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Registration Renewal Options

General Information

Vehicle registrations expire on the exact date listed, not at the end of the month.

Use our Registration and Insurance Status Inquiry to check your registration's status, expiration date and insurance information online.

Have your Evidence of Insurance card ready! We may ask to verify your insurance coverage at renewal. Make sure it's right, especially if you have changed policies or companies. See also Online Insurance Update.

You may obtain a temporary movement permit if you must drive after your registration is expired, for example, to drive to an emissions testing station. Present the expired registration slip or other proof of ownership at a DMV office. The fee is $1.

You must register your vehicle for a full year. There are no partial registrations.

Renewal Postcards

Renewal Postcard

Registration renewal notices are printed on postcards to minimize costs. The DMV also has a special post office box to receive the renewals.

You are responsible for timely registration renewal even if you do not receive a notice. Late fees based on the expiration date are assessed for late renewals. Nevada has no grace period.

Renew online or use any of the options below. See Registration Fees for more details on how fees are calculated.

If you have received a renewal notice for a vehicle you no longer own,  please surrender the plates as outlined in Plate Surrender.  If you do not have the plates, disregard the notice.

Smog Checks and On-Board Diagnostics

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Smog checks are required each year in Nevada. You do not need a renewal notice to have a test completed. 1996 and newer vehicles are equipped with onboard computers that continuously monitor performance:

Options

Internet

It's fast, easy, secure and best of all, no lines! You may renew a vehicle registration with either the access code from the renewal notice or the plate number and last 4 digits of the VIN. Have your Evidence of Insurance card and driver's license ready and go to online renewal.

New Tax Exemptions Online!!! You may now claim your tax exemption during an online renewal. This new service is not yet available in Clark County, but can be used in all other Nevada counties. It applies to all exemptions - veterans, disabled veterans, surviving spouses and the blind. Voucher Examples

Choose e-check or debit! We accept electronic checks, debit cards from your checking account, Visa, MasterCard and Discover. Using e-check or debit saves taxpayer dollars through reduced fees. You must have cookies and Javascript enabled in your web browser.

Registrations may be renewed online approximately 35 days before expiration and up to 18 months after expiration. The expiration date will change if the renewal is more than 15 days late. The system will automatically calculate and add in any late fees. Registrations expire on the exact date listed, not at the end of the month.

Please note the online system cannot waive late fees for non-operation or accept address changes. Renew by mail, fax or in person if any of these apply. We do not issue refunds or send the decal to a temporary address.

Renewals are sent to the address we have on record. If you did not receive a notice, please review our Online Services FAQs.

Emissions Stations

Participating emissions inspection stations can renew your vehicle registration at the same time you get your smog check. Your vehicle record is updated instantly. The decal and registration slip are mailed from Carson City. See Emissions Renewals for a station near you.

Mail/Fax

If you have an address change, tax exemption or other unusual problem, or if you are temporarily outside of Nevada, you should mail your renewal. Enclose the renewal postcard, payment, emissions test if required and any other needed documents.

See Out-of-State Renewal if you are temporarily outside of Nevada and your vehicle requires an emissions test.

If you did not receive a renewal notice, please email your name, license plate number and current address for instructions. We may ask you to mail or fax one or more of the following forms:

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Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
Registration Renewal by Mail
P.O Box 6900
Carson City, NV 89702-6900

Fax Number: (775) 684-4992

The DMV honors the postmark on mailed renewals. We will not assess late fees if the postmark is on or before the expiration date. You may pay by check or money order payable to "Department of Motor Vehicles." Please do not send cash.

In-Person & Kiosks

You may renew in person at any DMV office or County Assessor office which offers vehicle registration. This is suggested only if you have multiple DMV transactions or unusual problems such as a registration suspension. We do not make appointments.

Bring your Evidence of Insurance card and driver license with you to verify your coverage.

Kiosk

Larger DMV offices and dozens of private locations feature self-service renewal kiosks that print and dispense the registration slip and decal. Kiosk renewals carry an additional $3 processing fee.

You can renew in less than 2 minutes if your registration:

  • has no address change or unusual problems, and
  • is on time or up to 18 months late. Late fees will apply.

Kiosks are available at DMV offices in Las Vegas, Reno, Carson City, Elko, Fallon, Mesquite, Pahrump and Winnemucca. They accept cash, checks and credit/debit cards for payment.

Kiosks are also available in many supermarkets and other private locations. Services are identical to those in the DMV offices except they do not accept cash. See Kiosk Services and Locations.

Out-of-State Renewal

You cannot use the online renewal if your vehicle requires a smog check and you can't have it completed in Nevada. You should renew by mail. If you did not receive a renewal notice, please contact us with your license plate number and current address for fees and instructions.

If you are currently in an area where emissions testing is required, you must have a test completed. Submit the completed test with the other documents listed in Mail/Fax. You may mail or fax your renewal.

If you are currently in an area where emissions testing is not required, you may complete an Emission Control Residency Affidavit (EC-8) and mail this with the other documents listed above. You must mail the EC-8 and other documents. You must have the car tested upon your return to Nevada.

Violations of these rules are criminal offenses and you may also be subject to an administrative fine from the DMV.

You may wish to consider an Early Renewal to change your expiration date. A college student, for example, may renew in August before leaving Nevada for the year. Those who travel during the summer could renew in the spring. Early renewals must be done in person at a DMV office. Credit will be given for the unused portion of the current registration.

Late Renewal

Nevada does not have a grace period on expired registrations. Your registration expires on the date listed, not at the end of the month. You can check its status with our Online Registration and Insurance Status Inquiry. See also Renewal Options.

If your registration is expired and your vehicle requires an emissions inspection, you must obtain a movement permit to drive the vehicle legally. You may obtain this at any DMV office. Provide proof of ownership, such as the old registration or the vehicle title. The fee is $1.

The DMV is required by law to charge late fees that consist of taxes and penalties. You must pay the full renewal fees for the coming year and the pro-rated Registration Fee and Governmental Services Taxes for the period of time the vehicle was not registered.

Additional penalties include $6 per month on the Registration Fee. The Governmental Services Tax penalty is $6.00 or 10%, whichever is greater (including Supplemental Governmental Services Taxes in applicable counties). Contact us for an exact quote if needed.

If you did not drive your vehicle on public streets during the registration lapse, you may avoid the late fees if you renew in person at a DMV office and complete an Affidavit of Non-Operation. Late fees cannot be waived or refunded if you renew by internet, kiosk or at an emissions station.

You may renew online up to 18 months after expiration provided DMV has your correct address and you have no unusual problems such as an insurance lapse or unpaid parking tickets. The system will automatically calculate late fees.

Early Renewal/Change Expiration Date

Vehicle registrations enter "renewal status" approximately 35 days before expiration. If you renew during this period, the expiration date will remain the same and you will be charged fees for a full year.

If you wish to renew early or change your expiration date, you must visit a DMV office. The new expiration date will be set one year from the date of the renewal. You will receive credit for the unused portion of your current registration fees. You will need to complete a new emissions inspection if required for your vehicle and if the last test was completed more than 90 days prior to the renewal.

Change License Plates

You must obtain new license plates in person at a DMV Full Service Office or County Assessor which offers vehicle registration services. 

If you wish to avoid personalized or specialty plate fees charged on your current plates, you should renew your registration in person and exchange plates at the same time. We do not issue credits or refunds for these fees.

Please renew your registration on time regardless of whether you change plates. You may renew first and change plates at a later date without obtaining a new registration or emissions inspection. 

If the new plates you wish to obtain are in stock at the DMV, you should renew the registration, surrender the old plates and obtain the new ones at the same time. Bring the old plates into the office with you.

If the new plates will be custom-ordered, you may order them in person at the same time you renew the registration. Or, you may renew using any method above and order the plates by mail. You would then exchange the plates in person when the new set is ready.

See our License Plates pages for different plate styles and for specific instructions on obtaining the plates of your choice.