Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicle

The Nevada Legislature and the Department of Motor Vehicles have enacted legislation and regulations to enable the testing and operation of autonomous vehicles in the Silver State.

Currently, the DMV is accepting applications for testing only. Autonomous vehicles are not available to the general public.

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Manufacturers, software developers and others interested in testing their vehicles in Nevada must submit an application to the Department along with proof that one or more of your autonomous vehicles have been driven for a combined minimum of at least 10,000 miles, a complete description of your autonomous technology, a detailed safety plan, and your plan for hiring and training your test drivers. Additional requirements and information are detailed in the application packet.

As of August 8, 2016, the Department made a policy decision to remove the formal drive demonstration requirement prior to issuing an autonomous test license. The Department has made changes to the application packet (OBL 326) to ensure the company provides a sufficient overview of the technology’s capabilities and limitations. Due to the changes to the application packet, the drive demonstration requirement has been removed.  However, the Department will hold the right to request a formal drive demonstration if the technology described in the application is unique or unusual, and would require a demonstration to ensure the vehicle can safety operate on our highways.

Autonomous Vehicle Business License Application Packet (OBL 326)

Autonomous Vehicle License Plate

Please mail the completed application to:

Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
Directors Office
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711-0900

For questions regarding the autonomous application packet please contact:

Natalie Vargas-Murray, Manager, Occupational Business Licensing
(775) 684-4672

Once an application is approved, the DMV will issue a testing license along with sets of red license plates for the vehicles.

For questions regarding the autonomous vehicle regulations, testing process and/or consumer deployment please contact:

April Sanborn, DMV Services Manager, Management Services & Programs Division
(775) 684-4719

When autonomous vehicles are eventually made available for public use, motorists will be required to obtain a special driver license endorsement and the DMV will issue green license plates for the vehicles.

Laws & Regulations Top ↑

News & Videos Top ↑

2016

1/6/2016Nevada to help driverless car industry
(Las Vegas Review Journal)

1/6//2015Mercedes-Benz E-Class Granted Autonomous Driving License in Nevada
(Motor Trend)

1/4/2015Faraday Future unveils FFZero1 concept car at pre-CES event
(Las Vegas Review Journal)

2015

12/14/2015Kia Motors granted Nevada autonomous driving license
(Kia News Release)

5/5/2015Freightliner Inspiration Truck Receives Autonomous Vehicle Licensing from Nevada DMV
(PR Newswire)

 See also the Freightliner Inspiration website.

Freightliner Inspiration Debuts at Hoover Dam

Inspiration Customer Partnership

2012 & 2013

1/9/2013CES 2013: Audi Demonstrates Its Self-Driving Car (Popular Science)

12/19/2012Continental Becomes First Automotive Supplier to Receive Nevada's Autonomous Vehicle Testing License (PRNewswire)

5/7/2012Nevada DMV Issues First Autonomous Vehicle Testing License to Google

2/15/2012Regulations Clear the Road for Self-driving Cars