Under Nevada’s demerit point system, a person who accrues 12 or more points within a 12-month period receives a 6-month driver’s license suspension. Demerit points are added to a driver’s license based on traffic tickets and certain criminal traffic offenses (such as reckless driving).
Below are point values for the most common traffic convictions:
For a complete list, see the official Nevada DMV demerit point schedule.1
1. How does Nevada’s demerit point system work?
The Nevada DMV gives drivers demerit points whenever they get a traffic ticket. Racking up 12 points in a year causes an automatic license suspension:
|Times the driver get 12 demerit points in a year||Length of Nevada driver’s license suspension|
|1st time||6 months with a restricted license after 3 months|
|2nd time in three years||1 year with a restricted license after 6 months|
|3rd time in five years||1 year with no restricted license2|
A restricted license typically allows drivers to commute to and from work, school, and doctor appointments. To apply for a restricted license in Nevada, click here.
2. Do all traffic violations carry demerit points?
No. Parking and non-moving violations carry no demerit points. And DUIs carry no demerit points because the DMV instead revokes the defendant’s license.3
3. Can I erase my demerit points?
Demerit points automatically disappear after 12 months.4 But people can remove three points early by completing a traffic safety course.
Here are four things to know about traffic school:
- Traffic school that is required as part of a plea bargain does not remove demerit points.
- People may attend traffic school no more than once a year to remove demerit points.
- People should do traffic school after the DMV adds demerit points to their record. Doing traffic school early will not erase points added later.
- Traffic convictions stay on people’s record after the demerit points disappear. So they still may face increased insurance premiums.
For a list of Nevada DMV-certified traffic schools, click here.5
4. What if I live out-of-state and get a ticket in Nevada?
Non-Nevada residents should hire a Nevada lawyer to try to get the traffic charge dismissed or pleaded down. Also they should consult with an attorney in their home state to see how the ticket may affect their driver’s license.
For a list of DMVs in all fifty states, click here.
5. What if I live in Nevada and get a traffic ticket from another state?
The Nevada DMV does not give demerit points for out-of-state traffic tickets. (Though the DMV may suspend people’s licenses for out-of-state DUIs.)
Nevada residents should hire an attorney in the other state to handle the case. Any conviction will go on their driving record.6
6. Can I stop my license from being suspended for too many demerit points?
Defendants can request a DMV hearing to contest the license suspension.7 But DMV hearings are difficult to win.
The state’s burden of proof is much lower than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard in criminal trials. Therefore, defendants should consider hiring an experienced DMV attorney to appear for them.
- 6 months in jail, and/or
- $1,000 in fines
Additionally, the DMV will suspend the person’s license for another six months.8
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