I am out of the state. Can I renew online?
You can renew online if your vehicle does not require a smog check. However, we
cannot send Internet renewal documents to a temporary address. They will be
sent to the address on file.
If your vehicle requires a smog check and you cannot
have it performed in Nevada, you cannot renew online. You may renew by mail with
an Emission Control
Residency Affidavit. See Registration Renewal Options
I can’t get a smog check because my vehicle is being repaired. What do I do?
If your vehicle will be fixed within a short time, let the registration expire. When the repairs are complete,
get a movement permit from the DMV before you drive the vehicle on any public street, including driving it to
an emissions inspection station. A movement permit is not necessary if the same garage can perform the smog check.
Once the emissions inspection is complete, you would then renew the registration in person at the DMV and sign an
Affidavit of Non-Operation to avoid late fees. You may renew online at this point as well but the system will
charge late fees. Late fees cannot be refunded.
If your vehicle will be non-operational for an extended period, you should surrender the license plates. See
Plate Surrender. You must surrender the license plates if you drop the liability insurance on the vehicle for
I get an error message when I try to renew.
There can be several causes for this:
- You are renewing too early. Early renewals must be done in person at the DMV.
- Your vehicle requires a smog check. Nevada requires an emissions test every year.
- Your vehicle registration is suspended for a lapse of insurance coverage. You can check this using the online Registration and Insurance Status. Suspended registrations must be reinstated prior to renewal.
- Your registration may be suspended for other reasons, cancelled or placed on hold for unpaid parking tickets or bad debt with the DMV. Follow the instructions in the error message.
- If none of these apply, please email us with your name, license plate number or VIN and an explanation of the problem.
I want to change my license plates. What do I do?
You must obtain new plates in person at the DMV. If you wish to avoid
personalized or specialty plate fees charged on your current plates, you should
renew at a DMV Full
and exchange plates at the same time. Specialty plate fees cannot be refunded.
If fees are not an issue, you may renew online now and
exchange plates later without another renewal or emissions inspection. See our
License Plates pages for instructions on obtaining the specific plates
of your choice.
I did not receive a renewal notice. What do I do?
If you are an individual please renew through MyDMV.
You may check your address there and update it if necessary. You may also choose whether
to receive emailed or paper renewal notices. If you are renewing for a business you must
visit a DMV office.
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Is there any convenience fee or extra charge for
Internet renewal? No. By using DMV Online Services, you are helping us
keep costs down and saving your own time and money as well.