All About Vehicles
You need insurance and either a registration or a movement permit to drive any vehicle or trailer on public streets.
The DMV offers a number of options depending on your situation.
Smog checks are required on most vehicles, 1968 or newer, based in the Las Vegas and Reno areas.
Find out about your Check Engine light and how to report smoking vehicles.
You must obtain insurance from a Nevada-licensed carrier comply with verification requirements. How to respond to a mailed notification
Titles, Loans and Liens
How to complete a title and the various options such as Lien Payoffs, Trusts and Transfer on Death.
Fees and Taxes
Nevada charges a Basic Registration Fee based on weight and Governmental Services Taxes based on vehicle value.
Plate Surrender and Non-Op
Cancel your registration and surrender your plates if you are planning to drop liability insurance. Vehicles in storage.
Nevada offers dozens of license plate styles to the public.
Your Car, Light Truck or RV
There are no special registration requirements for recreational vehicles. Gasoline-powered RVs must pass emissions testing if required in the Las Vegas and Reno areas.
RVs are exempt from odometer reporting at registration. They are not eligible for online registration.
You may need special driver license classes or endorsements for large vehicles or multiple trailers. See Driver License Classes.
There are no special designations or license plates for commercial vehicles under 26,001 pounds. See Vehicles in Business for guidance and contact information on your business vehicle.
If you have 10 or more business vehicles, larger DMV offices have fleet counters to make registration easier and you may qualify as a self-insurer. See Fleet Registration.
Vehicles 26,001 pounds or more are registered through Motor Carrier.
You must have a driver's license (any class) to operate a moped on public streets.
Helmets and a one-time registration are required in Nevada. Liability insurance is not required. See Mopeds.
Utility and travel trailers must be registered to be operated on public streets. Trailers are titled in Nevada. Small license plates are issued for trailers under 1,000 pounds.
Trailers are exempt from insurance, odometer and smog requirements but are otherwise registered and titled in the same manner as motor vehicles. See Nevada Dealer Sales, Out-of-State Dealer Sales or Private Party Sales. They are not eligible for online registration.
Trailers may be registered for one year or three years.
If you are assembling or building your own trailer, you must have it inspected before it can be registered or titled. See Trailer Equipment Requirements, the Construction Affidavit (VP 223) form and contact us before you begin work.
Towable tools (air compressors, tow dollies, cement mixers, etc.) do not have to be registered unless they exceed 70 inches in width.
Low Speed & Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, Golf Carts
Low speed vehicles built to specific federal standards may be registered and operated on public streets where the speed limit is 35 mph or less. Golf carts, ATVs and homemade vehicles do not qualify and may not be converted.
Golf carts may be operated on public streets only in designated areas. See Low Speed Vehicles and Golf Carts.
All-terrain vehicles, pocket bikes, motorized scooters, snowmobiles and similar motorized vehicles are subject to registration and titling in Nevada. Nearly all OHVs 1976 and newer must be registered.
Register your OHV through Off-Road Nevada website.
Off-highway vehicles may not be driven on public streets or sidewalks except on specific roads designated by local government.
There is no minimum operator age or driver license requirement for off-road use. A driver's license and helmet are required when driven on public streets.
Off-highway vehicles may not be converted to on-road use. The only exceptions are two-wheeled motorcycles.
Water vessels are registered and titled by the Nevada Division of Wildlife.
Trailers are registered with the DMV.
Salvage Vehicles, Restorations, Engine Swaps, Kit Cars
Contact us with specifics before you begin work.
Make sure you own the car! You can do a title-only transaction and establish legal ownership of a vehicle without registering it. Vehicles coming from out-of-state must have a VIN inspection.
Many salvage vehicles, kit cars and antiques have to be inspected by the DMV and/or a licensed mechanic. See the publications and forms under Vehicle Ownership Forms and contact a DMV VIN Inspector.
There are strict laws, special requirements and several classifications for vehicles that have been severely damaged. Review our Salvage Vehicles page carefully.
Vehicle Equipment Requirements
Special Mobile Equipment
Special Mobile Equipment such as road graders and well-boring equipment does not have to be registered in Nevada but vehicles are subject to all other requirements on titles and purchases.
Motor Carrier offices can issue a license plate and/or special fuel license if needed.
Manufactured Homes, Commercial Coaches and Park Trailers
These are regulated by agencies other than the DMV. See Manufactured Homes and Recreational Park Trailers.
The DMV issues titles for recreational park trailers of up to 400 square feet.
Registration information for various vehicle types.