Nevada License Plate Lookup

Check any Nevada License Plate for vehicle history records

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for managing all vehicle titling, registrations, and license plate applications throughout the state.

To combat vehicle fraud, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) implemented a requirement in 2021 for an odometer disclosure. This rule mandates that any vehicle from the 2011 model year or newer must have its current mileage detailed in the Odometer Reading section of the vehicle's title upon sale. Vehicles from the 2010 model year or earlier are not subject to this requirement.

For these older vehicles, you can quickly obtain detailed information through VinFreeCheck by simply entering the car’s license plate number and selecting the state where the vehicle was registered. This service provides a comprehensive report that includes the vehicle's history, odometer records, technical specifications, and more.

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    Old Timer 👴🏼

    Nevada is known for issuing its "Classic Vehicle" plates and "Old Timer" plates, which are available for vehicles over 25 and 40 years old, respectively. These plates allow classic car enthusiasts to register their vintage vehicles as official classics, further highlighting the state's appreciation for automotive history.

    Where Do I Find My Nevada Plate Number?

    Like most states, you’ll find your vehicle's license plate on the front and rear of a vehicle. Alternatively, you can get this information from the vehicle's certificate of title, or other important documents such as its insurance information.

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    How to Obtain a Nevada License Plate

    For new residents of Nevada, you have a period of 30 days since establishing residency to register your vehicle and apply for a driver's license. You'll also need to acquire an Evidence of Insurance Card as well as a vehicle inspection report (if applicable).

    If you've only just bought a car after finalizing your residency, you'll need to register the car within 30 days from the date you purchased it. For purchases from an eligible dealer, you can complete the registration process online. Otherwise, you'll need to do it at the nearest DMV office.

    You'll also need to bring along the relevant documents:

    • A completed application form
    • Proof of identification
    • Proof of vehicle ownership
    • Electronic Dealer Report of Sale (EDRS)
    • Current odometer readings
    • Emissions Vehicle Inspection Report (if applicable)
    • Vehicle’s current certificate of title (if applicable)
    • Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin
    • Payment of all relevant fees

    A vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection may also be needed in some cases.

    The DMV states that you can drive "a recently-purchased vehicle without a movement permit for three days after the date of purchase." You can obtain a movement permit via online services or at the nearest DMV office; the permit only costs $1; other types of permits may also be purchased. There are also 30-day "drive away" permits for vehicles being driven out of state to a specific destination.

    Available License Plates in Nevada

    Plate combinations are six characters long and follow an "123 ABC" format (without the quotation marks).

    Registration decals indicating the expiration date must be placed on the "upper right-hand corner of the rear plate."

    Standard plates: These plates use the Home Means Nevada design introduced in late 2016.

    Personalized plates: Personalized plates use the standard plate, with up to 7 characters printed. When applying for a plate, you must include a reason for why you chose your preferred combination. You aren't allowed to use any vulgar language or profanities. You also can't apply for a combination that had been in use within the past 18 months.

    Veteran plates: These are issued to former serving, or active duty, members of any US military outfit, as well as their family members. Plates are also available for those who lost their lives in any while on active duty, former prisoners of war, as well as medal recipients (i.e., the Congressional Medal of Honor).

    Disabled plates: Persons with disabilities may apply for disabled plates. They require a "licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant" to certify their condition on the application form. Disabled plates are only available for those with a permanent disability; temporary or moderate conditions may apply for placards instead.

    Note that placards are usable on any vehicle but only by the disabled individual.

    Special plates: This refers to unique plates for organizations, charitable groups, and so forth. These organizations or groups may have a unique style or design of plates, and the criteria for this style may vary from state to state. Currently available include:

    • Circa 1982 replica plates
    • Collegiate plates
    • Classic vehicle plates (20 years or older)
    • Firefighter plates
    • Amateur radio
    • Charitable causes
    • Local attractions
    • Conservation plates

    Some of these plates may have additional fees and/or contribution fees that you need to pay. Contribution fees have a minimum payment, but you can increase it if you so desire.

    Discontinued plates: Plates that are no longer issued by the state can still be reused. The original owner of the plate must continually register the plate to a vehicle or "allow it to expire for less than 30 days." It's only transferable between vehicles and not persons.

    What Do I Get from the Lookup Report?

    A license plate lookup provides you with everything you need to know about a specific car. Information you will be able to access includes:

    Market value: Helps you determine the true worth or market value of the car if you plan on buying it. You'll find out if you're being overcharged or undercharged in a deal.

    Previous owners: Gives you details about previous owners the vehicle has had, and the duration of ownership for each owner. This information gives you a general idea of how a vehicle was used by each owner.

    Vehicle specifications: Obtain detailed information about the vehicle’s overall attributes, such as its engine and transmission type, and whether it might be a four-wheel drive.

    Odometer records: Provides detailed information about the car's odometer readings, allowing you to find out if they may have been purposely tampered with. Odometer fraud is a federal offense and thus, you should immediately report any odometer fraud you might encounter.

    Lien records: Provides information on whether the car has been used in a lease, as collateral for a debt, as a rental car unit, etc. A car dealership is legally required to clear off existing liens before selling the car to you, but in the case that they do not, this report will let you know.

    Accident records: Lists any reported accidents that the car was involved in. There could be underlying faults with the car owing to unresolved issues caused by prior accidents. Consider getting an independent vehicle check done to ascertain the car's actual condition.

    Junk/salvage title check: This tells you if the car was written off as a ‘total loss’ by an insurance company. It might mean that the cost to repair the car far exceeds reasonable amounts, making it very costly to maintain in relatively good condition for the foreseeable future.

    Flood records: Provides details of any floods that the car had been caught in. Floods can permanently damage various components in a car. If these are left unaddressed, whether due to malicious intent or otherwise, it could cause you serious issues after you purchase the vehicle. With a license plate lookup, you can find out if that is the case.

    Why Do I Need the Lookup Report?

    Automotive fraud can lead to serious problems down the line, especially if the car you were scammed to buy has unresolved issues. These problems could even be life-threatening. That's why having access to a lookup report is crucial—it provides all the necessary information about a specific car. If a seller does not disclose the true condition of a car before selling it, a license plate report can prevent you from unwittingly purchasing a problematic vehicle that could cost you thousands in the long run.

    Vehicle lookups are not only for cars you intend to buy. They can also be used to check on suspicious vehicles you see on the road or to satisfy your curiosity about the specs of a car you happen to spot while it’s parked.

    Another common tactic used by scammers to deceive used car buyers involves cloning VINs. Scammers copy the VIN from a well-maintained car and use it to disguise the VIN of a defective car they want to sell. Without a detailed report, you might not realize that the car you’re buying isn’t the one in good condition as advertised. Therefore, obtaining a lookup report is essential for protecting yourself from fraudulent sellers.

    VinFreeCheck's license plate lookup provides users such as yourself with extensive, verifiable information from reputable sources like the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). We also ensure that the information you receive is the most recent, based on how regularly the source databases are updated.

    Is Doing This Legal?

    Any lookups you perform will comply with the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) that prevents the disclosure of any private information of any car owner. Only relevant information that doesn't reveal a person's identity or background will be shared. Moreover, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) grants individuals the right to access information collected by the government.

    As stated earlier, all of the information you receive from our reports are 100% reliable data taken from officially registered sources such as NMVTIS. So go on, save that worry for another time, run that check now!

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