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License Suspensions & Revocations

A driver license suspension or revocation is a separate action from any court case.  Reinstatement of your driving privileges is not automatic. You must follow DMV reinstatement procedures and physically receive a license to regain your driving privileges, even if your criminal charges were dismissed or reduced.

No state may issue a driver license if there is an active suspension or revocation in another state. License suspension and revocation information is shared with all 50 states. If your driving privilege is suspended or revoked in another state, you must follow that state's reinstatement procedures prior to obtaining a Nevada driver license. See Links to All 50 State DMV's.

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Types of Suspensions & Revocations

You may lose your Nevada driving privilege or license under certain circumstances. You will be notified by certified mail or by law enforcement of the period of ineligibility and if you are entitled to an administrative hearing. Please be sure to have the correct address on your driver's license to ensure that you receive our notice.

Examples of driver license suspensions and revocations are listed below. Juveniles may also have the issuance of their license delayed for some offenses.

Your license may be canceled for an incorrect or fraudulent license application or it may be canceled if a check written to pay driver license fees is returned for insufficient funds.

Reinstating Your License

Your privilege will remain suspended or revoked indefinitely until you comply with all reinstatement requirements and receive a new license. There is no time limit or statute of limitations for reinstating suspensions or revocations.

If your license is suspended or revoked because of an active court case such as Failure to Appear, you must resolve all of the criminal charges before your license can be reinstated. You must then follow the DMV's reinstatement procedures and requirements.

The DMV does not notify drivers when the suspension or revocation period has ended. The notice sent to you when the action was first taken clearly states the beginning and ending dates. Drivers with multiple suspensions or revocations must wait for all periods to end before applying for reinstatement.

Reinstatement requirements vary with the type of offense. For more information about your case, Email, call or write with your questions and provide your name and Nevada driver license/ID number or Social Security number:

DMV Driver License Review
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711-0400

Las Vegas (702) 486-4368 option 6
Reno/Carson City (775) 684-4368 option 6
Rural Nevada (Toll Free) (877) 368-7828 option 6
TDD for the Hearing Impaired (775) 684-4904
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In addition to any other requirements, you may have to take a vision, a written, and a driving skills test. The driving skills test will be required if your license has been suspended or revoked for more than one year.

Clearance letters

Former residents who now live in another state may pay their reinstatement fee and obtain a clearance letter by using the Processing Center Payment Authorization (NVL-007). Please contact us before faxing or mailing your payment. You may be required to meet additional requirements. A clearance letter does not validate your driver license. It will clear your driving status in Nevada to obtain a driver license in another state.

SR-22 Proof of Financial Responsibility

If you are required to maintain an SR-22 filing as a condition of your reinstatement, it must be maintained for three years from the date you reinstate your driver license.

If at anytime during the three-year period you fail to maintain the SR-22, your driving privilege will be suspended. This may result in starting the three-year requirement again. If we receive a cancellation of your SR-22, you will be notified of a possible suspension by certified mail. Please be sure to have the correct address on your driver's license to ensure that you receive our notice.

There is no statute of limitations on the SR-22 requirement. The continuous three-year requirement begins from the date you reinstate your driver's license regardless of how long you have been in suspension or when you purchased the coverage.

The DMV does not notify drivers of when they are eligible to remove the SR-22 filing. If you are unsure of the date, please contact us.

If you do not maintain coverage continuously during the required period, your insurance company will notify the DMV by sending a Form SR-26. DMV will suspend your license and send notification of this to you by certified mail. The required period of coverage will begin over. Be sure we have your correct address. See Address Changes.

Ignition Interlocks

A court may order a motorist to install an ignition interlock device as part of a sentence in a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) case. The driver must pass a breath alcohol test before the vehicle will start. Many systems also require a retest while driving.

Interlock manufacturers are certified by the Nevada Committee on Testing for Intoxication. Manufacturers contract with local auto audio retailers, dealers or garages to install and maintain the devices.

Motorists who are subject to an interlock order should contact the manufacturers for the nearest service providers.

Drager (800) 332-6858
Smart Start (800) 880-3394
Consumer Safety (Intoxalock) (877) 777-5020
Alcohol Detection Systems (866) 360-7890

Out-of-State Issues and Answers

All 51 U.S. driver license jurisdictions share information on suspensions, revocations, cancellations, denials and serious traffic violations through the National Driver Registry, the Problem Driver Pointer System and, for commercial license holders, the Commercial Driver License Information System.

A suspension or revocation must be cleared by the state which originated it. There is no time limit or statute of limitations on how long an active suspension or revocation remains listed and in effect.

If your license is suspended or revoked in another state, you must follow that state's reinstatement procedures.  See Links to All 50 State DMVs. There is no need to contact the Nevada DMV until you have completed the process. Most states will issue a clearance letter and you will not have to physically travel there. Once your record is cleared in the national database (the Problem Driver Pointer System), you may apply for a Nevada driver's license.

If your license is suspended or revoked in Nevada and you have left the state, contact us for reinstatement requirements. In many cases, we can send you a clearance letter by mail. Suspensions and revocations which originate in Nevada are assigned to a case worker in the DMV Driver License Review Section. Email, call or write us with your request for information on obtaining a clearance letter. The address and phone are listed above.