Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Frieghtliner Truck

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles has updated its autonomous vehicle website to align with Assembly Bill 69 amendments from the 2017 Legislative Session.  The revised language within Chapter 482A of the Nevada Revised Statutes creates new definitions and modifies the testing and operational requirements for manufacturers, developers and licensed autonomous vehicle certification facilities. 

Assembly Bill 69 changes the previous testing and operational directives from 2011 by allowing for manufacturers and developers to self-certify with the Department of Motor Vehicles that they are in compliance with the new requirements. The self-certification process for testing and operations (public use) is further defined within this webpage along with the Departments new forms for each process. 

The Department is currently working on a new innovative website that will greatly enhance our Autonomous Vehicle page.  This website will allow you to navigate to specific pages for testing or operational requirements, information on how to be licensed as an Autonomous Vehicle Certification Facility and minimal Platooning requirements. The Department is proud of its past accomplishments and ability to work with a variety of industry partners on technologies, and we will continue to be that pioneer partner now and in the future. 

Self-Certification for Autonomous Testing

Autonomous Vehicle Testing License Plate

Manufacturers and developers interested in testing their vehicles in Nevada must submit their completed “Autonomous Vehicle Testing Registry Application” packet to the Department’s address listed on this page. This packet outlines the test bond and insurance directives, fees and other requirements. 

Once the packet has been reviewed and all requirements are met, the DMV will issue a certificate of compliance for testing along with sets of red license plates for each vehicle listed in the packet.

Autonomous Vehicle Testing Registry Application (OBL 326)

Self-Certification for Operations (Public Use)

Prior to registering an autonomous vehicle in Nevada, the manufacturer or developer must self-certify with the Department that they are in compliance the requirements of Chapter 482A of the Nevada Revised Statutes. 

The manufacturer or developer must submit their completed “Autonomous Vehicle Certification Registry” packet to the Department address listed below.

The certification is only based upon the make, model and year of the vehicle(s) listed in the packet.  If the manufacturer or developer incorporates their autonomous technology into other makes and models, they will be required to submit an additional “Autonomous Vehicle Certification Registry” packet to the Department for certification. 

Autonomous Vehicle Certification Registry - Operation & Registration (OBL 326A)

Once the packet has been reviewed and all requirements are met, the DMV will issue a certificate of compliance for operations based on the make, model and year of the vehicles listed.

Please mail completed applications to:

Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
Directors Office
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711-0900

For questions regarding the autonomous vehicle regulations, autonomous testing application process and/or consumer deployment please contact:

April Sanborn, Manager - Management Services & Programs Division
(775) 684-4719 or asanborn@dmv.nv.gov

Thomas Martin, Management Analyst - Management Services & Programs Division
(775) 684-4371 or tmartin01@dmv.nv.gov

Laws & Regulations Top ↑

News & Videos Top ↑

2016

1/6/2016Nevada to help driverless car industry
(Las Vegas Review Journal)

1/6//2015Mercedes-Benz E-Class Granted Autonomous Driving License in Nevada
(Motor Trend)

1/4/2015Faraday Future unveils FFZero1 concept car at pre-CES event
(Las Vegas Review Journal)

2015

12/14/2015Kia Motors granted Nevada autonomous driving license
(Kia News Release)

5/5/2015Freightliner Inspiration Truck Receives Autonomous Vehicle Licensing from Nevada DMV
(PR Newswire)

 See also the Freightliner Inspiration website.

Freightliner Inspiration Debuts at Hoover Dam

Inspiration Customer Partnership

2012 & 2013

1/9/2013CES 2013: Audi Demonstrates Its Self-Driving Car (Popular Science)

12/19/2012Continental Becomes First Automotive Supplier to Receive Nevada's Autonomous Vehicle Testing License (PRNewswire)

5/7/2012Nevada DMV Issues First Autonomous Vehicle Testing License to Google

2/15/2012Regulations Clear the Road for Self-driving Cars