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Off Highway Vehicle Registration now Required in Nevada

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People who own off road vehicles in Nevada are now required to register them with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. The new registration law took effect in July of 2012, but people who bought vehicles before that were given a grace period of one year to get them registered. That grace period is now over.

Officials say there are more than 250,000 off highway vehicles in the state of Nevada. As of July 1st, 2013 those now have to be registered with the state. Bill Hermant who owns Reno Cycles and Gear on Kietzke Lane in Reno, says owners can bring their vehicles to any licensed dealer to get the paperwork started. "They VIN verify it, check the serial number, check the signature, notarize it, and give the paperwork back to you," he said. "You send a check in for $20 to DMV and you get a sticker." 

Paul Jackson, chair of the Off Highway Vehicle Commission in Nevada says the money from the registration stays in Nevada. "The money stays in the state. It's used by the OHV Commission for the benefit of OHV as a sport," he said. 

For now, driving an off road vehicle in Nevada without a registration probably won't get you a ticket. "Most of the sheriffs and other police departments are taking the attitude that they're writing warning tickets or fix-it tickets," Jackson said.

Dealers have been registering new ATVs for the past year, and the DMV is starting to see more applications. The applications are only accepted by mail. ATV owners are receiving their registrations anywhere between a few days to a few weeks after they apply.

According to Bill Hermant, other states also require OHV registration. "If you go to surrounding states they all require off road stickers. Nevada was the only state that didn't, he said.

But why register these vehicles at all? Jackson says one reason is so owners can recover them if they're stolen. "You could steal an OHV in California for example, peel off the registration sticker, bring it over the border to here, put it on Craigslist and sell it that afternoon," said Jackson. "There was no way to trace it."

Now OHVs will be just like a car, and there'll be a way to trace them if they're stolen he said.

The DMV did tell us they have shifted a full-time staff member onto OHV registration, to speed up the process. They do recommend keeping a copy of your registration forms to show to law enforcement until you get your sticker. 

Written by Jennifer Burton

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