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If a vehicle has been involved in an accident and declared to be a total loss by the owner or the insurance company, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles will brand it with a salvage title. 

Generally, a salvage title car cannot be driven on public roads in Nevada until it has been adequately repaired, inspected, rebranded as “rebuilt” or “revived”, registered, and insured. 

This page will cover the salvage title process in Nevada, and provide you with tips on how to get a salvage vehicle back on the road. 

For official information or questions about your specific situation, please contact your local Nevada DMV office or visit the official DMV website:

What is a Salvage Title in Nevada?

Like many other states, a salvage title in Nevada means that the vehicle has been reported to the DMV to be a total loss, wrecked, or damaged to the point where it is no longer roadworthy. 

Nevada defines a total loss when the damages would exceed 65% of the current fair market value. 

If the vehicle is 10 model years old or older, the “total loss” definition does not apply when the only repairs required include the hood, trunk, and/or up to 2 of the following items:

  • Doors. 
  • Grill.
  • Bumper. 
  • Headlight/taillight assembly. 

Older vehicles requiring more repairs are subject to the 65% of total value rule.

If you plan to keep the vehicle after it has been deemed salvage, you’ll need to obtain the salvage certificate of title within 30 days of the settlement.  

Salvage vehicles in Nevada are given an orange-colored title, and they cannot be sold to a private party until the necessary repairs have been made. 

Nevada salvage title cars cannot be driven until they have been repaired and inspected. 

How to Get a Salvage Title Cleared in Nevada

In order to be able to register and drive a salvage vehicle again, you’ll first need to make the necessary repairs and pass a vehicle inspection. 

The initial steps you need to take depend on the age of the vehicle. 

  • For vehicles 5 model years old or newer: You’ll need to bring the vehicle to a DMV Inspection Station and have the inspector complete an Authorization for Vehicle Restoration (Form VP 209) before repairs are started. 
  • For vehicles 6 model years old or older: The step above is not necessary. 

The rebuilder should keep all records and documentation of all repairs made and all the parts used in the repairs. 

After the repairs are completed, a licensed garage, body shop, or rebuilderr will need to complete the Certificate of Inspection (Form VP 064): https://dmv.nv.gov/pdfforms/vp064.pdf 

Next, you’ll need to bring the vehicle and the Certificate of Inspection form to the DMV inspection station. 

After passing the inspection, you can bring the above documents along with the following items to the NV DMV to apply for a rebuilt title:

  • Application for Certificate of Title. 
  • The salvage title. 
  • Payment for your title fees. 

Register a Salvage Title Car in Nevada

Once the rebuilt title has been issued and you’ve satisfied all the other registration requirements in your county, you can get license plates and drive the vehicle again. 

You’ll need to visit your local DMV office to present:

  • Proof of ownership. 
  • A completed registration application. 
  • Proof of car insurance. 
  • Payment for your registration fees and taxes. 

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