Technology Fee Refund

The DMV is issuing refunds in compliance with a Nevada Supreme Court ruling.

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How to Get Your Refund

The DMV is issuing refunds of $1 Technology Fees paid by customers between July 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.

  • Refunds are paid in cash at DMV offices only. No appointment is necessary.
  • We have set up special windows in metropolitan offices. There is no wait. Refunds are not issued on Saturdays.
  • We encourage you to wait until your next in-person DMV visit prior to June 30, 2023 when the program ends.
  • Refunds will not be given at AAA offices, rural County Assessors or any other DMV partner location.
  • Refunds are issued to the person listed on the specific DMV transaction, not to another person who may have paid the fees.
  • In the case of multiple vehicle owners, the refund will be paid to the person listed as the "Mail-To" contact in DMV records.
  • Refunds for businesses and family trusts have already been issued.

Call (775) 684-4611 or email DMVTechFeeSupport@dmv.nv.gov for more information. Please have your Nevada driver's license or ID card number and any license plate number(s) ready.

Details

Refunds apply only to DMV transactions completed between July 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.

During that time period, a $1 Technology Fee for each transaction was charged on most services, including vehicle registrations, driver's licenses, state ID cards, renewals, vehicle titles and business licenses.

Customers are eligible for a refund of each fee paid. For example, if you renewed a vehicle registration, registered a new vehicle, and made a change to your driver's license during the affected time period, you would be entitled to a refund of $3.

Refunds are paid in cash as $1 bills at DMV offices to the person whose name is listed on the transaction or credential. If there are multiple owners of a vehicle, only the designated "Mail-To" owner may receive the refund.

You may visit any DMV office. You do not have to visit the office where your transaction was conducted.

Refunds will not be paid by check, direct deposit or as credits toward other DMV transactions.

Business and commercial customers — including small business entities, auto dealers, rental car companies, commercial fleets and estate trusts — have already received their refunds as checks.

The refund program ends June 30, 2023.

The DMV is issuing these refunds in compliance with a Nevada Supreme Court decision regarding legislation passed in the 2019 Nevada Legislature. See Why is the DMV issuing refunds? below.

Forms

Frequently Asked Questions

Why can't you send me a check or issue a credit toward a DMV transaction?

The parties in the litigation over the issue and the DMV determined that a cash refund is the most cost-effective way of returning the fee to customers. The cost of issuing checks and/or the cost of programming for credits would be prohibitively expensive.

Do I have to claim my refund? What happens if I don't?

You do not have to claim your refund. If you do not, it will be returned to the Nevada State Highway Fund on July 1, 2023.

I am unable to get to a DMV office. Can someone else pick up my refund?

Individuals with limitations preventing them from physically going to a DMV office may complete the Fee Refund Power of Attorney. This allows the qualified individual to designate someone to collect the Technology Fee Refund on their behalf. The Power of Attorney is for a one-time use and will be retained by DMV when cash is signed for and disbursed.

Can I get the refund due for my spouse?

No. Only the person listed on the transaction or named on the credential is entitled to the refund.

I paid for someone else's license or registration. Do I get the refund?

No. The refund goes to the person who was issued the license, permit or ID or who is designated as the "Mail-To" vehicle owner on a registration.

There are two or three people on my registration. Who gets the refund?

The person to whom the renewal notice is mailed ("Mail-To" owner) will get the refund.

I am in charge of a deceased person's estate. Can I get their refund?

With the death certificate or probate papers, the estate is entitled to the refund.

Unfortunately, some individuals eligible for the Tech Fee Refund are deceased. A family member can bring in an original or certified copy of the individual’s Death Certificate, complete the Refund Request for Deceased Individuals at DMV, and sign for the refund provided. This form does not apply for property currently going through probate.

As a trustee on a vehicle registered to my family trust, do I get a refund if I paid the tech fee?

A Trustee will get a refund (as an individual) if their name is listed on the registration and they are the "Mail-To" owner. However, the Trust will receive the refund if no Trustees are listed separately on the registration as the "Mail-To" owner. Refunds for Trusts with no Trustees listed will receive a check made out to the Trust.

Do I get the tech fee refund if I sold my car or it was repossessed?

Yes. If you paid the tech fee between July 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021, then you will get a refund.

I paid for my registration at AAA/Smog Station/Kiosk/Online. Do I get a refund?

Yes. The "Mail-To" owner will receive a refund no matter how or where the fee was paid. However, you must visit a DMV office. Do not visit AAA or an emissions station.

All of my vehicles are in my business name. Do I get a refund?

Yes, all businesses that paid the tech fee between July 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021 should have received a check in the mail already.

My registration was completed by a car dealer or a registration service. Do I get a refund?

Yes. You will get the refund if you are the "Mail-To" owner.

I don't have a Nevada license or ID, but I did pay Tech Fees on vehicles.

A driver’s license (DL) or identification (ID) is not needed to title or register a vehicle, obtain a permit, and other various transactions. There may be customers that do not have either document to claim the Tech Fee Refund if they had a transaction(s) where DL/ID is not required.

The Declaration of Identity for Technology Fee Refund form provides customers a way to declare who they legally are and claim the Tech Fee Refund they paid 7/1/2020 through 8/31/2021.

This form is NOT required to be notarized;

It is to be witnessed by DMV/Temp DMV Staff.

Why is the DMV issuing refunds?

The DMV is complying with a ruling from the Nevada Supreme Court.

The 2019 Nevada Legislature passed Senate Bill 542 to extend the collection of the DMV Technology Fee through June 30, 2022.

However, the legislation was challenged and a state district court ruled that the bill was unconstitutional because it was passed by a simple majority vote instead of the two-thirds majority required by the Nevada Constitution.

On May 13, 2021, the Nevada Supreme Court ruled to uphold the district court decision and ordered a refund of the revenue collected after the law had taken effect.

Nevada DMV ceased collection of the fee on May 17, 2021. But transactions mailed by customers past that date had continued to include the fee. Transactions were processed through August 31, 2021, to avoid service disruption to DMV customers.