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Guide to the Nevada DMV

Nevada DMV Guide

If you’re new to Nevada or have recently purchased a vehicle, here is a short guide to setting up your license and registration.

Nevada Vehicle Registration

Registration of your vehicle is required in Nevada within thirty days of becoming a resident. Before registration, you will need to obtain a Nevada evidence of insurance card, and a vehicle inspection report, if required. Then go to your local Department of Motor Vehicle office with:

You can use the Nevada’s Online Registration Fee Estimate to approximate your registration fees.

Nevada Vehicle Inspections

Currently, vehicles based in Clark County or Washoe County are required to undergo smog checks and emissions tests. Otherwise, vehicles are not obligated to undergo inspections. You will get an inspection at a department-licensed emission station.

Nevada Vehicle Registration Renewal

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will send you a registration renewal notice. You can renew online, by mail, or in person at your local DMV, at a self-service kiosk, or at participating emissions stations. You can renew your registration online 35 days before its expiration, or up to 18 months after your vehicle registration expires.

Getting a Nevada Vehicle Title

If you’re coming from out of state, it is not required that you obtain a Nevada title. However, the state strongly recommends it. To transfer your title, you will need to provide the state with your out-of-state title and registration, proof of identity, proof of emissions and VIN inspections, proof of Nevada car insurance, a completed Application for Vehicle Registration (Form VP-222), and payment for titling.

Nevada Driver’s License

If you are new to Nevada, you must transfer your out-of-state license within thirty days of establishing residency. Then you will visit the Nevada DMV and complete the following:

  • Submit a completed Application for Driving Privileges or ID Card (Form DMV-002)
  • Submit proof of identity (birth certificate, passport, etc.)
  • Submit proof of your Social Security Number, Nevada residency, and name change if applicable
  • Surrender your out-of-state driver’s license
  • Pass a vision and written knowledge exam
  • Pay the requisite fees ($42.25 for under 65 years old, $18.25 for 65 and older)

Nevada Auto Insurance Requirements

Nevada requires liability insurance for your vehicle. You must meet the following minimum coverage limits:

  • $15,000 per person
  • $30,000 per accident for bodily injury per accident
  • $10,000 per accident for property damage