Nevada Driving Test Tips
As of January 13, 2020, Nevada driving test takers do not have to worry about parallel parking. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) eliminated parallel parking from driving tests in an effort to reduce repeat visits. This may be good news to anyone planning on taking the exam.
Kevin Malone, a spokesman from the DMV said, “Testing of the parking skills needed is met by the requirements of entering, and backing out of, a perpendicular parking space and by other vehicle control requirements.” California, Colorado, and Florida also removed parallel parking from their driving skills exams.
Although you no longer have to worry about parallel parking, there are other portions of the exam that might trip you up. Here are some Nevada driving test tips if you are planning on taking the exam soon.
Appointments and Fees
The first step on your road to obtaining a Nevada driver’s license is to set up the right appointments. Be sure to check online for Nevada driving test appointments so you don’t have to wait in unnecessary lines.
The knowledge test, also known as the written exam, tests a potential Nevada driver’s familiarity with state and national laws of the road. The exam consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. You must get an 80% or above in order to pass.
New drivers who have never gotten a driver’s license must pass the exam to obtain an instruction permit for a Class C, non-commercial license. The Permit Fee is $23.25.
The DMV will conduct a vision test, which focuses on visual acuity and peripheral vision. You must pass a minimum vision standard of 20/40 in one eye. You can also have an eye exam performed by your doctor or optometrist and submit an Eye Examination Certificate.
The skills test is also known as the driving test or road test. In order to take the skills test, you must pass the knowledge test and obtain a learner’s permit for Class C, non-commercial license.
Prior to the exam, the examiner will perform a safety inspection on your vehicle. They will check your car registration and insurance before moving forward with the test. Although you don’t have to use your own vehicle, you cannot use a rental car.
Test Fee: $26 for knowledge test fee and initial skills test fee. $11 test fee for retesting.
License Fee: $42.25 (for an 8-year license).
Who Needs a Driving Test?
- Beginning drivers. Those who have never obtained a driver’s license before must take the vision, knowledge, and skills test.
- New drivers to the U.S. Drivers who have never been licensed in the U.S. must take the vision, written, and driving test.
- Residents new to Nevada. Those drivers licensed in another jurisdiction applying for a Nevada license for the first time only have to take the vision and knowledge test. If they have license restrictions that require a driver’s test, or they have a foreign license, they will need to take the skills test.
- Expired license holders. If your license has been expired for more than four years, then you need to take the vision, knowledge, and skills test.
- Drivers reinstating their license. If you’ve had your license suspended, revoked, denied, or canceled for more than a year, you need to take a vision, knowledge, and skills test. If you’ve had more than six moving violations in the last four years, you will need to take the vision, written, and driving exam. If you were at fault in a car crash during the 1-year period before reinstatement, you will also need to take all three exams.
- Someone making a change to an existing Nevada license. If you have a driver’s license but want to add or remove certain restrictions you must take the vision, knowledge, and skills test. If you want to add a Class M motorcycle license, you will have to take all three exams. Or if you want to change from a Class C to a Class B or A (commercial), you must also take all three exams.
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Tips for the Nevada Driving Test
The Nevada driving test can bring up some nerves if you’re a new driver. Even seasoned drivers who need to take the Nevada road exam can get cold feet. You might be wondering how to pass the Nevada driving test. Here are some guidelines to help you prepare for the Nevada driving exam.
The day before your exam, thoroughly inspect the vehicle you will be using. Make sure there are no issues that could get in the way of you taking the exam. When you arrive at the DMV, the examiner will conduct their own vehicle inspection. Make sure you’re driving a car that is up to legal standards before you attempt the test.
Double check that all vehicle lights work: brake lights, head lights, reverse lights, hazard lights, and turn signals. Make sure your horn works.
Familiarize yourself with all the buttons, levers, and instruments. For example, understand how to turn the AC, the windshield wipers, turn signals, emergency brake, and headlight switch on and off.
Take a look at your window, windshields, and mirrors to make sure they are clean and free from cracks. A cracked windshield is not only illegal in Nevada, but will also prevent you from taking your driving exam.
Inspect your tires for cracks, air pressure, and tread.
Adjust your side and rear-view mirrors to your liking before you go to your driving test. This proves to your examiner that you are a careful driver who adjusts their mirrors before hitting the road.
Make sure you understand how your other vehicle controls work. Understand how to adjust your seat, open and close your windows, and lock your doors.
Make sure you have all your necessary paperwork before heading out to the exam. Don’t let nerves get the best of you and forget a simple form at home.
You will need proof of identity, proof of social security number, and two documents to show proof of address. You must also have your completed application form.
This may seem like an obvious tip, but you may feel so ready to get your license that you skip this very important step. Nevada driving test practice can make the difference between passing or failing. Have a supervising adult act as the examiner and simulate the driving test yourself.
Try practicing near the DMV where you will take the exam. This way you can familiarize yourself with the surrounding area, and be better prepared.
Easier said than done, but if you can, try not to worry too much. The more you worry, the more your nerves will get the best of you during the exam. If you make a mistake during the driving test, try to forget about it and move on. The worst thing that can happen is you have to take the test again.
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