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When you register your vehicle, you will receive two license plates―one for the rear bumper and one for the front bumper of your car. You should use both plates. Trailers must have a license on the rear bumper only.
You have 30 days to register your vehicle and get new plates after moving to Nevada from another state or country. If you buy a vehicle from a private party or out-of-state dealer, you have 30 days to register it. If you buy a vehicle from a Nevada dealer, you have until the expiration date of the temporary placard that came with your car.
Your license plates will be registered to you as an individual, not to your car. If you get a new car, you can transfer your plates to that car after visiting a full-service DMV office to complete your registration application.
If you sell your car, keep your plates. If you don't use them on another vehicle, you'll need to surrender them within 30 days of the sale date. You can surrender the plates by bringing them into a full-service DMV office and handing them to a DMV examiner, or by mailing them to:
- Department of Motor Vehicles
- Central Services Division
- 555 Wright Way
- Carson City, NV 89711-0700
Be sure to include a signed letter requesting cancellation.
For more information about license plates and replacements, please see the DMV's information page.
If you meet certain physical criteria, you may be eligible for permanent disabled parking status, which will be noted on your specialized license plates.
Nevada license plates have seven digits (or six, 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.
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 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.
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.
All fees are in addition to normal registration fees.
- Standard Nevada design for cars: $36 for initial application; $20 for annual renewal.
- Standard Nevada design for motorcycles: $35.50 for initial application; $20 for annual renewal.
- Specialty Nevada designs: $61 to $96 for initial application; $40 to $50 for annual renewal (price varies according to design).
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.
- Circa 1982 Replica Plates
- Fire Fighter Plates― requires a specialized application to be used in place of the standard application for personalized plates.
- Charitable & Collegiate Plates
- Organizational Plates―some require a specialized application to be used in place of the standard application for personalized plates; links are available by each specific design.
- Veterans & Military Plates―some require a specialized application to be used in place of the standard application for personalized plates; links are available by each specific design.
- Your car or light commercial vehicle (with a manufacturer's rated carrying capacity of one ton or less) must be at least 25 years old.
- Your vehicle must contain original parts, or replacement parts that closely resemble the originals.
The fee for classic plates is $36.
The state requires Nevada residents to return their license plates after relocating to another state. Learn more on our NV License Plate Surrender page.Other Topics in This Section
- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks