New Las Vegas residents have 30 days to obtain a Nevada driver license and vehicle registration. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles encourages everyone to visit its Web site at www.dmvnv.com first. Log on or call 486-4368 for more information.
New residents need several items before coming to a DMV office. You will need your current valid driver license, proof of your Social Security number and additional proof of identity such as a birth certificate or U.S. passport. Visit the DMV’s Web site for more details and a list of acceptable documents.
For vehicle registration, residents must obtain liability insurance from a Nevada-licensed company. Out-of-state insurance is not accepted.
Smog checks are required on gasoline and diesel powered cars and trucks, 1968 and newer, based in and around the Las Vegas area. New vehicles are exempt on their first and second registrations. Diesel vehicles greater than 14,000 pounds are also exempt.
Nevada registration fees vary based on a vehicle’s age and original retail price. Have the vehicle identification number ready and call or visit the Web site for an estimate of registration fees. All of Nevada’s specialty license plates are listed as well.
Boats are registered with the Nevada Division of Wildlife. Call 486-5127. Most trailers must be registered with DMV. Off-road vehicles are not registered in Nevada.
The department has four full service offices in the valley at 8250 W. Flamingo Road, 2701 E. Sahara Ave., 1399 American Pacific Drive in Henderson and 7170 N. Decatur Blvd. in North Las Vegas. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The department also has offices in Laughlin, Mesquite and Pahrump, and a commercial office at 4110 Donovan Way, near Interstate 15 and Craig Road. These offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
At the Las Vegas offices, new residents should drive to the inspection station outside the main building first to complete a vehicle identification number inspection and remove the out-of-state plates. Residents will also need their current registration slip.
Disabled residents may obtain handicapped parking placards or special license plates. They must have the proper Nevada DMV form completed by a licensed physician. The form can be obtained at any DMV office or download it at www.dmvnv.com.
Beginning drivers can obtain an instruction permit at age 151/2 and their full license at age 16. Most Nevada teens must complete a 30-hour driver education class that is offered through local high schools, online or by private driving schools.
All teen drivers should know there is a driving curfew in Nevada. Teens under 18 years old are not allowed to drive from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless they are traveling to or from a scheduled event such as work or school.Renewals Made Easy
The DMV has many alternatives to visiting an office for common tasks such as renewals or address changes. Its Internet site features online license and registration renewals, driver history printouts and a personalized plate search. Vehicle registrations may also be renewed at participating smog check stations. Many other transactions can be handled by mail.
DMV offices have self-service kiosks for registration renewals, driver history printouts and certain other services. These accept cash as well as credit cards, immediately dispense decals and offer services in English and Spanish. A number of AAA offices have kiosks as well.