You may apply for a bonded vehicle title if you do not have an existing title or other adequate proof of ownership of a vehicle and you are unable to contact the previous owner for the necessary documentation.
A vehicle title issued under a bond will contain the disclaimer pictured here and the phrase "Bonded Vehicle Title" across the top.
Any person damaged by the issuance of a bonded certificate of title has a right of action to recover on the surety bond for any breach of its conditions. The bond must remain in force for three years from the date of issuance even if the vehicle is sold.
You must be a Nevada resident and the vehicle must be present in Nevada.
Applications are not accepted at DMV Field Services offices.
Bonded vehicle titles are processed by the Title Research Section in Carson City only. Affidavits and forms are available only through Title Research.
Do not purchase a bond prior to receiving documentation from the Department authorizing the bonded title and the bond amount required.
Here are the steps in the process:
Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
Title Research Section
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711
Please use traceable mail or a service that tracks your package. You may wish to use certified or registered mail when sending original documents.
The title will be mailed to you once issued or to the lienholder, if any. Dealers and financial institutions are required to use the DMV's Electronic Lien and Title system.
Once the title has been issued, you may register the vehicle. All normal registration requirements apply. If the title is issued on a salvage vehicle, you must follow the salvage vehicle procedures to rebuild the vehicle before it can be registered or sold.
The bond must be:
The bond that is purchased for the bonded title must be in force for three (3) years even if the vehicle is sold.
Any claim of ownership for the vehicle is referred to the bond company for review and decision. The DMV does not make any designation/decision on claims against the bond. If a claim against a bond is denied, the claimant must proceed via civil court.