How Much Do Nevada License Plates Cost?

If you buy a used car from a private seller in Nevada, you’ll need to get new license plates when registering the vehicle. Standard Nevada passenger vehicle plates cost $7.50 on top of the base registration fee, which is $33.
Nevada also has a variety of specialty and personalized plates to choose from, which cost more. Additional taxes and fees apply to both new and renewal registrations.

Let’s explore how much the different types of plates cost in the state of Nevada.

Nevada License Plate Types

Nevada offers the following plate options for passenger vehicles:

1. Standard passenger plates
2. Personalized plates
3. Specialty plates
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How Much are Standard License Plates in Nevada?

Standard Nevada passenger license plates cost $7.50. You’ll get new Nevada standard plates in any of the following scenarios:

When you first register your vehicle
When replacing damaged, lost, or stolen plates
When downgrading from a more expensive or specialized plate (personalized or specific plates)

How Much are Nevada Personalized License Plates?

Want to make a statement? Personalized plates, sometimes also called message license plates, let you customize your ride with a unique letter and number combo.

There's an up to $96 initial fee plus a renewal fee that runs up to $50 on top of the standard plate cost. The DMV can walk you through getting a customized 6-character Nevada plate.

When selecting the lettering for your custom Nevada plate, there are some restrictions:

You are limited to 6 total characters and spaces
No special characters or punctuation can be used
Offensive or inappropriate words and phrases are prohibited

How Much are Nevada Specialty License Plates?

Nevada allows you to show support for specific causes and organizations with specialty plates. Most Nevada specialty license plates have an initial fee of $61, plus annual renewal or additional fees that vary by plate type.

For specific pricing details, click on the relevant organization link on the Nevada License Plates page.

Nevada offers several types of specialty license plates:

1. Veteran and family plates
2. Charitable and collegiate plates
3. Classic vehicle plates
4. Organization plates

Nevada Veteran and Family License Plates

Nevada offers several military license plates to honor service.

Army Airborne
Coast Guard
Marine Corps
National Guard-Air Force
National Guard-Army
Navy Seabees
Woman Veteran
Disabled Veteran
Disabled Female Veteran
Medal of Honor
Silver Star
Bronze Star (with Valor)
Ex-Prisoner of War
Fallen Military
Gold Star
Pearl Harbor Survivor/Veteran
Purple Heart
National Guard (active duty)

To apply for military license plates, you need to provide the following:

Completed SP 33 application.
Official military documentation.
Payment for the license plates and registration fee (if applicable).

Military license plates can be ordered only in person at your local Department Of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office.

Nevada Charitable and Collegiate License Plates

Nevada offers a variety of specialty charitable and collegiate license plates that drivers can display to show their support for particular causes and higher education institutions.

Animal Appreciation
Breast Cancer Awareness
Childhood Cancer
Children in the Arts
Citizenship Project
Conserve Wildlife
Desert Conservation
Forever Strong
Friends of Las Vegas Metro PD
Golden Rule
Hoover Dam
Hot August Nights
Lake Tahoe
Las Vegas Commemorative
Missing and Exploited Children
"Mount Charleston Plate"
Nevada Bighorns Unlimited
Nevada Test Site
Opportunity Village
Organ Donor
Pyramid Lake
Red Rock Canyon
Reno Air Races
STEM Education
Support Wildlife
Ultimate Fighting Championship
United We Stand
UNLV Collegiate
UNR 150th Anniversary
UNR Collegiate
Vegas Golden Knights
Virginia & Truckee Railroad

Nevada Classic Vehicle License Plates

Nevada offers specialty classic vehicle license plates for owners of antique, classic, or historic vehicles to show their dedication to preserving these collector vehicles.

Classic Rod
Old Timer
Street Rod
Fire Truck
Antique Truck/Truck-Tractor
Retired Military
Horseless Carriage

Nevada Organization License Plates

Nevada offers the following organizations you can show your support for.

Civil Air Patrol
Decorated Peace Officer
Eagle Scout
Electric Vehicle
Girl Scout Gold Award
Hall of Fame
Masonic Lodge Award
National Guard
Professional Firefighter
Volunteer Firefighter

How Much are Nevada Accessible License Plates?

Nevada offers disability license plates for $7.50. These plates provide designated parking access and other privileges to better serve disabled residents. If you would like to personalize your disability plates, it will cost $42.50.

How Much are Commercial Plates in Nevada?

In Nevada, the price of commercial vehicle plates depends on the vehicle's weight and type. To find out the precise fee for your vehicle, contact your local DMV.

How Much are Motor Home Plates In Nevada?

In Nevada, the price of commercial vehicle plates depends on the vehicle's weight and type. To find out the precise fee for your vehicle, contact your local DMV.

How Much is a Trailer Plate in Nevada?

In Nevada, a trailer plate costs $3.75.

How Much are Motor Home Plates In Nevada?

In Nevada, motorhome (RV) license plates cost $12.

How Much are Motorcycle License Plates in Nevada?

In Nevada, motorcycle license plates cost $3.75 annually.

How Much Does Motor Vehicle Registration Cost in Nevada?

The standard registration fee for passenger vehicles in Nebraska is $33.

To register your vehicle bring the following documents:

Proof of ownership
Proof of insurance
Proof of residency
Proof of VIN inspection
Payment for motor vehicle registration fees

What do I do With My Old License Plate in Nevada?

Nevada requires you to properly dispose of your old plates if they are being replaced or are otherwise becoming obsolete.

Here are your main options:

Return: you can return your old plates to the DMV office.
Recycle: you may remove any registration stickers and recycle the aluminum plates through your local recycling program, if available in your area.
Keep: some individuals choose to retain their old plates as a souvenir or decor. Just be sure to remove any registration stickers first.
Transfer: in Nevada, plates can be legally transferred between vehicles registered to the same owner. Proper paperwork must be filed with the county treasurer's office.

It’s always a good idea to deface your old license plates before returning or recycling them. This prevents someone else from illegally using them. Always remove registration stickers before disposing of your plates.

See our state-by-state guide to license plates to learn which states require removal from the vehicle and which states allow the plates to remain with the vehicle when it’s sold.

How to Apply for Nevada License Plates

Here are the steps for getting new license plates in Nevada:

1. Gather required documents like vehicle title, insurance, and ID.
2. Visit your local DMV office.
3. Submit the vehicle registration application.
4. Pay applicable registration fees, plate fees, and taxes.
5. Get your new Nevada plates and registration from the DMV when approved.
6. Attach your new Nevada plates to your vehicle. Nevada requires front and rear license plates for most vehicle types. Motorcycles and trailers are the exception.

License Plates Trivia

A rear license plate is enough in some states, whereas others—Nevada included—require a front and rear license plate.
License plates measure 6 by 12 inches in Nevada and across the US.
A motorcycle license plate is a bit smaller, measuring 4 by 7 inches.
Nevada license plates have up to six characters. (Across the US, license plate formats range from 6 to 8 characters.)

How Much Does a Nevada Title Transfer Cost?

When you buy a car from a private seller in Nevada, you’ll transfer the title into your name when you register the vehicle. Nevada’s title transfer fee is $28.25.

To transfer a vehicle title to your name, you will need the following:

The current vehicle title certificate, signed over to you by the previous vehicle owner
A completed application for a certificate of title
Lien information (if applicable)
Payment for the vehicle title fee
Valid ID or driver's license

Read our complete guide to a Nevada title transfer for more info on the subject.
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Nevada Plates FAQ

Does Nevada require emissions testing?

Nevada requires a smog certificate (emissions test) for most vehicles.

Here are the vehicles that require a smog check:

- Car owners that reside in the urban areas of Washoe or Clark County
- Gasoline cars
- Diesel cars that do not exceed 14,000 pounds
- Cars made in the 1968 model year or later
- New vehicles that are being registered for the third time

- New motor vehicles on their first and second registration.
- Vehicles made in the 1967 model year or older model year.
- New hybrid-electric cars for the first 5 model years.
- Cars based in remote areas of Clark and Washoe counties and all other Nevada counties.
- Alternative fuel vehicles (AFV).
- Diesel cars with a gross vehicle weight of 14,001 pounds or more.
- Transfer of ownership/registration if the vehicle owner completed the last test within 90 days before the current transfer.
- Transfer of ownership/registration between companies whose principal business is leasing vehicles if there is no change in the lessee or operator of the vehicle.
- Transfer of ownership/registration between husband and wife.
- Car registered as a Classic Rod, Classic Vehicle, or Old Timer and driven 5,000 miles or less per year.
- Car registered with a Replica registration.

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