How to Register a Car or Truck in Nebraska

Want to get your car on the road in Nebraska? It’s an easy process done in-person or by mail.

Getting your car or truck registered in Nebraska requires you file and submit a few different forms and fees depending on the type of vehicle. Registration is a requirement whether you’ve purchased a vehicle new or used, through a private or dealer sale. The registration process shouldn’t take longer than a few, total hours if you read this guide and prepare ahead of time.

Your main tasks include satisfying:

  • Proof of identification
  • Registration/Title application
  • Proof of ownership
  • Paying the taxes and fees

…plus, any applicable vehicle testing and disclosures.

You will register your vehicle, in-person, at a Nebraska Department of Revenue treasury office. You may register the vehicle through the mail, too. Failing to register a vehicle on-time can result in late fees.

We’ve outlined the Nebraska registration process, keeping it as easy-as-possible.

Registering Your Car in Nebraska: Step-by-Step

Residents must register the vehicle within 30 days of its purchase. Dealerships will submit your documents on your behalf – though you may choose to register if desired. New Nebraska residents have up to 30 days after establishing residency to register their vehicles.

The vehicle registration takes place at a local county treasurer’s office.

Here is how you register a car or truck in Nebraska:

  1. Go to your nearest NE tax office
  2. Show proof of vehicle ownership
    1. Vehicle title, or
    2. Application for Certificate of Title, or
    3. Signed lease agreement
  3. Provide proof of NE auto insurance
  4. Show your receipts:
    1. Bill of sale
    2. Excise tax payment
  5. Pay your county taxes
  6. Pay your registration fees
    1. Registration: $15
    2. Plate fee: $3.30
    3. County fund: $1.50
    4. Recreation fund: $1.50
    5. DMV cash fund: $2.00
    6. EMS operation fund: $2.50

… plus any extra county fees.

The treasurer will provide your new registration, plates, and stickers.

The mail-in registration follows the same process including proof of ownership, auto insurance, sales/tax payment, and payment for the registration. Send the documents to your county treasurer’s office and you’ll receive your documents in the mail not long after.

You may also choose to file an Affidavit for Storage and Non-Use to the county if you don’t plan to use the vehicle. Or, if the vehicle hasn’t been driven for at least 1 year since it’s expiration.

Moving to Nebraska (Registering an Out-of-State Vehicle)

Those coming from out-of-state with a titled and purchased vehicle are required to:

  • Have auto insurance
  • Get a vehicle inspection
  • Register the vehicle (or transfer lien info)

Driver’s will take their vehicle to a local sheriff’s office to have their vehicle inspected. This inspection is good for up to 90 days – the information is forwarded to your local treasurer’s office.

Registering the new vehicle involves:

  1. Go to the county office
  2. Show proof of insurance
  3. Submit the Application for Certificate of Title (RV-707)
  4. Submit the out-of-state title
  5. Show proof of the inspection
  6. Pay the registration and county fees

You should receive your permanent documents a few weeks after completing this registration.

Set a Reminder for Registration Renewal

You’ll want to mark your calendar else wait to receive a renewal notice when it comes time.

You can check the exact date listed on the registration – 1 year from its registration — so keep this in mind and mark your calendar! See our NE registration renewal guide for more info when you’re ready.