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Frequently Asked Questions

Driver License

Can I make an appointment?

The Nevada DMV makes appointments for driving skills tests only. All other services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. See Locations. You can see the current wait times for our metropolitan offices on the DMV home page.

I lost my Nevada license, instruction permit or ID card. How do I get a duplicate?

In most cases, you can choose whether to order a duplicate online, at a kiosk, by mail or in person. The replacement will be mailed. See Duplicates.

My license, permit or ID did not arrive in the mail.

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.

My license or ID is about to expire but I am out of the state. How do I renew?

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. 

How can I get a copy of my driving record or vehicle records?

Sign up for a free MyDMV account. You can view basic license and vehicle information including status, expiration dates, insurance policies and much more.

You may obtain a driver history printout through MyDMV, at a kiosk or at any DMV office. See Records if you need a certified copy, are out of the state or prefer to order by mail.

See Online Services for certain other records such as business license verification.

What are the age / document requirements for a driver license or ID?

You must present the proper proof of identity for all first-time applications for a Nevada license, instruction permit or ID card or if your previous Nevada license or ID has been expired for more than one year. See the following for details:

I want to get a Nevada license or ID but keep my out-of-state license or ID.

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.

Can I drive in Nevada with a driver license or instruction permit from another state or country?

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.

Vehicle Registration

Renewals

My registration renewal is due but my car is under repair and I can't get a smog check.

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 then renew online, at a kiosk or at an emissions station. However, these options will carry non-refundable late fees. To avoid late fees, you must renew in person and complete an Affidavit of Non-Operation. See Renewal Options.

  • Has your battery been disconnected? 1996 and newer vehicles have an On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) system that resets itself when the battery has been disconnected. The vehicle must be driven for several days under varying conditions before it will pass an emissions test. This also applies if the OBD codes have been reset by a mechanic.
  • Insurance - If you drop your liability insurance for any reason, you must surrender your license plates and cancel the registration. You may wish to surrender your plates if the vehicle will be inoperable for an extended period. See Insurance.

My renewal is due but my car is out of the state.

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.

My renewal is due but I'll be moving out of Nevada. Is there any temporary registration?

There are no partial-year registrations or refunds. You must register the vehicle for a full year or drive on a movement permit. You can purchase movement permits for use in Nevada and/or a special drive away permit when leaving the state. See also Former Residents.

I have a tax exemption voucher. Can I renew online or at a kiosk?

Exemptions are issued by County Assessors. The DMV has a system to verify the amount of certain exemptions so that you may use them in online renewals. The following exemptions may be used online:

  • Veterans (including donations to the Veterans Home Account)
  • Surviving Spouses
  • Blind

The online renewal option is not yet available in Clark County or at kiosks. These will be added in the future. Please mail your renewal to claim the exemption. You may also renew in person. See Registration Renewal options. See Registration Fees for details on tax exemptions.

I didn't receive a registration renewal notice.

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.

  • Don't ask too early. Notices are mailed approximately 30 days before the expiration date.
  • Have you moved? Do we have your correct address? Check your current registration. Please do not renew on the web or at an emissions station if your address is incorrect. You may file a change of address after a kiosk renewal or at the same time as a mailed or in person renewal. We do not accept address changes by email. A postal forwarding order is not sufficient to ensure you will receive your decal.
  • Is your registration suspended due to a lapse in insurance coverage? Use the Registration Status Inquiry. You can reinstate and renew online or at a kiosk if your insurance is current and has been validated.

See Renewal Options for details.

I tried to renew online and it’s not working, now what?

Read the error message carefully and check the following:

  • You must have a smog check completed if one is required. Tests are required annually in Nevada.
  • Plate numbers must be entered accurately with no spaces or punctuation. Specialty plates must have the proper prefix. See your current registration or License Plate Codes & Prefixes for your exact plate number.
  • Your registration must be in renewal status. This occurs approximately 30 days before expiration. It will remain in renewal status until the renewal is completed, the plates are surrendered or up to 18 months after expiration.
  • You may be unable to renew due to an insurance suspension or unpaid parking tickets. Use our Registration & Insurance Status Inquiry. See Insurance for insurance issues. You must pay any outstanding parking tickets to the jurisdiction which issued them. Contact us for specifics.
  • You must have cookies and javascript enabled in your web browser. These are enabled by default in all major browsers. You may wish to renew at a kiosk or use one of the other options if you suspect technical issues with your computer.

I renewed but my registration and decal have not come in the mail.

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.

  • Have you moved? Do we have your correct address? Please look at your current Certificate of Registration. Mailed renewals are sent to the address on record. If you need to renew right away, use a kiosk or renew at an emissions station and file a change of address afterward. Please do not renew on the web if your address is incorrect. If you renew by mail, you can include a change of address. You must file a change of address with the DMV within 30 days of the move. A postal forwarding order is not sufficient.
  • Did you misplace the Certificate or Decal? You can obtain a duplicate online or by mail.

I received a renewal or an insurance notice on a car I no longer own or have registered in another state.

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.

How do I get a VIN inspection?

Larger DMV offices have a separate building for inspections or a clearly-marked inspection station on the side or rear of the buildling. 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.

Fees

Can I get a refund of registration fees?

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 very limited circumstances. See Plate Surrender/Refunds. No refunds are issued to former residents.

How can I find out how much my registration fees will be?

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.

How are registration fees calculated?

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.

Buying & Selling

I just bought a vehicle. What are the registration requirements?

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.

You must have insurance and a movement permit or dealer placard to drive any vehicle on public streets. See Vehicle Registration Requirements or the Registration home page for details.

I want to sell a vehicle to a family member or give a vehicle as a gift.

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 receive a credit towards 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.

I want to donate a vehicle to charity.

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. You should keep your license plates and surrender them or use them on another vehicle within 30 days. See Plate Surrender. Charities are required to surrender any plates left on a vehicle. You may also wish to use the Online Vehicle Resale Notification.

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.

I recently paid off a loan or other lien or bought out a lease. What do I need to do?

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.

License Plates

I want to get a personalized or specialty license plate.

See License Plates to choose your plate style.  A DMV office visit is necessary to receive any new plates. Bring any old plates into the office with you.

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 $5 plus any plate-specific fees, which can vary from $3.50 for a standard motorcycle plate to as much as $96 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.

I want to transfer my plates from my old vehicle to my new vehicle, what do I do?

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. The plate transfer fee is $5 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.

How do I get handicapped plates or placards?

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.

Does Nevada honor handicapped placards or license plates from other states or countries?

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.

Payment

Cards

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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