Registering a Newly Purchased Vehicle

Vehicle Inspection

Preowned or previously titled vehicles purchased outside Nebraska, (or you have moved to Nebraska), must be inspected to verify accurate VIN numbers. The fee is $10. Office located on the east side of the courthouse. Parking is available for this inspection, near the southeast corner. Some out of state lenders or dealers require an instate title to be issued even though they may be selling a new car to someone who lives in Nebraska. Therefore you will have an out-of-state title on your new car and it must be inspected.

Titles

Present title to the County Treasurer (title and purchase window) to be processed. If you received a postcard from the Treasurer, present it instead. Fees are $10 to $17. The title fee is $10, $7 lien notation (signed security agreement showing the name of lienholder and vehicle used as collateral is required), $14 Duplicate title (or spoiled).

Assessment

Your vehicle property tax will be computed by the treasurer. Property tax is computed based on the original manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) and a tax table which is then reduced/depreciated based on the age of the vehicle.

Treasurer

Sales tax, personal property tax, tire tax, title fee, and a late fee will be collected by the treasurer. Tire tax is $1 per tire on new tires.

Trade-ins

Plate transfers: bring your old registration, your credit will be subtracted from your fees. Credit for trades must be obtained within 60 days or we cannot issue the credit. A credit is a better thing to do rather than a refund because it will save you money.