Buying a Vehicle - Nevada Dealer Sales

Online Registration

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Register your new car online without a DMV office visit! You can transfer existing license plates or request new plates in the mail. We are now offering many charitable plates styles online.

Get Started - You must obtain insurance before registration. You may also register through an optional MyDMV account.

If you register in person, we encourage you to make an appointment at our offices in Carson City, Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno. The offices in Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno open at 8 a.m. Saturdays and offer a limited number of tickets for walk-in customers.

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Odometer Readings Required! Have your current mileage ready when you register your vehicle. Motorcycles and mopeds are exempt. The Nevada DMV is required to collect mileage data to help legislators plan for future road construction. It's the law! More info

Trade-In or Sale to a Dealer Top ↑

If you are trading in a vehicle or selling one to a Nevada dealer, the dealer is required to satisfy any loan or lien within 30 days. Other states have similar laws but be sure to ask an out-of-state dealer when the lien will be satisfied. The dealer may have you sign a Power of Attorney or similar document if you do not have the title.

Nevada dealers are required to keep your trade-in until the financing on your new vehicle is finalized (up to 15 days). They must return your trade-in if they offer you different financing terms and you decline to accept the new contract.

Keep your license plates. These must be used on another vehicle or surrendered within 30 days. You will be issued a credit for the unused portion of the current registration.

Buying A Vehicle - Nevada Dealer Sales Top ↑

Be certain to read and understand the sales or lease contract before you buy any vehicle. Do not sign a contract which contains blank spaces. Use our Online Business License Verification to confirm your dealer holds a DMV business license.

Nevada does not have a right of rescission or any "cooling off" period for the buyer. Used vehicles are sold "as is."

Nevada dealers must use standardized contracts which are available online from the Nevada Division of Financial Institutions. Dealers must issue the following documents to the buyer:

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Example Dealer Report of Sale

Dealers may or may not issue the EDRS at the time of the sale. If financing on the vehicle has not been finalized, the dealer may take up to 20 days to arrange financing under the terms of the sale.

If financing cannot be finalized, the dealer then has three options:

Vehicle History Checks

Use the Vehicle Identification Number to query the following services. There are also any number of commercial services available.

Registration Options Top ↑

The vehicle must be registered before the expiration date on the temporary placard regardless of when the EDRS was issued.

Use our Online Registration Fee Estimate. (Estimate only - total fees will be slightly higher.) DMV offices accept cash, checks, money orders for the exact amount, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.


You may be eligible to complete your registration online without a DMV office visit. You can transfer existing license plates or obtain new plates by mail.

Most vehicles sold by Nevada dealers are eligible. Vehicles that are not eligible include trailers, motor homes and certain plate styles such as Classic Vehicle.

Insurance and emissions testing are verified electronically.

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In Person

If you are not eligible for online registration, you must register at a DMV office and have the following:

  • Electronic Dealers Report of Sale
  • Nevada Evidence of Insurance
  • Emissions Vehicle Inspection Report, if needed
  • Current Odometer Reading

Trailers may be registered for one year or three years.

Make an appointment at our offices in Carson City, Las Vegas or Reno.

You must obtain liability insurance from a Nevada-licensed carrier in the exact name(s) which will be on the registration and title. The effective date of the policy must be equal or previous to the registration date. Coverage is verified electronically with your insurance company.

Motorists who do not maintain Nevada liability insurance are subject to a registration suspension, reinstatement fee/fine, possible SR22 requirement and driver’s license suspension.

Out-of-state insurance is not accepted. See Vehicle Insurance Requirements. You must present Nevada Evidence of Insurance at registration and carry one in your vehicle at all times.

A third party may register the vehicle for you. The person must also present an Application for Vehicle Registration (VP 222) signed by the owner. Or, the third party may present a completed Power of Attorney (VP 136) or a General Power of Attorney instead of a VP 222. Any Power of Attorney must be notarized and be an original or certified copy.

Three-Year Trailer Registration Top ↑

Recreational and utility trailers now can be registered for either one year or three years at a time.

Visit Online Fee Estimates to compare one-year and three-year fees.

Vehicle Title Top ↑

Nevada dealers are required to submit, to the DMV, all of the documents necessary to issue a Nevada title within 30 days of the date of the sale.

The title will be mailed to the registered owner if there is no lienholder.

You will not receive the title if your vehicle is financed or leased. The new title will be sent to the lienholder. You must satisfy the lien before you may sell the vehicle to a private party. The bank or other institution will deliver the title to you if you satisfy the lien.


Registration and Glovebox

The vehicle registration gives you the right to drive the car or truck on public highways. The Certificate of Registration and your Nevada Evidence of Insurance must be kept in the vehicle.

The vehicle title shows ownership. It should be stored with your other important papers and not kept in the vehicle.