Nevada Teen License: A Step-by-Step Guide

Nevada, unlike other states, doesn’t use the traditional graduated licensing program.

The traditional program goes as so:

  • Learner’s permit
  • Provisional license
  • Adult (unrestricted) license

Instead, Nevada places extra requirements for new drivers including extensive behind-the-wheel experience, driver’s education course completion, and longer holding period.

For this reason, the state does not use a provisional license.

Instead, Nevada issues a restricted license that is almost identical to an unrestricted (adult) license. The restricted license does have a few restrictions.

Restricted License Restrictions

Restrictions with the restricted license include:

  • No passengers under 18 except for immediate family for the first 6 months
  • If under 18: No driving between 10 PM and 5 AM unless for work/school

There are also restrictions for where you can drive. For example, you cannot drive the Las Vegas strip past 9 PM unless with adult supervision. You cannot in Reno Downtown past 9 PM, either, unless with supervision.

Weekends allow you to drive later in both locations — up to 12 AM.

What’s Next? The Unrestricted License

A new Nevada driver will get their learner’s permit and hold it until they turn 16 and have held it for 6 months. After they meet other requirements (detailed in our guide), their license will upgrade to the restricted license.

Patience and following road rules eventually turn the restricted into an unrestricted.

Want to learn how that’s done? See our NV Adult Licensing Guide for the details.