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Who is required to obtain a business license?

Any person wishing to commence, carry on, engage in or continues in any business, trade, occupation or employment (including the making of deliveries of goods, wares and merchandise sold elsewhere) in the city, is required to obtain a business license prior to commencing business in Mesquite.

A business license is required when you conduct any business activity within the City of Mesquite even if your business is located outside the city limits and you have a business license from another jurisdiction. 

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I am an independent contractor, paid on a “1099” basis. Do I need a business license?

Yes, if you are not paid as an employee, you are considered independent or self-employed and are required to obtain a business license.

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How do I apply for a Federal Employment Identification Number – EIN?

The employer identification number or (EIN) is obtained through the Internal Revenue Services. This number is used as a federal taxpayer identification number. You must apply for an EIN to do business in the State of Nevada, this includes Sole Proprietors if they pay wages to one or more employees or file any excise tax returns.  You may contact the Internal Revenue Service at: 1-800-829-4933 or visit their Web site at www.irs.gov/smallbiz

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Is a Secretary of State Business License required and how do I obtain the license?

Every business operating in the State of Nevada is required to obtain a State of Nevada Business License through the office of the Nevada Secretary of State. To apply for the license or if you have any questions regarding the State Business License, please contact the Secretary of State at 702-846-2440; or visit their Web site at www.nvsilverflume.gov.

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How do I apply for a Sales Tax Number and how do I know if I am required to have a Sales Tax Number?

Every business intending to sell tangible goods requires a State of Nevada sales tax permit. Please contact the State of Nevada, Department of Taxation to obtain the sale tax number and any additional information at 866-962-3702 or visit their Web site at www.tax.state.nv.us

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How do I obtain a Health Permit?

If you will be selling or preparing food, you will need to apply for a health permit. Please contact the Southern Nevada Health District at 702-759-1000 or visit their Web site at www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org

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Do I need a D.B.A (Doing Business As) or Fictitious Business Name?

If your business name is anything other than your legal given name, you will need to file a Fictitious Firm Name application with the Clark County Clerk’s office you may contact them at 702- 455-4431 or visit their Web site at www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/clerk/Services/Pages/FictitiousFirmNames

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How do I contact the Nevada Gaming Commission and State Gaming Control Board?

Gaming Commission and State Gaming Control Board:

Las Vegas555 E. Washington Ave., Ste. 2600Las Vegas, Nevada 89101(702) 486-2000(702) 486-2045 Fax

You may also visit their Website at www.gaming.nv.gov

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How do I obtain a business license application?

Click here for a Business license application or they are available at City Hall in the Development Services Division, Business Licensing, located at 10 East Mesquite Blvd. Mesquite, NV.

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What information do I need to submit with the business license application?

Please submit the following information, only if it is applicable to your business.

In all cases, a Copy of the Secretary of State Business License and compliance with mandatory industrial insurance are required to be submitted with the business license application. 

  • Copy of State of Nevada Business License or Exempt Receipt issued by the Secretary of State.

Every business operating in the State of Nevada is required to obtain a State of Nevada Business License through the office of the Nevada Secretary of State. To apply for the license or if you have any questions regarding the State Business License, please contact the Secretary of State at 702-846-2440; or visit their Website at www.nvsilverflume.gov.

  • Proof of fictitious (D.B.A. Doing Business As) name filing with the Clark County Clerk’s office

If your business name is anything other than your legal given name or exact legal entity name as registered with the Nevada Secretary of State, you will need to file a Fictitious Firm Name application with the Clark County Clerk’s office. To apply visit their Website at www.clarkcountynv.gov/Depts/clerk/Services/Pages/FictitiousFirmNames

Every business intending to sell tangible goods requires a State of Nevada sales tax permit. Please contact the State of Nevada, Department of Taxation to obtain the sale tax number at 866-962-3702 or visit their Website at www.tax.state.nv.us

If you will be selling or preparing food, you will need to apply for a health permit.

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How much does a business license cost?

There are several business license classifications; the business license fee is based on the classification. Please review the Business Licensing Fee Schedule to determine the appropriate business license fee. You may also contact Business Licensing by e-mail at businesslicenses@mesquitenv.gov or by telephone at 702-346-2835 ext. 3305 to obtain the business license fee.

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Can I pay the business license fee with a credit card?

Not at this time, we do accept cash, checks, cashier checks and money orders. We are working to streamline and improve the business license process and may offer this service in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.   Please make all payments payable to: The City of Mesquite.

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What do I need to know before purchasing or leasing a site for my business within the City of Mesquite?

Businesses based within the City of Mesquite require approval from the Development Services Division, Planning and Zoning, to ensure the location is zoned properly for the intended use and whether a use permit or other type of approval is required. In addition, a New Business Permit is required from the Development Services Division, Building and Capital Projects. Once all inspections and approvals have been obtained, the business license will be issued.

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Is a business license required to operate a business from my home?

Yes, a business license is required to operate a business from your home. You must comply with the performance standards outlined in the Mesquite Municipal Code section 9-8A-4, prior to the issuance of the business license. The fee for a home occupation business license is $50.00; this fee is charged in addition to the business license fee and the $35.00 application fee.

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Can I register my business using a post office box?

No, you must have a physical location for your business, whether it is a commercial or residential location or is located outside of Mesquite.  A post office box may be used for your mailing address only.

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‍Can I apply over the Internet for a business license?

Not at this time. We are working to streamline and improve the business license process and may offer this service in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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How long does it take to receive a business license?

The approval process varies depending on the type of license being sought; it may take as little as one day to obtain a business license if all the required documents and information are submitted with the application. In situations requiring background investigations and/or City Council approval, the process may take longer.

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What if I close or sell the business, do I need to notify the Business License Division?

Yes, please notify us in writing so that we may cancel your business license(s). Please include the business name, address, owner name, date business closed, telephone number to contact you and your signature. You may also complete the No longer in Business Application

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What if I have more than one business or more than one location, do I need multiple licenses?

Yes, separate licenses must be obtained for each branch, establishment, or separate location of business. In addition, separate business licenses must be obtained for every class and type of business, even though several classes or types of business may be operated by the same person at the same location, except any person conducting several classes or types of business that is required to pay a business license fee on the basis of gross revenue as required by the Mesquite Municipal Code.

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What if I want to move my business to another location within the City of Mesquite?

Prior to moving your business to a new location within the City of Mesquite, please verify with the Development Services Department, Planning & Zoning to ensure the location is zoned properly for the intended use and whether a use permit or other type of approval is required. In addition, a building inspection is required from the Development Services Division, Building and Capital Projects. Once all inspections and approvals have been obtained, the business license will be issued for the new location of business.  

The fee to change the business license address is $35.00. The building inspection fee is $40.00.

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I want to do door-to-door sales, is an additional license required?

Yes, any business wishing to solicit sales door-to-door must apply for a door-to-door solicitation business license prior to commencing any door-to-door sales or peddling. In addition, homeowner associations may have their own regulations regarding soliciting door-to-door and peddling.

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Will the City notify me when it is time to renew my license?

Yes, however, it is your responsibility to renew the business license on time even if the courtesy reminder is not received by you. Penalties are assessed for delinquent payments, regardless of whether or not you received a renewal notice. If you did not receive the courtesy notice three weeks prior to the expiration date, please contact the Business License Division at 702-346-2835 ext. 3305.

Please contact the Business License Office if you need further assistance or your question was not answered. Thank you once again for choosing Mesquite as the place to open and operate your business. We wish you success!

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Can I have a yard/garage sale?

Yes, each residence is limited to 4 garage sales per calendar year and each lasting no more than two consecutive days.

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Can I use an A‐frame sign to advertise?

A‐frame signs for any purpose are not permitted in the city.

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Is a business license required to operate a business from my home?

Yes, a business license is required to operate a business from your home. You must comply with the performance standards outlined in the Mesquite Municipal Code section 9-8A-4, prior to the issuance of the business license. The fee for a home occupation business license is $50.00; this fee is charged in addition to the business license fee and the $35.00 application fee.

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How do I report a potential violation?

If you suspect there is a code violation, you may contact  the Development Services staff and report a potential violation. A case will be opened and appropriately investigated. If a violation is found to exist, the property owner will be contacted and instructed to comply with code requirements.

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Who turned me in?

The source of a complaint must remain confidential because it may result in a criminal citation. We also want the general public to feel comfortable reporting a potential violation, without fear of retaliation.

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Why are you picking on me? I have lived in Mesquite for many years. I do a lot for the community.

Municipal codes are written for everyone to follow, and not to judge ones character.  The codes equally apply to everyone.  We always appreciate anyone who is out to better the community, but length of residence, financial hardship or performing good deeds for the City does not excuse anyone from code requirements.  To be effective, codes must be equally and fairly enforced for all properties, residents and business owners.

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The violation existed before I bought the property. Why am I responsible for clearing the violation?

Violations run with the property, not with the person who created the violation.  If you purchased a property that has violations, you are responsible for abating the problem.

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How much time do I have to clear the violations?

The Development Services staff will work with you to establish a time frame for compliance that meets the requirements of the code. Depending on the nature of the violation, property owners typically have 10‐30 days to comply.

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I have a few weeds on my property. Why did I receive a Courtesy Notice?

  • Weeds create a safety and fire hazard.  In addition, weeds harbor unwanted pests
  • Weeds on developed property cannot be in excess of 4 inches
  • Weeds on undeveloped property cannot be in excess of 12 inches
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I live in a single‐family residence, does it require landscaping?

Yes, front yards require landscaping extending across the full width of the lot and along the front property line

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What is an inoperable vehicle?

A vehicle is considered inoperable, junked or abandoned, whenever one or more of the following characteristics exists:

  • It is not currently registered
  • It is wrecked
  • It is partially dismantled or missing an engine, transmission or other major and visible parts
  • It is incapable of functioning as a vehicle in its present state
  • It has one or more flat tires or shows other signs that it cannot be driven under its own power
  • It is used to store auto parts, blankets, yard tools or other items
  • Vegetation or debris is collected underneath
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Can I keep an inoperable vehicle on my property?

Inoperable or unregistered vehicles may be kept inside of an enclosed area out of public view

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I am selling an inoperable vehicle, can I keep it on my property?

It does not matter if you’re selling the car or not.  Vehicles for sale are not exempt

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My vehicle is a classic/antique. Can’t I keep it on my property, even though it is not operable?

Everyone’s interpretation of classic or antique is different.  Age, collectability, rarity or perceived sentimental value does not exempt an inoperable vehicle from the regulations. Classic or antique vehicles are still required to be operable & have current registration

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My cousin is out of town and he will be back in a month or two, can I keep his inoperable vehicle here until he returns?

Residential properties are not intended to be long‐term vehicle storage or parking areas.   Inoperable vehicles left behind by out of town owners are not exempt from regulations.

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My vehicle is registered, but I was still asked to get rid of it. Why?

Lack of registration is one criteria used to determine if a vehicle is “inoperable”.  A vehicle may be registered, but if it is dismantled, on blocks, ramps or sitting on a flat tire it is still considered inoperable

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I am repairing vehicles at my house, why can’t I do that?

City zoning regulations do not permit vehicle repair businesses in residential neighborhoods. You can repair your own vehicle, if it is currently registered and operable, or if it is a project/classic care and shows consistent progress towards full repair and drivability.

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I want to get rid of an inoperable vehicle. What can I do?

If a vehicle has value from its parts, contact a licensed private motor vehicle wrecking facility.  Some commercial wrecking facilities will buy vehicles that have marketable parts.  If the vehicle’s value is low, they may haul it away free in exchange for its parts

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There is a vehicle on my property and it is not mine? What can I do?

As a property owner, you are responsible for the condition of your property.  You have the right to call a towing company and ask for a “removal tow”, to pull a vehicle that you do not own off your property.  Any cost for a “removal tow” is done at the vehicle owner’s expense

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Can I store some of my belongings in my front yard?

Open storage is prohibited in front yards or porches of a residential property

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Can I have a yard/garage sale sign?

Yes, they may be displayed for 48 hours in a seven day period and they cannot exceed 4 square feet in area.  Signs cannot be placed on City property, street lights, utility poles and medians.  Signs placed on private property require permission of the property owner.

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Can I use an A‐frame sign to advertise?

A‐frame signs for any purpose are not permitted in the city

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I am selling my house, can I put up a “For Sale by Owner” sign?

Yes, it must be placed on the property and cannot exceed 4 square feet in area

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There is a dumpster near my home. Can I dump my garbage in it?

It is unlawful for any person to throw, or cause to be thrown or deposited any garbage, rubbish or debris in the garbage receptacle of another property owner.

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There is a dumpster near my home. Can I dump my garbage in it?

It is unlawful for any person to throw, or cause to be thrown or deposited any garbage, rubbish or debris in the garbage receptacle of another property owner.

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What Day is my Garbage Picked Up On?

Please Review the map to determine which day your garbage will get picked up.

Garbage Pickup Areas Map

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How is the Fuel Surcharge Calculated?

Please review the Fuel Surcharge chart that is part of the resolution below:

Resolution No 636 - Garbage Service

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Interpreters / Accessibility

The court provides assistance to individuals who are deaf, hearing-impaired, or who do not understand or speak English. In addition, the court provides assistance to individuals requiring special assistance to access the court. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) the court provides equal access and reasonable accommodations to all deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing-impaired persons in all of its programs and services.

Please notify court staff if you require an interpreter or assistance to access the court.

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How do I resolve a warrant?

You may contact the Mesquite Municipal Court by phone or in person to determine what bail amount is needed.  Depending on why your warrant was issued, your warrant may be able to be cleared by paying the full bail amount.  For all questions regarding warrants, call the Mesquite Municipal Court at 702-346-5291.

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Do I have to appear in court for my citation?

You are not required to appear on your scheduled court date if your citation qualifies for resolution without your appearance (see the back of your citation) and you want to plead No Contest or Guilty and pay the citation.The bail amount indicated on the citation must be paid in full prior to the court date on the citation and can be paid in person, via mail, or via telephone. The total amount due is located at the lower right corner of the citation. If bail is not indicated on the citation, call the court.  You must also sign the back of the citation (bottom of page) and return it to the Court. The applicable demerit points will be reported to the DMV following the court date on your citation. Mandatory Court Appearance:  You must appear in Court on the date and time indicated on the face of the complaint for any of the following:

1. If you wish to plead NOT GUILTY on any charge listed on the complaint

2. Reckless driving traffic offenses

3. Fraudulent use of driver’s license or car license plates offenses: includes borrowing, loaning, stolen, fictitious, not licensed, or allowing unlicensed person to drive

4. All insurance offenses, no vehicle registration offenses, no valid license offenses, and all non-traffic offenses.

5. All juveniles 17 years or younger MUST APPEAR and be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

6. Your citation indicates that you have a MANDATORY COURT APPEARANCE.

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Discovery or Police Report Requests

For Discovery materials for your case, contact the Mesquite City Attorney’s Office, Criminal Division at (702) 346-8831.

For a police report, contact the Records Division of the Mesquite Police Department at (702) 346-5262.

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Courtroom Terminology

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Civil /Family /Justice /Juvenile Court Matters

Civil Court Matters

The Civil Law Self-Help Center provides self-help legal information to those wishing to represent themselves in civil matters in the Clark County court system.

Family Court Matters

The Family Division of the Eighth Judicial District Court presides over family court matters such as divorces, annulments, name changes, spousal support, adoptions, or child custody issues.  You may visit the Family Law Self-Help Center for forms and additional information about the Family Courts.

Justice Court Matters

The Mesquite Justice Court has responsibilities for matters ranging from felony arraignments and preliminary hearings to small civil cases (up to $10,000), small claims cases (up to $7,500), protective orders, and landlord-tenant disputes. For more information visit the Mesquite Justice Court.

Juvenile Court Matters

The Eighth Judicial District Court Juvenile Court handles cases involving minors (anyone under the age of 18) who have been charged with violating the law, such as juvenile delinquency or other offense in Clark County.  For additional information visit the Clark County Juvenile Justice Services.

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What is a Crosswalk?

Crosswalks are considered part of the roadway used to channel pedestrian traffic safely across the roadway. Crosswalks can be both marked and unmarked. Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484A.065 defines a crosswalk to mean:

Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 484A.065 defines a crosswalk to mean: “1. That part of a highway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traveled portions of highways; or 2. Any portion of a highway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.”

(NRS 484A.095 defines any public road as a highway.) Accordingly, a legal crosswalk exists at all public street intersections whether marked or unmarked. However, the only way a crosswalk can exist at a mid-block location is if it is marked. The City of Mesquite uses the “bar pattern to mark crosswalks in accordance with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), latest edition.

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How are Crosswalks used?

At marked and unmarked crosswalks, motorists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians that are in the crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the same half of the roadway the motorist is on (NRS 484B.283). Crosswalks are marked to define the location where pedestrians can legally cross and to delineate the pedestrian path crossing the road. Pedestrian crossing safety relies on the judgement exercised by pedestrians and drivers; therefore, educating pedestrians and drivers is essential in providing for a safe operation.

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When should I call 9-1-1?

Call 9-1-1 if there is a threat to loss of life or property. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from Emergency Medical Services, the Police or Fire Department. Call 9-1-1 to:

  • SAVE A LIFE
  • STOP A CRIME
  • REPORT A FIRE

In any other situation, please call the non-emergency number (702) 346-6911.

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How does 9-1-1 work?

Mesquite Police Dispatchers take all of the 9-1-1 calls for the City of Mesquite. Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City and nearby Mohave County jurisdictions all have their own Police Departments. If you call 9-1-1 from a phone located in one of these areas, your call will be routed to the respective department’s dispatch center. Therefore, when you call 9-1-1 from a phone within Mesquite City limits, you will be talking to the Dispatchers who work at Mesquite Police Department Communications Center.  If you call 9-1-1 from Bunkerville or Overton areas, your call will be routed to Las Vegas Metro Dispatch.

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Where is the Police Administrative Services Division located and what are your hours?

Administrative Services is located at the Mesquite Police Station, at 695 Mayan Circle, Mesquite Nevada.  Fingerprinting services are available during regular business hours. Our phone number is (702) 346-5262. After hours, you may enter the lobby and pick up a phone on the counter to contact the Dispatchers at ext. 6911.

Hours & Other Details

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How much does it cost to get copies of police reports or arrest records?

We charge $5 for a copy of a report. Fingerprint cards can be made for $10.00 a card or $15 per set. We accept cash only.

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Can I get a copy of someone else’s arrest records?

Only the subject of the arrest record may get copies of their record, unless they authorize someone else specifically to obtain the records. Authorization must be written and notarized and the person authorized must have picture identification.

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Can I find out if I’m wanted?

The best way to find this information is to contact the courts directly. Because we cannot verify identity over the telephone, we can’t release the information if you call. If you come to Administrative Services in person, we are required to notify an officer, and you may be arrested.

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How can I find out more about my case?

The detective handling your case is the best source of information. Call the Investigative Services Division  at 702-346-5262 ext.6073 and let them know you would like to speak to the detective handling your case. If you have the case number, let them know you have the number because it’s easier to look up your case with the number.

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When should I call 9-1-1?

Call 9-1-1 if there is a threat to loss of life or property. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from Emergency Medical Services, the Police or Fire Department. Call 9-1-1 to:

  • SAVE A LIFE
  • STOP A CRIME
  • REPORT A FIRE

In any other situation, please call the non-emergency number (702) 346-6911.

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How does 9-1-1 work?

Mesquite Police Dispatchers take all of the 9-1-1 calls for the City of Mesquite. Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City and nearby Mohave County jurisdictions all have their own Police Departments. If you call 9-1-1 from a phone located in one of these areas, your call will be routed to the respective department’s dispatch center. Therefore, when you call 9-1-1 from a phone within Mesquite City limits, you will be talking to the Dispatchers who work at Mesquite Police Department Communications Center.  If you call 9-1-1 from Bunkerville or Overton areas, your call will be routed to Las Vegas Metro Dispatch.