Vehicle Sales - Out-of-State Dealers

Laws You Should Know Top ↑

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Out-of-state vehicle dealers must comply with their own state's laws regarding sales to non-residents. Ask about a movement permit and for details on how the vehicle will be titled before you buy.

Be certain to read and understand the sales or lease contract before signing.

Sales Taxes

An out-of-state dealer may or may not collect sales tax. See the Nevada Department of Taxation Sales and Use Tax Publications for current tax rates. Rates vary by county.

Many dealers remit sales tax payments with the title paperwork sent to the DMV Central Services Division. If the amount remitted is more than the amount due, the DMV will process a refund. If the amount remitted is less, the entire transaction will be returned to the dealer.

Dealers who have questions on the calculation of sales tax should contact the Title Section at (775) 684-4810.

Utah: Utah dealers do not pay sales tax to Utah on out-of-state vehicle sales. Often, however, they will indicate the estimated amount of Nevada sales tax due as taxes paid to Utah. The full amount of Nevada sales tax is due on vehicles purchased in Utah regardless of any statement on the contract. The estimate on the contract may be different than the actual amount due.

ELT: Nevada uses an Electronic Lien and Title system. Any dealer or financial institution that creates a lien on a vehicle must supply a Nevada ELT number.

Vehicle History Checks

Use the Vehicle Identification Number to query the following services. There are also any number of commercial services available.

Register An Out-of-State Vehicle Top ↑

You must register the vehicle at a DMV office before the expiration date of any movement permit issued or 30 days maximum. If you trade in a vehicle, you should keep your Nevada license plates. They must be transferred to a new vehicle or surrendered within 60 days. Make an appointment at our offices in Carson City, Las Vegas or Reno.

If the vehicle has never been registered or titled in Nevada, you must have a VIN inspection completed at the DMV. At larger offices, drive to the Inspection Station outside the main office first. You may also have a law enforcement officer complete the Vehicle Inspection Certificate (VP 015).

Use our Online Registration Fee Estimate. This is an estimate only. Total fees will be higher due to a $29.25 title fee, license plate fees and miscellaneous charges. DMV field offices accept cash, checks, money orders for the exact amount, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

Please bring all documents provided by the dealer. You must have:

Odometer Statement: If your vehicle is 9 years old or newer and the dealer is providing you with the title or Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin, please ensure that the dealer completes the federal Odometer Statement on this document. Dealers may also provide the original copy of a separate statement.

You must obtain liability insurance from a Nevada-licensed carrier in the exact name(s) which will be on the registration and title. The effective date of the policy must be equal or previous to the registration date. Coverage is verified electronically with your insurance company.

Motorists who do not maintain Nevada liability insurance are subject to a registration suspension, reinstatement fee/fine, possible SR22 requirement and driver’s license suspension.

Out-of-state insurance is not accepted. See Vehicle Insurance Requirements. You must present Nevada Evidence of Insurance at registration and carry one in your vehicle at all times.

Third-Party Registration

A third party may register the vehicle for you. The person must also present an Application for Vehicle Registration (VP 222) signed by the owner. Or, the third party may present a completed Power of Attorney (VP 136) or a General Power of Attorney instead of a VP 222. Any Power of Attorney must be notarized and be an original or certified copy.

Three-Year Trailer Registration

Recreational and utility trailers can be registered for either one year or three years at a time.

Visit Online Fee Estimates to compare one-year and three-year fees.


Registration and Glovebox

The vehicle registration gives you the right to drive the car or truck on public highways. The Certificate of Registration and your Nevada Evidence of Insurance must be kept in the vehicle.

The vehicle title shows ownership. It should be stored with your other important papers and not kept in the vehicle.