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Nevada Buying a Vehicle

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Obtaining a Title and Registration for a Vehicle Bought from a Car Dealership

Anyone who purchases a vehicle must register it with the Department of Motor Vehicles within 30 days. If there is a temporary movement placard issued for the vehicle by a dealer, then you must register the vehicle before that placard expires.

If you have purchased your vehicle from an in-state dealer, then go to the local DMV office before the expiration date on your temporary tag. Then, show the DMV:

  • Your copy of the Dealer Report of Sale
  • Your Nevada Evidence of Insurance Card
  • Your Nevada Emission Vehicle Inspection Report
  • Form VP-222, Application for Vehicle Registration

You will also need to pay registration fees, which are based on the specific vehicle’s VIN. You can estimate the registration fee here.

Obtaining a Title and Registration for a Vehicle Bought from a Private Party

If you purchased the vehicle from a private seller or were given a vehicle as a gift, then you still need to let the Department of Motor Vehicles known within 30 days.

You will need to have the vehicle’s title, which must be signed. A bill of sale can be included as well, but it is not required.

To register this vehicle, you will need to submit:

There are registration fees, as well as sales tax, to pay on the vehicle based on its value.

Filling Out the Title

To fill out the title, as a buyer, you should fill out the “printed full legal name of buyer” line as well as verifying the odometer reading. Sign where it says “signature of buyer.” If more than one person is buying the vehicle, then the second buyer should fill out the second line under “printed full legal name of buyer.”

Registering the Purchased Vehicle

Once you purchase a vehicle, you need to register it within 30 days. Some of the fees may include:

  • $33 for a passenger vehicle
  • $33 for a motorcycle
  • $33 for a truck weighing less than 6,000 pounds
  • $33 for low-speed vehicles

Some people can get exemptions on these fees, such as veterans, disabled veterans and their spouses, and residents who are legally blind.

Submitting Payment

Usually, vehicle purchases in Nevada have to be handled in person at the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles office. If you purchased your vehicle from a dealer in Nevada, then you may be able to register online. Some ways to pay include by debit/credit card, money order, or with cash. If you are able to register your vehicle online, then you will need to have your:

  • License number
  • Date of birth
  • Social Security Number
  • Email address
Last Verified:
Dec 29, 2022