License Suspension in Nevada

No matter how experienced and capable you are behind the wheel, license suspension can be possible for any driver. The temporary loss of your driving privileges can be detrimental to your every-day life, but don’t fret – I Drive Safely is here to help you through that process if it unfortunately happens.

Reasons for Suspension

There are many reasons your license may be suspended or revoked. Just a few ways you could lose your driving privileges include:

  • Point suspension: You accumulate 12 or more demerit points within a 12-month period.
  • Driving under the influence: Tests reveal that you are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or you are convicted of DUI.
  • Alcohol and drugs: Your license can be suspended for DUI, but it can also be suspended if you are under 21 and are found guilty of buying/drinking/possessing alcohol, or using/possessing/selling/distributing any controlled substances.
  • Failure to appear: You get a traffic ticket and don’t pay the fine by the deadline or do not appear as required.
  • Street racing: You are found to be guilty of participating in/organizing an unauthorized speed contest on a public highway.
  • Failure to maintain insurance: You can lose your driving privileges for this offense in one of three ways:
    • You are required to provide proof of financial responsibility due to a license suspension/revocation and fail to do so;
    • You are cited by a police officer and are convicted of failure to maintain insurance;
    • You have repeated lapses in your car’s liability coverage.

How to Reinstate Your License

When it comes to reinstating your drivers license, you are responsible for meeting all the requirements to receive a new license; your license will remain suspended/revoked until you do. In line with this, it is up to you to keep track of when your suspension/revocation period ends. The notice you receive at the beginning of the suspension/revocation will state the beginning and end dates—the DMV will not notify you once your end date arrives.

Unfortunately, there is not one universal way to reinstate your license. The requirements vary depending on the offense, and therefore each case is unique. However, in addition to your case’s requirements, you may need to:

  • Take a vision test.
  • Take a written exam.
  • Take a driving skills test (this will be required if your license has been suspended/revoked for over 1 year).

If you have questions about your case, you will need to contact the DMV. It’s important that you are sure about what is required of you so that you can get back on the road safely and responsibly.