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Mesquite Police remind residents to register Off-Highway Vehicles

posted Jan 31, 2013, 3:33 PM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Mar 31, 2014, 2:23 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]
The Mesquite Police Department (MPD) wants to remind residents of Nevada’s new state law requiring owners of off-highway vehicles, including dirt bikes to register and title their vehicles went into effect on July 1, 2012.

MPD would like to remind all owners of off-highway vehicles, or OHVs, manufactured in 1976 or newer that they must register their vehicle and properly display the registration decal in order to legally operate their vehicles in Nevada.

According to the Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles, OHVs include, but are not limited to all-terrain vehicles, all-terrain motorcycles, dune buggies, snowmobiles and “any motor vehicle used on public lands for the purpose of recreation.”

Nevada’s new statute requires that OHVs purchased prior to July 1, 2012 must be registered by July 1, 2013. Titles are optional for OHVs purchased before July 1, 2012.

OHVs purchased after July 1, 2012 must be registered and titled within 30 days of purchase.

Registration applications are accepted and decals are issued by mail only. For additional resources and information about the registration and operation of Off-Highway vehicles in Nevada, visit the official website of the Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles at; or call (775) 684-4381. You can also download the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspection form off of the website listed above. Copies of the forms are available at the police department M-Th from 7 a.m to 5 p.m. and on Friday from 7 a.m to 3 p.m. 

Owners can call Mesquite Extreme Powersports at 702-346-2832 to arrange for an OHV VIN Inspection, or inspections can be done by law enforcement officers.  Inspections will not be done at the DMV.  

The City of Mesquite has a local ordinance (6-7-1 to 6-7-7) related to the operation of OHVs on public roads based on the state’s new registration requirements. However, all current state and local regulations and restrictions pertaining to OHV operation remain in effect, regardless of whether or not an OHV is registered.