Getting arrested for DUI does not mean you will be convicted. Police misconduct, defective breathalyzers and crime lab mistakes may be enough to get your charges lessened or dismissed. Visit our page on Nevada DUI Laws to learn more.
How to check if your license is suspended in Nevada?
There are three ways to check whether your driver’s license is suspended or revoked in Nevada. The first is to check online at the DMV website. The second is to contact the DMV by phone or email (but note that wait and response times are much longer amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The third is to go to a DMV location in person – but it’s best to do so after making an appointment online.
Option 1: Check online
The quickest way to check a driver’s license status in Nevada is to go to the MyDMV website.
Finally, people can show up in person at one of the DMV locations. It is highly recommended to make an appointment ahead of time using DashPass. Check ahead of time as hours may have changed during the COVID-19 crisis.
Notice of Nevada driver’s license suspension
The Nevada DMV notifies drivers by mail when their license gets suspended. This letter explains the reason for and procedures for requesting a DMV hearing.
A DMV hearing is like a mini-trial where the driver contests the revocation. Drivers who request a DMV hearing may continue driving pending the results.
DMV hearings occur at a DMV administrative office. The driver’s attorney may appear on his/her behalf. The state typically calls the police officer(s) as witnesses. In most cases, these hearings may be conducted over the phone.
In practice, DMV hearings are difficult to win. The state has a much lower burden of proof than it does in criminal cases. But DMV hearings are still worth doing. Sometimes the state’s witnesses fail to show up. In those cases, the driver wins by default.
Why licenses get suspended
The Nevada DMV suspends driving privileges for various traffic offenses. Common ones include:
Collecting 12 or more demerit points in a year
A first- or second-misdemeanor DUI arrest
Driving without car insurance
The DMV may also suspend licenses for non-driving reasons. Some are:
Falling behind on child support payments
Failing to show up to traffic court
A third-time offense of failing to secure a child in a car seat in the proper way
Perjuring oneself to the DMV
License suspension is a common punishment for juvenile delinquencies. Examples are:
Possessing drugs or alcohol
And if a driver has certain medical conditions, the DMV can suspend his/her license for safety purposes. Ten such conditions include:
Vision impairment, such as blindness
Hearing impairment, such as deafness
Inability to reach the gas or brake pedals
Frequent fainting or dizzy spells
Major heart problems such as thrombosis or myocardial infarction
Lack of mobility
Psychiatric disorders. Example include schizophrenia, severe or depression, or hypomania
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