Special Vehicles in Nevada
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Nevada Special Vehicle Registration
In Nevada, it's not just your standard car, motorcycle, or pickup truck that needs to be registered. If you own a trailer, off-highway vehicle, or recreational vehicle, you must pay attention to the registration and titling requirements, otherwise you risk receiving fines and other penalties.
While most vehicles must be registered with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), other state agencies may take care of registration paperwork for other types of vehicles, such as boats.
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If you want to operate your utility or travel trailer on Nevada's public roads, you must have it titled and registered first. The process to register your trailer is the same as registering your car, except you DO NOT need to have:
- Insurance coverage.
- An odometer disclosure statement.
- A smog/emissions check.
Follow the instructions on our Register Car in Nevada page.
If you have a homemade or rebuilt trailer, you'll need to have it inspected by a Nevada DMV representative before you can have it registered. It will need to pass the standards required for:
- Tail lamps.
- Stop lamps.
- Turn signals.
See the Nevada DMV website for a full list of trailer equipment requirements.
Both you and the DMV representative inspecting your trailer will need to complete a Certificate of Inspection and Affidavit of Trailer Construction (Form VP 223). You'll need this completed form to register the trailer.
If you have a low speed vehicle that adheres to federal standards, you must have it registered before you can drive it on a public road.
NOTE: You can only drive your low speed or neighborhood electric vehicle on public streets with a speed limit of 35 MPH or less.
- Proof of insurance.
- A completed Vehicle Inspection Certificate (Form VP15).
- A completed Application for Vehicle Registration (Form VP-222).
In Nevada, off-highway vehicles (OHVs) include all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), pocket bikes, motorized scooters, and snowmobiles. All of these need to be registered and titled in Nevada.
NOTE: Your OHV may be exempt from registration if it has an engine size of 70 cc or smaller and was manufactured before 1976. Your OHV may be exempt from titling if you bought it before July 1, 2012.
If your OHV has never been registered in Nevada before, you will need to first have it inspected by a licensed OHV dealer in Nevada, or a law enforcement officer.
Once you're ready to register your OHV, you'll need to mail your application and payment to:
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711
It will cost you $20 to register your OHV and payment must be made by check or money order made payable to "DMV."
There are different documents required depending on the age of your vehicle, who you purchased it from, and whether it is homemade. For more information, see the NV Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles website .
NOTE: You MUST register your OHV within 30 days of purchasing it.
All recreational vehicles must be registered in Nevada. Follow the instructions listed on our Register Car in Nevada page, as the steps and requirements are basically the same.
The Nevada DMV DOES NOT require mopeds to be registered. A moped is defined as a vehicle with:
- No more than 2 HP.
- An engine size of up to 50 cc (gas-powered) OR 1,500 watts (electric).
- A maximum speed of 30 MPH on level ground.
If your vehicle exceeds these limits, it MUST be registered as a motorcycle.
For more information, including licensing requirements, see our scooters and mopeds page.
The fees required to register your special vehicle will vary depending on the type of vehicle you have. You can get a fee estimate by using the Nevada MyDMV online system and entering information about your vehicle. You can also contact your local NV Department of Motor Vehicles office for more fee information.Other Topics in This Section