Vehicle Industry & Drive School Licensing
Read these updates. There are important new rules affecting many businesses.
Assembly Bill 284 of the 2021 Nevada Legislature makes changes to the laws on vehicle liens held by body shops, garages and other businesses.
Licensees must comply with AB 284. The Department of Motor Vehicles has now fully implemented these changes.
AB 284 contains new notice requirements, an expiration date for vehicle liens and a procedure for the public to contest the validity of a lien.
All businesses which assert vehicle liens should review AB 284 and seek legal advice on its impacts. The provisions of the bill do not apply to tow car operators who hold a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
Please ask your legal counsel for advice on implementation of this bill. DMV staff members cannot offer legal advice.
New vehicles are now exempt from emissions tests until the fourth registration. Tests were previously required upon the third registration. See 2021 Assembly Bill 349 for additional changes in emissions fees and upcoming changes in classic vehicle registration.
Odometer Disclosure is required on all 2011 and newer vehicles and must be completed on a secure form such as a Title, Dealer Reassignment of Title or a Secure Power of Attorney.
Non-Secure Power of Attorney forms are no longer accepted as of August 1, 2021. The DMV recognizes this is a burden on the vehicle industry. However, the extended disclosure period and secure form requirements are both mandated by federal regulations, 49 CFR 580.
Lienholders must obtain a Secure Power of Attorney from both the buyer and seller if the title is not present at the time of sale. Section A on the Secure Power of Attorney is completed by the seller giving the financial institution Power of Attorney. Section B is completed by the buyer giving the financial institution Power of Attorney. Section C is completed by the financial institution so they may sign on behalf of both customers. Again, this applies to all 2011 and newer vehicles.
2011 vehicles did not become odometer exempt on January 1, 2021. You must complete an Odometer Disclosure on any 2011 or newer vehicle.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires odometer disclosures until vehicles are 20 years old, beginning with vehicles of the 2011 model year. The previous rule was 10 years.
- If the vehicle is a 2011 model or newer, Odometer Disclosure(s) must be completed.
- If the vehicle is a 2010 model or older, it is exempt.
You must disclose the mileage even if the title or Dealer Reassignment form says "Exempt - Model year over 9 years old." Titles and forms now being issued reflect the new rule.
Vehicles that are weight exempt (over 16,000 pounds GVWR) remain exempt under the new rule.
2011 vehicles will become exempt from odometer disclosure in the year 2031. 2012 vehicles will be exempt in 2032 and so on. See the News Release for more information.
Watch your trade-ins:
- Vehicle ownership transfers using a Bill of Sale and Application for Duplicate Title and/or multiple bills of sale are not allowed for model year 2011 and newer vehicles.
- Multiple private party sales are not allowed for model year 2011 and newer vehicles.
- You must use a Secure Power of Attorney on 2011 and newer vehicles if you use a POA.
The Odometer Reading section of a Nevada title issued under the old disclosure rule that states “Exempt - Model year over 9 years old.” The reading must be entered for any vehicle 2011 or newer even if this statement is present. The Odometer Reading section of a Nevada title which reflects the new rule.
Due to State and Federal regulation/rule changes over the past several years and changing DMV business model, the Department is able to accept electronic notary and e-signature on physical and digital forms. This coincides with practices already existing in the Title Section and streamlines the ability to accept and process e-signatures.
The new process allows an applicant to submit a form prescribed by the Department with an e-signature and/or e-notary if authentication requirements are met:
- Association of signature with the record/form/transaction must be easily identified (e.g. John Smith’s e-signature appears on an Erasure Affidavit for a title in his name)
- Authentication must be present i.e. printed name of the signatory, timestamps, date of each signature, who sent and viewed the document
- Electronic Notary must contain an electronic seal and electronic signature
The electronic signature acceptance process will mirror that of current DMV transactions:
- An applicant may submit forms prescribed and approved by the DMV with an e-signature if authentication requirements are met
- The DMV will approve or deny a form based on current policy and procedure for the transaction being completed
Note: An existing original title or manufacturer’s certificate of origin, will be denied if submitted with e-signatures for transfer of ownership at this time
E-signatures may be accepted on most DMV prescribed forms and may not be denied solely because the signature is electronic.
The Department has created the following checklist for customers with questions: E-Signature Checklist.
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