Getting your Learner’s Permit in Nevada

Quick Guide

If you start at the age of 15

  1. Take your drivers ed course (Aceable)
  2. Take the written Nevada Learner’s Permit test
  3. Complete your behind the wheels hours
  4. Take your Nevada Driver’s license test

If you start after 15 ½

  1. Take your written Nevada Learner’s Permit test (take drivers ed first if you would like to prepare for the test)
  2. Take your drivers education course
  3. Complete your behind the wheels hours (which can be concurrent with your drivers education course)
  4. Take your Nevada Driver’s license test

The first step to getting your Nevada Learner’s/Instruction permit is to complete drivers education. Almost all beginning drivers in Nevada under 18 must take a driver education course, which you can start at the age of 15. You have three options for your drivers education:

  • Attend a classroom course and complete 50 hours behind the wheel
  • Complete a super cool online driver’s ed course (Aceable, duh) and complete 50 hours behind the wheel
  • If you are over 30 miles from where a in classroom course is offered and you don’t want to complete an online course. You can complete 100 hours behind the wheel.

The Behind the wheel hours must be complete with a supervising driver who is 21 years old or older and who has held a driver’s license for at least 1 year. They must sit in the passenger seat. You can only start on your behind the wheel’s hours once you have your permit.

Nevada Learner’s Permit Requirements

To apply to get your Nevada (NV) learner’s permit you have to be 15 ½ years old or older. If you of age, you will have to apply for your Nevada learner’s permit in person at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office and you will need to bring the following to the NV DMV:

    • Proof of your identity and social security number, with the following documents
      • Proof of Identity if Born in US
        • State-issued birth certificate (original or certified copy)
        • Valid, unexpired United States Passport or United States Passport Card
        • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
        • Out-of-state driver’s license, instruction permit, or identification card that contains a Real ID marking approved by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
      • Proof of identity if born outside of US (Citizen)
        • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550)
        • Certificate of Citizenship (N-600)
      • Proof of Identity if Permanent Resident
        • Permanent Resident Card (I-551). If the card is expired, you must also present a Notice of Action (I-797) showing an approved extension.
        • Valid, unexpired foreign passport or I-94 stamped “Processed for I-551.”
      • Proof of Identity if Limited-Term resident
        • Unexpired Employment Authorization Card (I-766)
        • Valid, unexpired Foreign Passport with an unexpired U.S. Visa and an I-94 form. If the I-94 is expired, you must also present a Notice of Action (I-797) showing an approved extension.
      • Proof of Social Security Number
        • Social Security Card
        • W-2
        • IRS Form 1099
        • Paystub
      • You will also need a Certificate of Attendance (form DMV 301) if you are under 18. This form will need to be filled out in part by your school and is only valid for 60 days!
      • You will also need to submit a completed Driver’s license, Drivers Authorization card, or Identification card Application (Form DMV 002). You can fill the form out online then print it and bring it to the Nevada DMV office.
        • Your parents or guardian will need to the financial responsibility section on the Driver’s license, Drivers Authorization card, or Identification card Application.
      • You will need to pass a vision test
        • The minimum level to pass the vision test is 20/40 in one eye.
        • If a driver must wear glasses or contact lenses then they will get a restriction B on their license or permit.
      • You will also need to pass a written permit test sometimes called a knowledge test or knowledge exam 
        • The knowledge test contains 50 multiple-choice questions out of the Nevada Driver’s Handbook. We highly recommend you read over the Nevada Driver Handbook to not only prepare for the knowledge test but also to understand Nevada Traffic law for once you have your Learner’s license and begin your behind-the-wheel training.
        • The passing score is 80%
      • You will also need to pay $23.23 licensing fee and a $26 testing fee

After you have your driver’s permit you can start your behind the wheel hours. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires that you keep a written log of your driving hours using the Beginning Driver Experience log (Form DLD130)

You are then eligible for your Nevada Driver’s License once you have done the following

      • Met your Driver education requirement (Either taking a Driver’s ed course or completing 100 hours of driving hours if eligible)
      • Complete 50 hours of driving practice, which includes 10 hours of driving practice at night
      • Hold your learner’s permit for at least 6 months

    Getting you NV driver license is a huge accomplishment and we here at Aceable wish you the best of luck along your journey from driver’s education, getting your instruction permit, taking your road test and finally getting your Nevada Drivers license.