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How to Title a Vehicle in Nebraska

A new car title in Nebraska is required when you purchase a vehicle or transfer ownership from one person to another. A certificate of title is a document that shows you own your vehicle, and as such, there can only be one title in existence for each car at any given time. Many people get titles and registration confused, but it is important to note that a car title renewal, unlike your registration renewal, is not a requirement. Once you receive a title, you keep it the entire time that you own the vehicle.

Learning how to get car title documents is important before you go through the process of buying a car, as you will need a few things from the seller in order to complete the process at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Discover what steps you need to take when applying for a certificate of title in Nebraska below.

When are new car titles in Nebraska required?

A vehicle title is required for almost every type of motor vehicle in Nebraska. There are, however, a few types of vehicles that are exempt from these requirements. If you own one of the following, you do not need to obtain a title:

  • ATVs or minibikes that were bought new prior to January 1, 2004.
  • UTVs that were bought new before January 1, 2011.
  • Mopeds that have pedals.
  • Snowmobiles of any type.
  • Personal assistive devices such as electric wheelchairs, scooters and other similar vehicles.
  • Trailers with a gross weight of 9,000 pounds or less, including the load.
  • Farm trailers that are used exclusively to transport products to and from storage or markets.
  • Construction and maintenance vehicles that are not designed to transport people or property.

If the type of vehicle you own is not included in the list above, you need to get a new car titleafter purchasing itby visiting the appropriate DMV office. However, there are two conditions in which a Nebraska auto title is not required for you, regardless of the type of car you drive. First, you are exempt from getting a title if you are a non-resident member of the military and are currently living in the state. Second, you do not need to get Nebraska title paperwork if you are a non-resident doing business in the state.

How do I get a vehicle title for my boat in Nebraska?

If you own a boat, it is important to note that it usually needs to have a title just as a car or any other vehicle would. There are, however, some exceptions to this rule that you will want to familiarize yourself with first. In general, you will follow the same steps to obtain certificate of title paperwork for your boat as you would for a car.

Where do obtain a DMV car title in Nebraska?

Title registration paperwork in Nebraska needs to be obtained in the county where a vehicle has tax situs, which is usually the county where a resident lives. Each of Nebraska’s 93 counties has a Motor Vehicle Office or DMV location. Note that the County Treasurer is usually the official who handles the title renewal process as well as other motor vehicle-related services in each county.

While drivers with regular passenger vehicles need to obtain titles at a countyDMV office, those who own certain commercial vehicles will get their title from the Motor Carrier Services office instead of a county office.

What documents do I need for a new Nebraska car title? 

To get a car title in Nebraska, you will need to present a few different items to the DMV. Make sure you review these requirements before purchasing a vehicle so that you can complete the necessary steps in one visit. To title a car, you will need the following:

  • A fee payable to the County Treasurer.
  • Either a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin (MSO) or a certificate of title.
  • A completed application.

If you do not have the documents required, you can obtain a bonded certificate of title instead. Bonded titles can be obtained from the County Treasurer as well, but the process comes with additional requirements. Regardless of the type of title you apply for, it is important to note that you must pay sales tax in addition to any other fees you pay the County Treasurer. For most vehicles, you do not have to pay sales tax at the time of the purchase, but it is due shortly afterwards.

How do I get an auto title in Nebraska for a leased car?

If you need a Nebraska car title for a leased vehicle, the process is slightly different. The most important difference when it comes to leased vehicles is that you will not receive a copy of the title. Instead, the leasing company will retain the certificate. In addition to the paperwork listed above, you will need to bring in a copy of your lease agreement to the County Treasurer. While you do not receive a title for yourself, you will get a copy of the registration documents. Even though you will not have the title in your possession, the DMV title renew process still requires that you pay registration renewal fees when they are due.

Is a new car title required for an out-of-state vehicle in Nebraska?

AnNE car titleis usually required when you buy a car or boat from someone in a different state or when you move to Nebraska permanently and own a vehicle that is already registered elsewhere. In general, the application process for getting a title is the same as that for residents, and you must present the same types of documents. However, you also need to have your boat or car inspected by the County Sheriff where you live. During the inspection, you should be prepared to pay a fee and show documentation proving that you own the vehicle in question.

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