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HISTORICAL LICENSE PLATES

Historical plates are provided by the State of Nebraska to vehicles thirty (30) years old or older that are essentially unaltered from the original manufacturer's specifications. Two plates are required and must be displayed on the front and back of the vehicle.

Included with the designation Historical is the Vintage year plate. Vintage year plates are historical plates that were issued by the State of Nebraska in the year corresponding to the model year of the historical vehicle. License plates that can be used as Vintage plates are restricted to the following plate types:

  • Passenger
  • Farm
  • Commercial
  • Motorcycle

If using a Vintage year plate, only one plate is required and must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle. Vintage year plates must be submitted, along with application, to the Department of Motor Vehicles for inspection and approval. Vintage year plates that have been restored to their original condition may be used provided the original colors of the plate when it was first issued are used in the restoration. For a description of past Nebraska License plates, please refer to Nebraska License Plates . When submitting a Vintage year plate for approval, please include a postage paid, pre-addressed 6 ½ x 12 ½ " return envelope.

A vehicle licensed with Historical license plates may only be used for test drives, parades and hobby-related activities. Vehicles registered with Historical license plates may not be used for normal transportation to and from work, driven on a daily basis, or used for hire.

Applicants applying for Historical plates must own one or more additional vehicles that are currently registered. If the vehicle used for regular transportation is titled in the name of a company, proof that the applicant is owner of that company will be required.

Trucks with Historical plates may not be used for commercial business or transport a load in excess of 1,000 pounds.

The following must be submitted with your application for Historical/Vintage plates:

  • Proof of payment of sales tax or an old registration;
  • Proof of insurance. Insurance card must be an ORIGINAL and must be in compliance with Nebraska Department of Insurance guidelines (Insurance MUST be kept current);
  • License plates and registration if the Historical vehicle is currently registered. (Note: There is no refund of registration fees and taxes when the owner of an Historical vehicle elects to replace their county issued license plates with Historical plates.)
  • Appropriate fees (see below).

 

HISTORICAL PLATE FEES

(Historical Plates Are Non-Expiring)

 

First Historical Vehicle ........................................................................... $70.60

First Historical Motorcycle ...................................................................... $67.30

First Vintage Vehicle .............................................................................. $89.00

First Vintage Motorcycle ......................................................................... $89.00

(Additional Historical vehicle fees are $10.00 less than the First vehicle)

Second Historical Vehicle ......................................................................... $60.60

Second Historical Motorcycle .................................................................... $57.30

Second Vintage Vehicle ............................................................................ $79.00

Second Vintage Motorcycle ...................................................................... $79.00

Transfer Fee ............................................................................................. $29.00

If you sell your Historical vehicle and wish to transfer the plate to another historical vehicle owned by you, the fee must accompany a completed application and the old registration from sold vehicle along with proof of insurance and proof of payment of sales tax.

Transfer Historical to Vintage ..................................................................... $54.00

Vintage plates must be submitted for approval along with completed application, historical registration and proof of insurance. (Historical plates may be turned in or transferred to another historical vehicle registered in applicant name.)

Lost Registration Fee .............................................................................. $ 5.00

Lost Plate Fee (Must surrender registration from lost plate.)

Motorcycle ................................................................................. $ 9.80

Set of plates - motor vehicle .............................................................. $13.10

Name Change ........................................................................ $ 5.50

(Must submit completed application and Historical plate registration.)

Download Historical Plate Application *

(* Adobe Acrobat PDF document.)

Questions regarding Historical or Vintage License Plates may be addressed to

E-Mail

or by contacting this office at (402) 471-3918.

 

This page last revised 10/2/2013.