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    SUMMARY: Nevada License Plates

    If you drive your vehicle on Nevada roads, you must apply for license plates by registering your vehicle in person. You must keep your tags valid by renewing your plates either online, by mail, or in person. If your plates are unusable because they’re lost, stolen, or damaged, you can order replacement plates. When you no longer have your vehicle or you don’t need your plates, you can transfer or surrender your tags in person or by mail.

    Read below for more information about license plates and tags in Nevada.

    NOTE: Do you need a disability parking plate? Visit our Disability Placards & Plates page for application information and more details.

    Types of Nevada License Plates

    You must have a license plate issued by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on most vehicles, including:

    • Cars and trucks.
    • Motorcycles
    • Trailers.
    • Recreational vehicles and motorhomes.
    • Commercial vehicle.

    Vehicles must have license plates on the front AND back, EXCEPT motorcycles and trailers, which only need a rear license plate.

    The NV DMV offers a standard license plate with a sunset design, the state name printed along the top, and “The Silver State” printed along the bottom.

    You will also be issued a registration decal, which shows the month and year your registration expires. The decal goes in the upper right corner of your rear license plate.

    Other NV License Plates

    The NV DMV issues personalized tags and special organization plates in addition to its standard plates ( see below).

    If you have a disability, you may quality for a Nevada disability license plate. Visit our disability parking permits page for application information.

    Temporary Tags

    You may need a temporary tag if you cannot get a permanent license plate right away.

    Most commonly, you will get a temporary tag from your car dealer when you buy a vehicle, allowing you to drive it until your permanent plates arrive.

    You can apply in person at a NV DMV office for several types of non-commercial movement permits if you need temporary tags for another reason:

    • Specific permit (such as emissions testing): $1.
    • Other permits: $8.25 per day.

    Apply for License Plates in NV

    To apply for a Nevada license plate, you must register your vehicle with the Nevada DMV.

    You have 30 days to register when you move to NV, and 30 days to register when you buy a new vehicle.

    Visit our Nevada vehicle registration page for complete details.

    Renew Nevada Tags

    Most Nevada license plates are valid for 1 year at a time. To renew your vehicle tags, you’ll need to renew your registration before it expires.

    The NV DMV offers renewal online, by mail, and in person.

    When you renew, you’ll get a new expiration decal to place over the existing decal.

    See our registration renewal page for more information.

    Replace Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Plates

    If your license plates or expiration decals are lost, stolen, or damaged, you can request a replacement from the NV DMV.

    If your plates have been damaged OR lost, you can get EITHER:

    • New license plates with a new number.
    • Duplicate plates with your existing number.

    If your plates have been stolen, you MUST get a new license plate number.

    Replacement Plates with a New Number

    You must get a new license plate number if your plates are stolen.

    You can choose to get a new license plate number if your plates are damaged or lost.

    For new license plates with a new number, you must go in person to a Nevada DMV office with:

    • The damaged license plates.
    • Payment for the replacement fees:
      • $5 license plate fee AND the $0.50 Prison Industries Fee.
        AND
      • Registration fees if you start your registration period over.

    Duplicate Plates with Your Current Number

    You can get duplicate plates ONLY if your plates are damaged or lost.

    For duplicate plates with your current plate number, submit:

    • Your damaged plates.
    • The Duplicate License Plate Application (Form SP14).
    • The Credit Card Authorization (Form VP-205) for credit card payments by fax or mail.
    • Payment: Duplicate plate cost:
      • $10 duplicate fee.
      • $3 per plate production fee.
      • $0.50 per plate Prison Industries fee.

      Contact the Nevada DMV for more information:

      • Las Vegas and vicinity: (702) 486-4368 (486-4DMV).
      • Reno, Sparks, or Carson City: (775) 684-4368 (684-4DMV).
      • Rural areas: (877) 368-7828.

      You can submit your duplicate license plate application:

      • In person at a Nevada DMV office.
      • By fax to (775) 684-4797.
        OR
      • By mail to the address on the form.

      Transfer or Surrender License Plates

      The NV DMV requires you to transfer your license plates or surrender them to the DMV if you will no longer use them.

      Transfer

      When you get a new vehicle, you can transfer your license plates when you register the vehicle with the NV DMV.

      You CANNOT transfer your plates to the new owner of your car, unless you have antique or classic car plates. Include a License Plate Release (Form SP67) when you transfer ownership of the vehicle.

      Surrender

      You must surrender your license plates:

      • When selling or trading your vehicle IF you aren’t transferring the plates within 30 days.
      • BEFORE canceling the liability insurance on your vehicle for any reason.

      You must submit:

      • Your license plates.
      • Your license plate decals.
      • A letter asking the DMV to cancel your registration IF you are mailing your materials.

      NOTE: If you have a personalized plate, you can keep it, but you must surrender your decal.

      Surrender your plates:

      • In person at your local Nevada DMV office.
        OR
      • By mail to:
      • Department of Motor Vehicles
        Central Services Division
        555 Wright Way
        Carson City, NV 89711

      You will receive a pro-rated credit of your registration fees, which you can use ONLY to register or renew the registration of another vehicle.

      Fees for Nevada License Plates

      Nevada license plate fees are included in the cost of registering a vehicle. The fees below DO NOT include other registration fees, such as taxes.

      • Fees for new standard plates and renewals:
        • All passenger cars: $33.
        • Motorcycles: $33 PLUS a $6 motorcycle safety fee.
        • Travel trailers: $27.
      • Replacements:
        • New license plates with a new number: $5 plate fee PLUS a $0.50 Prison Industries Fee.
        • Duplicate plates with the same number:
          • $10 duplicate fee.
          • $3 per plate production fee.
          • $0.50 per plate Prison Industries fee.

      Nevada License Plate Search

      The Nevada DMV offers a personalized license plate search that allows you to see if the plate number you want is available.

      You CANNOT search license plates to find the registered owner of an abandoned or illegally parked car. However, you can contact your local police department to handle the matter.

      To look up information about a vehicle you want to buy, you can order a vehicle history report using the vehicle identification number (VIN), not the license plate number.

    Special License Plates

    The Nevada DMV offers several types of license plates to help you customize your vehicle.

    Personalized Plates

    Nevada license plates have 7 characters (or 6 characters, if you drive a motorcycle). You are allowed to request a personalized license plate up to the maximum number of characters, as long as that combination is not already in use or obscene.

    You can easily check to see what letter and number combinations are available using the Personalized License Plate Availability Search online. Simply type in your choice and click Submit.

    You can also e-mail the DMV at info@dmv.nv.gov, or call your local full-service DMV office to see if specific license plate combinations are already in use.

    Once you have two or three options for your plates, you have several ways to order personalized license plates: by mail, by fax, or in person.

    Order by mail:

    Download the Personalized License Plate Application (Form SP66) and fill it out completely. Mail it to the address on the application, along with applicable fees (see below).

    The DMV accepts checks or money orders, made payable to DMV. You can also use a credit card by completing the Credit Card Authorization (Form VP205) form.

    Order by fax:

    Download the Personalized License Plate Application and fill it out completely. Fill out a Credit Card Authorization (Form VP205) for applicable fees, and fax both forms together to (775) 684-4797.

    Order in person:

    Download the Personalized License Plate Application and fill it out completely. Bring it in to your nearest full-service DMV office. You can also pay applicable fees by check, money order, or credit card.

    When your license plates are ready, they'll be shipped to the DMV office you indicated on your application, and you'll be notified that they're ready to be picked up. They will not be sent directly to your home address, unless you ordered them in person.

    Specialty Plates

    Specialty plates, which differ in design from the standard Nevada plates, can be personalized or not. Nevada has a wide range of specialty plates, and some (like the Veteran plates) have eligibility requirements you must meet before you can order them.

    Below is a list of links to all the various specialty plates you can order, and each link includes specific prices and procedures for qualifying.

    Antique (Classic) Plates

    Qualifications:

    • Your car or light commercial vehicle must be at least 25 years old.
    • Your vehicle must contain original parts, or replacement parts that closely resemble the originals.

    To apply, submit a Classic Vehicle License Plate Application (SP34) in person at any DMV full-service office, or, if applicable, to your County Assessor office.

    The fee for an original classic plates is $36.

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