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Lancaster County Treasurer's Office

General Questions Motor Vehicles

Locations

Where can I register my vehicle and/or renew my plates
Motor Vehicle Services
625 North 46th Street
Office Hours 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Drive Thru (Motor Vehicle License Renewal only) Hours 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
402-441-7497
Lancaster County Sheriff's Out-of-State/Salvage Title Inspection: 8:00 am to 4:15 pm (this location only)

500 West O St.
Office Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
402-441-8985
Renewals / new Registration and Titles. No Out of State Titles. No new specialty plates or message plates

555 S 10th St. Room 102
Office Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
402-441-7425
Renewals / new Registration and Titles. No Out of State Titles. No new specialty plates or message plates

General Payment Questions

What types of payments are accepted?
Debit cards, credit cards, personal checks, cash, and money orders. There is a $2.00 flat fee for debit cards and 2.35% service fee for credit cards. Over the phone payments can only be done via credit card and mail-in/drop box payments must be through check (please do not send cash!). For ACH payment please contact: ACH@Lancaster.ne.gov
Why do I have to pay a service fee?
The Lancaster County Treasurer's Office uses the option of credit card payments as an optional service to the taxpayer. We cannot adjust the taxes to include the fee, therefore the fee must be charged separately. The fee is remitted to a third party Vendor, not Lancaster County.

Change of Address/Moving

My name or address has changed recently, what do I need to do for my registration and/or title?
For a name change contact our office at 402-441-7497 or e-mail us at ctomvd@lancaster.ne.gov.

For an address change you can utilze our Request an Address Change online form.
I just moved to Lancaster County from another state, what do I need to do to register my vehicle?
You will need to bring your vehicle, along with your Title and registration from the other state to our office at 625 N 46th Street. If you don't have your title because there is a lien on your vehicle (you are making payments) you would need to start by printing out a copy of the Nebraska "Out-of-State" title request form and send it to your lien holder. Once we receive the title from the lien holder we will notify you so you can come to our office at 625 N 46th Street. The Sheriff's Office will inspect your vehicle's VIN number first at this location. If everything is in order you will be sent over to the Motor Vehicle counter at that same location and issued a Nebraska Title and registration. No appointment is necessary. If you have proof the vehicle was registered in another state, there is no Sales Tax due in Nebraska. If you have insurance from another state we will need to see the "Declarations" page of your policy to verify you have the minimum requirements for Nebraska. If you need further assistance please call our office at (402-441-7497).
I've just moved to Nebraska from another state. How long do I have to register my vehicle? Where do I register? How much will it cost?
You have 30 days to register your vehicle at your local Motor Vehicle Office. To see an approximate cost to register your vehicle (if the vehicle is less that 14 years old) please refer to the Vehicle Tax Estimator . To determine actual registration fees and taxes, contact the local Motor Vehicle Office in your county of residence. Please refer to Vehicle Registrations  for specific information about motor vehicle registration. If moving to Lancaster County you can also Request a Quote from our office.
Can I license my vehicle with another states insurance coverage?
Your proof of insurance card must state "Nebraska Liability" insurance coverage or, if submitting an insurance card from another state, we will need to verify that their State meets the Nebraska minimum liability insurance coverage amounts. All insurance companies must be licensed to do business in Nebraska.
I just moved from one county in Nebraska to another. Do I need to get new plates and registration in my new county?
No. It is not necessary to obtain a registration and license plates in your new county until your vehicle's regular registration renewal is due. At that time, you will need to bring your "out -of-county" plates along with the last registration to our office so that we can update your records, transfer your registration to Lancaster County, and issue you new plates. However, you will need to contact the local Motor Vehicle Office in your new county of residence as soon as you move to determine if you need to pay any local wheel tax.
I am going to college in Lancaster County do I need to get new license plates?
If you are considered a full time student and you do not reside in Lancaster County year round, you are not required to transfer your registration to Lancaster County. However, you will need to contact the local Motor Vehicle Office in your new county of residence to determine if you need to pay any local wheel tax.

Purchases

Approximately how much will it cost me to license my vehicle?
You can Request a Quote from our Motor Vehicle division It will take approximately one business day to recieve your quote.
What do I need if I purchased a vehicle from a Private Party?
When a person purchases a vehicle from a private party, they need to have them write out a "Bill of Sale". It can be written or typed but it needs to include the purchaser & sellers names, the VIN# of the vehicle, sale date, and the sale price. The seller then signs and dates the bill of sale. The purchaser will then come in to register the vehicle at one our locations They will need to bring the title, bill of sale, and proof of insurance for the newly purchased vehicle. The clerks at our office will then fill out a "Nebraska Sales Tax and Use Form 6" from the information contained on the bill of sale to complete the registration process at that time.

For your convienence you can utilize our Bill of Sale form to help with the process.
What if I purchase a vehicle from a Licensed Nebraska Dealer?
If you purchase a vehicle from a Licensed Nebraska Dealer they are required by the State to provide you with a Form 6 so that you can register your vehicle in whatever county you reside. If there is a lien the Title is mailed to us and is the only paperwork we receive. Contact our office at 402-441-7497 with the VIN # to be sure we have received the title.
What do I need if I purchased a vehicle from a Dealer not licensed in Nebraska?
If you purchase a vehicle from a Dealer that is not licensed in Nebraska, they will need to provide you with a Purchase Contract on their letterhead or business form. We will then use that form to fill out a Form 6 for you when you come in to register your vehicle. If there is a lien the Title is mailed to us and is the only paperwork we receive. Contact our office at 402-441-7497 with VIN # to be sure we have received the title.
Do I need a Form 6? What is Form 6?
A Form 6 is the Nebraska Sales Tax and Use Form. If you purchase something from a Licensed Nebraska Dealer they are required by the State to provide you with this form so that you can register your vehicle in whatever county you reside. If you purchase something from a Dealer that is not licensed in Nebraska, they will need to provide you with a Purchase Contract on their letterhead or business form. We will then use that form to fill out a Form 6 for you when you come in to register your vehicle.

If you purchase a vehicle from a private party sale, the seller will need to provide you with a Bill-of-Sale. They can use our form that is available on our website or create their own. The Bill-of-Sale must include the year, make, model and Vin# of the vehicle. It also needs to include the sale date, purchase price of the vehicle and seller's signature. We will then use that form to fill out a Form 6 for you when you come in to register your vehicle.
I purchased a new vehicle, does it need to be inspected? If so where?
Only if the vehicle has a Non-Nebraska title or, has a Salvage branded Title. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office completes vehicle inspections at The Motor Vehicles Services Facility at 625 North 46th Street. There is a $10.00 fee. Bring your identification, title and bill of sale.
I leased a vehicle. What do I need to do to get it registered?
When you lease a new vehicle, the dealership will send us the necessary paperwork to process the Title. Once they have done that, you will need to come to one of our offices to process the registration. You will need to bring in your Lease Agreement, Sales Tax form, and current proof of insurance for that vehicle to complete this process. If you traded in a vehicle or turned in another leased vehicle when you acquired the new one, please bring in the plates and registration from that vehicle so that, if applicable, we can credit back any remaining registration fee's you had already paid.
I just bought a Minibike/Scooter what do I need to do?

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What do I do next?

I just purchased a different vehicle. I am trading-in/selling my existing vehicle. I plan to switch my plates to my recently purchased vehicle. May I affix my old plates to my new vehicle during the 30 day window?
Yes, you can. Be sure to carry the documents from your old vehicle, as well as the documents from the purchased vehicle in the purchased car.

Lost Items

What if my decal or plates are lost in the mail?
If you do not receive your decals or plate in the mail within 14 days from mailing in your payment, contact our office at (402)441-7497 to inquire if they may have been returned to our office or lost. We ask that you come in and pick up a reprint/duplicate. We don't do reprints until 2 weeks/14 days have passed since they were sent out of our office. If you don't receive your decals or plates and the address has changed, we will still wait two weeks to reprint so that the original decals/plates have a chance to come back before we resend/reassign new info.
We lost our car registration, how do I replace it?
To get a duplicate registration you need to come to our office, or send in a request to us with payment of $6.50 to

Motor Vehicles Services
625 North 46th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68503

We accept cash or check in the office, and check or money order thru the mail. If you mail it in please put a note stating you need a duplicate registration and include the plate number.
I lost one of my license plates, what do I do?
If it is a personalized plate, contact the Lancaster County Motor Vehicle office To have them re-order you a new plate. If it is a standard issue plate, you need to bring your remaining plate into the office at 625 N 46th Street to have them issue a new set. There is a charge of $14.60 anytime you lose a plate.
I lost my car title, how do I obtain a duplicate?
When a title has been lost, destroyed, or mutilated, you can obtain a duplicate title from the Motor Vehicle Office  in any county. To obtain a duplicate title, you must submit a completed Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title . All person(s) whose name(s) appear on the face of the title must sign the completed application. The exception to this is a title that is held by husband and wife, in which case either, acting as agent for the other, may sign the application. All signatures must be notarized . The fee for a duplicate Certificate of Title is $14.00.

Renewing

Can I mail in my renewal?
Yes, please include the bottom portion of your Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice you recieved, or a copy of the registration, and a copy of your insurance card along with a check for the amount due. Contact the DMV if the information indicated in the notice is incorrect or has changed.
Can I drop off my renewal?
Yes, There are drop boxes inside at the 500 West O Street and 625 N. 46th Street DMV locations. There is also an after-hours drop box at 625 N. 46th street. You will need to fill out a Registration Drop-off form and follow the included instructions.
Can I renew by phone?
Yes, Call 402-441-8994 to start the process. Please have your vehicle information and insurance card ready when you call. There is a 2.35% service fee that will be applied using a credit card.
Can I renew online?
Yes, Please visit Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles  to start the process. There are certain limitations and you cannot renew online if:
      -You have changes to the information on your registration
      -The vehicle you wish to renew is a truck that has a registrered weight of more than 27 ton
      -Your most current registration has been expired for one year or more
*This service is provided by the State of Nebraska DMV and service fees that may apply are not affiliated with the Lancaster County Treasurer's Office.
What if I am trying to renew online and I am getting an error message? (Ex: unable to process, insurance info unavailable)
Please call our Motor Vehicles Service Office at 625 North 46th Street, 402-441-7497 for assistance.
What if I do not receive a motor vehicle renewal notice?
Notices are generated by the State of Nebraska DMV 30 days before the expiration date, however it is still the citizen's responsibility to renew in a timely manner. Lost or missing reminders occur on occasion. This occurs most often when you have recently moved and the reminder is sent to your previous address. If you intend on renewing in person, the renewal notice is not necessary, however you will need proof of insurance, and the license plate/tag number as well. You can call our office at 402-441-7497 to get the correct total and update your address info if needed.
Can I bundle registrations?
Yes. We provide anyone the opportunity to place mulitple registrations for renewal into the same month.
If bundling, can I pick the month that I renew my registration or is that selected for me?
You can pick the month. All other registrations will be moved to your chosen month. It does make it easier if you pick a current renewal month of one of your registrations.
How do I signup to bundle my registrations?
For two or three registrations bring the current registrations and required insurance card(s) to our office and let the assisting clerk know of your interest in bundling your registrations.

For three or more registrations we recommend that you make a list of all registrations along with the license plate numbers you want to move to your chosen month. Email that list to ctomvd@lancaster.ne.gov along with a daytime phone number. We will contact you to schedule a visit to complete the process.
If I bundle, will all new purchases automatically be put in my renewal month?
No, each time that you need to register a new vehicle you will need to let the clerk know that you would like to add the new registration to your current month due.
Is there an advantage to bundling?
Bundling your registrations can save you time by giving you a choice to pay one time a year. It also saves you postage and reduces your wait times in the future.

Misc

What if I am aware of somebody using fictitious license plates or attempting to violate Registration Laws?
  1. For out of state plates: Call the Nebraska State Patrol Auto Fraud at 402-471-0111.
  2. For all others: Call Police Hotline at 402-441-6050
We have old expired plates what do we do with them?
You can return them to any Motor Vehicles office to be recycled, or throw them away, but we suggest cutting them in half so that no one else could use them if found.
Can I put my old License plates from my old vehicle that I have sold or traded in onto my new vehicle?
If you trade in a vehicle to a licensed Dealer, and they list that vehicle as a trade-in on your purchase contract, you can put your plates from your old vehicle onto the new one. If you sell your vehicle in a separate transaction (traded it in on a different car or sold it through a private party sale) you cannot display your old plates on the vehicle until you have obtained a new registration that shows they have been reassigned to your new vehicle.
Can I get a refund on my Motor Vehicle Registration?
If you sell, trade, wreck or junk a vehicle, or terminate a lease; keep your pink registration and both license plates (1 plate for trailers) in order to receive a refund. Bring in your plates, registration, and identification to obtain the refund. Failure to bring in the registration and plates may reduce the amount of the refund. Refunds must be obtained within 60 days of a title transfer. If sold in the month prior to registration expiration, there is no refund. If you move to another state and re-register your vehicle(s) there, you are also entitled to a refund. In order for us to process the refund you will need to send back the Nebraska license plates and registration (along with a copy of your new states registration) and an address where we may send the refund once it is processed.

Motor Vehicle Services
625 North 46th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68503
I just moved from Nebraska to another state how do I get a refund on my Motor Vehicle License and Registration?
Mail in copy of your out of state registration with at least one (1) of your old Nebraska license plates, and return name and address to send refund to.

Motor Vehicle Services
625 North 46th Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68503
How do I get Amateur Radio License Plates?
State Amateur Radio License Plates 
How do I get handicap Permit or Plates?

Please use one of the following forms.

Medical Professionals Only 
Handicap License Plate Application 
Handicap Parking Permit Application 
How do I get Specialty Plates?
Specialty Plates 

You can apply for a Specialty Plate online or by submitting a completed application, along with the appropriate fee to:

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver and Vehicle Records Division
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94789
Lincoln NE 68509-4789

The Lancaster County Treasurer's Office does not process applications for specialty plates. This is a function of the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

After a specialty plate application is approved, an approval letter is sent to the applicant. The letter indicates the date the plates will be available to pick up at the County Treasurer's office and the County Treasurer's telephone number to verify the Treasurer has received the plates. Current plates and registration MUST be surrendered when the specialty license plates are picked up. Additional fees for production of the license plates and new registration will be charged. Applicants should allow 3 to 4 weeks for the plates to arrive at their County Treasurer's office.

If you have already ordered a specialty plate you can call 402-441-7497 to inquire if your plates have been delivered. Plates cannot be picked up at the West "O" or Downtown location unless prior arrangements have been made with the County Treasurer's office to send them to one of these locations.

Additional questions regarding Specialty Plates may be addressed to: dvrweb@dmv.ne.gov

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