There are many ways to register to vote or update your registration in Nevada. See the Nevada Secretary of State for a complete list.
If you apply through the DMV, your information is forwarded to the Secretary of State and the appropriate County Clerk/Registrar of Voters. The county officials complete the actual registration and maintain the voter rolls.
Your DMV application for any Driver's License or ID Card transaction also serves as a voter registration application.
This includes Original Issuance, Renewal, Duplicate and Change of Address whether completed in-person, online or through the mail.
If you qualify, the Department will automatically transmit your voter information to the Secretary of State and your county unless you choose to opt out of registration.
The Nevada DMV, Secretary of State and County Clerks operate an Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) system in accordance with a ballot initiative approved by voters in 2018 and the subsequent enabling legislation and regulations.
The DMV does not register voters or maintain voter registration rolls. It submits voter registration
data to the Secretary of State and the County Clerks.
Who is submitted for registration?
DMV customers are submitted for AVR if they:
are U.S. citizens, and
are age 18 and older, and
are completing a transaction related to a Nevada driver's license or identification card, and
do not affirmatively decline Automatic Voter Registration
Citizens age 17 may preregister to become eligible when they turn 18.
AVR is available for both in-person transactions at DMV offices and online transactions completed through MyDMV.
Customers who qualify for AVR are given an opportunity to choose a political party or opt-out. At DMV offices, the customer is given a separate sheet of paper which is completed after the DMV transaction and deposited in a secure "red box" at the office.
Who is NOT submitted for registration?
Customers will not be processed through the Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) system if they:
indicate they are not a U.S. citizen, or
indicate they were born outside the U.S., or
present immigration documents as proof of identity, or
are completing a vehicle registration or other transaction not related to a driver's license or ID card
Customers who are not submitted through AVR receive a printout explaining how to register to vote if they believe they are eligible.
How it works
The License/ID Transaction
The DMV is required to notify each person who submits an application for the issuance or renewal of, or change of address for, any type of driver’s license or identification card issued by the DMV of the following information:
The qualifications to vote in Nevada;
That the person will be automatically registered to vote unless he or she affirmatively declines in writing;
That the person may indicate a political party affiliation;
That indicating a political party affiliation or no political party affiliation is voluntary;
That the person will not be able to vote at a primary election for candidates for partisan offices of a major political party unless the person indicates a major political party affiliation;
That the decision of whether to register to vote or not will not affect the person’s transactions with the DMV or the DMV’s services;
That the person’s decision regarding whether to register to vote or not cannot legally be disclosed to the public; and
That any information collected by the DMV for automatic voter registration cannot be used for any purpose other than voter registration.
Customers at DMV offices are given a data review sheet which contains all of the information on the driver's license or ID card plus an indication of whether the customer is eligible for AVR. The customer must review and sign this to complete the license/ID transaction.
Choose a Party or Opt Out
At the conclusion of the driver's license/ID card transaction, customers at offices are given one of two paper forms:
If eligible for AVR, a form to choose a political party, register as nonpartisan or opt-out of AVR
If not eligible for AVR, a form which explains how to register to vote if the customer believes they are eligible
The form to choose a party or opt-out is completed away from the DMV window after the license/ID transaction.
DMV offices have a secure "red box" container for these forms.
Customers completing a transaction through MyDMV are given the same options through online forms.
What if I don't complete the form?
Your information will be submitted for Automatic Voter Registration if you are otherwise qualified
Your political party information will be submitted as "Customer Left Blank." If you have an existing Nevada voter registration, your party affiliation will not change.
What Happens Next?
The appropriate County Clerk/Registrar of Voters office will determine if the application to register to vote is complete. The county election official must notify the person if the application is incomplete and additional information is required.
Once you are registered to vote, you will receive a voter registration card by mail as well as a sample ballot prior to the Primary or General Elections.