Who Must Take the Test?
New drivers who have never been licensed in the U.S. are required to take and pass a written knowledge test.
The following drivers are typically also required to pass the knowledge test:
- Licensed in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory or foreign country.
- Licensed in the U.S. and less than 21 years of age.
- Licensed in the U.S. but without a license in their possession.
- Three or more moving violations in the last 4 years.
- Any suspension, revocation, cancellation or other disqualification in the last 4 years.
- Any DUI conviction within the past 7 years.
- License restrictions that require reevaluation of driving skills.
- Renewing an instruction permit expired more than 30 days.
- Renewing a license expired more than one year.
- Reinstatement with six or more moving violations within the last 4 years.
- Reinstatement when license was suspended, revoked, denied or cancelled more than one year.
- Reinstatement when the applicant was at fault in any accident during the 1-year period immediately preceding the date of reinstatement.
Note that the DMV may require any driver to take all tests depending on factors such as driving history or medical conditions.
Nevada Knowledge Test
The purpose of the Nevada knowledge test is to determine your understanding of highway signs and markings, traffic laws and safe driving practices. All questions are based on the information in the Nevada Driver's Handbook.
When you take the test for a basic Class C license you should expect 50 multiple-choice questions. You must correctly answer at least 40 questions (80%) to pass.
Knowledge tests are available on touch-screen computers in English and Spanish. The touch-screen systems also offer audio-based testing. If you have problems reading or understanding a written test, you may request an oral examination.
You must pay a fee for your initial knowledge test. Additional fees are charged for any retests needed.
Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.
Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.
Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.
Our Practice Tests
Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.
Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.
All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.