I’ll cut right to it, automobile registration costs. I owned three vehicles, and I take great pride in the vehicles I own. Moving from the Midwest one of the things my friends and colleagues didn’t share is that registration in Nevada is substantially more expensive.

What does this mean to you? Let’s say, hypothetically, you’re registering a 2018 $110k Mercedes-Benz. This is what your registration and fees are, today in Clark County:

Basic Registration Fee – $33

Governmental Services Tax – $1463

Supplemental Gov. Services Tax – $366

Motor Safety Fee – n/a

Technology Fee – $1

Total Estimated Registration Fees – $1863

Now, in my case, this results in, modestly, over $7,000 in registration fees. Not to mention, these aren’t even personalized or specialized license plates.

I understand many don’t drive vehicles with stickers that high, however, let’s say you’re about to buy a 2019 Ford F-150 Limited. The MSRP is $67,135, here’s what it would cost today:

Basic Registration Fee – $38

Governmental Services Tax – $940

Supplemental Gov. Services Tax – $235

Motor Safety Fee – n/a

Technology Fee – $1

Total Estimated Registration Fees – $1214

I’m not unlike the next person, I’m going to drive what I want when I want, but a sneaky little surprise not shared with me by anyone was the registration costs when I went to change the plates on my vehicles. I love Las Vegas and I’m not moving any time soon, but don’t be surprised at the bill with the DMV.