• The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles requires all cars to be properly registered. If the vehicle is sold, it is your responsibility to let the DMV know about registration changes. Failure to do so will result in substantial fines.

    If you are buying a car from a private party, the seller must provide you with a properly signed title. If the seller does not have a title for the vehicle, he or she must obtain a duplicate from the state where the vehicle was last titled. The new owner will not be able to register the vehicle unless he or she is in possession of a valid title; the Bill of Sale by itself is not sufficient.

    The buyer section must be completed in full, as this information will be reflected on the registration record. If the vehicle that is being sold was previously titled in Nevada, is older than nine years, and the title is missing; the seller and the buyer can complete the transfer of ownership by submitting an Application for Duplicate Title and a Bill of Sale.

    Please note that even though vehicle ownership is transferred, the seller still retains the license plates. He or she must either use them on another vehicle or surrender the plates to the DMV within 30 days from the date of sale. The new owner must obtain the proper insurance policy and a movement permit if he or she wishes to drive the vehicle before the new license plates are issued.

    If the new owner wants to register the vehicle, he or she will have to provide the DMV with the following documents:

    • Vehicle Title
    • Nevada Emission Vehicle Inspection Report
    • Vehicle Identification Number Inspection (only if the vehicle has never been registered or titled in Nevada)

    Sales taxes and registration fees will be calculated by the DMV, and the new title will be mailed directly to the registered owner of the vehicle.

    Check the Nevada DMV website for more information on NV Vehicle Registration and Titling or find out more in the NV DMV Registration and Title Guide (PDF).

    Note: This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm all details directly with the NV DMV. You can visit the NV DMV website or call in for general drivers license and registration information.

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