If you’re new to Nebraska, or have recently purchased a car, you may need to understand the vehicle registration process.
New Vehicle Registration in Nebraska
If you’ve just moved to Nebraska, you are required to register your car within thirty days of establishing residency. In order to complete a new registration, you will present the following to your county treasurer’s office:
- An out of state title
- An Application for Certificate of Title (Form RV-707)
- The $10 application fee (if there is a lien on the vehicle, there is an additional $7 application fee).
- A certificate of inspection
- Proof of auto insurance
- Applicable county tax fees
Vehicle Inspections in Nebraska
Nebraska does not require routine emissions checks or smog tests, but it does require inspections for all vehicles being registered. The inspections check the vehicle identification number (VIN) against the current registration, and the odometer reading.
Nebraska Vehicle Registration Renewal
You will need to renew your registration with the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) before it expires. You will usually be notified that your term is coming to an end by mail with a renewal notice. You have the option to renew online, by mail, or in person. Renewal fees are based on the age of your vehicle, the value of your vehicle, and the county in which you reside.
Getting a Nebraska Vehicle Title
When you purchase a car, you will receive a title, signed by the seller. Generally, if you purchase your car from a dealer in Nebraska, they will submit titling and registration paperwork to the DMV for you. To transfer your car title to the Nebraska DMV from out of state, you’ll have thirty days after establishing residency. You will submit:
- The title certificate from the previous state
- Registration and a notarized bill of sale
- A completed Application for Certificate of Title (Form RV-707)
- A vehicle inspection form
- $10 for the titling fee
Getting a Nebraska Driver’s License
When you move to Nebraska, you will need a Nebraska driver’s license. New residents are allowed to transfer their out-of-state licenses. Before you receive your license, you will have to provide proof of identity, residency, and Social Security number, and pass a written permit and driving test. These tests may be waived if your out-of-state license is valid. You’ll also have to pass a vision exam and pay licensing fees ($7.50 for one year, $12.50 for two years).
Nebraska Auto Insurance Requirements
Liability auto insurance is required for every vehicle in Nebraska. You must pay:
- $25,000 for bodily injury
- $50,000 for total bodily injury
- $25,000 for total property damage