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When you are registering your vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles in Nebraska, you can apply for specialty or personalized license plates. Personalized plates provide you with a custom license plate number.

Sample Nebraska License Plate

Sample Nebraska License Plate

Types of License Plates in Nebraska

All residents of Nebraska must register their vehicle (car, van, jeep, ATV, etc.) with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

You will be issued with a standard license plate, which must be placed on the rear of your vehicle. Some vehicles are also required to have a license plate at the front of their vehicle.

You may also apply for specialty, personalized or disability license plates. Some of these may require eligibility before being issued.

All motor vehicles must have a license plate in Nebraska to drive legally.

When you purchase a new vehicle, you are required to have temporary license plates. These are issued by the DMV and remain valid for 30 days. This gives you sufficient time to bring your vehicle to the DMV to be registered.

Specialty Plates in Nebraska

If you don’t want the standard license plate issued by the state of Nebraska, you can apply for specialized license plates. Here are some of the plates available:

  • Occupational License Plates:
    • Firefighter
    • Police
  • Military License Plates
    • Military Veterans
    • Purple Heart
    • Various War Survivors
  • Organizational License Plates
    • University of Nebraska
    • Friends of the Union
  • Antique License Plates
    • Hot Rods
    • Classic Cars

The fees for specialty license plates start at $40 in addition to the standard registration fees.

Military plates and some organizational plates may require proof of enrollment to be eligible.

Personalized License Plates in Nebraska

If you want to personalize your license plate to have a custom plate number, you must follow the DMV’s guidelines to be approved. You can look up available plate numbers in Nebraska online.

Plate numbers must:

  • Have up to 7 characters (i.e., letters and numbers)
  • Use appropriate words (no profanity or vulgar suggestions)
  • Be available for registration (no duplicate plate numbers)

The cost for personalization is $40 on standard license plates. Please see the Nebraska DMV for more information.

Disability License Plates in Nebraska

People with disabilities can apply for special plates and placards that permit them to park in disability parking spaces in the community.

These plates are issued to people with permanent disabilities.

Alternatively, disability placards are issued to people with temporary and also permanent disabilities.

Disability placards must be hung on the rear view mirror. Failure to do so can lead to ticketing and other penalties by the state.

Applying for License Plates in Nebraska

When you apply for license plates with the Nebraska DMV, you must provide the following:

  • Proof of vehicle insurance
  • Emission tests certificate
  • Valid ID (i.e., driver’s license)
  • Title certification
  • Application documents
  • Payment for fees (see Summary of License Plate Fees in Nebraska)

Recently acquired vehicles and out-of-state vehicles must be registered with the DMV within 30 days. You can register in person by visiting a local office.

Renewing License Plates in Nebraska

All registered vehicles in Nebraska must display registration stickers on their rear license plates. You must renew your vehicle before the date issued to avoid unnecessary late fees.

You can renew your vehicle’s registration:

  • In person
  • Online
  • By mail

After you have paid any required renewal fees, you will receive new registration stickers, which you can place over the old ones.

Transferring License Plates in Nebraska

If you purchase a new vehicle, which is titled in your name, you can transfer your old license plates.

You are also permitted to register your vehicle in your spouse's name and to use the same set of license plates.

You cannot sell your license plates when you sell, donate, or auction your vehicles. Your plates remain your property.

Surrendering License Plates in Nebraska

If you sell your vehicle and no longer require your license plates, you must surrender them to the DMV in Nebraska. You can either surrender them in person or mail them to a local office.

It is possible to receive a refund if you surrender your license plate before the expiry date of a vehicle’s registration. You must apply to the DMV for a refund.

Lost or Stolen License Plates in Nebraska

If your license plate becomes lost or stolen, you can apply for replacements with the DMV. You must go to the office in person and provide:

  • Registration documentation
  • Proof of ID
  • Valid insurance
  • Application documents
  • Payment for replacement plates: $3.30

You should contact the police and file a report if your license plates were stolen. This may not be required, but it helps prevent abuse of the plates.

Summary of License Plate Fees in Nebraska

The state of Nebraska requires you to pay for registration fees, vehicle taxes, and additional service fees. Here are a few of the fees you can expect when registering or renewing your vehicle:

  • New License Plates: $3.30 each
  • Inspection fee: $10
  • Title Application Fee: $10
    • + Lien: $7
  • Registration fee: $15
  • County service fee: $1.50
  • State fee: $1.50
  • EMS fee: $0.50
  • Plate delivery: $5 per plate
    • Out-of-country delivery: $10
  • Duplicate Registration: $1

Look Up License Plate Numbers in Nebraska

If you want to register custom plate numbers, you can search for available letter and number combinations online. FindByPlate lets you search for available license plates in Nebraska and all other states across America.

All you have to do is submit the plate number, and you’ll discover if the plate number you want is available. You can also use FindByPlate to obtain background information on license plates already registered with a vehicle.