Nebraska Vanity Plates



Nebraska Vanity Plates


Nebraska Vanity Plates are for residents that want to add a unique touch to their vehicles. The state allows them to choose a preferable combination of digits and letters. They can choose up to 7 characters which also include a space.

Our article will give you short info on Nebraska Vanity plates and provide a detailed description of the application procedure.

What is the difference between vanity and personalized tags?

There is no clear definition of these two terms. However, we met them a lot when dealing with registration or renewal procedures. The only visible difference between them is the type of allowed combinations. For example, vanity plates have up to 3 numbers or 1 to 7 letters only. As for personalized ones, they contain both digits and letters.

In other situations, these two terms are interchangeable. They are being used as equivalent terms. Sometimes, the term vanity plate refers to the decorative ones, but it still applies to the official ones.

Application procedure

The process of applying for personalized tags has no complexity. It is possible to organize it online or by mail. You just have to follow several easy steps.

  1. First of all, visit the official website of the NE Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). It is a public body that takes accountability for the issues of distinctive car numbers.
  2. Secondly, you have to choose the design. The state allows customizing only the design which is included under the section of “Message Plates”.
  3. Thirdly, think over the writing that you want to indicate. Make sure it is not offensive to the wide public and does not contain vulgar expressions. The state allows you to distribute three choices of messages. When the first one is not available, the responsible public body considers your second choice. After submitting your message, the DMV still has to approve it. You may describe your writing, as in that case, they will validate it a little bit quicker.
  4. The DMV allows its residents to check the availability of the preferred combination. Check it through their official website. Maybe the website will show that it is available, but after consideration, the DMV may ban it.
  5. The next step is the completion of the Application of Specialty Plates. Provide all the required details of the registered owner and the vehicle. Check the info and apply.

By mail

If you prefer to make an order through mail, you have to send the printed and completed application form and the necessary payments to:

Driver and Vehicle Records Division
301 Centennial Mall South

1.  Box 94789

Lincoln, NE 68409-4789

If you don’t include payment (a check) with the form, your order would be rejected and no refunds will be issued. Moreover, for each returned check, the state is to require a $30 processing fee. You may also do online payments by credit card or e-check. The fee is $40 in addition to regular charges.

Finally, after confirming your order and paying for that, you can get your vanity plates from the local county treasurer’s office. Generally, they arrive within 4 to 6 weeks.

The state requires the installation of both front and back tags. Be sure also to attach a registration sticker to them.

Special interest type

Among Nebraska’s distinctive car numbers, you are also to find a special interest category. This type is for automobiles that are an object of preservation, restoration, collection, or leisure. Legally, these placards can’t be used for general transportation. Moreover, their owners can operate their cars in occasional terms, only during parades, leisure activities, etc. The fee for this category is $50.

No matter how many vehicles you have, there is no limitation on the number of registrations with this category.

After applying, there is no possibility to change them or the writing on them. Note that you can’t require a refund for them.

Expect to receive them after 4 to 6 weeks. They will arrive at your local County Treasurer’s Office.

Additional info

You may find additional information on the above-mentioned procedures by visiting NE DMV’s official website or the local county Treasurer’s office. Alternatively, make a call at 402-471-3918.