Frequently Asked Questions
What is classified as on OHV?
Off-highway vehicle means a motor vehicle that is designed primarily for off-highway and all-terrain use. The term includes, but is not limited to:
- An all-terrain vehicle;
- An all-terrain motorcycle;
- A dune buggy;
- A snowmobile; and
- Any motor vehicle used on public lands for the purpose of recreation
Who is required to register their OHV?
With certain exceptions, every owner of an OHV shall register their OHV. Registration of an off-highway vehicle is not required if the off-highway vehicle:
- Is owned and operated by:
- A federal agency;
- An agency of this State; or
- A county, incorporated city or unincorporated town in this State;
- Is part of the inventory of a dealer of off-highway vehicles and is affixed with a special dealer license plate;
- Is registered or certified in another state and is located in this State for not more than 15 days;
- Is used solely for husbandry on private land or on public land that is leased to or used under a permit issued to the owner or operator of the off-highway vehicle;
- Is used for work conducted by or at the direction of a public or private utility; or
- Was manufactured before January 1, 1976.
- Is operated solely in an organized race, festival or other event that is conducted:
- Under the auspices of a sanctioning body; or
- By permit issued by a governmental entity having jurisdiction;
- Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (d), is operated or stored on private land or on public land that is leased to the owner or operator of the off-highway vehicle, including when operated in an organized race, festival or other event;
- Is used in a search and rescue operation conducted by a governmental entity having jurisdiction; or
- Has a displacement of not more than 70 cubic centimeters.
“Sanctioning body” means an organization that establishes a schedule of racing events, grants rights to conduct those events and establishes and administers rules and regulations governing the persons who conduct or participate in those events.
Can I ride in Nevada with a registration from another state?
Will other states honor my Nevada registration?
Will my Nevada registration enable me to ride in areas where OHVs were not previously allowed
Will I be able to operate my OHV on the street after registering it?
Do I need to have liability insurance to register my OHV?
My vehicle is registered for use on the highway. Will I need an OHV decal to operate my vehicle off-road?
I have an older Certificate of Operation from the Department of Taxation. Do I still need to get a registration decal?
Will I still need to buy a temporary OHV registration when I ride in other states that require registration?
Where do I place the decal on the vehicle?
What are the penalties for failing to register my OHVs?
Law enforcement may seize vehicles that are being operated improperly, are stolen or if the VIN has been tampered with (NAC 490 Section 83).
Offenses related to a false or fraudulent registration or title are gross misdemeanors or felonies.
What information is required to purchase a registration decal? (NRS 490.082)
- Proof the OHV was purchased prior to the effective date by a purchase agreement or the affidavit in Form OHV-001A.
- Proof you are the owner of the OHV by an ownership document or or the affidavit in Form OHV-001A.
- Proof of the vehicle identification number (VIN) by a VIN inspection conducted by a Nevada OHV dealer or law enforcement.
If the OHV was purchased on or after July 1, 2012, the following is required:
- If sales tax is due, proof that sales tax was paid by an Off-Highway Vehicle Report of Sale from a Nevada dealer or a Use Tax Clearance Certificate (Form APP-08.01) from the Department of Taxation. If sales tax is not due (as in a private party sale), the affidavit available in Form OHV-001C must be completed.
- Proof you are the owner of the OHV by an ownership document or the affidavit available in Form OHV-001B or OHV-001C.
- Proof of the vehicle identification number (VIN) by an Off-Highway Vehicle Report of Sale from a Nevada dealer, a VIN inspection conducted by a Nevada dealer if the OHV was purchased from an out-of-state dealer or the ownership documents if the OHV was previously registered in Nevada.
When am I required to register my OHV?
How much will it cost to register my OHV? (NRS 490.084)
Who is required to title their OHV? (NRS 490.082)
What information do I need to title my OHV? (NRS 490.082)
When am I required to title my OHV?
The owner of an OHV that was purchased on or after July 1, 2012 must obtain a title within 30 days of purchase.
How much will it cost to title my OHV?
For each title issued for an OHV not present in or registered in this State, the cost is $35.00 plus a $1 DMV technology fee. A $8.25 processing fee will be added for each complete change of ownership of an OHV.
Can I go to the DMV to complete my OHV transaction?
The only exception is when you must bring an OHV to a DMV inspection station if it does not have a vehicle identification number.
Can an OHV dealer register and/or title my OHV for me?
Where can I find a list of Nevada licensed OHV dealers?
Can I purchase a registration decal without purchasing title? (NRS 490.082)
Can I purchase a title without getting a registration decal? (NRS 490.082)
Do I have to pay sales tax on the purchase of my OHV?
If the OHV was purchased from a private party, no sales tax is due.
I lost the Nevada title for my OHV. How can I get a replacement?
My registration sticker is lost or damaged. How can I get a replacement?
I moved. How do I change the address on my OHV registrations?
How do I renew my registration and get a new decal each year?
The cost is $20 plus a $1 DMV technology fee. If the decal is renewed after the expiration date of the current decal, a $25 late fee will added to your decal renewal fee. (NRS 490.082)
The OHV Program
What is the Off-Highway Vehicle Title and Registration Program?
During the 2011 legislative session, Senate Bill 130 extended the amount of time to implement the program and Senate Bill 387 enabled VIN assignment.
In 2013, SB 56 made accounting changes. SB 109 adjusted the rules for dealers, added new registration exemptions and changed the size of the registration decal. SB 343 authorizes OHV operation on certain county roads.
In 2015, the Legislature changed the allocation of funding between the Commission and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
See the links to the legislation below.
What is the Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles? (NRS 490.067 – 490.069)
See About Us for meeting dates and other information.
Who are the members of the OHV Commission?
Where does the money go?
Off-Highway Vehicle Laws and Regulations
- NRS Chapter 490
- NAC Chapter 490 Regulations
- 2009 Senate Bill (SB) 394: History | Text | Notice of Availability of Startup Funding
- 2011 SB 130: History | Text | SB 387: History | Text
- 2013 SB 56: History | Text | SB 109: History | Text SB 343: History | Text
- 2015 SB 492: History | Text