How to find out if my Nevada driver's license is suspended

Posted by Neil Shouse | Mar 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Nevada DMV is supposed to mail license-holders a letter informing them when and why the DMV will be suspending their license. The letter will also indicate how long the license-holder has to request a DMV hearing to contest the license suspension. 

If the license holder requests a DMV hearing in time, the license holder may continue driving pending the results of the DMV hearing. If the license holder does not request a DMV hearing in time (or at all), then the DMV will suspend the license on the date indicated in the letter.

Additionally, people can always call the Nevada DMV at (702) 486-4368 to check on the status of their license. Read our article on how to avoid a driver's license suspension in Nevada

Nevada DMV Hearing

DMV hearings are administrative trials where license holders contest the DMV's decision to suspend their license. They take place at the DMV, and an administrative judge presides over the hearing.

During a DMV hearing, the license holder -- or his/her attorney -- can present evidence and cross-examine the state's witnesses. In most cases, the only state witness that appears is the police officer that originally cited or arrested the defendant for the traffic offense. 

In recent years, most DMV hearings can be conducted telephonically without either the defense attorney or state witness having to appear in person.

Learn about DMV hearings in Nevada DUI cases.

Reasons for license suspensions in Nevada

There are many circumstances that may cause the Nevada DMV to temporarily revoke a person's driver's license. These include:

  • accruing 12 or more demerit points within a one (1) year time-span
  • a misdemeanor DUI arrest (even if the driver never gets convicted of DUI in criminal court)
  • street racing
  • not paying child support
  • not having car insurance
  • using graffiti
  • missing a traffic court appearance
  • habitual truancy
  • juvenile possession of drugs or alcohol
  • a juvenile using firearms
  • a third offense of failing to properly secure a child in a car seat
  • perjuring oneself to the DMV

In addition, various medical conditions can cause the DMV to suspend a person's license for safety reasons. Some of these include:

  1. Blindness (or any vision impairment)
  2. Deafness (or any other hearing impairment)
  3. Inability for the driver to reach the gas or brake pedals without assistance
  4. Diabetes
  5. Epilepsy
  6. Frequently recurring spells of fainting or dizziness
  7. Grave heart conditions such as myocardial infarction or thrombosis
  8. Vascular disease
  9. Lack of mobility
  10. Psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, severe anxiety, severe depression, or hypomania

Driving on a suspended license in Nevada

It is a misdemeanor in Nevada to drive while one's driver's license is suspended or revoked. The penalty includes:

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

But if the reason for the suspension was a DUI arrest, then the penalties for driving on a suspended license is:

  • at least 30 days of jail (or 60 days of home confinement) but no more than six (6) months in jail; and
  • a fine of $500 to $1,000

Learn more about the Nevada crime of driving on a suspended license under NRS 483.560.

About the Author

Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.


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