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Vehicle Title and Ownership

Duplicate Title

If your vehicle is titled in another state, you must obtain a duplicate from that state. See 50 State DMV Links.

If there is a loan, lease or other lien on the vehicle, you must contact the lienholder. The lienholder may apply for a duplicate title. If the last title was issued in Nevada, the lienholder may complete a Lien Release (VP 186) and the registered owner may apply for the duplicate.

If your vehicle was last titled in Nevada and there are no liens, you may mail an application or drop it off in person at a DMV office. Your title will be mailed in approximately 6 weeks.

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Application for Duplicate Nevada Certificate of Title (VP 012)
This form is for use only if the vehicle was last titled in Nevada. If you are not sure whether your vehicle is titled in Nevada or if you do not have all of the information requested, please contact the Records Section for instructions.

Credit Card Authorization (VP 205)
To pay by credit or debit card.

Expedited Title  New!

Local DMV field offices accept title transactions but do not issue titles over the counter. All Nevada titles are mailed from Carson City once processing is complete. You may expedite the processing of your title and/or have it delivered through Federal Express by completing the VP 265 application. Additional fees apply.

Application for Expedited Processing/Shipping of Nevada Title (VP 265)
To expedite the processing and/or shipping of your title for additional fee(s).

Adding or Dropping Names

Without Lienholder

Sign the title as if you are selling the vehicle and put the new name(s) in the buyer section. Use your full legal name as listed on your driver license.

If the vehicle is not registered or not operational, you may change the title only without obtaining insurance, a smog check or registration. Bring the title to a DMV office.

If you will be registering and driving the vehicle, you must obtain Nevada liability insurance in the same name(s) which will be on the new title and registration. If your vehicle requires a smog check, you must have a new test done if the last one is more than 90 days old.

Bring the signed-off title, current registration slip and smog check if needed to a DMV office to re-register the car. Credit will be given for the unused portion of the current registration.

If you are changing your name, you must have the legal document which authorizes the change (Marriage Certificate, divorce decree, etc.). Divorce decrees should include language which awards the vehicle to the new owner by Vehicle Identification Number.

With Lienholder

You must ask the lienholder to approve the change. Subleasing and "take over payments" arrangements are illegal.

The lienholder may wish to refinance any loan. They may ask you to sign the title and/or a power of attorney. The lienholder will have to apply for the new title and issue you a letter, including the Vehicle Identification Number, stating they will do so. You may also satisfy the lien and bring the signed-off title to the DMV.

If the vehicle is not registered or not operational, the lienholder may change the title only. If you wish to register the vehicle, you must obtain Nevada liability insurance in the same name(s) which will be on the new title and registration. If your vehicle requires a smog check, you must have a new test done if the last one is more than 90 days old. 

Bring the lienholder letter or signed-off title, current registration slip and an emissions Vehicle Inspection Report if needed to a DMV office to re-register the car. Credit will be given for the unused portion of the current registration.

If you are changing your name, you must have the legal document which authorizes the change (Marriage Certificate, divorce decree, etc.). Divorce decrees should include language which awards the vehicle to the new owner by Vehicle Identification Number.

Family Trusts

To transfer vehicles into a Family Trust, you must ask any lienholder to approve the change. The lienholder may ask you to sign either the title or a power of attorney, and may wish to refinance any loan. The lienholder will have to apply for the new title and issue you a letter, including the Vehicle Identification Number, stating they will do so. You may also satisfy the lien and bring the signed-off title to the DMV.

You must add the name of the insured trustee to the registration and title or request that your insurance company report the vehicle in the name of the trust. The name of the insured on the Nevada Evidence of Insurance card must match either a name of a trustee or the trust as the vehicle will be registered. This is necessary to comply with Nevada LIVE Insurance Validation

Please note the name of the trust can be a maximum of 34 characters. Bring the following items to a DMV office:

An emissions inspection and registration renewal are not required.

You have the option of renewing your vehicle registration for a full year. You will need to complete an emissions inspection if required and if the last test was completed more than 90 days ago. Your expiration date will change if the current expiration date is more than 35 days away. Credit will be given for the unused portion of your current Nevada registration.

If you have a Governmental Services Tax Exemption for Veterans, Disabled Veterans, Surviving Spouses or the Blind, you may apply this to a vehicle registered to a trust by completing the Trust Affidavit for Exemptions (VP 242). This must be filed at the registration renewal each year.

Publications and Contacts

Financial institutions and others who need more information on Nevada title requirements should review the guides below and contact us.

Registration and Title Guide - 216 pages - 10 mb
Section VII has information for financial institutions.

Odometer Disclosure Guide - 35 pages - 1.5 mb
Detailed compliance instructions.

Salvage Title and Non-Repairable Vehicle Certificate Guide - 50 pages - 1.3 MB
Instructions on forms and procedures. See also Salvage Vehicles.

DMV Title Research
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711
(775) 684-4810 - Reno/Carson City
(702) 486-4368 - Las Vegas
1-877-368-7828 - Rural Nevada/out of state

Title Designs

Nevada began issuing its current title design on August 21, 2006. This design is larger and features a 2D bar code on the front. Orange-colored Salvage Titles also include the new features.

State law requires residents to list and sign their full legal name on all DMV documents including vehicle titles. This is reflected in the current design and vehicle owners are required to list their Nevada driver license number as well.

August 2006 Design

August 2006 Nevada Title
Nevada Title - August 2006
Size 7.5" x 10.5"
August 2006 Nevada Title - Back
Nevada Title - August 2006
Back Side

October 2001 Design

Ocotober 2001 Nevada Title
Nevada Title - October 2001
Size 7" x 8"
October 2001 Nevada Title - Back
Nevada Title - October 2001
Back Side

October 1996 Design

October 1996 Nevada Title
Nevada Title - October 1996

The October 1996 titles were printed in the same colors as later titles.

Nevada titles in previous years had different designs. For more information, contact:

Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
Title Research Section

555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711

(775) 684-4810 - Reno/Carson City/Out of State
(702) 486-4368 - Las Vegas
1-877-368-7828 - Rural Nevada