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Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Nevada

A certificate of title issued by the state of Nevada is a document that proves legal ownership of a vehicle. A title must be obtained when an individual purchases a new vehicle. A title transfer must also be completed when a used vehicle is sold or gifted, or when a vehicle changes hands as a result of the death of the vehicle's owner.


For new vehicles, the licensed dealer that sold the vehicle typically will accept and submit the required titling information and fees on behalf of the buyer. However, buyers wishing to handle the titling independently can do so. Those interested in applying for a new title without the dealer's assistance should refer to the Buying a Vehicle - Nevada Dealer Sales and the Title and Registration Frequently Asked Questions documents on the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website.


Sale/Purchase or Gift of a Used Vehicle

When you purchase a used vehicle, or obtain one as a gift, the title must be legally transferred into your name. This is done by obtaining the following documents, and submitting them along with the appropriate fees to the DMV:

  1. The current title, with the assignment completed by the seller or donor (signing the title over to you), and notarized. The title must include the federal odometer disclosure, if the vehicle is less than nine years old.
  2. If the title does not indicate the date of sale and selling price, a completed Bill of Sale signed by both current and new owner, is required.
  3. If applicable, the original or copy of the vehicle's financing statement or security agreement.
  4. An Application for a Duplicate Title can be submitted, along with the Bill of Sale, in place of the original title if the vehicle was last titled in Nevada, has no lien, and is more than nine years old.
  5. A Nevada Vehicle Identification Certificate. completed at a DMV office or by a law enforcement officer is required for out-of-state vehicles.


Along with the appropriate transfer of title documents above, you will need to submit the following fees:

  1. $20 title transfer fee.
  2. $8.25 title processing fee for new titles.

Please contact your local DMV office for more information. Acceptable methods of payment are credit or debit cards, personal checks, money orders or cash (do not send cash through the mail).

Transfer of Title Following Death of Vehicle Owner

In the event of the death of the vehicle owner, the title is often transferred to the heirs or someone else identified in the owner's will. The procedures and fees for this type of transfer are similar to those outlined above. In addition, it is important to determine how the estate of the deceased has been settled by the heir(s).
In some cases, the heirs may need to complete a Transfer on Death - Beneficiary's Affidavit for Title form, and provide copies of both the death certificate and the will (or a notarized statement of its contents), if there is one.
For more information on title transfers following the death of a vehicle owner, refer to the Department of Motor Vehicles online, contact the local DMV office, or call (775) 684 4810.


Appropriate title transfer documents and fees should be submitted to the local DMV office.

Additional Information

  • Contact the local DMV office if you wish to add, remove or change a name on a vehicle title for reason other than those discussed above.
  • If there is an existing lien on the vehicle, there will be additional requirements for transferring the title.
  • A valid title provides proof of ownership of the vehicle. However, remember that a title transfer does not entitle the new owner(s) to legally operate the vehicle. For this, refer to the appropriate license and registration information.
Submitted by prohealthlv on 28th Jul 2014

Is my husband able to

Is my husband able to transfer title to his Nevada-licensed 1999 Mercedes Benz to our 17 year old son?

Submitted by Kellydlv on 8th Jul 2013

My husband is transferring

My husband is transferring one of our paid off auto's to myself. What paperwork do I need to bring in?

Submitted by alex2013 on 13th Mar 2013

my fiance and I are

my fiance and I are considering renting a home and shop in nevada. we will work 2 weeks in nevada, and 2 weeks in california. we have a home and a shop in california. what type of ID is acceptable? we are also being offered a vehicle from a tow agency. it would be used for work in nevada and california.but it is from out of state. to buy the vehicle, we must register it - but the question is, which state?

thanks for help with this conundrum.

Submitted by renoruona on 11th May 2013

Register it in Nevada since

Register it in Nevada since your shop and hope is in Nevada.