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You can return them to any Motor Vehicles office to be recycled, or throw them away, but we suggest cutting them in half so that no one else could use them if found.
If you trade in a vehicle to a licensed Dealer, and they list that vehicle as a trade-in on your purchase contract, you can put your plates from your old vehicle onto the new one. If you sell your vehicle in a separate transaction (traded it in on a different car or sold it through a private party sale) you cannot display your old plates on the vehicle until you have obtained a new registration that shows they have been reassigned to your new vehicle.
If you sell, trade, wreck or junk a vehicle, or terminate a lease; keep your pink registration and both license plates (1 plate for trailers) in order to receive a refund. Bring in your plates, registration, and identification to obtain the refund. Failure to bring in the registration and plates may reduce the amount of the refund. Refunds must be obtained within 60 days of a title transfer.
If sold in the month prior to registration expiration, there is no refund. If you move to another state and re-register your vehicle(s) there, you are also entitled to a refund. In order for us to process the refund you will need to send back the Nebraska license plates and registration (along with a copy of your new states registration) and an address where we may send the refund once it is processed.
Motor Vehicle Services625 N 46th StreetLincoln, NE68503
Mail in copy of your out of state registration with at least one of your old Nebraska license plates, and return name and address to send refund to:
Please use one of the following forms:
Specialty Plates webpage
You can apply for a Specialty Plate online or by submitting a completed application, along with the appropriate fee to:
Nebraska Department of Motor VehiclesDriver and Vehicle Records Division301 Centennial Mall SP.O. Box 94789Lincoln, NE 68509-4789
The Lancaster County Treasurer's Office does not process applications for specialty plates. This is a function of the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.
After a specialty plate application is approved, an approval letter is sent to the applicant. The letter indicates the date the plates will be available to pick up at the County Treasurer's office and the County Treasurer's telephone number to verify the Treasurer has received the plates. Current plates and registration must be surrendered when the specialty license plates are picked up. Additional fees for production of the license plates and new registration will be charged. Applicants should allow 3 to 4 weeks for the plates to arrive at their County Treasurer's office.
If you have already ordered a specialty plate you can call 402-441-7497 to inquire if your plates have been delivered. Plates cannot be picked up at the West "O" or Downtown location unless prior arrangements have been made with the County Treasurer's office to send them to one of these locations.
Additional questions regarding Specialty Plates may be emailed to the DMV.