Nevada License Plate Information Summary
The Nevada DMV will issue you new plates when you first register your vehicle. In most cases, you can transfer your plates the next time you buy a car in Nevada.
You will also get a sticker to put on your rear plate indicating when the plate and your registration will expire.
Nevada License Plates Offered
Nevada issues standard plates, disability plates, vanity plates, and plates that bring awareness to various organizations.
You need to put your Nevada license plates on the front or back of your vehicle. The exceptions are motorcycles or trailers, which only need rear plates. Your sticker must be placed in the upper right hand corner of your rear Nevada license plate.
Your dealership will issue your temporary Nevada license plates while they arrange to get you official plates.
If you buy from a private seller, you can get temporary plates to allow you to drive to an emissions check. These cost $2.
If you need temporary tags for some other reason, they will cost $8.25 a day. You will need to apply for the temporary tags in person at a DMV office.
When You Need To Get Nevada License Plates
You need to apply for your Nevada license plates within 30 days of moving to the state. You also need to apply for plates within 30 days of purchasing a vehicle, whether from a dealership or a private seller.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
Once a year, you need to renew your Nevada license plate. You can do so online, in person, or through the mail. When you renew, you'll be sent a new sticker to put on the plate.
If Your Nevada License Plates Are Stolen
- If your Nevada license plates are stolen, you will get plates with a new number.
- You can only get plates with the same number if your plates were damaged. In that case, you have to bring the damaged plates to the DMV.
- A plate with a new number costs $6.50 plus a 50 cent prison resources fee. Duplicate plates with the same number are $19.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You can transfer your plates to a new vehicle you purchase. You cannot transfer your plates to the person buying your car.
You will need to surrender your Nevada license plates if you are not buying a new vehicle within 30 days of selling your original vehicle, or if you cancel your auto insurance. You can do so by mail or in person. If you do so by mail, include a letter indicating why you are returning your plates.
Nevada License Plate Costs
Passenger cars cost $33 for new plates.
Motorcycles cost $33, plus a $6 motorcycle safety fee.
License plates for trailers cost $37.