How to Transfer a Title in Nevada

A certificate of title proves ownership of a vehicle, and transferring it correctly is critical when a car is sold. Here’s how to transfer the title correctly when buying or selling a used car in Nevada.
From how to fill out the actual fields in the title certificate to what to do at the DMV after you have the title, this title transfer guide covers everything you need to know about transferring a car title in Nevada.
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Transferring a Used Car Title In Nevada

A car title transfer makes the new owner of a vehicle the buyer. A title transfer has two stages:

1. The seller and buyer have a face-to-face meeting. The buyer pays the seller for the car. The seller and buyer both sign the physical certificate of title. The buyer is now the legal owner of the vehicle.

2. The buyer registers the vehicle with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and formally transfers the title into their name.

The first step (the meeting between the seller and the buyer) is the most important. The second step is a legal requirement.

As the seller, you’ll formalize the whole transaction when you transfer ownership of the car by signing the title over to the buyer. You'll take off the license plates and be done with the vehicle.
As the buyer in a private car sale, you become the legal vehicle owner as soon as the seller transfers the title to your name. You’ll finalize with the Nevada DMV to get title and registration in your name. You’ll also get new Nevada license plates as well as Nevada auto insurance.

Signing the Actual Title

It's time to transfer ownership to the buyer. This is an important step in the process of buying a car, right after the buyer pays for the car. When signing a Nevada title, there are multiple important factors to consider.

Essential Info for Signing a Nevada Vehicle Title

Always keep the following information in mind while filling out the certificate of title:

Write neatly.
Never use nicknames.
Never use white-out or erase anything.
Any spelling mistakes void the document.
Only use blue or black ink. Any other color ink will void the title.

Front of Title

The back of the title has sections for the seller (red), lien holder (green), and buyer (teal). Here is the process for filling out the back of a Nevada title.

1. The lienholder will release the lien by entering the required information in the green field above.
2. In the teal-colored rectangle, the buyer enters their name, address, city, state, and zip code.
3. The seller enters the exact odometer reading and signs and prints their name in the red field marked “3”.
4. The buyer checks the box stating they are aware of the odometer certification and signs and prints their name.

Back of the Title

On the front of a Nevada vehicle title, there is a place for lienholders. The lienholder will fill out the required information.

1. If applicable, the buyer will enter the name, street address, city, state, and zip code of the lienholder to appear on the new title and the lien amount.

Finalizing a Nevada DMV Title Transfer

When buying a used car from a private seller in Nevada, you will have to complete the title transfer at your local Nevada DMV office location.

To apply for a vehicle title transfer in Nevada, you need to:

Complete application for vehicle registration (Form VP-222)
Provide proof of a valid Nevada vehicle insurance policy
Provide proof of a VIN inspection
Provide proof of identification and date of birth
Payment for all applicable vehicle title and registration fees

Title Transfer Fees In Nevada

Vehicle title fees may vary depending on the Nevada county you reside in. Standard fees for vehicle titling in Nevada are as follows:

Vehicle title application: $28.25.
Duplicate title fee: $20.
Vehicle title processing fee: $8.25.

Nevada Smog Testing Requirements

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

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

Smog Check Exemptions in Nevada

If your car falls under one of the following categories, you are exempt from emissions testing:

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 Vehi

Nevada License Plates

Some states will allow you to keep the license plates on the car when it is sold. Sadly, Nevada requires that the plates be removed from the car. As the buyer, you’ll need to apply at your local DMV office for new plates and pay the $3.50 Nevada license plate fee.

Nevada Bill of Sale

Nevada requires a bill of sale for private car transactions. A bill of sale is always a good idea anyway. In case either party ever wants to contest the transaction, the bill of sale proves that it was legal.

These are the components that must be in a bill of sale:

Your full name and signature
The other party’s full name and notarized signature
Price of the car
A description of the car
The make, model, and year of the car
Date of the transaction
A warranty disclaimer stating the car is being sold as-is

PrivateAuto includes a bill of sale as part of our standard in-app transaction process. At the right stage in the transaction, both the buyer and seller will be encouraged to electronically sign the Nevada bill of sale from within our app.

The whole deal, including the bill of sale, can be done in just a few minutes when you meet to test drive the car and agree to buy it. It’s fast, simple, and convenient. You can always check your PrivateAuto account to see the electronic bill of sale as proof that the transaction was legal.

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10 Simple Steps for Selling Your Car with PrivateAuto

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PrivateAuto makes selling your used car easy and safe. The sales process consists of a 10 simple steps:

1. Acquire the required paperwork

2. Sign in to PrivateAuto and get verified

3. List your car

4. Set your terms

5. Vet through incoming offers

6. Choose the buyer

7. Schedule a test drive

8. E-sign documents

9. Get paid instantaneously

10. Transfer ownership

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Nevada Title Transfer FAQ

How to transfer an out-of-state title?

If you are transferring the title of an out-of-state vehicle in Nevada, you will need to provide the following documents:

- Proof of a valid NV car insurance policy
- Emissions inspection report
- Current car registration and license plates
- The original title
- Vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection
- Payment for all applicable taxes and fees

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