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How Teens Can Get a Driver’s License in Vegas

If you’re a teenager and you live in Las Vegas, there are several steps to complete before getting your drivers license, according to the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. Here’s a snapshot from the Nevada DMV of what you need to know before you can legally drive on your own.

Step 1: Driver’s Education

When you turn 15, you can apply through the Nevada DMV for a state-approved driver’s education course. You must complete and pass the course before you can apply for an instruction/learner’s permit, and must be at least 15 1/2 years old.  A driver’s education course can be taken either online or in person. A list of accredited institutions offering courses is available at the DMV website. After passing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. The DMV can accept out-of-state driver’s education classes, as long as the instructor completes an Affidavit of Completion of Out-of-State Driver Education Course (Form DP-289) that shows the curriculum meeting or exceeding Nevada’s standards.

Additional Rules for Applying for a License

All documents (applications, Social Security card, etc.) submitted to the DMV for permit and license applications must be originals or certified copies issued in the United States, except for foreign passports. All documents must be valid and unexpired (photocopies are not accepted). For the vision test, the minimum level of acceptable vision is 20/40 in one eye. If you don’t have perfect vision, you must wear glasses or contact lenses to meet the standard and a “Restriction A” will be placed on the permit or license. If you fail the written or driving exam, you must return to the DMV for a retake. When failing the driving test, the examiner will explain why and instruct you on how to retake the exam, however, he or she can impose a 30-day time limit. There is a $10 retest fee.

Step 2: Getting Your Instruction Permit/Learner’s Permit

To apply for an instruction/learner’s permit, you need to submit a completed application, a financial responsibility statement from your parents, a minor affidavit and information sheet (DLD-38), proof of identity and proof of a Social Security number. In terms of fees, there is a non-refundable $22.25 licensing fee and a $25 testing fee when you apply. After passing the vision and written tests, you will be issued a Nevada instruction/learner’s permit. The permit will be mailed to your home within 10 business days. The holder of the permit is only allowed to drive while supervised by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and has been driving for at least one year.

Step 3: Behind-the-Wheel Requirements to Get a Provisional/Restricted License

Before you can apply for a provisional/restricted driver’s license, you must have had an instruction/learner’s permit for at least six months. You’re also required to complete 50 hours of supervised driving with someone who is at least 21 years old and has held a driver’s license for at least a year, including 10 hours of night driving. In addition, you must either complete a driver’s education course or, if there’s not a classroom within 30 miles of your home, you must complete 100 hours of supervised driving experience, which includes 10 hours of night driving. To apply for your provisional license, you must have a clean driving record with no accidents, no convictions on moving violations and no alcohol or drug convictions — all within six months of your application. After completing the requirements and passing your driving test, you will be issued a Nevada temporary license on the same day while you’re at the DMV. A provisional license will be mailed to your home within 10 business days. For the first six months, holders of a provisional license may not transport any passenger under 18, except an immediate family member, and may not drive between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless traveling to or from school or work.

Step 4: Getting an Unrestricted Driver’s License

After six months of driving with a provisional/restricted license, you can apply for a full, unrestricted driver’s license. You must be at least 16 1/2 years old. Although there are a lot of steps to take when learning to drive, the end result of having a driver’s license is worth it.

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