How to Register a Garmin Nuvi

Updated March 23, 2017

The Garmin Nuvi offers global positioning system (GPS) navigation with preloaded maps for the lower 48 states. Registering your Garmin Nuvi ensures that your device is always up-to-date and that your device qualifies for the nu Maps Guarantee. The map updates you receive are free once the device is registered. The device should be registered within 60 days of first acquiring satellites while driving. Registration can be completed online in a matter of minutes.

Access the Garmin website to register your product.

Click "Register," then select "Automotive, Fitness, Sport or Outdoor Devices" on the "Product Registration" screen.

Select "Create One" to create a myGarmin account to register your product.

Enter your full name and e-mail address. Select and confirm your password. Click "Create Account," then "Continue."

Locate the serial number for the device. The serial number is beneath the GPS antenna on a small white tag. It is eight to nine digits long.

Enter the device ID for your Garmin Nuvi, then click "Submit." The device ID is the serial number of your device.

Connect your Garmin Nuvi to your computer with a USB cable. Your device will be checked for updates. Updates are downloaded and installed automatically.

Disconnect your Garmin Nuvi from your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable
  • Device ID
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