State Law Requires You to Surrender Unused Plates

Every state has its own laws for what you should do with your license plates if you sell your vehicle or cancel your auto insurance policy. In some states, you are allowed to keep personalized and vanity plates, but you must turn in regular license plates. In others, you can surrender your license plates or destroy them. It is important to ensure that you understand your state’s laws when permanently removing a license plate from your vehicle.

In Nevada, if you sell your vehicle, you can either use your plates on another vehicle or surrender them to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Depending on the type of plate you have, you have 30 or 60 days to take care of them. After you cancel your registration, you are allowed to keep personalized or vanity plates as keepsakes.

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How To Surrender Your Vehicles License Plates

Reasons to Surrender Your Plates

There are several reasons that you may have to cancel your registration and turn in your license plates, including if:

How to Surrender Your Plates

If you will not be putting your license plates on another vehicle, you have two options for surrendering your plates to the DMV.

1). You can mail the plates, along with the decal and a signed letter requesting that your registration be canceled, to the DMV. You should make sure that you provide contact information and your correct mailing address in case follow-up is needed.

The DMV’s address is:

Department of Motor Vehicles
Central Services Division
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711-0700

2). Alternately, you can visit your nearest DMV office to submit your plates in person. You do not need an appointment.

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What Happens After You Surrender Your Plates?

If you cancel your vehicle’s registration prior to the expiration date, then you can get a credit for the unused portion of the current registration fees. This credit can be used toward registering a new vehicle. In certain instances, you may be entitled to a refund.

It is important to note that if you expect to receive a credit or refund for your canceled registration, you have to surrender your plates and cancel your registration in person at the DMV.

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