Nevada Registration Requirements

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Use Online Registration if you purchased your vehicle from a Nevada dealer and it is eligible.

You may obtain a movement permit without an appointment at any DMV office. Bring proof of ownership. Do so if your dealer placard will expire before you can obtain appointment.

Vehicles 26,001 pounds or heavier are registered through Motor Carrier.

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What You Need

  • Vehicles Purchased from a Nevada Dealer

    Vehicles Purchased from a Nevada Dealer

    • Nevada Evidence of Insurance
    • Electronic Dealer Report of Sale (EDRS)
    • Nevada Emission Vehicle Inspection Report
      (If needed, this must be issued by the dealer)
    • Current Odometer Reading
    • Application for Vehicle Registration (VP 222)
      (If a third party registers the vehicle on behalf of the owner)

    Sales Taxes are paid to the dealer, based on the actual sales price.

    Vehicle must be registered before the expiration date on the placard issued by the dealer.

    Use Online Vehicle Registration. Register your vehicle online without visiting the DMV! You can transfer existing plates or get standard or many styles of specialty plates in the mail. Most vehicles purchased from a Nevada dealer are eligible.

    See Registration - Dealer Sales for information on license plates, tax exemptions and more.

  • Vehicles Purchased from an Out-of-State Dealer

    Vehicles Purchased from an Out-of-State Dealer

    • Nevada Evidence of Insurance
    • Invoice or Bill of Sale, and one of the following:
      Title
      Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin
      Security Agreement
      Lease Agreement
    • Nevada Emission Vehicle Inspection Report if needed
    • VIN inspection
    • Current Odometer Reading
    • Application for Vehicle Registration (VP 222)
      (If a third party registers the vehicle on behalf of the owner)

    Sales Taxes - You may or may not be charged sales tax at registration. Many dealers remit sales taxes directly to the DMV. Full Nevada taxes are due on vehicles purchased in Utah. See Out-of-State Dealer Sales.

    Vehicle must be registered before the expiration of any movement permit issued.

    Odometer Statement - Ensure the dealer completes this statement on the title or certificate of origin on vehicles 2011 or newer. The original copy of a separate statement is also acceptable.

    See Registration - Out-of-State Dealer Sales for information on license plates, tax exemptions and more.

  • Private Party Sales, Family Sales and Gifts

    Private Party Sales, Family Sales and Gifts

    • Nevada Evidence of Insurance
    • Title or Security Agreement from a Financial Institution
    • Nevada Emission Vehicle Inspection Report if needed
    • VIN inspection if not previously registered in Nevada
    • Current Odometer Reading 
    • Application for Vehicle Registration (VP 222)
      (If a third party registers the vehicle on behalf of the owner)

    Vehicle must be registered within 30 days of the purchase.

    The buyer must obtain insurance and a movement permit prior to driving the vehicle on any public street.

    The seller should remove the license plates and transfer or surrender them. Complete a Bill of Sale for your records.

    Sales taxes are not charged on "occasional" sales.

    See Registration - Private Party, Family Sales and Gifts for information on license plates, tax exemptions and more.

  • New Residents

    New Residents

    • Nevada Evidence of Insurance
    • License plates and current registration certificate
    • Nevada Emission Vehicle Inspection Report
      (if needed)
    • VIN inspection
    • Current Odometer Reading
    • Application for Vehicle Registration (VP 222)
      (If a third party registers the vehicle on behalf of the owner)

    New Nevada residents must obtain their driver license and vehicle registration within 30 days. See our New Resident Guide.

    You have the option to transfer your out-of-state title to Nevada if it is not held by a lienholder. Bring your existing title.

General Info

Have your VIN and MSRP ready and get an Online Fee Estimate.

VIN inspections are done at DMV offices. At larger offices, drive to the inspection station outside the main office first. No appointment is required.

You must visit a DMV office to register a vehicle unless it is eligible for Online Registration. Make an appointment!

See License Plates for specialty plates.

Liability Insurance Requirements

Out-of-state insurance is not accepted. You must obtain insurance from a Nevada Licensed Insurance Carrier and maintain the coverage for the entire time the vehicle is registered in Nevada. Minimum coverage is 25/50/20. Coverage is verified electronically with your insurance company.

Motorists who do not maintain Nevada liability insurance are subject to a registration suspension and reinstatement fees and fines. You must keep Nevada Evidence of Insurance in your vehicle or on a mobile device at all times. Mopeds and trailers are exempt from insurance requirements.

Emission Inspections

Smog checks are required on most gasoline and diesel powered cars and trucks, 1968 and newer, based in most areas of Las Vegas and Reno. See Emissions or ask at a smog check station.

Exemptions include new vehicles on their first, second or third registration in any state, hybrids for the first five model years, diesel vehicles with a manufacturers gross vehicle weight rating over 14,000 pounds, motorcycles and mopeds.

Emissions tests are valid for 90 days. If the vehicle was purchased from a Nevada dealer, the test is valid for 180 days from the date of the test.

Active-Duty Military

See Nevada residents stationed in other states or Out-of-state residents stationed in Nevada.

Vehicle History Checks

The DMV does not disclose owner information to potential buyers. However, you may use the Vehicle Identification Number to query the following services. There are also any number of commercial services available.