When selling or registering a motor vehicle, you are required to complete a car bill of sale in Nevada (Form VP-104).
A car bill of sale in Nevada is legal proof that gives details about the vehicle and the transaction that took place.
The buyer will also need this document when titling and registering the vehicle for the first time. A car bill of sale in Nevada can also protect the seller or buyer if there is any discrepancy regarding the vehicle. For example, if the vehicle gets a ticket after it has been sold, the seller can use the bill of sale as proof that they did not own the vehicle at that time.
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A car bill of sale in Nevada doesn’t generally require notarization. However, in some situations, such as the title needing to be replaced, you may be required to notarize the bill of sale. In order for a car bill of sale for Nevada to be considered legal, both the seller and the buyer must sign it.
If the vehicle being sold is less than ten years old, or the vehicle weighs under 16,000 pounds, the seller will be required to complete a Federal Form EC-108 (Odometer Disclosure Statement).
If you are titling and registering a vehicle for a third party, you will be required to complete a Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney document (Form VP-012).
Creating a Car Bill of Sale for Nevada
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles provides its own Bill of Sale form. You may also create your own car bill of sale for Nevada. The document must contain the following details:
- The date that the sale took place
- The amount that the vehicle was sold for
- The full names of both the seller and the buyer
- Full contact details of both the seller and the buyer (full address, email address, and phone numbers)
- Details about the vehicle, which must include the make, model, year, and VIN
- Signatures of both the seller and the buyer
- Notarization if applicable
Registering a Vehicle in Nevada
In the state of Nevada, if you have recently moved to the state or the vehicle is being registered for the first time, you will have 30 days from the date of sale to register and title the vehicle. If registration is past the 30 day period, you will incur penalties. Vehicle registration is valid for 12 months and must be renewed each year, per state law.
How to renew registration?
You can renew your vehicle registration online using Nevada’s DMV website. Alternatively, you can use your nearest self-service kiosk, which can be found at participating DMV sites and private businesses. If you are required to renew your registration in person, you can do so via appointment at any of the following sites:
- Carson City
- Las Vegas
Where to Register a Vehicle in Nevada
Your initial registration process can be done via Nevada’s DMV website. You will need to bring the following documentation with you:
- A current and valid Nevada Driver’s License
- A completed Form VP-104 (Bill of Sale)
- A completed Form EC-108 (Odometer Disclosure). This must be filled out by the seller.
- The original Certificate of Title. If the original title is lost or not available, you may apply for a replacement using Form VP-013. Visit the Nevada DMV website for more information.
- Completed Form VP-222 (Application for Vehicle Registration)
- Funds to cover the appropriate Registration Fees
Evidence of Nevada Vehicle Liability Insurance, which must have the following Minimum Requirements:
- $20,000 cover for any destruction or property, per accident
- $25,000 cover for any death or bodily injury, per person and per accident
- $50,000 cover for any death or bodily injury, per accident, of two or more individuals
If you are applying for registration for a third party, you will be required to complete Form VP-012 (Power of Attorney)
Who Must Register a Vehicle
By law, anyone who resides in Nevada must register their vehicle to legally drive on public roads. There are also some non-residents who must register their vehicle:
- Anyone who operates their vehicle for 30 days and over in any calendar year
- Those who have accepted gainful employment, engage in professional, occupational, or trade within Nevada
- Those who have enrolled their children in a Nevada public school
- If you have provided a vehicle to a resident of Nevada that will be used continuously
There are some circumstances that make a person exempt from having to have their vehicles registered:
- Students from out-of-state
- Anyone who is on active duty for the U.S military
- A seasonal farmworker or migrant
- Employees whose commute is within 35 miles of the Nevada border
- Students who are registered at a university or college that is outside of Nevada, and who is in Nevada for no more than a 6 month period for a work-study program that allows them to gain academic credit
If your vehicle is in storage or is not being driven on any public road, you are not required to register renew or hold vehicle liability insurance. However, you are required to surrender your license plates if you have canceled your insurance.