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The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is the agency in charge of driving records. They provide them to individuals who want a copy of their own, and employers, companies, government agencies, and law enforcement. They do, however, require compliance with the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act, Nevada Revised Statutes, and the State of Nevada Internet Privacy Policy.

The state has an online system where Nevada drivers can get a copy of their motor vehicle report. However, anyone requiring a copy of someone else's must visit a Nevada DMV office in person or order them by mail. They will need specific information and a valid, legal reason for needing the information. The state offers a 3-year option or a 10-year report.

Individual record information may contain personal information. Some of the details may include the driver's name, address, driver's license number, social security number, date of birth, physical description, and medical information. The reports will also contain car accident history, license restrictions, endorsements, license status, revocations, and suspensions. Any criminal offenses will also be on the report along with traffic violations, moving violations, and license points.

How to Request a State Driving History Report

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles allows individuals to get a copy of their own driver record online, using a kiosk at a DMV office or partner site, in person at the DMV, or through the mail.

Requestors that need a copy of someone else's or bulk reports need to obtain them through the DMV in person or through the mail. They can enclose the fee and completed application to:

DMV Records Section
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711-0250

Purchasers have the option of buying a 3-year or 10-year report. When ordering by mail requestors can pay using a money order.

Insurance companies often request these reports before agreeing to insure drivers and set insurance rates.

NV Motor Vehicle Records Cost

The cost for a driving report in the state is $8. If purchased through a kiosk, the buyer will also pay a $1 processing fee. The price remains the same whether the requestor orders them through the internet, in person, or by mail. However, if someone orders through the mail and wants a certified copy, that will cost an additional $5. When paying online, users can pay by credit card.

Driving Laws in the State

Someone must be 16 years old to apply for a driver's license. They must complete a driver's education program and take a road and written test. They must also reside in the state. Anyone under the age of 18 must-have parental or guardian consent.

The Nevada DMV provides resources for new drivers so they can become familiar with the driving laws of the state. Some common laws that every driver should know from the DMV are:

  • Trick Driving
    Trick driving displays - diverting or slowing traffic on a public highway to enable stunts or having stunts filmed - is considered reckless driving and is a gross misdemeanor.Penalties for those who participate in, or organize trick driving include a minimum fine of $1,000, minimum community service of 100 hours, possible jail time, driver's license suspension of six months to two years, and impoundment of an offender's vehicle used in the offense for up to 30 days. (AB 201 - effective 10/1/2019).
  • Reckless Driving and Vehicular Manslaughter on Private Property
    With the exception of Driving Under the Influence, most traffic laws apply only if the vehicle is driven on a public street. The law now allows prosecution of reckless driving and vehicular manslaughter offenses on "premises to which the public has access" such as parking lots, parking garages and roads within gated communities, apartment complexes, etc. (AB 403 - effective 10/1/2019).
  • Speeding
    The maximum fine for speeding is capped at $20 for each mile per hour above the speed limit or proper rate of speed. Courts may reduce a speeding citation to a non-moving violation if the offender pays all fees and fines prior to his or her first court date. It is now specifically illegal to drive at a rate of speed that results in the injury of another person or of any property. (AB 434 Section 28 - effective 10/1/2019).
  • Move-Over Law
    Motorists approaching any sort of traffic incident are required to slow to less than the posted speed limit, move to a non-adjacent lane and be prepared to stop. This law now applies specifically when approaching vehicles displaying non-flashing blue lights in the back. Tow trucks and service vehicles under contract with NDOT are now allowed to display non-flashing blue lights. (SB 395 - effective 10/1/2019).
  • Parking at Electric Charging Stations
    It is illegal to park at an electric vehicle charging station unless the vehicle is being charged. The space must be marked appropriately, and a sign must state "Minimum fine of $100 for use by others." (SB 428 - effective 10/1/2019).
  • Cell Phones & Texting
    Texting, accessing the internet, and hand-held cell phone use while driving are illegal in Nevada. (NRS 484B.16>5
    The fines are $50 for the first offense in seven years, $100 for the second, and $250 for the third and subsequent offenses. Fines are subject to doubling if the offense occurs in a work zone. Courts may assess additional administrative fees. The first offense is not treated as a moving violation. A second or subsequent offense carries 4 demerit points. You can talk using a hands-free headset and, while making voice calls, touch the phone to "activate, deactivate or initiate a feature or function on the device.

Other exceptions include:

  • Any person reporting a medical emergency, a safety hazard, or criminal activity
  • Drivers using a voice-operated navigation system affixed to the vehicle or those riding in autonomous vehicles
  • Drivers using citizen band or other two-way radios that require a license and have a separate, hand-held microphone
  • Law enforcement officers, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel acting within the scope of their employment
  • Utility workers responding to an outage or emergency and using devices provided by the company
  • Amateur radio operators providing communications services during an emergency or disaster

The state uses a demerit point system to keep track of driver offenses. When someone earns 3 points, they will receive a warning letter from the DMV. Someone who earns 3-11 may have 3 of them removed by attending traffic school. Anyone who earns 12 points in 12 months will suffer an automatic license suspension for 6 months.

Some point violations are:

  • Reckless Driving - 8
  • Careless Driving - 6
  • Failure to give information or render aid at the scene of an accident - 6
  • Following too closely - 4
  • Failure to yield right-of-way - 4
  • Passing a school bus when signals are flashing - 4
  • Hand-held cellphone use or texting (2nd and subsequent offenses) - 4
  • Disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign - 4
  • Impeding traffic, driving too slowly - 2
  • Failure to dim headlights - 2

Some speeding point violations include:

  • 1 - 10 mph over posted limit - 1
  • 11 - 20 mph over posted limit - 2
  • 21 - 30 mph over posted limit - 3
  • 31 - 40 mph over posted limit - 4
  • 41 mph or more over posted limit - 5
  • Prima Facie speed violation or driving too fast for the conditions - 2

Offenders may be ordered by the court to take a defensive driving course. Commercial drivers may be punished even more harshly.

Different Types of Driving Reports in the State

The state of Nevada offers two types of reports a 3-year driving history and a 10-year report. 

3-Year Report

The 3-year report will contain personal information such as name, address, social security number, and date of birth. It will also contain accidents, civil and criminal driving offenses, things like DUIs, parking tickets, license status, endorsements, restrictions, revocations, and suspensions. It will only go back three years, however. Requestors must pay an extra $5 for a certified copy through the mail.

10-Year Report

The 10-year report will also contain personal information such as name, address, social security number, and date of birth. It will also contain accidents, civil and criminal driving offenses, DUIs, parking tickets, license status, endorsements, restrictions, revocations, and suspensions. The report will only show the past 10 years. Requestors must pay an extra $5 for a certified copy through the mail.

Criminal Driving Offenses

Criminal driving offenses are serious crimes, and they may result in huge fines, prison or jail time, court-ordered traffic school, and the loss of a driver's license.

Reckless driving is considered a very serious crime and may result in fines of $250-$1,000, 8 points on the person's license, and up to six months in jail. The crime is a misdemeanor. If anyone is hurt or killed due to reckless driving, it instantly becomes a Class B felony punishable by 1-6 years in prison and a $2,000-$5,000 fine.

Some other examples of criminal driving offenses in the state include:

  • DUI/DWI/OUI (wet reckless)
  • Evading an officer
  • Trick driving
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Hit and run
  • Driving without a license or an expired, revoked, or suspended one

Civil Driving Offenses

Civil driving offenses are far less serious and usually only result in a warning by the officer or a ticket (fine that must be paid). Some examples of civil driving offenses include:

  • Parking in a no-parking zone
  • Running a red light
  • Failure to yield
  • Not stopping at a stop sign
  • Speeding (not excessively)
  • Driving with an expired registration
  • Driving without a license plate

State DMV Driving Records Statistics

The Nevada Department of Public Safety and Transportation is the agency that collects and reports on driving statistics for the state. They have annual reports and also keep track of monthly data. Some interesting statistics from their latest report include:

  • YTD lives lost in car accidents are up 30% from last year
  • 141 people have been killed in car accidents for 2021
  • 35 pedestrians have lost their lives due to unsafe drivers
  • 29 people who died were not wearing their seat belts
  • The top causes for vehicle fatalities were impairment and speeding
  • 314 people died in car accidents in 2020
  • Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to die in a crash
  • 63% of pedestrian deaths occurred where there are no crosswalks
  • The #1 working solution to prevent crashes is education

Driver License Record Search Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.

Who Can Get a Copy of Your Nevada Driving Record?

Anyone who can prove a valid reason can get a copy of your driving record. They must, however, comply with all federal and state DPPA laws.

Can I Use the Online Systems to Make a Driving Record Request?

Yes. Individuals can easily get a copy of their driver history report using the online portal. However, anyone requesting a copy of someone else's must either get it in person at the DMV or through the mail. They can request a certified copy for an additional $5 when ordering by mail.

What Information Do I Need to Get a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR)?

When ordering a copy, you will need your name, address, driver's license number, social security number, and date of birth. You may have to send a copy of your ID card in when you order. The DMV may require expiration and issue date of your license as well.

Does the State Use a Points System?

Yes. They have strict laws, and all violations equal points on your license. Earn too many in a year, and you'll lose your license automatically for at least six months. License points can affect your car insurance rates. Too many points may also affect your driving privileges.

Helpful State Driving Record Links

Below are some helpful state driving record links.

Disclaimer: The materials presented here are for informational purposes only. The information is taken from state and local resources, and is current as of the most recent site update. Changes made by state and local departments and agencies after our latest update may render some information and fees outdated, and may cause links to break and forms to be unavailable. Infotracer strongly encourages you to visit the relevant state and local resources to ensure you have the most recent information.