Driver's License and State ID

Driver's Handbooks

OISS does not have copies of the driver's handbook needed for the written test. You can pick up a free paper copy at the local DMV or you can get a free copy online:

Online Driver's Handbook

(1.82 MB, Adobe Acrobat Reader required, approximately 72 pages to print)

What you must bring with you to the DMV:

  • Your passport
  • I-94 card
  • Previous licenses or ID's.

How often can the driver's license be renewed?

Your drivers license can be renewed until the end of your status, and they are typically given for four years. You will need to go to the DMV in person to renew your driver's license, but you will not need to take the written and driving tests again. You cannot renew your driver's license on-line.

Can I make an appointment for the written and driving test?

No, you must go to the DMV in person. You can view or download the driver's handbook on-line or you can go to the DMV to get a copy. The written test is given on a "first come, first serve" basis. Once you have completed the written exam, they will schedule you for a driving test.

How much does it cost?

It costs $22 to obtain a driver's license. The cost for a Nevada identification (ID) card is $12. You may pay by cash, check, or credit card.

Can dependents of international students and scholars get a driver's license or an identification card?

They should bring: their passport, I-94 card, previous driver's license or other ID. They can receive a driver's license or ID with,or without a social security number.

For more information about car registration and other information about getting around Reno, please visit the DMV website.