Owners of vehicles that have sustained significant damage may be eligible to obtain a salvage title in Nevada. However, an NV salvage certificate is only issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (NV DMV) to cars that meet the state’s definition of a salvage classification. In any case, this credential may be acquired by vehicle owners, lienholders or auto insurance companies, depending on the specific situation.

As a general rule, car owners who wish to obtain DMV salvage title certificates must be mindful that their vehicles will have to meet certain requirements as part of the application procedure. In addition, motorists will be charged applicable service fees related to this titling procedure. For more information about how to get a salvage title in Nevada, continue reviewing the sections below.

What is a Nevada salvage title?

A Nevada salvage title is a certificate of title that vehicle owners may obtain through the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A DMV salvage title is issued to the legal owners of motor vehicles, to the insurance companies that have acquired a car or to the lienholders who acquired a certificate of title. As a general rule, salvage title cars are vehicles that have been declared a total loss, flood-damaged or non-repairable.

In order to be classified a total loss and become eligible for a salvage certificate in NV, a car must have been damaged to the extent that its estimated repair cost exceeds 65 percent of the vehicle’s fair market value prior to the damages. Conversely, a non-repairable vehicle only has value for its scrap metal and parts, as it has been destroyed to the extent that is inoperable.

Nevada Salvage Title Eligibility Requirements

Prior to applying for a DMV salvage title in Nevada, vehicle owners will be required to satisfy certain eligibility criteria. For instance, motorists need to first determine whether their vehicles are classified as total loss, flood damaged or non-repairable. After that, based on the type of car salvage vehicle they own, the application requirements may differ.

Moreover, the eligibility requirements may vary depending on the person who applies for a salvage title. As an example, the application procedure may be performed by an insurance company, a lienholder or a registered owner of the vehicle. Therefore, motorists are encouraged to learn the NV DMV salvage title requirements that apply to their specific situation beforehand.

How to Get a Salvage Title in Nevada

Cars owners have to perform the corresponding procedure to obtain the type of DMV salvage title that their vehicles need. As such, motorists who wish to get a salvage certificate of title from the Nevada DMV may have to provide the following documentation:

  • A filled out Application for Salvage Title or Non-Repairable Vehicle Certificate (Form VP-213).
  • A completed Vehicle Inspection Certificate for VIN Verification (form VP-015).
  • A filled out Insurance Company Affidavit Without Endorsed Title (form VP-236) or proof of two written attempts by certified mail to get the endorsed title.
  • Proof that the title certificate was surrendered as part of the settlement with an auto insurance company.
  • Payment for the applicable salvage title fees.

On the other hand, the application procedure for a salvage title in Nevada may differ based on the specific situation of the applicant. For example, when a lienholder holds the title, the registered owners of the vehicle must notify the lienholder that the vehicle is becoming a salvaged one within 10 days. After that, the lienholder has 30 days from the date of receiving the notice to forward the title along with a completed application form VP-213 to the DMV.

Note: Motorists who have failed to complete the paperwork with all the required information will receive back the salvage certificate application form and all accompanying documents that they had submitted to the NV DMV.

Salvage Car Inspections in Nevada

A Nevada salvage vehicle inspection is needed when vehicle owners apply for this type of document. In addition, an inspection will be required when a vehicle’s damages are repaired and the car is restored to an operable condition. In such cases, motorists will need to complete a Certificate of Inspection/Affidavit of Vehicle Construction (form VP-064) document in order to obtain a rebuilt title. Therefore, when performing the inspection procedure, applicants will have to provide the following documents:

  • Certificate of Inspection/Affidavit of Vehicle Construction (form VP-064)
  • Completed Authorization for Vehicle Restoration (form VP-209), if applicable
  • The original salvage title, if necessary
  • Bills of sale, receipts and invoices for the purchased parts for repair
  • Payment for the applicable inspection fee

Note: In certain situations, owners of salvage title cars may have to provide a completed Vehicle Inspection Certificate for Vehicle Identification Number Verification (form VP-015), which is supposed to be completed by an authorized NV DMV agent or law enforcement officer.

Nevada Salvage Title Fees

The final step of the application procedure for a Nevada DMV salvage title is to provide payment for the applicable fees. In general, vehicle owners who are applying for a salvage certificate need to pay a fee of $11 by using a check or money order. It is important to note that this salvage title value of $11 also includes a technology fee for each of the certificates issued by the department.

Note: Licensed automobile wreckers in NV are exempt from the salvage title fee.

Last updated on Tuesday, March 10 2020.