Elderly Drivers in Nevada
(Explained by Las Vegas Criminal Defense Attorneys)

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Drivers aged 65 and older in Nevada have to renew their licenses every four years.

Elderly people with Nevada driver licenses largely share the same privileges as younger licensed drivers. The main difference concerns when and how senior citizens may renew their licenses with the Nevada DMV. On this page our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys answer frequently-asked-questions regarding the rights of and rules for drivers aged 65 and older in Nevada.  

  1. Can drivers aged 65 and older get driver licenses in Nevada? 
  2. How often do drivers aged 65 and older have to renew their Nevada driver licenses?
  3. Can elderly drivers renew their licenses online?
  4. Can elderly drivers renew their licenses by mail? 
  5. Can elderly drivers renew their licenses in person? 
  6. Can an elderly driver lose his/her driving privileges in Nevada? 
  7. How can someone request an "unsafe driver investigation" in Nevada?
  8. How can elderly drivers with revoked or suspended licenses get their licenses reinstated in Nevada?
  9. Are elderly drivers required to get vision tests in Nevada?
  10. Are elderly drivers required to take road tests in Nevada?
  11. Are elderly drivers required to take written tests in Nevada? 
  12. What restrictions are placed on elderly drivers in Nevada? 
  13. How do elderly drivers get disability plates and placards in Nevada?
  14. What happens if elderly drivers drive without a license in Nevada?
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Elderly drivers have most of the same privileges as younger drivers in Nevada.

1) Can drivers aged 65 and older get driver licenses in Nevada? 

Yes. There is no age limit for Nevada driver licenses. Nevada only restricts licenses based on physical incapacity and driving record.

2) How often do drivers aged 65 and older have to renew their Nevada driver licenses?

Drivers aged 65 and older must renew their Nevada licenses every four (4) years. Note that four years used to be the normal renewal requirement for drivers of all ages; but by 2018, younger drivers can get Nevada licenses valid for eight (8) years.1

3) Can elderly drivers renew their licenses online?

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Drivers aged 71 and older can never renew their Nevada licenses online.

Drivers aged 71 and older may never renew their Nevada licenses online. Younger drivers may be able to depending on when they last renewed their license...

All Nevada drivers regardless of age must renew in person at least once every eight (8) years. So drivers holding a license valid for four years (and who are younger than 71) should be able to renew online every alternate four years. If they last renewed in person, then in four years they should be able to renew online; if they last renewed online, then in four years they will be required to renew in person.

4) Can elderly drivers renew their licenses by mail? 

It depends on the driver's age. Recall that all Nevada drivers must renew their licenses in person at least once every eight (8) years,2 and that drivers 65 and older are eligible only for four-year licenses. For drivers aged 70 and younger who hold a four-year license, they may renew by mail every alternate four years. Therefore if they last renewed in person, then in four years they should be able to renew by mail; if they last renewed by mail, then in four years they will be required to renew in person.

For drivers aged 71 and older in Nevada, they may also renew their licenses by mail every alternate four years if they also submit the following:

Otherwise, drivers aged 71 and older must renew in person at a Nevada DMV.

5) Can elderly drivers renew their licenses in person? 

Yes. Nevada drivers of any age are always allowed to renew in person. In fact, it is mandatory that Nevada drivers renew in person at least once every eight (8) years. During these in-person renewals, the DMV will give an eye exam and may require that the person take a written and/or road test upon suspicion that the person is impaired.

6) Can an elderly driver lose his/her driving privileges in Nevada? 

Yes, but not for being senior citizens. Nevada may revoke driving privileges of anyone suffering from a medical condition that impairs their ability to drive safely. Such conditions include:

  • blindness or any visual impairment that cannot be corrected with lenses
  • dementia
  • diminishing physical ability
  • impairment from medications
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Concerned family members may make a formal request that the DMV re-evaluate a driver's ability to operate a car safely.

7) How can someone request an "unsafe driver investigation" in Nevada?

Concerned family members should submit the Nevada DMV request for Re-Evaluation along with a doctor's affidavit that the driver requires re-evaluation. The signature on this application for reevaluation has to be witnessed by either a notary or DMV representative (the DMV representative does not charge a fee for witnessing the signature).

Note that concerned police may request that a driver be re-examined for driving privileges. And any Nevada DMV representative who has "good cause to believe" that a driver is too incapacitated to drive can order a Nevada DMV Confidential Physician's Report on the driver.

8) How can elderly drivers with revoked or suspended licenses get their licenses reinstated in Nevada?

The requirements for possibly getting a revoked or suspended Nevada driver license reinstated depend on the specifics of the driver's circumstances. Consult with an attorney and refer to the Nevada DMV article on License Suspensions & Revocations and Nevada DMV Driver's Handbook.

9) Are elderly drivers required to get vision tests in Nevada?

Drivers aged 71 and older must get vision tests in order to renew their Nevada license. If they renew in person at the DMV, the clerk will administer the eye exam. If they are eligible to renew by mail, they must submit a Nevada DMV Eye Exam Certificate and a doctor's note with their renewal application.

Drivers aged 70 and younger only need to get vision tests when they renew their Nevada licenses in person at the DMV. The DMV clerk administers the eye exam. (All Nevada drivers are required to renew in person every eight years.)

Note that vision tests may be required at any time at the DMV's discretion.

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Nevada drivers aged 71 and older eligible to renew their licenses by mail must also submit eye exam resuls.

10) Are elderly drivers required to take road tests in Nevada?

Road tests are required in Nevada only for drivers getting their license for the first time. However, DMV officials may order that drivers of any age take the road test if they believe the person may be incapable of driving safely due to medical or driving history.

11) Are elderly drivers required to take written tests in Nevada?

Written tests are required in Nevada only for drivers getting their license for the first time. However, DMV officials may order that drivers of any age take a written test if they believe the person may be incapable of driving safely due to medical or driving history.

12) What restrictions are placed on elderly drivers in Nevada? 

Nevada drivers of any age may face restrictions depending on their physical ability, medical history or driving record. The most usual restriction is that drivers with imperfect vision wear contact lenses or glasses while operating a vehicle. Other possible restrictions include:

  • prohibition on highway driving
  • requirement that vehicle have automatic transmission
  • requirement for an additional right side mirror
  • requirement for vehicle to have a left foot accelerator
  • requirement to drive only with a prosthetic
  • prohibition against nighttime driving
  • prohibition against driving over 45 mph
  • requirement to wear telescopic lens

Furthermore, the Nevada DMV may require that drivers submit to a vision test, driving test or medical test every six months or every year as a condition of keeping the license.

13) How do elderly drivers get disability plates and placards in Nevada?

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A physician is required for a driver to get a disability plate in Nevada.

Drivers of any age can get disability plates and placards in Nevada if their doctor signs off on their impaired mobility. The DMV typically grants disability plates and placards to people with the following conditions:

  • inability to walk 200 feet without needing to rest
  • inability to walk without assistance
  • severe heart problems
  • severe lung problems
  • requirement of portable oxygen

Applicants for a disabled placard or plate in Nevada must complete the Nevada Disabled Persons License Plates and/or Placards Application along with his/her physician. First time applicants are required to apply in person at a local DMV office and to bring their vehicle registration and proof of insurance.

14) What happens if elderly drivers drive without a license in Nevada?

Driving without a license or on a suspended license in Nevada is a crime at any age. Both the Nevada crime of driving on a suspended license and the Nevada crime of driving without a license are misdemeanors in Nevada, carrying:

  • up to 6 months in jail, and/or
  • up to $1,000 in fines

For a first-time offense, judges typically do not demand incarceration.

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Call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673).

If you are 65 years old or older and are facing a license suspension, contact our Las Vegas criminal defense attorneys at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a FREE consultation. We may be able to get your license reinstated as soon as possible. 

For information on California elderly driver laws, read our article on California elderly driver laws

Legal References:

1 NAC 483.430  Eligibility. [Effective through December 31, 2017.] (NRS 483.220, 483.383)

     1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, a holder of a driver's license is eligible to apply for the renewal of the license by mail if the holder of the driver's license:

     (a) Is 65 years of age or older; or

     (b) Will be issued a driver's license for a 4-year period.

     2.  A holder of a driver's license is not eligible to apply for the renewal of the license by mail if:

     (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2 of NAC 483.4575, the holder previously renewed the license and the immediately preceding time that it was renewed the renewal was completed by mail;

     (b) The license is a commercial driver's license;

     (c) At the time the Department mails to the applicant the expiration notice required pursuant to NRS 483.382, an examination of the applicant's driving record in this State, any other state, the District of Columbia, any territory or possession of the United States or any country indicates that his or her driver's license or privilege to drive in that jurisdiction is suspended, revoked or cancelled or that his or her application for a driver's license in that jurisdiction has been denied;

     (d) The license is subject to any restriction requiring a yearly vision examination, medical examination, knowledge test or driving test, or any combination thereof, or flagged for a written test pursuant to NAC 483.458;

     (e) The holder is 71 years of age or older, unless he or she submits:

          (1) A statement from a licensed physician providing that it is the opinion of the physician that the person is physically able to operate a motor vehicle safely; and

          (2) A report from a licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician regarding the vision of the person, including, without limitation, the visual acuity of the person in each eye, with corrective lenses, if applicable;

     (f) The holder has been convicted of three or more traffic violations within the 4 years immediately preceding the date of expiration of the license;

     (g) The license is a restricted driver's license issued pursuant to NRS 483.490;

     (h) The holder's full legal name is listed in the records of the Department as a person who must renew his or her driver's license in person because the Department believes that the information contained on the driver's license may be incorrect or that the license may have been issued as a result of fraud or mistake;

     (i) The license is a limited-term driver's license; or

     (j) The holder wishes to change or correct any information on his or her driver's license pursuant to NAC 483.055 to 483.070, inclusive, or 483.0789.

     3.  A statement or report submitted pursuant to paragraph (e) of subsection 2 must be:

     (a) Completed on a form acceptable to the Department; and

     (b) Dated not more than 90 days before the date of its submission to the Department.

     4.  As used in this section, “traffic violation” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 483.473.

NAC 483.430  Eligibility. [Effective January 1, 2018.] (NRS 483.220, 483.383)

     1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2, a holder of a driver's license is eligible to apply for the renewal of the license by mail if the holder of the driver's license is 65 years of age or older.

     2.  A holder of a driver's license is not eligible to apply for the renewal of the license by mail if:

     (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection 2 of NAC 483.4575, the holder previously renewed the license and the immediately preceding time that it was renewed the renewal was completed by mail;

     (b) The license is a commercial driver's license;

     (c) At the time the Department mails to the applicant the expiration notice required pursuant to NRS 483.382, an examination of the applicant's driving record in this State, any other state, the District of Columbia, any territory or possession of the United States or any country indicates that his or her driver's license or privilege to drive in that jurisdiction is suspended, revoked or cancelled or that his or her application for a driver's license in that jurisdiction has been denied;

     (d) The license is subject to any restriction requiring a yearly vision examination, medical examination, knowledge test or driving test, or any combination thereof, or flagged for a written test pursuant to NAC 483.458;

     (e) The holder is 71 years of age or older, unless he or she submits:

          (1) A statement from a licensed physician providing that it is the opinion of the physician that the person is physically able to operate a motor vehicle safely; and

          (2) A report from a licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician regarding the vision of the person, including, without limitation, the visual acuity of the person in each eye, with corrective lenses, if applicable;

     (f) The holder has been convicted of three or more traffic violations within the 4 years immediately preceding the date of expiration of the license;

     (g) The license is a restricted driver's license issued pursuant to NRS 483.490;

     (h) The holder's full legal name is listed in the records of the Department as a person who must renew his or her driver's license in person because the Department believes that the information contained on the driver's license may be incorrect or that the license may have been issued as a result of fraud or mistake;

     (i) The license is a limited-term driver's license; or

     (j) The holder wishes to change or correct any information on his or her driver's license pursuant to NAC 483.055 to 483.070, inclusive, or 483.0789.

     3.  A statement or report submitted pursuant to paragraph (e) of subsection 2 must be:

     (a) Completed on a form acceptable to the Department; and

     (b) Dated not more than 90 days before the date of its submission to the Department.

     4.  As used in this section, “traffic violation” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 483.473.

NAC 483.4565  Application for renewal; action by Department. (NRS 483.220, 483.383)

     1.  A person may apply for a driver's license by mail by submitting to the Department an application provided by the Department.

     2.  Each application must be accompanied by the required fees.

     3.  If the application is for a renewal of a driver's license, it must be accompanied by:

     (a) A report regarding the vision of the applicant from a licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician, or an agency which issues driver's licenses in another state. The report must:

          (1) Be signed by the ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician, or a representative of the agency;

          (2) Include the applicant's full legal name, address of principal residence and driver's license number;

          (3) Be dated not earlier than 90 days before its submission to the Department;

          (4) Include visual acuity readings acceptable to the Department; and

          (5) Indicate whether the test was administered with corrective lenses.

     (b) If the applicant is 71 years of age or older, a statement from a licensed physician providing that it is the opinion of the physician that the person is physically able to operate a motor vehicle safely. The statement must be:

          (1) Completed on a form acceptable to the Department.

          (2) Dated not earlier than 90 days before its submission to the Department.

     (c) If the applicant is an employee of the Federal Government, on active military duty or a dependent of such a person, proof that the applicant is:

          (1) On active military duty or a dependent of such a person; or

          (2) Employed by the Federal Government or a dependent of such a person.

     4.  Each application must be submitted to a driver's license office of this State.

     5.  Each applicant will be given the opportunity to register to vote or to correct information in the registrar of voters' register.

     6.  The Department will, within 10 business days after receiving the application:

     (a) Mail a driver's license to the applicant;

     (b) Request additional information from the applicant; or

     (c) Deny the application.

NAC 483.043  Expiration. [Effective through December 31, 2017.] (NRS 481.051, 483.220, 483.380, 483.870, 483.875)

     1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, NRS 483.283, 483.291 or 483.861 or NAC 483.832, and except for a limited-term driver's license or limited-term identification card, every driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card:

     (a) Expires on the eighth anniversary of the birthday of the licensee or holder of the identification card measured, in the case of an original issuance of a driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card, from the birthday of the licensee or holder nearest the date of issuance;

     (b) Issued to a licensee or holder of an identification card whose date of birth fell in an odd-numbered year expires on the fourth anniversary of the birthday of the licensee or holder of the identification card measured, in the case of a renewal of a driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card or a renewal of an expired driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card, from the birthday of the licensee or holder nearest the date of renewal; and

     (c) Issued to a licensee or holder of an identification card whose date of birth fell in an even-numbered year expires on the eighth anniversary of the birthday of the licensee or holder of the identification card measured, in the case of a renewal of a driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card or a renewal of an expired driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card, from the birthday of the licensee or holder nearest the date of renewal.

     2.  Except as otherwise provided in NAC 483.084 and 483.4575, a licensee or holder of the identification card whose driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card expires on the eighth anniversary of the birthday of the licensee or holder of the identification card must renew his or her driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card in person at an office of the Department.

     3.  A driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card issued to a licensee or holder of an identification card who is 65 years of age or older on the date of issuance or renewal expires on the fourth anniversary of the birthday of the licensee or holder of the identification card measured, in the case of an original issuance, a renewal of a driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card or a renewal of an expired driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card, from the birthday of the licensee or holder nearest the date of issuance or renewal.

     4.  For the purposes of this chapter, any applicant, licensee or holder of an identification card whose date of birth was on February 29 in a leap year shall be deemed to have a birthdate of February 28.

NAC 483.043  Expiration. [Effective January 1, 2018.] (NRS 481.051, 483.220, 483.380, 483.870, 483.875)

     1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, NRS 483.283, 483.291 or 483.861 or NAC 483.832, and except for a limited-term driver's license or limited-term identification card, every driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card expires on the eighth anniversary of the birthday of the licensee or holder of the identification card measured, in the case of an original issuance, a renewal of a driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card or a renewal of an expired driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card, from the birthday of the licensee or holder nearest the date of issuance or renewal.

     2.  Except as otherwise provided in NAC 483.084 and 483.4575, a licensee or holder of the identification card whose driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card expires on the eighth anniversary of the birthday of the licensee or holder of the identification card must renew his or her driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card in person at an office of the Department.

     3.  A driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card issued to a licensee or holder of an identification card who is 65 years of age or older on the date of issuance or renewal expires on the fourth anniversary of the birthday of the licensee or holder of the identification card measured, in the case of an original issuance, a renewal of a driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card or a renewal of an expired driver's license, motorcycle driver's license or identification card, from the birthday of the licensee or holder nearest the date of issuance or renewal.

     4.  For the purposes of this chapter, any applicant, licensee or holder of an identification card whose date of birth was on February 29 in a leap year shall be deemed to have a birthdate of February 28.

x NAC 483.832  Expiration and renewal of license. [Effective July 8, 2014, through July 7, 2018.] (NRS 481.051, 483.220, 483.908)

     1.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3 or NRS 483.929, and except for a limited-term driver's license, every commercial driver's license:

     (a) Expires on the eighth anniversary of the date of issuance of the commercial driver's license, in the case of an original issuance of a commercial driver's license;

     (b) Issued to a licensee whose date of birth fell in an odd-numbered year expires on the fourth anniversary of the birthday of the licensee measured, in the case of a renewal of a commercial driver's license, or a renewal of an expired commercial driver's license, from the birthday of the licensee nearest the date of renewal; and

     (c) Issued to a licensee whose date of birth fell in an even-numbered year expires on the eighth anniversary of the date of issuance of the commercial driver's license, in the case of a renewal of a commercial driver's license or a renewal of an expired commercial driver's license.

     2.  A licensee must renew his or her commercial driver's license in person at an office of the Department.

     3.  A commercial driver's license issued to a licensee who is 65 years of age or older on the date of issuance or renewal expires on the fourth anniversary of the birthday of the licensee measured, in the case of an original issuance, a renewal of a commercial driver's license or a renewal of an expired commercial driver's license, from the birthday of the licensee or holder nearest the date of issuance or renewal.

2 NAC 483.084  Eligibility for renewal by mail. [Effective through December 31, 2017.] (NRS 481.051, 483.220, 483.875)

     1.  The Department will, by mail, issue a renewed identification card to each eligible applicant upon the renewal of his or her identification card.

     2.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3 or 4, a holder of an identification card is eligible to apply, by mail, for the renewal of his or her identification card only if the holder of the identification card:

     (a) Is 65 years of age or older; or

     (b) Will be issued an identification card for a 4-year period.

     3.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5, the holder of an identification card is not eligible to apply for the renewal of the identification card by mail if:

     (a) The holder previously renewed the identification card and the immediately preceding time that it was renewed the renewal was completed by mail;

     (b) The holder is a seasonal resident;

     (c) The holder wishes to change or correct any information on the identification card pursuant to NAC 483.055 to 483.070, inclusive, or 483.0789;

     (d) The identification card is a limited-term identification card; or

     (e) The identification card of the holder has been stolen, lost or destroyed.

     4.  The Department may renew, by mail, the identification card of any applicant who is employed by the Federal Government, is on active military duty or is the dependent of such a person if:

     (a) The applicant has not requested to change or correct any information on the identification card pursuant to NAC 483.055 to 483.070, inclusive, or 483.0789; and

     (b) The applicant has renewed the identification card in person at least once during the 16 years immediately preceding the request for renewal by mail.

     5.  The Department may renew the identification card of an applicant by mail regardless of whether it was previously renewed by mail if the Department considers renewal by mail appropriate because of the special circumstances of the applicant.

NAC 483.084  Eligibility for renewal by mail. [Effective January 1, 2018.] (NRS 481.051, 483.220, 483.875)

     1.  The Department will, by mail, issue a renewed identification card to each eligible applicant upon the renewal of his or her identification card.

     2.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3 or 4, a holder of an identification card is eligible to apply, by mail, for the renewal of his or her identification card only if the holder of the identification card is 65 years of age or older.

     3.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 5, the holder of an identification card is not eligible to apply for the renewal of the identification card by mail if:

     (a) The holder previously renewed the identification card and the immediately preceding time that it was renewed the renewal was completed by mail;

     (b) The holder is a seasonal resident;

     (c) The holder wishes to change or correct any information on the identification card pursuant to NAC 483.055 to 483.070, inclusive, or 483.0789;

     (d) The identification card is a limited-term identification card; or

     (e) The identification card of the holder has been stolen, lost or destroyed.

     4.  The Department may renew, by mail, the identification card of any applicant who is employed by the Federal Government, is on active military duty or is the dependent of such a person if:

     (a) The applicant has not requested to change or correct any information on the identification card pursuant to NAC 483.055 to 483.070, inclusive, or 483.0789; and

     (b) The applicant has renewed the identification card in person at least once during the 16 years immediately preceding the request for renewal by mail.

     5.  The Department may renew the identification card of an applicant by mail regardless of whether it was previously renewed by mail if the Department considers renewal by mail appropriate because of the special circumstances of the applicant.

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