Auto Registration Didn't Come In The Mail?

November 6, 2021

Auto registration stickers should be on vehicles before they expire. Mine is due by November 7th, 2021. It's not here. What should I do? I've only ever had 2 tickets in my 63 years of driving. I don't want another.


Helen in Nevada


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November 22, 20210 found this helpful
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It is important to learn about the reasons why your registration sticker may be missing to minimize the chances of a second DMV sticker not received after making a follow-up request.

1. It may fail to reach you if the Nevada DMV does not have your current residential and mailing address on file.
Even if you are requesting a car plate sticker renewal, you will not receive updated registration material if the state DMV has a different address on file. In order to receive state mail, you must perform a change of address with the Nevada DMV, as required by state law.

2. Due to an application not being fully completed.
If your application for a DMV sticker replacement was not fully completed or if any information on the application was incorrect, then it would have likely been canceled.


3. Due to technical issues.
Even if the application was submitted correctly, there is always a chance that a technical or human error could occur, resulting in your registration application failing to process.

4. Due to problems with the post.
Your registration could have been lost in the mail.

It is important to be familiar with Nevada law regarding proof of registration. If you do not have proof of registration documents then you cannot legally operate the vehicle. But if you are in the process of obtaining duplicate registration stickers, then proof of registration will suffice. Ensure that you always have proof of registration within your vehicle to present to law enforcement officials if you are stopped.

So, verify whether or not the DMV has your current address. You can contact the DMV in person or over the phone in order to verify this key piece of information. Additionally, it is important for you to review whether or not your registration request was ever processed or if there was a problem with your initial application.


Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711
Las Vegas Area: (702) 486-4368 (486-4DMV)
Reno / Sparks / Carson City: (775) 684-4368 (684-4DMV)
TDD (Hearing Impaired Only): (775) 684-4904

November 6, 20210 found this helpful

Try going to the Nevada state vehicle registration site. You'll need your vehicle information, license #, VIN. You should be able to register there and print out a temporary form. I register our cars on-line every year here in Texas.

I hope this helps, but you should be okay for a while with an expired tag, so don't panic.


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November 6, 20210 found this helpful

Call the department of motor vehicles or visit online and order another one


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November 6, 20210 found this helpful

Please do not panic.
There are several options:
Go to this site: go to Vehicle Registration and click on:

I renewed but my registration and decal have not come in the mail.


Make a copy of your mail in (check bank to see if paid and make a copy of that page or ask the bank to email you a copy of the page) or if paid by CC make of copy of payment)
Keep this information available just in case you are stopped.
I feel sure they will check and you will be okay.


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November 17, 20210 found this helpful

Mail is running a lot slower these days because of the season and many people are short handed for the volume of work to do. You should call DMV, also make sure that all fees are paid , like (vehicle/property taxes) are paid.


Double check address in case of change.

November 23, 20210 found this helpful

Find out whether your payment was received by the DMV. Contact your bank or financial institute. If your check was cashed, it would be safe to assume your registration sticker was mailed but got lost. Regardless, you've fulfilled your renewal payment obligation.

In case you have not received your registration sticker within eight weeks of mailing your registration renewal fees, call the DMV between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays to verify in fact they've processed your payment and that there aren't any outstanding renewal requirements which you must fulfill.


If the DMV never received your payment, they will consider your registration as not having been renewed. You may owe late fees if it's past your vehicle's registration expiration period. The exemption for paying registration replacement fees for stickers and registration cards not received applies one-way only. The DMV will take responsibility for you not having received your registration sticker  after they've mailed them out, and they will give you a free replacement, but not the other way around. They will not take responsibility for having not received your renewal payment.

If you mailed your renewal payment on or before the date of expiration shown on your current registration card, you will not be responsible for any penalty (late fees). But proving so, unless you mailed using certified USPS or shipping with tracking, will be quite difficult. 

I think that a visit to the DMV, although it will take time, will solve your problem. A clerk in the DMV will look up your vehicle registration details, verify that they've issued a new registration sticker, and provide you a free replacement.

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