Selling a Car in Nebraska

When you’re selling a vehicle in Nebraska, there are some requirements that you have to meet. We’ve collected the appropriate information here on these requirements so you can find out just exactly what you need to do to make sure your vehicle sale in the state goes without a hitch.

1. Title Information

In Nebraska, you can only sell a vehicle if you have full ownership of the vehicle. In other words, any “lien” (loan) on the vehicle must be paid off before you can sell the vehicle. If you have paid off a lien, double-check your title to make certain that the lien has been released. If not, have the lienholder submit a Lien Release to the state. You will not be able to sell the vehicle until the lien release has been accepted by the state.

You should also make certain that you have the actual title. If you cannot find the title, you’ll need to request a replacement title from the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices. You will need the physical title so that you can fill out the necessary information for the buyer as proof of the transfer of the vehicle. Both your signature and the buyer’s signature will be necessary but are not required by law to be notarized.

2. Bill of Sale Requirements

Nebraska requires you to submit a Bill of Sale when you sell a vehicle. The Bill of Sale can be downloaded and includes these elements:

  • The new owner’s name
  • The full address of the new owner
  • The seller’s name
  • The full address of the seller
  • The date of the sale
  • The sale price
  • A full and detailed vehicle description, including the vehicle’s make, model, year, series number (if applicable) and body type (2-door, 4-door, sedan, etc.), as well as the vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • The vehicle odometer reading at the time of sale
  • The signature of the seller
  • The signature of the buyer

If you do not get the Bill of Sale and submit it to the state, your vehicle will not be successfully transferred.

3. Inspections

Nebraska has no vehicle inspection or emission testing requirements. You are not responsible for any such testing before you sell your vehicle.

4. License Plates

In Nebraska, when you sell a vehicle, the license plates stay with you instead of remaining with the vehicle. Transferring the plates is entirely legal within the state and is possible as long as you register the vehicle through the county treasurer. If you are not going to transfer the plates to a new vehicle, make sure you return them to the DMV before you cancel your insurance or you could face unintended fines or liability for the vehicle after you’ve sold it.

5. Odometer Disclosure Requirements

Nebraska requires you to formally disclose the vehicle odometer reading when you sell a vehicle that is 10 years old or newer. Noting the odometer reading in the title transfer section of the vehicle title is sufficient to fulfill this requirement, or you can fill out the state’s Odometer Disclosure Form.

6. Other Information

If you have questions or want more details on vehicle selling, check out the website for the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.