How to Register Your Car or Truck in Nevada

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Want to get your car on the road in Nevada? It’s an easy process. Getting your car or truck registered in Nevada requires you to file and submit a few different forms and fees depending on the type of vehicle. Registration is required whether you’ve purchased a new or used vehicle through a private or dealer sale. The registration process shouldn’t take longer than a few, total hours if you read this guide and prepare ahead of time.

Your main tasks include satisfying:

  • Proof of identification
  • Registration/Title Application
  • Proof of ownership

…plus, any applicable vehicle testing and disclosures.

You will register and tag your vehicle at a Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles office. The steps for registration vary depending on if the vehicle was purchased through a private party or dealership.

We’ve outlined the Nevada car registration process, keeping it as easy as possible.

Nevada Vehicle Registration: Step-by-Step

Before we can begin, let’s talk about the registration requirements:

Nevada drivers must have auto insurance when registering their vehicles. Get your insurance beforehand by shopping around local insurance providers. Or, browse our round-up of NV insurance providers if you wish to compare quotes online.

Out-of-state drivers bringing their car into Nevada will need to register their vehicle (no exceptions) by submitting the VP-222 form and driver/vehicle info. A Nevada license is a requirement as part of this moving process. You’ll have about 30 days to get a license and registration else face late fees.

Vehicles must also pass a car inspection before their registration. Those living around Las Vegas and Reno may also need to get an emissions inspection before completing their registration.

You will have 30 days to register a vehicle, with the process being the same but different depending on how you obtained the vehicle. Let’s see how each is done below.

Vehicle Registration (Private Sales or Gifting)

Private sales may or may not include the vehicle’s title. You will need to transfer titles when completing the sale of the used car or have the owner get a duplicate to complete the transaction.

How you’ll register a vehicle in Nevada:

  1. Go to your nearest NV DMV office
  2. Present your NV driver’s license
  3. File the Application for Vehicle Registration (VP-222)
  4. Submit your Nevada Evidence of Insurance Card
  5. Submit any applicable testing:
    1. Emissions
    2. Inspection
    3. Odometer (older than ten years)
  6. Pay the fees and taxes:
    1. Registration
    2. Sales tax

Vehicle Registration (Dealerships)

Dealerships provide a temporary tag giving you a window of opportunity to complete the registration.

  1. Go to an NV DMV
  2. File the Application for Vehicle Registration (VP-222)
  3. Submit the Dealer Report of Sale
  4. Submit emissions inspection report (if applicable)
  5. Pay the registration fees and taxes

The EDRS system allows online registration for some vehicles purchased through dealers. You will visit the NV’s MyDMV website, create an account, and submit your EDRS/VIN + payment to process your registration online. You will receive your registration and stickers by mail in about a week.

Vehicle Registration (Out-of-State Purchases)

You’re welcome to buy and bring vehicles into Nevada, given you register them within 30 days.

  1. Go to an NV DMV
  2. Show your Nevada Evidence of Insurance Card
  3. Submit vehicle information:
    1. Bill of Sale
    2. Odometer statement (if older than ten years)
    3. Vehicle title, lease agreement, certificate of origin, or other ownership documents
    4. Emissions report (if applicable)
  4. File the Application for Vehicle Registration (VP-222)
  5. Pay the registration fees and sales tax difference

Nevada Vehicle Registration Fees and Taxes

Registration fees are standard, but you may pay variable taxes depending on its type and location.

  • Title: $29.25
  • Passenger vehicle: $33
  • Motorcycle: $33
  • Low-speed Vehicles: $10
  • Trucks:
    • Less than 6,000lbs: $33
    • Max Fee: $1,360

The tax rate depends on:

  • MSRP
  • Age
  • Depreciation

Ultimately, it’s best to talk with a local DMV representative to get your finalized fees. You may have exemptions depending on your person and residency. Plus, your total fees may change depending on how many items you need to be processed when registering.

Set a Reminder for Registration Renewal

You’ll want to mark your calendar or else wait to receive a renewal notice when it comes time. Many car registrations last for 1 year, some other vehicle types go up to 3 years. You can check the exact date listed on the registration – so keep this in mind and mark your calendar!

See our NV registration renewal guide for more information when you’re ready.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully registered your AZ vehicle!