Actions have consequences, and teens may find soon that truant students may lose their driver’s license.
More than 120,000 students were reported truant during the 2013-2014 school year in Nevada. now a statewide law will target reducing those numbers.
Effective January 1, teens who habitually skip school will risk losing their drivers license. A habitual truant is a student who misses school three times or more during a school year. They can be subject to administrative action.
Under the new law, a habitual truant will have their driver’s license susbpended for 30 days to six months. Currently, a student between 14 and 18 years of age must submit a letter from school officials attesting to having met attendance requirement.
The new law will require truant students to wait thirty days before an application for a first time license can be submitted.
Parents can appeal to school officials and are entitle to a hearing to challenge school officials if their child is labeled a habitual truant. The penalty can be waived in case of hardship. If the student has a high school diploma or completed a general education development certificate, the law will not apply