What is classified as an 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 needs to register?
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.
Nevada's Rules of the
Any motorized vehicle which does not have the normal safety equipment such as lights and mirrors or is not built to federal vehicle standards is an off-highway vehicle and is restricted to off-highway use only. This includes all-terrain vehicles, pocket bikes, motorized scooters and snowmobiles.
If a vehicle was manufactured and designated for “off-road” or “non-road” use only, it may not be driven on Nevada public streets or highways even if it has safety equipment. The designation for off-highway use is usually indicated in ownership documents, the owner’s manual or by a U.S. DOT label attached to the frame of the vehicle. Only two-wheeled motorcycles may be converted to on-road use. Other OHVs may not be converted.
There are no driver license or minimum age requirements for OHVs operated off-highway in Nevada. City and county governments may designate small portions of public streets for access to or from off-road areas only and some age restrictions or other requirements may apply. See NRS Chapter 490 and NAC Chapter 490.
You may pay by check or money order made payable to DMV. You may also pay by credit or debit card using the payment card slip attached to the forms.
Registration (annual renewal required)
Late Fee for expired registration
Title for Nevada-based vehicles
Title if the vehicle is not registered or present in Nevada
VIN Assignment (if needed)
Dealer fee per registration or title application submitted (paid to dealer separately)
Duplicate Decal Fee
Duplicate Title Fee
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.
- 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 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.
The owner of an OHV that was purchased on or after July 1, 2012 must obtain a title within 30 days of purchase.
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.
The only exception is when you must bring an OHV to a DMV inspection station if it does not have a vehicle identification number.
If the OHV was purchased from a private party, no sales tax is due.
The cost is $20 plus a $1 DMV technology fee. If the decal is renewed after the expiration date of the current decal, a $10 late fee will added to your decal renewal fee. (NRS 490.082)
The OHV 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.
Assembly Bill 29, 2017 Nevada Legislature placed the Commission and the OHV program into the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, reduced the late fee to $10 and made efficiency changes to the grant program.
See the links to the legislation below.
See NV OHV Commission for meeting dates and other information.