How to Transfer a Vehicle Title in Nevada

Do you want to exchange ownership of a vehicle? If so, you’ll complete a title transfer.

The title transfer process in Nevada involves the following:

  • Signing the title
  • Getting an emission and VIN inspection (if needed)
  • Providing ID and proof of auto insurance
  • Paying the necessary fees

Of course, this is a simplified overview of the process.

Below, you’ll learn the full process behind doing a…

Nevada Auto Title Transfers: How It’s Done

You will visit a Nevada DMV office in this process.

Your best bet is having both parties go to the local clerk’s office to avoid any potential issues. The process is largely the same between seller and buyer with a few exceptions – below, you’ll find a general overview of the process.

This is the process (including both parties):

  1. Retrieve the vehicle’s title or request a duplicate title
    1. Note: You may need a lien release from the current owner
    2. Or: Provide a lien release to the buyer (if you’re the owner)
  2. Fill the forms on the Nevada certificate of title – including:
    1. Full legal name and address of buyer and owner
    2. Date of sale (month, day, and year)
    3. Purchase date/price
  3. Complete the Application for Vehicle Registration (VP-222)
    1. Owner/applicant information
    2. Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (if applicable)
    3. Odometer declaration (if applicable)
    4. Bill of Sale (VP-104)
    5. Application signatures
  4. Bring the necessary documents:
    1. Proof of identification
    2. Proof of insurance
    3. Emissions test certificate (if applicable)
    4. VIN inspection certificate (if applicable)
  5. Pay the taxes and fees
    1. Title transfer: $21
    2. Duplicate title: $21
    3. Processing fee: $8.95

* The title transfer may happen when receiving a duplicate title.

Always keep copies of the bill of sale for record-keeping. Congratulations, you’ve completed the Nevada title transfer application and switched ownership of the vehicle!

Alternative Title Transfers in Nevada

Nevada wants to know when titles are transferred outside of private sales whether buying from a car lot or passing the vehicle & title around family and friends.

Buying from Dealerships

Dealerships will process your title & registration, sending documents to their appropriate locations. If they don’t, request the forms and deliver them to an NV DMV. They will complete the title application form and do the process as noted in the section above.

Out-of-State Vehicles

Bringing a vehicle from another state requires you get an inspection if you’re around the central or metro Reno/Las Vegas areas. You’ll also need to get a VIN inspection. Afterward, you’ll submit your title, registration, ID, certificates, and the VP-222 form at the DMV.

You should also get Nevada auto insurance before you decide to get on state roads.

Pay your registration and titling fees and you’re good to go!

Inheriting a Vehicle

Inheriting a vehicle from a deceased family member is wholly dependent on the situation. However, you’ll typically go to the DMV and submit the title, Transfer of Death Application (VP-239) if transferring or VP-241 if receiving and no title, and pay the titling fee to complete the process.

You may also mail these documents and payment to: Department of Motor Vehicles, Title Processing, 555 Wright Way, Carson City, NV 89771.

Gifted/Donated Vehicles

You will complete the process much like transferring a title through private sales. Except, you’ll typically be eligible for a tax credit because it’s gifted/donated. Work with your chosen non-profit to find the best way to donate your vehicle in Nevada.