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The assessor is the elected government official responsible for establishing the value of real property and personal property for the purpose of taxation.
Property taxes are funds generated by taxing the value of real estate, business personal property, and motor vehicles.
All owners of taxable real estate, business personal property, and motor vehicles located within the state. This includes businesses, farmers, homeowners, and individuals.
The county treasurer collects property taxes and distributes them to local subdivisions of government, according to their budgets.
Property taxes are used entirely to support local subdivisions of government and are a major source of funding for their operation. Taxes help fund essential services such as:
Tax rates are established as a result of a budgetary process. Each governmental agency provides a budget that will cover the cost of maintaining their respective agency for a fiscal year. The budget requirements are totaled and that amount is divided by the total assessed value of property for that subdivision to establish the tax rate. The tax rate is stated as a percent or amount due for each $100 of assessed value.
The County Assessor is not responsible for establishing the tax rate.
As the cost of providing services increases, the subdivisions may increase their budgets and likewise their property tax requirements. Control over the spending of property taxes lies with the taxpayers participation in the governing process by attending budget hearings and becoming fully informed as to how the tax dollars are being spent. In this manner, each taxpayer can be involved in determining the spending priorities of local government.
Property taxes do not increase proportionately to valuation increases. If budget requests increase modestly, then tax rates and tax dollars often increase modestly.
NBHD is the short form of the word "neighborhood". Neighborhood is defined as an area of complementary land uses in which all properties are similarly influenced by the forces affecting property value. View the NBHD list (PDF).
Your valuation represents the market value of your property as of January 1st.
A partial value is activated on a partially completed residential, agricultural/horticultural, or commercial/industrial, buildings/structures representing the portion completed as of 1 January of each year. Ref. Ch. 77-1301 Nebraska Statutes.
By using professionally accepted mass appraisal techniques including the cost, income, and sales comparison approach to value.
On January 15th of each year, the assessor will notify the public of their preliminary assessed values by placing the information in "Property Search", and mailing a Notice of Preliminary Valuation postcard. The assessor will again send a notification with a Change of Valuation postcard on or before June 1st, if your valuation has increased or decreased from the previous year.
Changes in the physical makeup of your property, such as additions, remodeling, or new buildings will impact your valuation. Changes in the marketplace can also affect your valuation. A reappraisal in your county may also result in your valuation changing.
The assessor’s office would like to talk with you about your valuation! Your preliminary value is published on the website January 15th each year. Just call 402-593-2122, or stop by the office, or Ask the Assessor and have an appraiser explain to you how your value was determined. It’s an informal process during this period, generally, we do not require appointments. This gives the appraiser the chance to correct possible errors and answer your valuation-related questions.
The assessor will notify you officially by mail, on or before June 1st, if your valuation has increased or decreased from the previous year. The month of June is the period of time when formal valuation protests may be filed in writing with the Sarpy County Board of Equalization. The assessor’s office will still hold informal discussions regarding your property valuation during this period, just contact us please.
The Department of Revenue Property Assessment Division has a guide available to help you understand the process: Real Property Valuation Protest Information Guide (PDF).
Present evidence that the assessor has valued your property above its market value or is not equalized with similar properties in the county.
You may file an appeal to the Tax Equalization and Review Commission. View the Appeal Process.
Every assessor prepares and maintains a property record file for each parcel of real property including improvements on leased land, in the county. Any changes made to the assessment information of the property will be reflected in the property record file. The information that you will find in the property record file includes, but is not limited to:
We recommend each property owner review their property record file to ensure the accuracy of the data. Incorrect data can produce incorrect valuations.
New! You now have the ability to print a property record file from your computer! On the Sarpy County Property Search website find the parcel needed.
Once you have selected the parcel you need, select the link to Property Record File. It’s that simple. You can select any historical year.
We can still email or mail you a copy of the property record file. Please call 402-593-2122 or Ask the Assessor. There is no cost to the property owner of the parcel requested, however, there is a fee for copies that are not owned by the taxpayer and they must be picked up from the office.
Learn about the Nebraska Department of Revenue Property Assessment Division on their website.
For residential properties, we provide printable valuation reports for a parcel’s neighborhood or market area. The reports are located on the Property Detail page of the parcel you are reviewing on Property Search. There are many terms/abbreviations used on the reports you may not be familiar with, so to help navigate your way through the reports, we have created a key for your reference:
Give us a call at 402-593-2122 if you have any questions, we are here to help.
The market value of your property as of January 1st.
By using mass appraisal techniques including the cost, income, and sales comparison approach to value.
On or about June 1st of each year the Assessor’s Office sends out Notices of Valuation Change to property owners who have had a change of value.
The theory of valuation for agricultural or horticultural land is no different than any other property. It is the fair market value of the land. The difference lies in the assessment level. The Nebraska Constitution states that agricultural/horticultural land must be assessed at 75% of its fair market value.
Tax rates are established as a result of a budgetary process. Each governmental agency provides a budget that will cover the cost of maintaining their respective agency for a fiscal year. The budget requirements are totaled and that amount is divided by the total assessed value of property for that subdivision to establish the tax rate. The tax rate is stated as a percentage or amount due for each $100 of assessed value.
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On or before June 1st, the Assessor certifies new property values. Notices are only mailed to property owners with a valuation change. The Property Search Tool will enable you to review your valuation online as well as look at other comparable properties within Sarpy County. For information regarding your property value, please contact the Assessor’s Office at 402-593-2122.
If you are not satisfied with your value and choose to file a property valuation protest, you will need to complete Protest Form 422, which is only available between June 1st and June 30th; check back on this website during the specified period to access the form. This form may be completed online for submission, completed online and printed or you may request a form to be mailed to you. For more information on submissions, view the "How do I submit my protest?" FAQ.
Your protest form must include the following:
Property valuation protests are public records, therefore, please cross out any personal information such as social security numbers, birth dates, bank account numbers, etc., prior to submittal.
Protest Form 422 is accepted in the Office of the County Clerk (located at 1210 Golden Gate Drive Suite #1250), online or postmarked on or before June 30th no later than 4:45 pm. If the 30th falls on a weekend, the form will be due the next business day.
Protests sent via mail will be sent to:Sarpy County Clerk1210 Golden Gate DriveSuite 1250Papillion, NE 68046
Protest forms postmarked or received before June 1 will be returned to sender.
The Sarpy County Board of Equalization hires independent appraisers as referees to assist them in examining all protests. The purpose of the Referee Hearing is to allow protest filers to provide additional information relevant to the requested property value. Information will also be provided to the referee by the Sarpy County Assessor.
The County Clerk will schedule hearing date/time and will mail a Notification of Hearing Letter to the protester within 7 days prior to the hearing. Please read the notification carefully as it will have instructions on the location of the hearing. If you have any questions, please call the County Clerk’s Office at 402-593-4433 or 402-593-2114.
Hearings are held in July. We schedule during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. When you submit your protest, you may specify the dates and hours you will not be available, within reason, and we will try to schedule your hearing accordingly.
Your attendance at the hearing is not required. If you are unable to attend, your protest will still be given full consideration.
Property owners have the responsibility of presenting relevant evidence as to why the assessed value of the protested property should be adjusted. It is not the responsibility of the referee to appraise each property but rather to consider the information presented by the owner and the Assessor and make a recommendation to the Board of Equalization. Therefore, it is important that the owner provide relevant information that supports their requested valuation. Examples of relevant information include:
After all of the hearings have been completed, referee recommendations will be entered into the system and a final report will be forwarded to the Board of Equalization. The County Board of Equalization will review all appeal information submitted and will determine the final values prior to adjournment (deemed to be July 25th). Notice of the Board’s final determination will be mailed on or before August 2nd. The information will also be available in the Board of Equalization page.
After all the hearings are completed, the Board of Equalization holds a public meeting to consider all the recommendations and to render their final determinations. The meeting occurs on or before July 25th. All decisions are sent, via U.S. Mail, with in five (5) business days following that meeting.
The decision of the Sarpy County Board of Equalization may be appealed to the State Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC). Appeal forms are available at Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC) located at the State Office Building. Contact TERC at:301 Centennial Mall SP.O. Box 94732Lincoln, NE 68509Phone: 402-471-2842
Appeal process information and links to online forms can be found at the TERC website. Access the What to Expect at Your Valuation Hearing page for additional information on hearing expectations, etc.
Our office can help establish paternity and support orders. We can also help enforce an existing order for child support, medical support, and spousal support. Our office is not able to help with matter of parenting time or custody. We’re also not able to help enforce any order for unreimbursed medical expenses, child care expenses, or extra-curricular activities.
If you live in Sarpy County and are applying to establish a paternity and support order, then you are eligible for our services. If you live in a different Nebraska county and want an order established, then you should contact the child support office in that county. If you have a Nebraska order already in place and are applying for help in enforcing that order, then you should reach out to the county where that order was originally entered for services. (If you are unsure of how to reach that county, please call 877-631-9973 and they can assist you.) If your support order comes from another state, then you can either contact your local office or reach out to that state directly for assistance.
Sarpy County now has a standing order that addresses one possible change in health insurance; a standing order means that it applies to any and all cases addressing child and support in Sarpy County. The effect of this order is that if the person who is court-ordered to provide health insurance is doing so through their current spouse’s family plan, they are in compliance with the court order.
If one parent was ordered to provide health insurance, and now the other biological parent (or his/her spouse) is providing, then it may be necessary to have your order reviewed and ultimately modified by the Court. Please call 877-631-9973 to discuss this issue with your assigned caseworker.
Your safety and the safety of your children is always our first concern. Anyone who applies for child support or paternity services will be asked about this potential problem. If you are concerned about this possibility, please let us know (you can always call 877-631-9973 for this). Each case is reviewed on its own set of facts to determine if "good cause" exists for us to stop pursuing child support.
If you have immediate concerns about your safety or that of your children, please contact law enforcement immediately. You can also contact the Nebraska Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-876-6238.
Children in Nebraska legally become adults at age 19, and that’s when child support orders typically end in the state of Nebraska.
Pretrial Services perform two important functions in the administration of criminal justice. First, they gather and present information about newly arrested defendants and about available release options for use by the Court in deciding what release conditions are to be set for defendants’ release on bond. Second, they supervise the defendants released from custody by monitoring their compliance with release conditions and by helping to ensure they appear for future court dates.
In nearly all instances, a defendant on Pretrial Services is subject to a "standard" Order Setting Conditions of Release, which includes the following:
As part of the "standard" Order Setting Conditions of Release, defendants are court-ordered to pay a one-time supervision fee of $50. If a defendant is subject to electronic monitoring, the Court will determine whether the defendant will be financially responsible for all or a portion of those fees.
A common misconception is that a defendant is only on Pretrial Services until their first court date or trial date. Pretrial Services is a condition of bond, meaning that a defendant placed on Pretrial Services will remain on Pretrial Services until the defendant’s case reaches a disposition (i.e. dismissal, sentencing, Drug Court, etc.). The Court can choose to remove a defendant from Pretrial Services at any time by the defendant’s request or at its own discretion.
No. Unlike Probation, which is a state program and can transfer across county and state lines, Pretrial Services is a county program. Defendants who are on Pretrial Services, whether they reside in Sarpy County or not, are required to report to Sarpy County for appointments, drug testing, etc.
The County Attorney’s Office is notified of all Pretrial Services violations and a defendant’s bond may be revoked or further bond conditions can be added as determined by the Court. Failure to comply with bond conditions could also result in a warrant for the defendant’s arrest with or without hearing.
The Judge is the only person who can modify bond conditions. The request to have bond conditions modified is generally done through the defendant’s attorney.
No. Only days spent incarcerated can count toward credit for time-served. However, a defendant’s performance on Pretrial Services may be used to determine a defendant’s eligibility for additional community corrections programs (House Arrest, Work Release, Re-Entry Assistance Program).
View a list of contact information for all supervision officers as well as the front desk.
Random drug screens cannot be made up and you need to contact your supervision officer immediately. Your supervision officer’s contact information can be found in the Community Corrections directory.
Permission to travel outside of the State of Nebraska requires prior approval from the Court. You will need to complete the Travel Request (PDF) form and provide the completed form to your supervision officer. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. You will need to provide the form to your supervision officer with as much notice as possible.
View a comprehensive list (PDF).
View a list of things to review (PDF).
Proof of Insurance and either current registration or renewal notice. Proof of insurance is the only mandatory item. Proof of your insurance is usually in our computers but not always. Therefore we always recommend you bring proof. We can accept proof of insurance on your latest technology/iPhone/Android/etc.
If you are arriving from out of state, take your vehicle and title to Vehicle Inspections for VIN inspection. The fee is $10. If you have a lien on the car (e.g. bank has a title), you will need to request the title from your lienholder before you can go any further. Go to our forms section to fill out our form and request your title, Customer Request for out of state title. They will send the title to us and we will send you a postcard informing you that it has arrived and to bring in your vehicle for inspection. After the vehicle has been inspected you can proceed to the Treasurer’s Office for titling and registration. If you already have the title go to the County Treasurer’s office (window 1) where you will obtain a new title. The car will then be assessed and you will receive your plates/registration from the Treasurer’s office. A more comprehensive and detailed list for new residents and people who moved can be viewed at I just moved, find more information on what you need to do (PDF).
Only dealers are authorized to provide "In Transit" signs. Nebraska dealers will provide them at purchase. If you purchased your car from someone other than a Nebraska dealer, keep the title, proof of insurance, and bill of sale with you when you are driving. You have 30 days to obtain plates from the date of purchase. In Transits cannot be renewed past the original 30 days. The State informs us that handmade "In Transits" are not legal even though you may see them on the street.
View transfer ownership of a vehicle with examples.
No, it is not required.
Nothing until it is time to renew your plates. At that time, bring in your current registration, proof of insurance, and we will lead you in the computer as a Sarpy County citizen. Be aware of your vehicle expiration. You will not get a renewal card from us but could get one forwarded from your previous county. Please check Driver’s License requirements for change of address (they are different).
Come in and we will produce a new registration for $6.50 or a new set of plates and registration for $14.50.
We can mail a new set or you can come in and pick them up after we verify the currency of your registration.
Thirty days from your retirement or separation date. The intent to leave the state at some time in the future does not change this requirement. If you do not have a Nebraska title for your vehicle, you will have to obtain one prior to registration as a Nebraska resident. The process is basically the same as moving in from out of state.
It demonstrates to us your state of legal residence which allows you to register your personally owned vehicle at the non-resident rate. If your LES says Nebraska then you are not eligible to register as a non-resident and this does not apply. If you have a leased vehicle you will also have to produce an LES unless you are a Nebraska resident.
Any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle:
To obtain your U.S. DOT number instantly, file online. You can also request an application (MCS-150 and MCS-150a) by calling the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) at 800-832-5660, or by calling the FMCSA office in your respective state:
Vehicles that are 10 model years old or newer. Currently 2003 to present. The odometer statement is part of the title document.
Yes, unless you are non-resident military.
Original out-of-state title, proof of insurance, vehicle inspection ticket, and security agreement (if lien).
No, you will need proof of registration, insurance, Military ID, and the last end-of-month L.E.S. statement so that we can register your non-resident vehicle.
Only the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is checked to ensure that it matches the title. The VIN is also checked for stolen vehicles.
No, not since July 16, 1994.
No, they close fifteen minutes earlier than we do.
Yes, it is located on the southeast side of the main courthouse about forty feet east of the Treasurer’s Office. There is VIN parking on the very east side of the building.
Yes, Nebraska requires signatures of all persons listed as owners to transfer ownership.
A signed copy of the security agreement or contract between buyer and lien holder and the $7 fee.
Yes, the original title must be brought in (or mailed in) to the County Treasurer’s office for release. The title can be taken to any County Treasurer’s office in the state for release of the lien. We will need to see the release on the face of the title or a notarized lien release from the lender. There is no fee for lien release.
No, Nebraska titles are valid in any county in the state.
No. Cash, local check, or money orders will be accepted.
No, erasures or alterations void a Nebraska title. A spoiled (duplicate) must be issued.
Yes, beginning January 2, 2003, you can obtain a duplicate Nebraska title in any county.
We need the name and address of your lien holder and the vehicle registration or you can fill out the request at our web page Customer Request For Out of State Title. If you provide us with the information we will send for the original title and security agreement. If you use the Customer Request For Out of State Title form, then you mail it directly to your lien holder. Upon receipt of this paperwork, you will be sent a postcard notifying you that the vehicle must be inspected. The Nebraska title will be issued and sent back to the lienholder. A licensing copy will be available for you to obtain your plates. There is a $17 title/lien notation fee.
No, the original documents are needed to issue a new Nebraska title.
Change as a result of divorce; the party receiving the vehicle should bring a copy of the divorce settlement and the old title and obtain a new title and registration. If due to marriage it is up to the individual. However, to change the name on the registration requires that the title be changed also. Bring the old title and certified marriage license to obtain a new title and registration. If a name is changed for another legal reason, bring in the certifying document for our review.
That is up to the remaining owner(s). However, to change the registration the title must be changed. Bring in the old title and death certificate to change the title and registration.
Only call 911 for the following reasons:
The non-emergency number is 402-593-4111. Call this number to report the following:
Officers always try to respond as quickly as possible; however, there are a number or factors that determine how long you may wait for an officer to respond. For instance, the number of incidents and priority of calls could delay the officer from responding to your incident immediately. The type, and priority of calls determine the response time as will the number of available officers in your neighborhood.
Due to the dynamic of constantly changing call volume, officer availability cannot be precisely estimated. Some calls may be resolved in just a few moments, while others require more thorough investigation and could take hours to complete.
While it is reasonable to want to know how long it will take for an officer to respond, there are several logistical and operational barriers that make it difficult for dispatchers to provide citizens with an estimated time of arrival (ETA).
When you call for assistance, whether you are reporting an emergency or a non-emergency situation, your incident is entered into our Computer Aided Dispatch System (CAD) for tracking purposes. We verify your address, obtain your contact numbers, create a short summary of what is happening, determine the nature of incident, and assign a priority ranking to the call. These priority rankings are established by the local law and fire agencies.
Call volume in the 911 Communications Center fluctuates through the day. At any time, we can receive numerous high-priority calls, or perhaps a single call requiring multiple-officer response. Emergency calls always take priority and are dispatched first. Priority rankings are established by the local Police Department and Sheriff’s Office.
If you mistakenly reach 911, please do not hang up before the 911 Dispatcher answers the phone. The information from your phone still enters our system. If you aren’t on the phone when the Dispatcher answers, she or he will call you back. The time spent calling people back who have inadvertently dialed 911 takes time away from people who need emergency help.
Sarpy County Consolidated 911 Communications is able to accept 911 emergency text messages. Texting should only be used when you are unable to make a voice call to 911.
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Yes, however, if you applied the previous year, a preprinted Form 458 Homestead Exemption application will be automatically mailed to you to complete and return to the assessor’s office. If you don’t receive Form 458 by mid-February, please contact our office at 402-593-2122.
You have to be 65 or older before January 1 of the application year.
Yes, you need to own and occupy your home continuously from January 1 through August 15.
If you owned a home in Nebraska on January 1 and purchased a new home between January 1 to August 15, you can transfer your homestead exemption to your new home. You must file the application (Form 458) with the county assessor’s office where the original home resides between February 2 to June 30. You will then file a Form 458T - Transfer of Homestead Exemption on or before August 15 with the county assessor’s office where the new home resides.
The Date of Deed is used to determine the ownership and not the sale date. If you have any questions, please call our office at 402-593-2122.
The Sarpy county assessor’s office has created a worksheet to help calculate your out of pocket medical expenses as well as a listing of documents needed to complete the 458 Schedule 1 - Income Statement.
View the 2022 Household Income Table (PDF).
Our office will help applicants fill out the forms. If you filed your Federal Income Tax Return, please bring your tax return and any medical expenses you paid out of pocket. If you did not file your Federal Income Tax Return, please bring any 1099s, W-2s, and medical expenses you paid out of pocket. Please give our office a call at 402-593-2122 if you have questions.
No, any of our administrative staff members are able to assist you with the Homestead Exemption. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:45 pm, except holidays.
The application filing period is February 2 to June 30. All completed applications must be filed by June 30 to qualify for the current year.
Form 458B is not available online. The form can be mailed, emailed, or picked up in person by the applicant. Give us a call at 402-593-2122.
Every five years our office will require all applicants to recertify their disabilities. For Homestead Exemption years 2021, 2026, 2031, ect.
In order to qualify for the current year Homestead Exemption, your effective date must be on or before January 1 of the application filing year. If your effective date is after January 1, you will have to wait until the following year to qualify.
The DVA Certification Letter can be requested through the Sarpy County Veteran’s Service Office (VSO). Please call their office at 402-593-2203 to request a letter for the Homestead Exemption. The Sarpy VSO will request the letter through the VA Regional Office for you. The letter will be mailed directly to your property. The letter must be dated after January 1, 2022.
The letter must include the following:
Note: If you are rated under 100% service-connected but are being paid at the 100% rate because you are unemployable due to your service-connected disabilities, it must be reflected on your eBenefits letter.
You can submit the completed application via the mail, email, fax, drop box located outside on the east side of the 1102 Building, or in person. You will receive a copy of the application as a receipt of confirmation from our office with a date stamp in the lower left hand corner and "COPY" stamped in the upper right hand corner. Please keep the copy for your records.
Sarpy County Assessor’s Office1102 E 1st St, Suite 2Papillion, NE 68046
Email Homestead Exemption
The Nebraska Department of Property Assessment (State) notifies the Sarpy Assessor’s office around the end of October on the status of any applicant’s Homestead Exemption. The State will mail letters to only the applicants who are approved for 10 to 90% or applicants who are disapproved based on income only.
If you are approved for 100% of the exemption, you will not receive a letter stating you’ve been approved for 100%. The Nebraska Department of Property Assessment mails letters to only the applicants who are approved for 10 to 90% or applicants who are disapproved based on income only. The assessor’s office receives approvals and disapprovals from the State about the end of October.
If there is a previous divorce in the State of Nebraska, a new license will not be issued and you cannot remarry until at least six months and one day have passed from the date the Decree is signed by the judge and filed with the District Court Clerk’s office. The applicants will be required to submit the date the previous marriage ended.
Nebraska State Statute 42-372.01 For purposes of remarriage other than remarriage between the parties, a decree dissolving a marriage becomes final and operative six months after the decree is entered or on the date of death of one of the parties to the dissolution, whichever occurs first. If the decree becomes final and operative upon the date of death of one of the parties to the dissolution, the decree shall be treated as if it became final and operative the date it was entered.
Nebraska State Statute 42-341 A divorce from the bonds of matrimony obtained in another jurisdiction shall be of no force or effect in this state, if both parties to the marriage were domiciled in this state at the time the proceeding for the divorce was commenced except as provided in section 30-2353.
Applicants must be 19 years or older to marry in the State of Nebraska without consent.
Applicants that are 17 or 18 years old must have parental consent (PDF). Anyone 16 or younger cannot marry in Nebraska.
Nebraska State Statute 43-105 In order to marry in Nebraska, both parties must be a minimum age of seventeen and minors must have parental consent to marry. Parental consent may be provided by : 1) either of the parents, if the parents are living together; 2) the parent having legal custody, if the parents are living apart from each other; 3) the surviving parent, if one is deceased; or 4) the minors guardian if both parents are deceased or if the guardian has legal and actual custody of the minor. ’42-105.
Nebraska State Statute 43-2101 All persons under nineteen years of age are declared to be minors, but in case any person marries under the age of nineteen years, his or her minority ends.
Yes. Nebraska State Statute 43-3340 states: Effective September 13, 1997, the social security numbers of both the bride and groom are required on a marriage license.
No new license is necessary and none should be issued if a couple is renewing their vows. Marriages are void if either party has a spouse living at the time of the marriage, ’42-103. The renewal is ceremonial in nature only and has no legal effect on the existing marriage of the parties. Similarly, no new license should be issued if the parties were married in another state or country. If the marriage has been validly contracted under the laws of another state or another country, it is effective here -’42-117.
No. LB 1073, a Health and Human Services clean-up bill, outright repealed the rubella test, among other things. ’42-121. Effective April 14, 1998, rubella testing is no longer required. Although a prohibition on marriage of persons afflicted with venereal disease remains in statute, no provisions are made for testing or enforcement. ’42-102.
Each party applying for a marriage license must present satisfactory documentary proof and must swear on the application the place, date and year of their birth. ’42-104. State marriage license statutes do not provide for the services of an interpreter or other means of determining the accuracy of documentation presented in marriage license applications. County Clerks are given statutory discretion to refuse to grant a license if the required proof is not given, the parties are incompetent or minors without consent, or there is an impediment ’42-107. However, a clerk who willfully and knowingly makes a false record of a certificate may be guilty of a Class I misdemeanor. ’42-113. No Nebraska case law has interpreted this issue, although cases from other states have raised issues of good faith and privacy rights.
State marriage license statutes require that at least two witnesses, in addition to the minister or magistrate, be present at the ceremony. ’42-108 and 42-109. The names and residences of these witnesses must be provided on the certificate ’42-110. While these sections do not specify a minimum age for witnesses, the age of majority for other legal purposes is 19, ’42-2101. However, the minority of the witnesses is not specifically included as a statutory reason for a marriage to be void or voidable.
No. Nebraska certification or residence is not needed as long as the minister is authorized to perform marriage ceremonies by the denomination to which he or she belongs. Every judge, retired judge, or clerk magistrate, and every preacher of the gospel authorized by the usages of the church to which he or she belongs to solemnize marriages, may perform the marriage ceremony in this state. ’42-108. If the marriage is consummated with belief of the parties that they have been joined in marriage, the validity of the marriage is not affected by any want of jurisdiction or authority of a supposed minister, ’42-114. However, if any person undertakes to join others in marriage, knowing that he or she is not authorized to do so or knowing of a legal impediment to the marriage, he or she shall be guilty of a Class I misdemeanor. ’42-113.
Every judge, retired judge, or clerk magistrate, and every preacher of the gospel authorized by the usages of the church to which he or she belongs to solemnize marriages, may perform the marriage ceremony in this state.
No particular form of ceremony is required, although each party must solemnly declare in the presence of the efficient and witnesses that they take each other as husband and wife, ’42-110. The ceremony may follow the rites and customs of the religious society to which the parties belong, with the moderator or keeper of the society’s books completing and returning the certificate of marriage to the County Clerk ’42-115.
Same-sex marriages are now legal in the State of Nebraska. The Sarpy County Clerk’s office is now issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Since 1923, common law marriages cannot be entered into in Nebraska. Ropken v. Ropken, 169 Neb. 352, 99 N.W.2d 480. Because the state accepts marriages that are validly entered into elsewhere, a common law marriage of another state would be accepted here ’42-117. However, residents of Nebraska cannot temporarily enter a common law marriage state to achieve that status. Binger v. Binger, 158 Neb. 444, 63 NW.2d 784.
Since 1987, County Clerks have submitted marriage records to the state, currently to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. State records retention guidelines provide that records of marriages entered into between 1909 and 1986 may be disposed of at the discretion of the County Clerk and there is no statutory requirement that records after 1987 be maintained in any fashion in the county.
The Sarpy County Clerk does, however, retain copies of these marriage records (1987 to current) and makes them available for a $9 fee for certified copies. These certified copies may be used for all legal purposes. The Application for Marriage Record (PDF) may be downloaded for your convenience. Follow the instructions on this form and mail to the address listed.
You may also obtain official state-certified copies of marriage licenses for the years 1908 to current from the Bureau of Vital Statistics. The fee for such copies is $16. Copies of marriage licenses issued prior to 1908 may be obtained from the Nebraska State Historical Society.
Prenuptial or premarital agreements are provided for in ’42-1001 et. seq. And may be used by the parties to set out property rights, spousal support, life insurance and other matters prior to marriage. In general, an agreement must be in writing, must be signed voluntarily by both parties, and must make fair and reasonable disclosure of obligations ’42-1003 and ’42-1006. The agreement becomes effective upon marriage ’42-1005.
If further information regarding your Marriage License is required please call 402-593-5957.
Permits are needed for:
First determine if you are in the Sarpy County jurisdiction with an Interactive Online Map.
1510 Wall StreetBellevue, NE 68005Phone: 402-293-3014Bellevue Permits and Inspections Page
204 N McKenna AvenueGretna, NE 68028Phone: 402-332-3336
8110 Park View BoulevardLa Vista, NE 68128Phone: 402-331-4343
122 E 3rd StreetPapillion, NE 68046Phone: 402-597-2072Papillion Planning Department Page
170 N 3rd StreetSpringfield, NE 68059Phone: 402-253-2204
Sarpy County Building Department1210 Golden Gate Drive Number 1240Papillion, NE 68046Phone: 402-593-1555Email Building Inspector
Sarpy County permits are valid for 1 year from the date issued. Construction must begin within the first 6 months.
Review the current building codes for Sarpy County on our Building Inspection page.
To learn more about how permit fees are calculated, visit the Application Forms and Fees page, and view the current Master Fee Schedule.
The zoning districts used in Sarpy County are:
Zoning Lookup Tool
A Public Defender may be appointed by a Judge during an individual’s first Court appearance, or bond setting.
Yes! A Public Defender is a licensed attorney who has graduated law school and passed the state’s bar exam. The only difference is that private counsel is paid for by the client, and a public defender is paid for by county taxpayers.
At times, there are cases where there may be more than one defendant, or where the Public Defender’s office already represents another party to a case. An attorney cannot represent more than one party to a case, regardless of whether the individual is the defendant or a witness. This is referred to as a ‘conflict’. When this occurs, the Courts may appoint an alternate public defender to represent the defendant. An alternate public defender is an attorney who is contracted by the county to take cases that the Public Defender’s Office cannot.
Call the Sarpy County Public Defender’s Office at 402-593-5933 to speak to a receptionist, who will then connect you with your attorney or help you to set up an appointment with them.
If the Public Defender has been appointed to represent you, you may call 402-593-5933 and we will be happy to help you. If you have not yet been appointed, please call the County Court Clerk at 402-593-5775.
Any citizen of the state or any person interested in the inner workings of government may request public records in Nebraska.
Nebraska law only permits fees charged for the actual material cost of duplication including the medium and any fees for the maintenance of equipment.
Nebraska law does not require a statement of purpose and does not place restrictions on the use of public records.
For more information, visit Public Records Requests - Nebraska State Statutes.
The office is located on the 2nd floor of the Sarpy County Administration Building at 1210 Golden Gate Drive, Papillion, Nebraska.
The document being recorded must have original signatures except in the case of certified copies by the court or the Bureau of Vital Statistics for Death Certificates.
Along with the original signatures, the documents must be notarized, with a notary acknowledgment included. The Register of Deeds office does have notaries available. If you are having the document notarized in the Register of Deeds office, do not sign it until you present with the notary and bring a valid ID with you.
There are a number of steps that each document goes through before it is returned to the filer. It must first be determined whether the document is recordable and if correct fees are enclosed. The document is given an instrument number, entered into the computer, information verified, proofed, scanned and returned to the customer the following business day via mail.
Once a document is recorded, it is returned to the filer. A digital copy is kept at the Register of Deeds Office and a microfilmed copy is sent to a secured location for preservation.
Recording fees are set by Nebraska Statute. See the Recording Fees page for more information.
The earliest records in the Register of Deeds office, transcribed by hand in elaborate manuscript, date back to 1857. Among the early records are the Patent Deeds recorded after settlers acquired land from the United States government.
Currently, copies of the images of all records back to 1857 are available on the computers.
Generally, most documents can be located by simply giving us the document number on the document. Other information you may be requested to give is the legal description, name, and approximate recording date.
A lien allows a creditor a way of preventing the property from being sold or mortgaged until a debt against the property is paid. There are many types of liens such as tax liens and construction liens.
You can hire a title company or attorney to do research for you, or you can do in-depth research in our office using our public access computers.
All parcels of land in Sarpy County are listed in the computer along with the current owner of record. A call or visit to the Register of Deeds Office with a legal description will allow you to look up that information. Another valuable tool is the Sarpy County GIS Website. You can locate parcel ownership, subdivisions, land sections, etc.
The records in the Register of Deeds office will list liens such as mortgages, and Uniform Commercial Code filings. State and federal tax liens are filed against an individual. However, not all liens are filed in this office. You may wish to check with the Clerk of the District Court and Treasurer for other liens.
An index is a system by which each real estate record is listed in a specific place that applies to a specific subdivision, or section, township and range. This enables us to track the history of each parcel back as far as necessary.
You may come to our office and attempt to locate easements on a property by searching the indexes for your property. Our records will show any easements that have been recorded in our office. Some easements are also recorded on deeds and may not be easily located. Easements are often difficult to find because many of them have not been recorded in our office. The services of a lawyer or abstract company may be required to sort through easement issues.
Not in our office. The Appraiser’s office may have some information regarding the date a house was built.
You may find records in the Clerk of the District Court concerning probate, marriage, divorce records, etc. The Nebraska Department of Vital Statistics has records concerning birth and death records.
The County Assessor collects sales information which is used for property valuation purposes.
No. You must enlist the services of a professional title company or abstractor who search records other than those in the Register of Deeds Office to determine if the title is clear.
Everything recorded in the Register of Deeds Office is regulated by the Nebraska Open Records Act.
No. Copies of birth and death certificates may be obtained through the Bureau of Vital Statistics.
When military members are discharged, the military encourages the discharged member to record the military discharge papers, also known as DD214’s, with the Sarpy County Clerk’s office. If you choose to record your DD214, you may bring it into Sarpy County Clerk’s office where it will become part of the permanent record. There is no fee for this service.
A deed is an instrument through which a buyer obtains title to the property being sold. There are many types of deeds. The most common type of deed is a warranty deed. See our Glossary page for definitions.
A deed should be recorded as soon as possible after the transaction takes place. Numerous legal problems could arise regarding the property if not recorded. However, there is no time limit on recording deeds.
No, each county records only the documents pertaining to the real estate in their county.
No. Any change in ownership generally requires that a new deed be recorded. Exceptions to this rule may result either from court cases (i.e. divorces, foreclosures, probate, etc.) or from deaths where certain legal verbiage exists in the document and a death certificate has been recorded in our office. In these cases, the deed itself will not change even though ownership does. Evidence of ownership exists in the combination of the related documents.
No. Records in the Courthouse show your original deed and the deed(s) for portions sold.
Yes you may, however, we always recommend consulting an attorney regarding property transfers and changes, because minor changes in the wording of the document can completely change the legal meaning of the document. The Register of Deeds office is a recording agency only, we cannot make out deeds or answer questions regarding legal matters.
Yes, see our Forms page.
The primary evidence of ownership of land is not so much the deed itself as the recording of the deed. If a property is mortgaged, the financial institution may hold the deed until the mortgage is satisfied. If your deed is lost, a certified copy may be obtained from our office.
A document is generally recorded the same day it is received. It then takes another 1 to 2 days to complete the process of checking data entry, scanning, etc. The original is then returned to the filer.
See the "Types of Documents Filed" section for a list of the most common types of documents recorded. If you have a question as to whether you can record a particular document, please contact the Register of Deeds office at 402-593-5773 for clarification.
The history of a piece of real estate is comprised of information from the records in several offices. The Sarpy County Register of Deeds’ records, date back to 1857. Therefore, you may wish to contact a title company in our area to search this information for you. If you choose not to use a title company, you may visit our office, and we will direct you to the necessary books. Everything recorded here is available to the public.
If you have the legal description of the property, we can give you information about documents that have been filed pertaining to the property.
You can mail your document to our office, along with a check for recording fees made payable to the Sarpy County Register of Deeds, or you can bring the document into our office. Refer to the “recording fees”.
It must contain a blank space of at least 3 inches by 8½ inches in size at the top of the first page (NE.stat.23-1503-01) for recording. If this space in not provided, we will add a page to your document which will add an additional $6 to the cost of recording. Documents shall have a one-inch margin on the two vertical sides and a one-inch margin on the bottom of the page. It must be an original document with original signatures, properly signed and notarized with the name typed or printed under the signature.
It also must contain a legal description of the property. Type or print must be legible, with a recommended font size no smaller than 10 point. No tape, stickers, stamps, or watermarks over or under printed document. Recording fees will be collected at the time of filing. On the lower left corner of the first page of your document write the name and address of the person to whom you want the recorded document returned.
We are a recording office, and do not give legal advice. If you have questions, please contact a real estate attorney or a title company.
There are various types of deeds that are recorded in the register of deeds’ office. Please seek the advice of a real estate attorney or title company for the type that pertains to your individual situation.
We must have a completed Real Estate Transfer Statement Form 521 with every deed, land contract, and assignment of land contract recorded in our office.
Prior to December 31, 1987, we identified documents using a book and page number. As of January 1, 1988, we implemented the use of a 9-digit instrument number.
If your deed was recorded in the Register of Deeds’ office, you can always obtain a copy or certified copy of your document. A certified copy is as good as an original. Refer to our "Copies/Reports" for forms and fees.
You can obtain a copy of any document recorded in our office by coming into the office, sending in a request for a copy along with your payment. We require payment in advance for all copies. Refer to our "Copies/Reports" for forms and fees.
If there has been a survey done on your property, contact the County Public Works Department at 402-537-6900 to obtain a copy of the survey.
Once your mortgage or deed of trust is paid in full, the bank will record a release or deed of reconveyance to release the lien. Sometimes the bank will send the release or deed of reconveyance to you to record. To release the lien, it is very important to record the release or deed of reconveyance in our office. Your deed, which is your ownership record, was recorded when you originally purchased your property. This filing placed it on public record whether or not you obtained financing. It should have been returned to you at that time.
Yes, we do have real estate forms in our office, or you can print them from the Forms page.
Bureau of Vital StatisticsState Department of Health1819 Farnam StreetCivic Center, Room 402Omaha, NE 68183-0401Phone: 402-444-7204
Bureau of Vital StatisticsState Department of Health301 Centennial Mall SP.O. Box 95007Lincoln, NE 68509-5007Phone: 402-487-2871
No points will be assessed to your license.
Eligibility for the 4-Hour STOP Class includes persons who:
Call the Sarpy County Safety Program at 402-593-1564 for assistance prior to registering for the STOP Class.
Prior to registering for a STOP Class, you must call the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office at 402-593-2230 to determine eligibility. If you register for a class and are not eligible to take the STOP Class, your class fee will not be refunded.
Classes are offered on various weeknights 6 to 10 pm and various weekend mornings/afternoons. Complete the class no later than 7 calendar days prior to the court date on your ticket. For assistance, contact the Sarpy County Safety Program )402) 593-1564.
Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office8335 Platteview RoadPapillion, NE
Located at the southeast corner of 84th Street and Platteview Road, Papillion.
Office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).
When registering in person, bring the following:
If registering online or by phone, you will receive an email containing the following details about the class you selected:
If a class is canceled due to deteriorating weather conditions, a cancellation notice will be posted on local television stations KETV, WOWT, and KMTV and/or their websites.
Eligibility for the 8-Hour STOP Class includes persons who:
Prior to registering for a STOP Class, you must call the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office at (402) 593-2230 to determine eligibility. If you register for a class and are not able to take the STOP Class, your class fee will not be refunded.
Classes are held on Saturdays or Sundays, 2-4 times per month. Complete the class no later than 7 calendar days prior to the court date on your ticket. For assistance, contact the Sarpy County Safety Program (402) 593-1564.
If registering online or by phone, you will receive an email containing the following details about the class you selected:
The Defensive Driving Course is certified by the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles to assist individuals with the following:
Please note, the 8-Hour Defensive Driving Course will not dismiss a specific traffic ticket received in Sarpy County.
To receive the two-point credit, the class must be completed on a voluntary basis. If the DMV is requiring the course for reinstatement or to prevent suspension for the Under Age 21 Point Accumulation, it will not be used for the point credit. This program can only be utilized once every five years and the course must be completed prior to the date of violation that would assess the 12th point on the driving record.
Office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). If registering online or by phone, you will receive an email containing the following details about the class you selected:
We received our current dogs from an organization in Alabama. The dogs originated in Europe. The organization in Alabama has highly experienced staff who are specialized in being able to select dogs who would work well as police dogs. They bring them back from Europe to be available to police agencies in the United States.
The organization in Alabama selects them for us. They look for the drive of the dogs, select dogs who are not gun shy will protect their handler, and can be used as a dual-purpose dog. The dogs are trained to work as narcotics dogs and as search dogs.
The breeds most used as police dogs are Belgian Malinois (pronounced MAL-IN-WAH) or Dutch Shepard. The reason to use these breeds is they are highly driven, are not fearful, and are very trainable. They are smaller than German Shepherds, so they can fit in tighter spaces when doing searches. The Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherd typically have a longer life span, with not as many health issues. One of our dogs is a cross between the two breeds, and the other is a Belgian Malinois.
The average is around two years of age.
We attend K-9 training before submitting our names for consideration to know what will be involved as a dog handler. We then apply for the position and go through a panel interview. After our appointment as a dog handler, we attend the Nebraska State Patrol Service Dog Training Course, which runs for 15 weeks.
The dogs are trained to find narcotics, property, or people.
We train the dogs for 8 hours each week. We don’t have a training facility, so we have to find somewhere that is available. Sometimes we use the fire stations.
They need to have a good drive to get the task completed and also be obedient to the handler. The dog needs to react appropriately, depending upon the situation.
The dog will work based upon the instructions of the handler. The dogs are trained to auto engage to protect the handler if the handler is injured.
When doing a narcotics search, we are working in close proximity with the dogs to minimize the possibility of harmful exposure. When entering a situation where narcotics could be found, we take precautionary measures, if possible, to reduce harm to the dogs.
Generally, when working the dogs, we don’t allow people to directly interact with the dogs. We do participate in school demos, and if the dogs are social, we allow the students to pet them at that time.
When at home, the dogs interact very well with the family, and are like family members. The dogs interact very well with our co-workers.
The dogs know when we are getting ready for work and see us putting on our uniforms. They get excited that they will be going to work. When they are home, they are able to differentiate that they are ’off duty.’
The dogs are inside the home when not at work.
Generally, the dogs can work until about the age of 9, but it can vary, depending upon the health of the dog.
I am happy to say that our office has a policy that when the dog retires, it goes to the home of the handler.
The dogs are trained with their handler as a team, and are very connected with their handler. As such, handlers cannot switch off using dogs; the dogs can only be used with the handler they are trained with.
The biggest challenge is relying on your dog and trusting them. Obviously, they cannot speak. When there is no verbal communication, it is trusting the dog when it is reacting. It is knowing through extensive training that the dog is taking the right action. The dogs are amazing with their instinct and use of their training.
It is very rewarding to see the dogs when they successfully complete the task and use the training we give them, whether it is evidence recovery, human tracking, or narcotics searches.
We have a K-9 vehicle that is configured for the dogs. A very valuable piece of equipment we carry is a Canine Emergency Medical kit. This kit can provide valuable medical assistance for the dog if it is injured. We use muzzles for the dogs during training exercises. We have a special harness for tracking that allows us to lift the dog, if needed, to get where they need to go when they are doing searches.
In the State of Nebraska, there are laws regarding animal cruelty, but those laws are not specific to any harm or injury to the police dogs as a result of being assaulted while performing their duties. In some states, there are laws that protect the police dogs with tougher penalties if someone causes injury to a police dog.
A motorcycle will be provided for students for the following:
Students will need to bring their own motorcycle for the following:
Both classroom and range are conveniently located at the Bellevue Fire Department Training Site (PDF). On the north side of Cornhusker Road, between 25th Street and 36th Street in Bellevue at end of the long access road.
3100 SP Benson Dr.Bellevue, Ne
All students are required to bring the following:
Upon successful completion, you’ll have learned how to become a safe and responsible motorcyclist. You will receive your completion certificate right at the end of class, which normally waives the requirement to take the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) written exam and road test, in order to have the M endorsement placed on your license. Also, you may be eligible for a discount on your insurance. Note, The State DMV examiner reserves the right to retest anyone, but this is very rare.
Anyone holding a valid driver’s license or permit can take a class with us. If your Driver’s License is from Nebraska, upon successful completion of the course, take your completion certificate to the Nebraska DMV office of your choice. The DMV will place the motorcycle endorsement on and remake your license. You will be required to take a vision test. Once this is complete and barring any further testing requirements your license will be reissued with the endorsement. The note above applies also. If your operator’s license was issued in another state you will need to contact your home state for instructions. Military personnel on orders fall in a different category and should contact their unit admin and or the local JAG office for special instructions.
Upon successful completion, the RiderCoach will award your completion card. Take the completion card (proof of course completion) to the DMV, and they will re-issue your Nebraska driver’s license with an "M" endorsement, normally without any further testing at or by the DMV.
An "M" or motorcycle endorsement authorizes the license holder to operate a motorcycle, 3-wheel motorcycle, or scooter. An "M" endorsement with a "Z" restriction further limits the license holder to the operation of a 3-wheel motorcycle or scooter only. This restriction is used when the individual takes the Scooter Basic RiderCourse (SBRC) and not the Basic Rider Course (BRC).
A motorcycle learner’s permit is not required for any of our classes.
You must be at least 16 years old and have a valid Nebraska operator’s permit or license. Students who are under the age of 19 are required to have a parent or legal guardian sign a waiver to allow them to take a class. Call us at 402-593-1564 Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm (excluding holidays) to make arrangements to have a waiver sent to you.
If you do not pass the written exam or the riding evaluation, you are allowed to retest at a later class at no additional charge.
Veterans who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations during a period of war after the Gulf War or in combat against hostile forces during a period of "hostilities" after November 11, 1998, and have been discharged under other than dishonorable conditions. Hostilities is a conflict in which the service member is faced with danger comparable to that experienced in combat during war.
Yes, if members were ordered to active duty by a federal declaration, served the full period for which they were ordered to active duty and have separated from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions.
Bring your DD 214 or NG B22 to:Omaha VA Medical Center Eligibility Office4101 Woolworth AvenueOmaha, NE 68105Phone: 402-346-8800, ext. 3240
NEVCAP is a free, anonymous, computer-based service that provides victims of crime two important features: information and notification.
For inmate custody information, call toll-free the toll-free NEVCAP hotline, 1-800-395-2110 and follow the prompts given by the NEVCAP service. During registration you will be asked to provide a telephone number and select a four-digit PIN code. NEVCAP will quickly provide the caller with inmate status information. For county jail inmates: information on custody status, facility, and what charges have been filed is available. For Department of Correctional Services (DCS) inmates the following is available:
NEVCAP is also available online at the NEVCAP website.
Callers have the option to register for automated telephone notification if there is a change in an inmate’s status in the criminal justice system.
The Nebraska NEVCAP service is available in English and Spanish. También disponible en español. Cuando llame, selecione la opción en español.
The PIN (Personal Identification Number) is a four-digit number chosen by you. Your PIN is used to confirm that you received notification calls from NEVCAP. Choose a number that is easy for you to remember and write it down.
The NEVCAP service is designed to allow every opportunity for you to be notified. If there is no answer or the line is busy, NEVCAP will continue to call for a minimum of 24 hours. NEVCAP will leave a message on an answering machine, while continuing to call for 24 hours or until the PIN is entered.
Yes, but each registration must be done separately and requires a PIN. You may use the same PIN for several registrations.
No. The NEVCAP program is designed to provide you with quick and easy access to inmate information and to assist you in preparing for the inmate’s release. Do not depend solely on VINE or any other program / service for your safety.
VINE is provided by the:
An employee wellness program should promote and support the health, safety and well-being of its employees. It may improve staff health, morale and productivity. It should encourage and support staff to make healthy lifestyle choices.