Does Nevada require an inspection for vehicle registration? Nevada

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Inspection requirements only apply to vehicles that have never been registered in Nevada.

But instead of checking for safety features, these inspections are only used to verify a car's vehicle identification number (VIN). Inspections are handled by all full-service DMV offices and by law enforcements agencies. If you have your vehicle inspected by law enforcement, you will need the inspecting officer to provide you with a completed Vehicle Inspection Certificate (form VP-015).   

Inspection & Emissions Testing

The state also requires emissions testing, but only for residents in Clark and Washoe counties, which, not surprisingly, comprise the Las Vegas and Reno areas. Smog inspections are required annually, usually in conjunction with registration renewal. A smog check must take place at an authorized emissions test location. For help in finding an emissions test site in your area, call one of the following numbers:

  • Las Vegas: (702) 486-4981 
  • Carson City: (775) 684-4790
  • Reno: (775) 684-3580

Nevada Vehicle Registration Requirements

Car registration requirements include:

  • A properly assigned title.  
  • Proof of car insurance.
  • Proof of passing an emissions inspection, if applicable.
  • A completed Vehicle Inspection Certificate, if applicable. 
  • Out-of-state title and out-of-state license plates, if applicable.
  • Cash, check, money order, debit card or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover) to pay for registration fees.

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