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.
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.
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.
You may renew by mail up to one year after expiration. Licenses which have been expired 31 days to one year may be renewed by mail (if otherwise qualified) will be charged a $10 late fee.
Mail your renewal notice or use an Application for Nevada Driver License by Mail (DMV 204). This form is only for drivers who are currently licensed in Nevada and are unable to reach a DMV office.
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 you received a post card asking you to renew in person, you must do so. Exceptions are made only for active duty military members and certain federal contractors.
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 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:
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 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.
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 can purchase movement permits for use in Nevada and/or a special drive away permit when leaving the state. See also Former Residents.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 $5 plus any plate-specific fee, which can vary from 50 cents 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.
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.
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.
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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