the driving test?

The Nevada driver’s test requires you to show proficiency at, among other things: preparing to drive, vehicle control, entering traffic, lane use, speed control, turns, parallel/angle parking, backing up, stopping, passing and attention to traffic situations. During the test, you will need to complete a maneuver course and drive in traffic.

What are the most common reasons new drivers fail the driving test?

Not paying attention to the examiner is often a big reason young drivers fail. Also, a lack of practice can cause you to make a series of small mistakes that add up to a failing score.

What are five mistakes I should be sure to avoid when taking the driving test?

  • Using improper hand position on the steering wheel
  • Not coming to a complete stop
  • Not backing up in a straight line
  • Going over the speed limit
  • Not signaling when making a turn

What happens if I fail the driving test?

You will be allowed to retake the driving test.

Will I need to pay the testing fee again?

You will need to pay a $10 fee each time you retake the test.

I’ve passed the road test, now what?

You will receive your Nevada restricted driver’s license.

What restrictions come with a Nevada license?

  • You cannot have a passenger under 18 years old accept for immediate family members for the first six months
  • If you are under 18, you cannot drive between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless going to/from work or school
  • You must also obey local curfew laws

What are the insurance requirements for drivers in Nevada?

All drivers must carry insurance. The state’s minimum liability requirements are $15,000 for bodily injury or death of one person; $30,000 for bodily injury or death of two or more persons; and $10,000 for destruction of property.

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Renewing Your NE License: Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to renew my license or replace a lost/stolen license?

You must renew by the expiration date on the front of your driver’s license. A renewal notice will be mailed to your add on file but it is ultimately your responsibility to renew on or before your expiration date.

You can get a replacement in person at your local DMV office. You will need to provide identification and pay a fee of $18.25. You may also be able to replace your license online or at a DMV kiosk.

Where can I renew my Nevada driver’s license?

You can renew your Nevada license online, at a kiosk, by mail or in person at a local DMV office.

Will I be required to take a vision test when renewing my license?

You may be required to pass a vision test, a knowledge test and an on-road driving skills test. Renewal testing is used to re-evaluate driving knowledge, skills and abilities and to determine appropriate restrictions.

During the vision test, your vision will be checked to make sure you meet the minimum vision standards. If you need glasses or contact lenses to drive, a restriction will be placed on your driver’s license.


The Nevada DMV Test —What You Need to Know

Does the process of getting your Nevada driver’s license leave you feeling a bit lost?  Not to worry, we’ve worked hard to create study tools to make becoming a licensed driver a quick and simple process.  A learner’s permit is an important milestone towards your full driver’s license. A permit represents your first real taste of freedom and independence.   But before you can enjoy your new-found freedom and hit the road, the Nevada DMV requires you to pass a written test.

The NV DMV requires that all learner’s permit applicants first pass a written knowledge test. More commonly known as the permit test, this multiple-choice test contains 50 questions and covers important rules of the road, Nevada motor vehicle laws, road signs, and safe driving rules.  You will need to answer at least 80%  of the questions correctly to pass.

Prepare the Smart Way with NV DMV Practice Permit Tests

Too many people incorrectly assume they don’t need to prepare for the test.  These are the same people who end up leaving the Nevada DMV office empty-handed.  In fact, statistics report that over half of all applicants fail the exam every year!

We don’t want to see you join that unlucky group, so we’ve put together a powerful collection of study materials designed to help you begin preparing for the Nevada permit test and give you the best possible chance for success.

Our free Nevada practice permit test is an invaluable test prep tool. Our interactive practice tests have been designed to help you become familiar with the format of the real test while testing your knowledge of the Nevada Driver’s Handbook.  Each practice test question includes valuable feedback while introducing you to the same multiple-choice format found on the actual test.