Renew your Nevada driver’s license online, by mail, or in-person for $41.25 (or $22.25, if you’re over 65), and you’ll receive a new license within ten days.
Besides serving as an important piece of identification, renewing your driver’s license can help you avoid fines or jail time. Just follow the official guidelines from the Department of Motor Vehicles, and you’ll have a new license in the mail in no time.
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When to renew your driver’s license in Nevada
First of all, check the expiration date on your driver’s license, which is just to the right of the center of the card under the label “EXP.” The expiration date of your Nevada driver’s license will vary depending on when it was issued. If you received your license from 2014 to 2017, you’re under 65, and you received a 4-year license, the expiration date will be converted to an 8-year card when you next renew.
If you received your license in 2018 or later, your card is valid for eight years.
Finally, regardless of when it was issued, any license belonging to a driver 65 years of age or older remains valid for four years.
If you want to renew early (which the DMV recommends, especially for active-duty military members), you can do so. Just know that every year’s difference between your renewal date and your current license’s expiration date means one less year for your new license’s expiration date. For example, if you renew two years before your current license’s expiration date, your new license’s expiration date will be six years away rather than 8 (or two rather than four for those over 65).
How to renew your driver’s license in Nevada
Nevada residents can choose to renew their driver’s licenses online, by mail, or in person. An 8-year renewal costs $41.25, while a 4-year renewal (for those 65 and over) costs $22.25.
People who self-identify as homeless and are under 25 years old can receive an original, duplicate, or renewal Nevada driver’s license free of charge once in their lifetime.
Renew your license online
Most people can renew their Nevada driver’s licenses online. You’re eligible as long as you’re 16 to 70 years old and applying for a non-commercial license. You also must apply within 60 days before or 364 days after your license’s expiration date. You can also change your address.
Renew your license by mail
Everyone who’s eligible to renew their driver’s license by mail will receive a mailed renewal notice with instructions from the Nevada DMV. Among the list of required documents are a physician’s statement and an eye exam report.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
Note that military members, their spouses, and their dependents are eligible for mail-in renewal and have an additional two years after the expiration of their driver’s licenses to complete it.
Renew your license in person
In-person driver’s license renewals are recommended for Nevada citizens who are:
In possession of three or more moving violations in the past four years
In possession of a license that was previously renewed online or by mail
In possession of an expired license (bring the printed email confirmation of expiry)
In-person renewals don’t require a physician’s or an eye exam, but they may require a knowledge or skills test depending on whether your license was suspended, revoked, canceled, or denied within the last four years. Naturalized or permanent residents will also have to show a Certificate or Permanent Resident card, while limited-term residents should remember their U.S. immigration documents.
First, book an appointment online with the DMV offices in Carson City, Henderson, Las Vegas, or Reno. Make sure to bring one proof of identity, proof of any name changes (if applicable), proof of your social security number, and two documents listing your address in Nevada. In addition, you should fill out an
Application for Driving Privileges ahead of time or when you arrive at the office.
How long does it take to renew a Nevada driver’s license?
Anyone applying for renewal online or in-person will receive a document outlining when they should expect their new driver’s license to appear in the mail (generally sometime in the next ten business days). If no document arrives, you can bring it to the attention of the DMV by calling 702-486-4368 in Las Vegas or 775-684-4368 everywhere else.
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