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MOTOR VEHICLES IMPORTED FROM FOREIGN COUNTRIES

A resident of Nebraska purchasing a new or used vehicle in a foreign county must present as evidence of ownership the following:

  • A Current Registration Certificate;
  • A Bill of Sale;
  • Foreign Country's Ownership Documents (similar to our Certificate of Title);
  • Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO) (In Canada the equivalent form is referred to as a New Vehicle Information Statement (NVIS) and in Europe their similar form is referred to as a European Community Certificate of Conformity).

AND THE FOLLOWING IMPORT PAPERS AS PROOF OF LEGAL ENTRY:

  • U.S. Customs Form 7501
  • EPA Form 3520-8 OR EPA Form 3520-1
  • DOT Form HS-7

A letter from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) attesting to the fact that the bond previously posted for the vehicle has been released and that a Certificate of Compliance for the vehicle has been received.

All imported vehicles must have DOT and EPA stickers affixed as evidence of their compliance with U.S. federal equipment and safety standards. The above documentation is also evidence of the compliance. A Vehicle Inspection may be required to verify compliance.

A US Military Base-issued registration does not qualify as proof of ownership unless it specifically states that it also serves as a ‘Certificate of Title'.

The following Federal Government Agencies oversee different requirements involved in the import of vehicles:

  • Environmental Protection Agency – 800.223.0425, Kansas City, KS. Control emission standards.
  • The following agencies control the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards:
  • National Highway Safety Administration 202.366.5288, Washington D.C.
  • Department of Transportation: Canadian and Foreign Imports - 202.366.5288 Washington D.C.
  • United States Customs Nebraska Port of Entry, 5229 Boeing Court, Omaha, NE 68110, 402.341.0240, Fax: 402.341.2117

Questions regarding Titles for Imported Vehicles may be addressed to Email or by contacting this office at 402.471.3918.

 

This page last revised 1/3/2012