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New Nevada residents must obtain their driver license and vehicle registration within 30 days. The initial fine for failing to register your vehicle is $1,000. It may be reduced to not less than $200 upon compliance.

Residency Requirements

You must be a Nevada resident and provide a Nevada street address to obtain a driver license. You may not hold licenses or ID cards from multiple states.

Active duty military members, their spouses, dependents and others living temporarily in Nevada are not required to transfer their license and registration.

Licenses are not issued to visitors, out-of-state students or foreign exchange students. Other foreign nationals may or may not be eligible for a license depending on their specific immigration status. Email or call for details and see Beginning Drivers 18 & Older.

Nevada Revised Statutes 482.103 and 483.141 "Resident" defined.

  1. "Resident" includes, but is not limited to, a person:
    1. Whose legal residence is in the State of Nevada.
    2. Who engages in intrastate business and operates in such a business any motor vehicle, trailer or semi trailer, or any person maintaining such vehicles in this state, as the home state of such vehicles.
    3. Who physically resides in this state and engages in a trade, profession, occupation or accepts gainful employment in this state.
    4. Who declares himself to be a resident of this state to obtain privileges not ordinarily extended to nonresidents of this state.
  2. The term does not include a person who is an actual tourist, an out-of-state student, a foreign exchange student, a border state employee or a seasonal resident.

Items Needed for a Typical Transfer

DRIVER LICENSE

As a first-time applicant, you will be required to provide proof of your identity (name and date of birth) and separate proof of your social security number if one has been issued for you. You must also surrender any existing U.S.-issued license or ID.

Veterans with an honorable discharge may present their DD-214 form to have a Veteran designator placed on their license. Visit archives.gov to obtain a copy of your DD-214. Anyone may elect to become an Organ Donor.

VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Your DMV Visit

Be Prepared

Make sure you have all of the required documents such as proof of identity, your existing vehicle registration and your Nevada Evidence of Insurance card.

See our DMV Requirements Tip Sheets:
Standard Driver License: English | Spanish
Driver Authorization Card: English | Spanish

Get your Vehicle Identification Number(s) ready and use our Online Registration Fee Estimate. You may wish to fill out a Driver License Application (DMV 002) in advance.

Email or call with any further questions. If you are out-of-state, call 1-877-368-7828 or (775) 684-4368 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5  p.m. Pacific time.

License Plates

Out-of-state license plates must be surrendered. Plates are usually removed at the DMV office. Be sure to bring your own tools.

Visit our License Plates pages if you are interested in personalized or specialty plates. Plates with standard numbering are issued over the counter. We encourage you to order personalized plates by mail if you can place the order approximately 60 days before you register your vehicle. If you order personalized plates at the office, we will issue a paper movement permit and mail the new plates to you.

Your DMV Office

DMV Office

We do not make appointments. Find the DMV Full Service office nearest your home. County Assessors in certain rural areas offer vehicle registration services but you must visit a DMV office for a driver license or ID card.

Larger DMV offices have a VIN Inspection Station outside the main office. Drive there first for your inspection(s). If you have multiple vehicles, you may have the inspections completed individually and register the vehicles all at once.

Larger DMV offices also have an Information Counter where you begin. DMV technicians handle both driver license and registration transactions at the same time.

Driving Tests

Drivers who have never been licensed or those who currently hold a license from a foreign country or a U.S. territory must take vision, knowledge (written) and skills (driving) tests.

All drivers who currently hold a valid U.S. license must take the vision test. Drivers under the age of 21 will be required to take the knowledge test. Drivers who have misplaced their actual license may be required to take the knowledge tests if the DMV cannot verify their licensing status.

Additionally, transferring drivers will be required to take the knowledge test if any of the following conditions exist:

All applications are checked through the national Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS). If your license is suspended, revoked, or canceled in another state, see Driver License Suspensions.

Commercial drivers who are not required to take a test may apply for their Nevada license at any full-service DMV Office. For those who require commercial testing, please contact a CDL Office.

Driver Handbooks (PDF Format)
English | Spanish | Motorcycle
Beginning Driver Training Guide
English | Spanish
Use the Driver Handbook to study for the written test. The Beginning Driver guide is for practical training.
Non-Commercial Study Guide
Class A & B, J Endorsement
Commercial
Full Handbook | Hazardous Materials

Online Sample Test

Interactive | Text Only

Links

Nevada Teen Driving

Beginning Drivers 18 and Older

Commercial Licensing

Traffic Law Summary & Education Campaigns

Teen Driving

Drivers with an out-of-state instruction permit can drive in Nevada provided there is a licensed driver, 21 or older, with at least one year of driving experience seated next to the beginning driver at all times. 

Out-of-state permits must be surrendered to obtain a Nevada permit or license. Additional proof of identity is required as outlined above. You must be age 15½ and pass the vision and written tests to obtain a Nevada Instruction Permit.

The minimum age to obtain a driver license is 16. Most teens must complete driver education and a log of the dates and times of 50 hours of behind-the-wheel experience. See Nevada Teen Driving for complete details.

All drivers under 18 must obey a driving curfew. Teens are not allowed to drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they are traveling to or from a scheduled event such as work or school.

Vehicle Registration Fees & Tax Relief

The basic registration fee for vehicles under 6,000 pounds is $33. There is a graduated scale for higher weights. Trailers up to 1,000 pounds are $12; 1,000 or above are $24. Nevada charges $28.25 for first-time vehicle titles and small fees for items such as license plates.

Nevada also charges taxes based on the value of the vehicle:

Use our Online Registration Fee Estimates.  (Vehicle Identification Number or MSRP is required.) See Registration Fees for more details.

County Assessors can approve Governmental Services Tax relief for veterans with certain dates of service, disabled veterans, surviving spouses and the blind. You must present a tax exemption statement from the assessor's office when registering your vehicle. No exemptions are age-based. These exemptions only apply to the Governmental Services Tax. Contact your County Assessor for specific requirements and see NRS Chapter 371. Veterans may designate all or part of their exemption for the Nevada Veterans Home Account.

Active duty military members who are residents of another state but stationed in Nevada qualify for Governmental Services Tax exemptions. Spouses qualify as well. See Military Licensing for information and forms.

Native American tribal members who reside on tribal lands also qualify for Governmental Services Tax exemptions. They must have the Application for Governmental Services Tax Exemption (VP 154) signed by the Tribal Chairperson.

License Plates and Disabled Parking

License Plates

Nevada requires two license plates on motorized vehicles except for motorcycles, unless the vehicle is not designed for a front plate and no front plate bracket is available from the manufacturer. Plates are issued to the owner and not the vehicle. Keep your Nevada plates if you sell a vehicle.

Personalized plates in the standard design are limited to 7 letters and/or numbers. They cost $36 when ordered and $20 per year to renew. Specialty plates are available for Nevada universities, veterans, Purple Heart recipients, Ex-Prisoners of War, street rods and a number of charitable causes. Costs for specialty plates vary. You can order custom plates by mail in advance of your move. See License Plates.

Disabled Parking

Nevada issues special plates and/or a placard which can be used on any vehicle. The disabled resident must have a Nevada DMV application signed by a licensed physician verifying that he or she has a permanent disability which restricts the ability to walk. Use the Application for Disabled Persons Plates/Placards SP-27. See Disabled Parking.

Motorcycles, Mopeds & Off-Highway Vehicles

Driver License

Nevada transfers most motorcycle endorsements from other states. If you take the skills test on a motorcycle under 90cc, your license will be restricted to that size or smaller.

Registration

Mopeds 50cc or less, with less than 2 horsepower, do not have to be registered or insured and you do not need a Class M license.  However, you must have a Class C or higher driver license to drive a moped on any public street.  Mopeds over 50cc are considered motorcycles.

Helmet Law

Motorcyclists are required to wear helmets that meet U.S. Department of Transportation standards at all times. The only exception is for mopeds 50cc or less, capable of a maximum speed of 30 miles per hour.

Off-Highway Vehicles

You may not drive an off-highway vehicle on any public street in Nevada. There is no driver's license requirement or minimum age for operation.

ATV's, non-street-legal motorcycles, snowmobiles, etc. must be registered. Applications are accepted by mail only and decals are issued by mail only. See the Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles for details.

Boats & Manufactured Housing

Water vessels are registered and titled by the Nevada Division of Wildlife. Trailers are registered by the DMV. Nearly all trailers must be registered to be driven on any public highway. You must complete a VIN inspection on trailers which have never been registered or titled in Nevada.

Manufactured Homes and commercial coaches are taxed by County Assessors and titled by the Nevada Department of Business and Industry. If you are moving a home into Nevada or buying one here, it is important to contact both agencies. See Manufactured Homes and Recreational Park Trailers.