Nebraska Title Transfer

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You’ll need to complete a title transfer to pass ownership of the vehicle in Nebraska.

The Nebraska title transfer process involves signing over the title, completing an Application for Certificate of Title, submitting a Bill of Sale (or Sales/Use Tax and Tire Fee Statement), and paying the appropriate fees and taxes.

The two parties exchange the title, file the appropriate paperwork, and pay any necessary fees. This process doesn’t take long given you’re prepared. Or, if both parties go to the DMV (recommended).

Below, you’ll learn how the Nebraska title transfer process works for private transactions.

Nebraska Title Transfer: Step-by-Step

It’s recommended that both parties go to the DMV as this clears any confusion and potential issues when passing ownership of the vehicle. However, you’re more than welcome to exchange the title on your own time and later visit the DMV to complete the process.

You will visit a Nebraska County Treasurer’s office (see our directory) to submit your forms.

As a buyer, you’ll do the following:

  1. Retrieve the vehicle’s title or request a duplicate title
    1. Buyers: You may need a lien release from the current owner
    2. Sellers: Provide a lien release to the buyer if needed
  2. Complete the Nebraska certificate of title – including:
    1. Full legal name and address of buyer and current owner
    2. Date of sale (month, day, and year)
    3. Vehicle price the buyer paid
    4. Signatures from both parties
  3. Submit the Application for Certificate of Title (this form)
  4. Bring and submit any necessary documents:
    1. Proof of NE identification
    2. Proof of NE residency
    3. Proof of NE auto insurance
    4. Odometer Disclosure Statement (this form) if it’s not on the title
    5. Bill of Sale or Nebraska Sales/Use Tax and Tire Fee Statement for Motor Vehicle and Trailer Sales
  5. Pay the $10 title transfer fee

As a seller, you may need to complete these items when selling the vehicle:

  • Providing an Odometer Disclosure Statement if you cannot add it to the title
  • Providing a lien release for the buyer
  • Providing a Bill of Sale for the buyer

Do note that you cannot submit a title with errors – you will need to order a replacement and redo the titling if you’ve made mistakes.

What’s Next? Get the Vehicle Registered

You should register your vehicle after titling it to avoid any complications. See our Nebraska vehicle registration guide to learn how the process is done. If you haven’t got it yet, do consider adding or dropping auto insurance. Or, shopping around for a new policy as you may find new discounts.


If you’ve completed the steps above, you’ll have finished the title transfer process in the state of Nebraska.