Motorcycle Registration in Nevada

Nevada residents must register your motorcycle with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) before road operation is allowed.

Use this guide to learn each of the steps required for motorcycle registration.

New Nevada Residents

After establishing Nevada residency, you have 30 days to register your motorcycle with the DMV. Failure to do so can result in a maximum fine of $1,000.

Visit your local Nevada DMV office and:

NV Motorcycle Registration & Exemptions

After buying a motorcycle in Nevada, you'll have 30 days to register it with the DMV.

The process for registering a motorcycle purchased at a dealership and the steps required to register a used motorcycle from a private seller vary slightly.

New Motorcycles

When you purchase a new motorcycle from a Nevada dealership, the dealership may issue you temporary motorcycle registration. This will allow you a grace period to operate your motorcycle until you permanently title and register it.

Before your temporary registration expires, visit your local NV DMV office with:

Alternatively, most Nevada dealerships participate in the Electronic Dealer Report of Sale (EDRS) program. If the Dealer Report of Sale given to you is marked “EDRS," you will also be allowed to register your motorcycle online.

To register your new motorcycle online, visit the MyDMV Online Vehicle Registration site and:

  • Input the required information, including your:
    • EDRS control number.
    • Vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Pay the $33 base registration fee plus any other applicable fees or taxes.

You should receive your new motorcycle registration in the mail within 7 days. If you are also getting new license plates, these should arrive within 10 days to the address listed in the EDRS system.

Out-of-State Dealers

When you purchase a motorcycle at a dealership outside of Nevada, you'll need to:

  • Have a vehicle inspection completed, either at the DMV office or by a third party.
  • Submit a Bill of Sale (Form VP104) provided by the dealer.
  • Present proof of Nevada motorcycle insurance.
  • Bring 1 document of the following:
    • The motorcycle's title.
    • A Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO), completed with an odometer statement IF the motorcycle is 9 years old or newer.
    • A security agreement.
    • A lease agreement.
  • Submit a completed Application for Vehicle Registration (Form VP-222).
  • Pay the $33 base fee for motorcycle registration plus taxes or fees that may apply.
    • Sales tax may be required if the out-of-state rate is lower than Nevada sales tax in your county.

Private Motorcycle Sales & Gifts

To register a used motorcycle purchased from a private seller or gifted from a family member, visit your local Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles office and:

  • Submit proof of vehicle inspection, if the vehicle has not been registered in Nevada before.
  • Provide the motorcycle's current title signed by both you (the buyer) and the seller.
    • If you don't have a title because there is a lien, you'll need to present a security agreement from a loan or lienholder.
  • Complete an Application for Vehicle Registration (Form VP-222).
  • Provide an odometer statement if the motorcycle is 9 years old or newer.
  • Pay the $33 base fee for motorcycle registration and any taxes or fees that are applicable.

Nevada Motorcycle Registration Exemptions

If you are a non-resident military member stationed in Nevada temporarily, you are not required to register your motorcycle with the state. Simply maintain your current motorcycle registration with your permanent state of residence.

Other similar exemptions include:

  • Out-of-state students registered at a Nevada university or college.
  • Seasonal farm workers.
  • Border state employees who commute to Nevada for work.
    • Must live within 35 miles of the state border.

Renewing Your NV Motorcycle Registration

You are required to renew your motorcycle registration by the exact date listed on your renewal postcard and current motorcycle registration. There is no grace period and no option to wait until the end of the registration month.

As long as you have your current address on file at the DMV, you should receive a renewal postcard before your motorcycle registration expires. However, even if you do not receive a renewal postcard, you will still be required to renew your motorcycle's registration before the expiration date to avoid penalty.

When it is time to renew, you'll have the following options:

  • Online.
  • By mail.
  • In person.


Most Nevada residents will be allowed to renew their motorcycle registration online around 35 days prior to and 18 months after the expiration date.

Reasons disqualifying you from online renewal include:

  • Your license and motorcycle registration have been suspended.
  • You need to update your current address.
  • You want to obtain specialty motorcycle license plates.

To renew your motorcycle registration online, visit the Nevada DMV online renewal page and:

  • Enter one of the following:
    • The access code from your renewal notice.
    • The license plate number for your motorcycle AND the last 4 digits of your vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Update your current motorcycle insurance information.
  • Present a tax deduction, if eligible.
    • Common tax exemptions include:
      • Disabled veterans and their spouses.
      • Military veterans within specified dates of service.
      • Other disabilities.
  • Pay the $33 base fee for motorcycle registration plus applicable taxes or fees.

By Mail

You can renew your motorcycle registration by mail if you are:

  • Temporarily outside of Nevada.
  • Unable to renew by any other method.

To renew by mail, you'll need to:

  • Send in your renewal card.
    • If you do not have a renewal card, contact the DMV with the following information for renewal instructions:
      • Your name.
      • Your current address.
      • Your license plate number.
  • Provide a copy of your insurance information.
  • Provide copies of any tax exemption documents, if applicable.
  • Pay the $33 base fee for motorcycle registration plus any other taxes or fees.

Send each of these documents to the address below:

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

In Person

The following options are available for any individual who would like to renew their Nevada motorcycle registration in person:

  • Your local Nevada DMV office:
    • Only recommended if you have multiple transactions OR a suspended license/registration.
  • A self-serve kiosk:
    • Recommended if you don't need to update information and you are renewing before your expiration date.
    • Available at some DMV offices, supermarkets, and private businesses.

To renew at a DMV office location, you'll need your:

  • Nevada motorcycle license and insurance card.
  • Renewal notice or current motorcycle registration.
  • Payment for the $33 base fee for motorcycle registration plus all appropriate taxes or fees.

To renew your NV motorcycle registration at a kiosk, you will need:

    • The access code from your renewal notice.
    • Your license plate number.
    • The last 4 digits of your VIN.
  • Your license and current motorcycle insurance documents.
  • Payment for the $33 base fee for motorcycle registration is plus other applicable fees and taxes.

NV Motorcycle Registration Fees & Taxes

The following fees and taxes may be due when you register or renew your motorcycle registration in Nevada:

  • Motorcycle registration: $33.
    • Additional safety fee: $6.
  • Nevada title: $29.25.
  • New license plates: $8.
  • Technology fee: $1.
  • Kiosk renewal charge: $3.
  • Vehicle tax: Varies based on vehicle's:
    • Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP).
    • Age.
    • Depreciation.
  • Government services tax: 1.4% of the depreciated MSRP (approximate).
  • Supplemental government services tax: 25% of the government services tax (only in certain counties).
  • Late registration fee: $6 for each 1 month of delinquency.
  • Governmental services tax penalty: $6 or 10%, whichever is more.

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