Nevada DMV expanding new resident services to assist backlog during pandemic

NEVADA (KTNV) — The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is temporarily expanding its special hours it offers to new Nevada residents starting Saturday.

The DMV offices in Henderson, Las Vegas and Reno are accepting new residents on a walk-in basis from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Customers with existing Saturday appointments will also be able to keep them, according to the Nevada DMV.

“We want to help our new neighbors drive legally and get their vehicles registered here,” said DMV Director Julie Butler. “We should be able to process as many as 3,000 new residents per week across the state and hopefully catch up on the backlog created by the COVID-19 closure earlier this year.”

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The change is expected to allow new residents to obtain DMV identification so they can register for and vote in the upcoming general election on Nov. 3.

Nevadans with a DMV-issued driver’s license, ID card or the Interim Document received at application are eligible to register online to vote through Oct. 29 here.

The Department of Motor Vehicles reports it is following all COVID-related safety protocols. Customers will not be allowed to form long lines outside or wait for their turn inside the offices.

Staff will walk the line outside to screen the new residents for proper documentation. Those who meet the requirements will be given a paper ticket with an appointment time and asked to return at that time.

New residents must be transferring an out-of-state driver’s license or ID card to qualify for the special hours.

The new resident webpage has the details on license and registration requirements.

Customers can have Vehicle Identification Number inspections completed in advance without an appointment.

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The new hours are effective Oct. 10 and will continue through Nov. 3.

Reno customers should take note the office will be closed from Oct. 24 – Nov. 1 for the move to the new location at 9155 Double Diamond Parkway. However, new residents can be served on Oct. 24 at the new Commercial Driver’s License building at 980 Trademark Drive.

The Nevada DMV reports it does not currently have the number of new residents who have moved to Nevada during the 2020 pandemic, but historical figures on surrenders of out-of-state driver’s licenses and identification cards averaged 74,417 per year in Clark County and 101,362 statewide during 2017-2019.


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