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Nevada Defensive Driving Instructors

What is a Nevada Defensive Driving/Traffic School Instructor?  Who Employs Them?

Nevada Defensive Driving/Traffic School Instructors can be collectively referred to as Traffic School Instructors because defensive driving is a required part of the Traffic School curriculum.

Nevada Traffic School Instructors deliver curriculum that focuses on traffic safety and the rules and regulations that govern Nevada roads, and they also instruct students in the defensive driving techniques that will make them safe and conscientious drivers.  


Nevada Traffic School Instructors are responsible for delivering this curriculum to students who have committed traffic violations; however, a student may opt to voluntarily enroll in a Traffic School/Defensive Driving School to earn discounts on their auto insurance.


Traffic School Instructors are employed in affiliation with Nevada Traffic Court and instruct all students ordered to their classroom by the courts.  Traffic School Instructors can also be employed by online Traffic and Defensive Driving Schools, such as the one offered by Driving University, and by private, professional Nevada-approved Driving Schools throughout the State.


A Traffic School Instructor with specific credentials and experience will instruct students who are enrolled in Traffic School specifically for DUI offenses.

 

What State Agency Regulates Nevada Traffic School Instructors?

The Nevada DMV regulates and monitors Nevada Traffic School Instructor licenses, requirements and applications in affiliation with the Occupational and Business Licensing office.


The Nevada DMV has established guidelines that Traffic School Instructors must adhere to and has established the grounds on which a Traffic School Instructor’s license may be suspended, revoked or denied renewal.  These guidelines, as presented in Chapter 43 of the House Bill list, pertain to new applicants, applicants for license renewal and to current licensees:

  • The applicant/licensee was previously issued a license by the Department that was suspended or revoked by the Department and was not reissued or reinstated
  • The applicant/licensee has committed an act which would be a ground for the suspension or revocation of a license
  • The applicant/licensee has knowingly made a false statement or concealed a material fact in applying for the license
  • The applicant/licensee has been convicted of:

o    A felony
o    A gross misdemeanor
o    An offense involving fraud, dishonesty or moral turpitude
o    A sexual offense
o    A crime that the Department determines is related to the license for which the applicant applies

 

  • The Director determines that:

o    Suspending, revoking or refusing to renew the license of the applicant/licensee is in the best interest of the public
o    The licensee knowingly made a false or misleading statement or concealed a material fact in connection with his application for the license
o    The licensee is unfit to hold the license
o    The licensee no longer satisfies the requirements for the issuance of the license

 

  • The applicant/licensee willfully fails to comply with any:

o    Statute of the State governing motor vehicles
o    Directive issued by the Director

 

  • The licensee fails or refuses to pay or otherwise discharge any final judgment entered against the licensee arising out of any misrepresentation or fraud committed by the licensee in connection with the license

 

Steps for Becoming a Nevada Traffic School Instructor

Becoming a Nevada Traffic School Instructor has distinct steps that must be followed. First and foremost, there are educational prerequisites that must be satisfied.  To learn more about becoming a Nevada Traffic School Instructor, please refer to the section titles ‘Requirements to Becoming a Nevada Traffic School Instructor.


According to the Nevada DMV, you should begin by submitting the necessary forms and paperwork to the Nevada Occupational and Business Licensing office:

  • Certificate of Employment for Occupational License. Certificate of Employment must be completed in full and signed by the applicant and a principal of the business
  • Personal History Questionnaire completed in full
  • Child Support Information Form completed and signed by applicant
  • Authorization for Release of Information Form signed by individual applying for the license.  Release must be notarized or signature witnessed by an authorized DMV representative (not required for Instructor Trainee applicants)
  • Licensee Acknowledgement Form (not required for Instructor Trainee applicants)
  • DUI and Traffic Safety School Instructor Disclaimer form completed and signed by applicant.  Signature must be notarized or witnessed by an authorized DMV representative (not required for Instructor Trainee applicants)
  • Traffic Safety or DUI School Instructor License fee of $50. License fees are due annually (not required for Instructor Trainee applicants)
  • A resume’ of instructor’s education, experience, certification as an instructor and fitness for the position
  • Any certificates which substantiate that the qualifications necessary for the licensing of the applicant as an instructor have been met (not required for Instructor Trainee applicants)

 

In addition, if prior experience is admissible, applicants must submit the following:

  • An applicant for a Traffic Safety School instructor license must submit a letter of completion of internship as a Traffic Safety School instructor trainee, signed by a representative of the school
  • An applicant for a DUI instructor license must have a letter of completion of internship, signed by a representative of the school, as an Instructor trainee. The school must provide a letter stating that their trainee has completed training and is ready to become an Instructor; or have two years experience as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor (BADA) plus some evidence of experience in traffic safety

 

Requirements for Becoming a Nevada Traffic School Instructor

Before submitting an application and all necessary forms to the Nevada Occupational and Business Licensing office, Traffic School Instructor applicants must have met the following requirements:

  • Possess a valid Nevada Driver’s License
  • Receive a High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Have proven experience in a field related to the subject matter to be taught, such as Traffic Safety, Law Enforcement, Driver’s Education, or some other closely related field that is approved by the Nevada DMV
  • If seeking licensure as a DUI Traffic School Instructor, have at least 2 years experience in a related field that dealt directly with the problems associated with driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or controlled substances, such as rehabilitative counseling for abusers of alcohol and controlled substances, or a combination of education and experience acceptable to the Nevada DMV
  • Have successfully completed a course of instruction in the subject matter to be taught

 

In addition, please refer to the section titled ‘What State Agency Regulates Nevada Traffic School Instructors?’ for more information on the misconduct, convictions and other such offenses that will prevent an applicant from receiving, retaining or renewing a their license as a Nevada Traffic School Instructor.

 

Continuing Education Requirements for Nevada Traffic School Instructors

Nevada Traffic School Instructors who are applying for renewal of their license must show successful completion of continuing education, training or experience that meets the standards of the Nevada DMV.  


Also, licensees must submit to and pass a written examination administered by the Nevada DMV every 5 years after initial licensure is issued.





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