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Nebraska Buying a Vehicle

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When you buy a vehicle and title and register it in Nebraska, you do not do so through the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. Instead, you do so through respective county treasurer offices that are located in each county. Your county treasurer personnel can provide title and registration services for motor vehicles, motorcycles, RVs, boats, campers, trailers and any other titled vehicle, vessel or trailer. The following information will help you to better understand Nebraska’s titling and registration process for vehicles and other private property.

Obtaining a title and Registration for a Vehicle Bought from a Car Dealership

When you buy a vehicle through a car dealership in Nebraska, the titling and registration process occurs at the dealership. The dealership should be able to issue a temporary title, registration and plate after you obtain at least the correct levels of state-mandated insurance minimums. All taxes and fees are paid as part of the selling price so that you do not have to worry about cutting more checks or pulling out your credit card or debit card several more times.

Obtaining a title and Registration for a Vehicle Bought from a Private Seller

When you buy a vehicle from a private seller, you need to title and register it through your local county treasurer’s office. The vehicle must be insured as required by law with at least state-mandated minimums for bodily injury and property damage liability. You will have to pay all taxes and fees at the county treasurer’s office, which also will issue the title, registration and plates.

Filling Out the Title

The Nebraska application for a certificate of title enables you to provide all of the relevant information by simply filling in the blanks. You will need to provide your name or the name of the business if it is a commercially owned vehicle. You also need to provide the address where it will be parked while not in use, a general description of the make, model and year, and the VIN number.

An inspection by the local sheriff’s department might be needed to ensure the vehicle is the correct one. If the vehicle was titled out of state and you want to title it in Nebraska, you will have to schedule a vehicle inspection through your local sheriff’s department. the county treasurer will handle the titling and registration, including issuing a license plate.

Registering the Purchased Vehicle

You can register the vehicle after obtaining the state-mandated minimum of auto insurance and provide the proof of insurance and title at your county treasurer’s office.

Submitting Payment

All titling and registration fees and taxes are payable with a credit card, debit card, personal check, money order or cashier’s check. Respective county treasurer offices do not accept cash payments.

Last Verified:
Dec 29, 2022