Lien Pay Offs and Lease Buy Outs

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Lien Pay Offs

Pay off procedures vary depending on whether the lienholder is using the Electronic Lien Title (ELT) system or a paper title. Financial institutions and auto dealers who finance vehicles have been required to use ELT since July 1, 2017.

Electronic Lien Title

If your loan or lien was establised on or after July 1, 2017, the lienholder will notify the DMV of the lien satisfaction. No other action is required.

Please ensure your lender has your correct address.

The new title will be mailed to the party requested by the lienholder. Titles are processed and mailed from Carson City.

You do not need to submit any paperwork to the DMV.

Paper Title

If your loan or lien was establshed prior to July 1, 2017, the bank or lienholder may have a paper title for your vehicle. They must sign the appropriate section of the vehicle title and mail or otherwise deliver it to you when your loan is paid off.

In this case, lenders do not notify the DMV of the pay off. If you do not have a new title issued, the lienholder will continue to be listed in the DMV records.

See No TItle below if you or the lender have misplaced the title. If the misplaced title was issued in another state, you will have to get a duplicate title from the other state.

Complete the Title

Lien Section - You must complete the "Lien" section on the back of the title.

Write "None" if there is no new lienholder to be recorded. If the new Certificate of Title is to reflect a security interest in the vehicle, the lienholder’s name and address must be recorded. You do not need to complete the odometer statement on the front.

Be careful! Any alteration or erasure voids a Nevada Certificate of Title. If you plan to bring the title to a DMV office, you may wish to complete it at the DMV to ensure it is correct.

Submit the Title

Fee - The fee for a new title is $20 if mailed to a Nevada address or $35 if mailed out-of-state. Titles are processed and mailed from Carson City. It is not necessary to renew or update the vehicle registration.

You may submit the title at a DMV office or mail it to us to have the lienholder removed and obtain a "clear" title. It does not matter whether the title was issued in a different state as long as the vehicle is registered in Nevada.

If you choose to mail the title, for your protection, we suggest you use registered or certified mail. Please include an explanation letter with your full name, daytime telephone number and Nevada license plate number. Please enter your current address in the assignment of title. Mail this, the title and a check or money order payable to DMV or a Payment Authorization to:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Title Processing
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711

No Title

If the lienholder does not have the title and it is not an ELT document, the lienholder may complete and notarize a Lien Release form and mail this to you. You will have to complete an Application for Duplicate Title and submit both to DMV as outlined above.

Lease Buyouts

When you purchase a car you have been leasing, a Nevada dealer (the lessor) and any lienholder will collect the sales tax and the title fee from you that is due on the sale.

The dealer will submit the title and a Dealers Report of Sale (DRS) to the DMV. A paper title will be mailed to the registered owner if there is no new lienholder.

Out of state dealers should give you the title, a Bill of Sale or another appropriate document. Please bring all documentation to a DMV office. A $20 title fee will apply.

Registration

If you wish to have a corrected registration issued in your name alone, a Nevada dealer will also collect a $5.00 duplicate registration fee. You will receive the new registration in the mail separately from the title.

If the dealer does not collect the $5.00 fee and issues a DRS to you, then you should obtain the new Certificate of Registration. No registration renewal or emissions inspection is necessary if the vehicle is not due for renewal.

Bring the DRS to a DMV office to have a new registration issued. You may also use the mail. We suggest you use registered or certified mail. Please include an explanation letter with your full name, current address, daytime telephone number and Nevada license plate number. Mail this, the DRS and a check or money order payable to DMV or a Payment Authorization for $5.00 to:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Renew By Mail Section
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711-0725

Mechanics/Storage Liens

Individuals or businesses cannot simply 'place a lien' on a vehicle. Only licensed garages, tow companies or storage businesses with a signed work order, property release or contract can sell a vehicle on a lien. 

Owner notification and a public auction are required. See Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 108, Nevada Administrative Code Chapter 108 and 2021 Assembly Bill 284.

Private landowners, property management companies and others must contact local law enforcement and/or towing services for removal of an abandoned vehicle.