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New Nevada residents need to obtain a drivers license and registration within 30 days of moving to Nevada if planning to drive in the state. A Nevada state resident is defined as:

  1. A person who has a legal residence in Nevada.
  2. A person who engages in intrastate business and uses a vehicle for this business.
  3. Anyone who physically resides and who accepts employment within the state.
  4. A person who declares himself to be a resident of this state to obtain privileges that a non-resident would not have under normal circumstances.

To transfer your existing driver license, you will need to bring the following to the Department of Motor Vehicles:

  • Your valid, state-issued driver license or I.D. card.
  • Proof of your social security number
  • Additional proof of your identity
  • To receive a Nevada vehicle registration, bring the following to the DMV:
    • Proof of vehicle liability insurance, valid for the state of Nevada
    • If the vehicle was manufactured after 1968, a Nevada emissions vehicle inspection report
    • Your current registration and plates. New residents must surrender their out-of-state plates
    • Titles
    • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspections
    • Any fees that are required for registration with the DMV

    More information for new residents can be found on the state DMV site for new residents.

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