If you’re looking to donate a vehicle in Las Vegas, there are certain Nevada vehicle donation requirements that must be met. People end up in many different title scenarios and this article aims to help you determine which one you are in. If you wish to donate your vehicle simply follow the prompts listed below to help determine if you are eligible. Thank you for your consideration!
1. Do you have a title in your name?
Yes – Your vehicle may be donated – Click Here
No – It is in the name of a deceased family member – go to #2
No – It is not in my name – go to #3
No – I don’t have the title or lost it – go to #4
2. Was an executor appointed, if so are you the executor of the estate?
Yes I am the executor of the estate – Ok then in order for you to donate the vehicle we will need a copy of the legal document naming you as the executor along with an original copy of the death certificate. You will need to sign your name as the seller on the title followed with the word “executor”.
Yes an executor of the estate was appointed but it is not me – Ok then in order for you to donate the vehicle we will need the executor to be present at pickup to sign the title. You will need a copy of the legal document naming them as the executor along with an original copy of the death certificate. They will need to sign their name as the seller on the title followed with the word “executor”.
No, an executor of the estate was never appointed – Ok, then you can only donate this vehicle if the seller section of the title was signed off by the legal owner before their death. If it was not signed off before their death or you do not have the title than you would have to pursue legal ownership through a legal process before it could be donated.
3. Why is it not in your name?
I am donating for a friend or family member who is not available, moved, deployed, jail, out of country, etc. and the title is already signed off in the seller section by the legal owner. – If your friend or family member has already signed off as the seller on the title then you can donate it.
I am donating for a friend or family member who is not available, moved, deployed, jail, out of country, etc. and the title is not signed off in the seller section by the legal owner. – In this situation you would not be able to donate the vehicle unless you have documentation giving you legal power of attorney signed and notarized by the legal owner.
I have the title signed off by the seller but never titled it in my name – You may donate this vehicle
I have the title but it was never signed off by the seller. This does not meet the Nevada vehicle donation requirements – You cannot donate this vehicle
4. Why don’t you have the title?
The vehicle is titled in my name in Nevada but I lost the title. – You can donate this vehicle but before you can you will need to get 2 supporting documents from the Nevada DMV before we can accept it. The first document you will need is a “Certificate of Title” showing that you are the legal owner. This document must be obtained by the legal owner at any Nevada DMV location. In addition you will need a “Application For Duplicate Nevada Certificate of Title.” This will need to be notarized which can be done by any DMV representative or by any notary public service. Once you have these two documents then you can donate this vehicle.
The vehicle is titled in my name in a state other than Nevada but I lost the title. – You must first obtain a duplicate title from the state that it is titled in before you can donate the vehicle. To do this you must follow the procedures required by the state it is titled in.
I never titled it in my name and lost the original title – You cannot donate this vehicle
I never had a title, I bought the car with just a bill of sale. This scenario does not give you legal ownership so it does not meet the Nevada vehicle donation requirements. – You cannot donate this vehicle
I never received the title from the dealer after I paid it off and now they are non responsive or out of business. – You cannot donate this vehicle
What if I don’t meet the Nevada Vehicle Donation Requirements?
If you don’t meet the Nevada requirements to donate a vehicle as listed above then you will need to seek legal assistance to obtain a title. Some title situations are simply not fixable without first filing a lien on the vehicle. To do this you will typically need the assistance of a professional who is familiar with obtaining titles through lien. If all else fails, and you cannot obtain a title and simply need the vehicle gone then you can request for the vehicle to be impounded. This is a process only performed by licensed impound towing companies. You will not receive compensation if it’s impounded but you typically won’t receive a bill either. This may help you if you just need the vehicle gone.