The Nevada DMV makes appointments for driving skills tests only. Some rural offices offer Dash Pass, which allows you to check in from a computer or smart phone wherever you are. Dash Pass will send text messages or call to let you know where you are in line.
If you do not receive your new card in the mail within 20 days, you should contact us. Please email or call before you visit a DMV office. Undeliverable driver’s licenses, instruction permits, or ID cards are returned to the DMV. In rental or roommate situations, make sure the post office will deliver mail in your name.
This or a similar statement means that the issuing state offers its residents the option to obtain a driver's license or identification card which is not compliant with the federal Real ID Act of 2005 and that the license holder has chosen to exercise that option.
A variety of reasons may underlie that choice, including personal preference, religious conviction, or the inability or decision not to provide original documents needed to verify identity, citizenship, or lawful status in the United States.
No inferences or assumptions should be drawn about the particular reason an individual possesses a card with this statement. It does not indicate a person's citizenship or immigration status.
A license or ID card with this statement will not be accepted for access to federal facilities where ID is required, entering nuclear power plants and boarding federally-regulated commercial aircraft.
See the Real ID Act in Nevada for details.
Nevada began issuing driver's license and identification cards that comply with the federal Real ID Act of 2005 on November 12, 2014. To upgrade an existing Nevada license or ID to the Real ID standard, the holder must present proof of identity and residency in person at a DMV office. This is required only once.
You have the choice of retaining a standard Nevada license or ID. See the Real ID Act in Nevada for details.
If you received a renewal notice, you may renew by internet or mail if your license has not yet expired. Your new license will be sent to the address on record, however, and the post office will not forward it.
If you did not receive a renewal notice, please call or email your name, Nevada driver license number and current address for instructions. You may be able to renew by mail if you are otherwise qualified for it. See also Driver License Renewal Options.
If your license has been expired 30 days or less, you may renew without penalty by mail if otherwise qualified or in person. If your license has been expired 31 days or more, you are required to renew in person at a DMV office. A $10 late fee will apply.
If your license has been expired one year or more, you must renew in person and you will have to show Proof of Identity and take the written test. If your license has been expired for four years or more, you will also have to take the skills test.
If you are outside of Nevada - If you received a renewal notice, you may renew by mail up to 30 days after expiration. Licenses which have been expired 31 days to one year may be renewed by mail (if otherwise qualified) with an additional $10 late fee using an Application for Nevada Driver License by Mail (DMV 204). Please contact us for eligibility requirements.
Nevada residents who are currently members of the Armed forces, their spouses, dependents or certain federal employees may be eligible to renew by mail up to 2 years after expiration. Please contact us for eligibility requirements.
Sign up for a free MyDMV account. You can view basic license and vehicle information including status, expiration dates, insurance policies and much more.
See Online Services for certain other records such as business license verification.
You must present the proper proof of identity and residential address for all first-time applications for a Nevada license, instruction permit, ID card or Driver Authorization Card or if your previous Nevada license or ID has been expired for more than four years. See the following for details:
Sorry, but you must surrender your out-of-state license or ID to obtain one from Nevada. This is Nevada law and part of the national Driver License Agreement. Nevada does offer a seasonal resident ID card to part-time residents who meet certain qualifications. See ID Cards.
Yes, Nevada honors licenses and permits issued by the appropriate government agency in another state or country. An International Driver License is not required for foreign visitors. Drivers under 18 must obey the restrictions listed under Nevada Teen Driving.
There are no partial registrations or extensions. Simply let the registration expire. When the vehicle is ready, you may get a movement permit to drive it for the emissions test. You may obtain a ten-day movement permit online through a MyDMV account.
You may then renew online, at a kiosk or at an emissions station. See Renewal Options. The system will automatically calculate late fees.
If you did not drive your vehicle on public streets during the registration lapse, you may avoid the late fees if you renew through a MyDMV account or in person at a DMV office and complete an Affidavit of Non-Operation. Late fees cannot be waived or refunded if you renew at a kiosk or an emissions station.
You must renew by mail or fax if your vehicle requires a smog check. If not, you may renew online but the renewal is sent to the address on record. We cannot send it to a temporary address.
See Renewal Options for details.
There are no partial-year registrations or refunds. You must register the vehicle for a full year or drive on a movement permit.
You may obtain a ten-day, in-state movement permit online through a MyDMV account or at a DMV office. You can purchase a special "drive-away" permit when leaving the state at a DMV office. See also Former Residents.
Yes, tax exemptions are accepted at online and kiosk renewals. Exemptions are issued by County Assessors to:
Use our online Registration Status Inquiry to check the status of your registration and insurance. You will need your license plate number and the last 4 digits of the VIN.
It is your responsibility to renew on time. Registrations expire on the exact date listed, not at the end of the month. We do not refund late fees.
If you need to renew right away, get a smog check (if needed) and renew at a kiosk. Emissions tests are required every year in Nevada.
See Renewal Options for details.
Read the error message carefully and check the following:
Use our online Registration Status Inquiry to check whether your renewal has been processed. You will need your license plate number and the last 4 digits of the VIN. Mailed renewals may not be processed until just before the expiration date.
Your registration will show as current to law enforcement as soon as the renewal is processed. It may take up to 14 days, however, to receive the mail. The Certificate of Registration and license plate decal are mailed together.
See Former Residents if you have moved to another state.
If you receive a notice asking to verify your insurance coverage, use our online Insurance Verification Response or complete the written notice and return it.
If you still have the Nevada license plates, please drop them off at a DMV office or mail them to the Department. If not, you may wish to file a Lost, Stolen or Mutilated License Plate Affidavit (VP 202). See Plate Surrender/Refunds.
You will not face any fine, arrest warrant or legal action if you simply disregard the notices. However, you may receive an insurance notice, a certified letter and a registration renewal notice on each vehicle. Also, if your registration is suspended, you may be subject to reinstatement fees and fines if you register it again.
Larger DMV offices have a separate building for inspections or a clearly-marked inspection station on the side or rear of the building. Simply drive your vehicle to the inspection station during normal business hours.
Some private businesses in the Carson Valley area have been authorized to conduct inspections. See Gardnerville VIN Stations. Sworn law enforcement officers may also complete VIN inspections.
In most cases, no. The DMV issues a credit for the unused portion of fees when license plates are surrendered. Refunds are available only in limited circumstances. See Plate Surrender/Refunds. No refunds are issued to former residents.
Have your Vehicle Identification (VIN) number ready and use our online Fee Estimate. This will be an estimate only and does not include late fees or charges for license plates, title, etc. You can find the VIN on your current registration or proof of insurance. Your Nevada registration lists the original Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. See Vehicle Registration Fees for more information and calculations.
If you are new to Nevada, please see our New Resident Guide. You will also need to know the Nevada county where your vehicle will be based. The Las Vegas area is in Clark County and the Reno area is in Washoe County.
If you are renewing a registration, you can start the online renewal to view the total charges including late fees. A smog check (if needed) must be completed first.
Nevada has a basic registration fee that is based on weight. This is $33 for a typical car. Nevada also collects Governmental Services Taxes that are based on the value of the vehicle. See Registration Fees for details.
Generally, you must register the vehicle within 30 days of the purchase. Vehicles that have never been registered or titled in Nevada must have a VIN inspection completed at the DMV office.
If you purchased a vehicle from a Nevada dealer, you may be able to register it online without visiting a DMV office. You can transfer existing plates or obtain new standard plates by mail. See Online Vehicle Registration.
Family sales and gifts are handled the same way as Private Party Sales. There are no special forms or requirements.
You cannot transfer unused registration fees. The new owner pays a full year's registration. Typically, the seller surrenders their license plates and receives a credit toward the registration of another vehicle. The new owner receives new plates. See Plate Surrender/Registration Fee Refunds.
If you wish to allow the new owner to use the existing set of license plates, you must complete a License Plate Release (SP 67). The new owner must submit this when registering the vehicle. Any existing registration will be canceled. Registration fee credits may not be transferred to the new owner.
Charitable vehicle donations are nearly identical to Private Party Sales. Donors must pay off any outstanding loan or lien and provide a properly-signed off title. The charity is allowed to sell the vehicle without actually taking ownership of it by completing the dealer reassignment section of the title.
If you are donating a vehicle, be sure to keep all receipts and documents issued by the charity as proof that the vehicle was donated. Charities are required to surrender any plates left on a vehicle. However, you should keep your license plates and surrender them or use them on another vehicle within 30 days. Notify the DMV through the MyDMV Registration Cancelation & Vehicle Resale Notification. See also Plate Surrender.
If you are buying a vehicle from a charity, you must register and title the vehicle within 30 days of the sale. You must meet all of the registration requirements for a private party vehicle sale. See Registration Requirements.
When you pay off a loan or other lien on a vehicle, the bank or other lienholder must sign the appropriate section of the vehicle title and mail or otherwise deliver it to you. You may then bring this to a DMV Full Service Office or mail it to us to have the lienholder removed and obtain a "clear" title. See Lien Payoffs.
A lease buyout is similar to a vehicle sale by a dealer. See Lease Buyouts.
You do not need to renew your vehicle registration to swap plates unless the registration is otherwise due. The fee to swap plates without a renewal is $6 plus any plate-specific fees, which can vary from $4.50 for a standard motorcycle plate to as much as $97 for specialty plates.
For personalized plates, you may order in-person and we will mail the plates to you. Or, you may order by mail and pick up the plates in person.
When you register the new vehicle, please inform the technician of the transfer or choose the transfer option during an online registration. We will cancel the current registration and credit the unused portion of the registration fees to the new vehicle. Note that if you have used the online registration cancelation, you will not be able to transfer those plates during a new online registration.
The plate transfer fees are $6 in addition to any other applicable fees.
Certain types of plates, such as Classic Vehicle, may not be transferred unless the new vehicle meets the requirements.
If you wish to use another person's plates, the owner must complete License Plate Release (SP 67). Please note that registration fee credits will not transfer.
You must have a physician complete the proper form and designate whether your disability is temporary or permanent. You may obtain placards at a DMV office or by mail. Plates must be obtained at a DMV office. See Disabled Parking.
Yes, as long as the placard or plate was issued by the appropriate government agency in the other state or country. Placards purchased from private companies are not valid. See Disabled Parking.
The DMV accepts cash, checks, money orders for the exact amount, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Out-of-state checks can be accepted with supervisor approval.
Your driver license and/or vehicle registration may be suspended if a check or other payment is not honored.
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