Vehicle Sales - Private Party, Family Sales & Gifts

Movement Permits

You can obtain a movement permit at all DMV locations without an appointment. See Office Locations. Bring everything you need to register the vehicle.

Make an appointment for registration at our offices in Carson City, Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno. The offices in Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno open at 8 a.m. Saturdays and offer a limited number of tickets for walk-in customers.

You must have insurance to drive a vehicle on public streets.

New!  You may drive a recently-purchased vehicle without a movement permit for three days after the date of purchase if you carry, in the vehicle, proof of ownership or proof of purchase and proof of liability insurance.
(2021 Senate Bill 60 Sec. 20 effective 7/1/21)

New Federal Odometer Rule  New!

Vehicles of model year 2011 did not become odometer exempt on January 1 even though the title may indicate otherwise.

You must complete the Odometer Reading section of the title on any 2011 or newer vehicle at the time of sale. The odometer disclosure period has been extended from 10 to 20 years. More Info Below

Reno Inspections

The Reno office does not conduct VIN inspections on Saturdays.

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Car for sale

It is illegal to sell a vehicle on an empty lot in most circumstances. The DMV recommends private party sales be completed at a residence. Buyers may wish to check the seller's ID.

Subleasing and "take over payments" arrangements are illegal. Any loan or lien on a vehicle must be satisfied before it can be sold.

It is illegal to sell more than three personally-owned vehicles per year without a dealer's license.

Salvage vehicles should be rebuilt, inspected and titled as Rebuilt before being sold to a private party. A vehicle that has been issued a salvage title may not be sold or registered in Nevada until it has been repaired and inspected.

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Reading Required for Registration and Renewal

Have your current mileage ready when you register your vehicle. Motorcycles and mopeds are exempt. State law requires the DMV to collect mileage data to help the Nevada Legislature plan for future road construction. See Odometer Reading Pilot Program.

New!  Odometer Disclosure on 2011 and Newer Vehicles

Avoid repeat DMV visits! Complete the Odometer Reading section of the title on any 2011 or newer vehicle.

Effective January 1, 2021, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requires odometer disclosures until vehicles are 20 years old, beginning with vehicles of the 2011 model year. The previous rule was 10 years.

You must disclose the mileage even if the title says "Exempt - Model year over 9 years old." Titles now being issued reflect the new rule as shown below.

The seller must provide the buyer with a paper title for vehicles 2011 and newer. A Bill of Sale and Application for Duplicate Title or a non-secure Power of Attorney will not be accepted.

2011 vehicles will become exempt from odometer disclosure in the year 2031. 2012 vehicles will be exempt in 2032 and so on.

Odometer Section of Title showing a nine-year exemption period
The Odometer Reading section of a Nevada title issued under the old disclosure rule that states “Exempt - Model year over 9 years old.” The reading must be entered for any vehicle 2011 or newer even if this statement is present.
Odometer Section of Title
The Odometer Reading section of a Nevada title which reflects the new rule. 

Vehicle History Checks

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

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Family sales and gifts are handled exactly the same as a private party sale. There are no special requirements or forms.

Keep Your License Plates

Nevada law requires you to keep your plates and either use them on another vehicle or turn them in for cancellation within 60 days of the sale for standard issue plates or within 30 days for special plates.

See Plate Surrender/Registration Fee Refunds.

If you wish to transfer the plates to the buyer, for example a classic car, you may complete a License Plate Release (SP 67). Please note that registration fee credits will not transfer to the buyer.

If you have left the plates on a vehicle you sold, you may complete a Lost, Stolen or Mutilated License Plate Affidavit (VP 202).

Seller Responsibilities

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You must provide a properly signed-off title to the buyer in private party sales, family sales or gifts. Any loan or other lien must be satisfied first.

If you do not have a title, you (or the owner of record) will have to apply for a duplicate from the state where the vehicle was last titled.

The only exception is if the vehicle was 1) last titled in Nevada, 2) is model year 2010 or older, and 3) has no liens or the owner of record has a lien release, the buyer and owner of record can then complete 1) an Application for Duplicate Title (VP 012) and 2) a Bill of Sale to transfer ownership. You must obtain an actual title on vehicles 2011 and newer and enter the mileage in the Odometer Reading section.

The buyer is responsible for emission inspections in Nevada and for obtaining insurance and a movement permit to legally drive the vehicle on public streets.

The Bill of Sale and Online Sale Notification are your proof that you sold the vehicle. This is particularly important in case the vehicle is abandoned at a later date. If you complete the online notification, the new owner's information you enter will be provided to wreckers and tow car operators in the event the vehicle is abandoned. NRS 706.4477 states it is presumed the registered owner of a vehicle is solely responsible for the cost of removal and storage for the vehicle if abandoned.

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Nevada Title

Title

If you are buying a vehicle from a private party or receiving a vehicle as a gift, you must have a properly signed-off title to register the vehicle and transfer ownership. A Bill of Sale by itself is not acceptable. If the seller does not have a title, the owner of record will have to apply for a duplicate from the state where the vehicle was last titled.

The current odometer reading must be entered if the vehicle is model year 2011 or newer, even if the title itself indicates the vehicle is exempt.

Loans or Liens

If the seller has a loan or lease on the vehicle, this must be satisfied and the lienholder or lessor must deliver the title before the vehicle can be sold. This can be a lengthy process if the title has been misplaced or is being held by an out-of-state lender or lessor. Subleasing and "take over payments" arrangements are illegal.

If there is a private arrangement for payments or other interest in the vehicle, anyone may become a lienholder on the vehicle by completing the lienholder section of the title.

If the buyer is obtaining outside financing, most financial institutions will require the title. The institution will submit the title to DMV, become a lienholder and receive the new title. In this case, the security agreement from a licensed financial institution can take the place of a title for registration.

No Title?

If you do not have a vehicle title or adequate proof of ownership, you should contact the Title Research Section at (775) 684-4810 in Northern Nevada, (702) 486-4368 option 3 in Southern Nevada or bring any documentation you may have to a DMV office. We will instruct you how to attempt to locate and contact the previous owner.

If you are unable to contact the previous owner, you may be able to apply for a Bonded Title.

The New Title

If there is a lienholder, the new title will be mailed to the lienholder or processed through Electronic Lien and Title if the lender chooses.

If there is no lienholder, the new title will be mailed to the registered owner. You may request optional expedited title processing using the VP 265 form.

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

Movement Permits

The seller must keep his or her license plates.

The buyer must obtain insurance. The buyer may drive the vehicle for three days after the purchased without a movement permit but must carry proof of ownership and insurance in the vehicle. Present the signed-off title or other proof of ownership at a DMV office for a movement permit to drive the vehicle longer than three days.

Registration

The buyer must register the vehicle at a DMV office within 30 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 $28.25 title fee, license plate fees and miscellaneous charges. DMV field offices accept cash, checks, money orders for the exact amount, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

You must have the following documents to register the vehicle:

You must obtain liability insurance from a Nevada-licensed carrier in the exact name(s) which will be on the registration. 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 SR 22 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.

If you will not be driving the vehicle on public streets, you may submit the title only to have the vehicle transferred into your name. Insurance and registration or a movement permit are required to drive a vehicle on a public street at any time.

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.

Sales Taxes

Sales taxes are not collected on private party vehicle sales that occurred on or after January 1, 2006.

Tips

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. You will not receive the title if you have a loan or lease on the vehicle.