This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Nevada
To legally begin practicing driving, you must obtain a Nevada instruction permit. The requirements to get your permit vary slightly for Nevada residents younger than and older than 18. You can apply as soon as you turn15 ½ years old by following the steps below.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
When applying for an instruction permit, you must pass a knowledge test at Nevada DMV office. Before you apply, prepare for the exam by taking multiple online practice permit tests. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual NV written permit exam.
In addition to passing some practice tests, thoroughly study the Nevada Driver Handbook until you feel prepared enough to breeze through the actual Department of Motor Vehicles instruction permit test.
B) Gather Required Documents and Permit Fees
Make sure you have the following in check for your visit to the Nevada DMV office to take your vision and knowledge tests. If you are younger than 18, check out the Minor Affidavit and Information Sheet for even more details.
- A Nevada street address
- Acceptable proof of your identity; for teens younger than 18, this usually means a certified U.S.-issued birth certificate and your Social Security card
- Your completed application (with parent/guardian signature in the financial responsibility section if you are younger than 18)
- Required licensing and testing fees*
*The state will charge you a testing fee prior to taking the written test. This fee covers both your written test and the initial skills test. If you fail a test, you must pay an additional fee for any retakes.
C) Take the Nevada Written Permit Test
With the above requirements in hand, go to a nearby DMV office to apply in person and take your required vision and knowledge tests. You must have 20/40 vision in one eye, and correctly answer 80% of the 50 multiple-choice questions on your knowledge test to pass both exams.
After you pass both and have your picture taken, you’ll receive an interim paper that certifies your driving privilege. You should receive your actual instruction permit in the mail within ten business days.