What You Should Know About the Nevada Graduated Driver’s License System

What You Should Know About the Nevada Graduated Driver’s License System

All new drivers must be licensed through the three-stage GDL Program. This program allows teens to get the additional road experience they need to build safe, and defensive, skills.

Teens under age 18 must take driver’s education to get their license. This requirement may be waived if there is no instruction course within 30 miles of their residence. Teens must also submit a Certificate of Attendance from their school to the DMV to prove they are not truant.

At age 15-and-six-months, teens can apply for their Learner’s Permit. They will need proof their name, age, address, and social security number to apply and will need to pass the vision and knowledge test to get the permit.

The teen will hold the permit for at least six months during which time they are to accumulate at least 50 hours of driving experience, with ten of those hours being driven at night. If a driver’s education course is not available to the teen, they will need 100 hours of driving experience. For the entire time they have the permit, they must be accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 or older who has held their license for at least 12 months. This “driving supervisor” must be in the front seat beside the new driver at all times. The DMV will require a log of the dates and times of supervised driving.

When the new driver reaches 16 years old, they can apply for a restricted, provisional license, provided –

  • They have held the permit for at least six months
  • They were not at fault for any accidents, and
  • They have no moving violations, and
  • They have no drug or alcohol convictions

The driver will need to show their Learner’s Permit, driver’s ed certification, a log of required driving experience, and have their parent or guardian with them, as well as a vehicle with a valid registration and insurance coverage.

While holding the restricted license, drivers are forbidden from –

  • Using a hand-held wireless communication device
  • Carrying passengers under the age of 18, unless they are immediate family, for the first six months
  • Driving between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless it is for work or school

At age 18, the new driver is eligible for full driving privileges.

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