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What is Driver’s Education?

Driver’s Education, also called Driver’s Ed, is a course offered by school districts and/or private Nevada Driving Schools that includes 30 hours of both classroom and, if specifically approved, behind-the-wheel driver training.   Teenagers can enroll in a Nevada Driver’s Education course at 15 years old. 


The course covers topics such as speeding, DWI and defensive driving techniques.  The purpose of a Nevada Driver’s Education course is to help a student to develop an understanding of the rules that govern Nevada roads and to instill in drivers the foundations necessary to drive skillfully and conscientiously.

 

Who is Required to Complete a Nevada Driver’s Education Course or Driving School?

All Nevada residents under 18 years old, unless a driver’s license has been issued from another State prior to relocating to Nevada, must complete a Nevada Driver’s Ed course.  Nevada Driver’s Education is not required in order to obtain your permit; however, it is required in order to earn your driver’s license.  Nevada Driver’s Education is offered to teenagers beginning at age 15, thereby giving them plenty of time to complete the requirements before applying for a Nevada driver’s license.


If you live within a 30-mile radius of a private Nevada Driving School or if you have access to the internet, you are required to take a Nevada Driver’s Ed course; however, if you are outside of this geographic radius or do not have access to the internet, your parent or guardian may supervise 100 hours of both day and night driving.   Extensive documentation in the form of a ‘driving log’ must be presented at the time a teen applies for a Nevada Driver’s License.

 

What Agency Regulates Nevada Driver’s Education and Driving School?

The Nevada DMV regulates Driver’s Education courses in Nevada.  Private Driving Schools must be approved by the Nevada DMV to offer an alternative 15 hour classroom and 5 hour behind-the-wheel alternative curriculum.  A Certificate of Completion must be presented to the Nevada DMV when applying for a driver’s license.


The Nevada Department of Education is responsible for regulating Driver Education Instructors and requires Driver Education Instructors to:

  • Hold a Secondary Teaching License
  • Have completed 3 semester credits in Driver’s Education and Traffic Safety

 

Who Teaches Nevada Driver’s Education and Driving School?  What are an Instructor’s Requirements?

Nevada Driver’s Education can be taught in school districts by a teacher who holds a Driver’s Education Endorsement.  In order to earn a Nevada Driver’s Education Endorsement, the teacher must hold a Secondary Teaching License and complete 3 semester credits in Driver’s Education and Traffic Safety or show an equivalent of experience/instruction and continuing education.


In addition, Nevada Driver’s Ed classroom Instructors must have the following:

  • A valid driver’s license
  • A High School diploma or equivalent
  • A criminal/background check
  • Passing evaluation on a practical driving test

 

Also, Nevada Driver’s Ed behind-the-wheel Instructors must NOT have the following:

  • More than 2 convictions for moving violations in the preceding 24 months
  • Any convictions involving alcohol or controlled substances in the preceding 3 years
  • Any driver’s license suspension or revocation in the preceding 3 years

 

Any of the above can be cause for suspension or revocation of an Instructor’s right to teach.  Also, suspension or revocation of a Nevada Driving School Instructor’s license will occur if:

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

A felony
A gross misdemeanor
An offense involving fraud, dishonesty or moral turpitude
A sexual offense


Any Nevada Driver’s Education Instructor can be ordered by the Nevada DMV to submit to a reexamination of his skills at any time they deem necessary.  This can include:

  • A physical exam
  • A mental exam
  • A written exam
  • A practical exam

 

Current Nevada Driver’s Education Instructors must renew their Instructor’s license every 5-year period.  Renewal will be issued upon successfully proving to the Nevada DMV:

  • Evidence of continued education, training or experience
  • Successful completion of a written examination

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