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The County Assessor/Register of Deeds office is located in the Northwest corner on the first floor of the County-City Building at 555 South 10th Street.
The Assessor/Register of Deeds is an elected official who has general supervision over and the direction of the assessment of all property in his or her county. The duties are prescribed by Nebraska Statutes (Chapter 77), Rules and Regulations which have the effect of law. The following is a partial list of those duties:
The register of deeds receives and preserves for recording a deed, mortgage, or release, recording and indexing of a will, recording and indexing of a decree, recording proof of publication, or recording any other instrument.
The Parcel Identification Number (PID) is a unique number assigned to every parcel in the county. The PID is a thirteen digit number which comprises the Precinct Number, Section Number, Quarter Section/Block Number, the Parcel Number and Subparcel Number. View a graphic explanation of the PID number (JPG).
Tax rates are established as a result of a budgetary process. Each governmental agency provides a budget that will cover the cost of maintaining their respective agency for a fiscal year. The budget requirements are totaled and that amount is divided by the total assessed value of property for that subdivision to establish the tax rate. The tax rate is stated as a % or amount due for each $100 of assessed value. The county assessor/register of deeds is not responsible for establishing the tax rate.
Real property is not registered for highway use but utilized like a building, including:
Real property also includes
Lastly, real property includes all privileges pertaining to the real property.
Taxable personal property (PDF) is depreciable and tangible producing property including machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures.
A homestead exemption provides relief from property taxes by exempting all or a portion of the valuation of the homestead from taxation. The state of Nebraska reimburses the counties and other governmental subdivisions for the taxes lost due to homestead exemptions.
An organization which is the owner of real or tangible personal property, or licensed motor vehicles and is seeking a property tax exemption may file for an exemption, if:
Learn more about religious or charitable exemptions (PDF).
All property values are established on assessment date, January 1, 12:01 a.m. of each year.
Greenbelt (PDF) is a scenario whereby qualifying agricultural land may be valued without regard to market influences that cause the value to be inflated to an amount exceeding it's agricultural value. This procedure allows property owners that wish to continue the agri-business nature of their property to do so without the value of their property being inflated by residential or commercial development.
We have a staff of highly trained professional appraisers that use various acceptable appraisal methods and standards to arrive at estimates of market value. The appraiser uses computer-generated data to analyze the property based upon its age, size, style of construction and replacement costs. Sales data is also reviewed and analyzed. Simply put, your value is estimated at what the appraiser feels would be a fair market value of the property if it was put on the open market for sale.
What is the fair market value of the land? The difference lies in the assessment level. Nebraska statutes require that agricultural and horticultural land be assessed at 75% of its fair market value.
Property values can change for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to:
Formal valuation protests can be filed with the County Clerk’s Office from June 1 to June 30 each year. On or before June 1 each year, the Assessor’s Office will mail valuation change notices to all property owners whose valuation has changed from the prior year. The valuations are also available on the Assessor’s website.
Changes in the real estate market are the likely reason for your value change. Since the county assessor is required by law to assess all taxable property at market value, when the market changes significantly, assessed values follow suit.
Assessed value changes may also be due to physical changes to your property that affected its market value. Additions, renovations, demolition of existing structures, or physical deterioration are common examples. For agricultural land, changes may have resulted from a reassessment of agricultural land based on new soil classifications required by legislative change to Neb. Rev. Stat. §77-1363.
The Assessor’s office studies the real estate market for each property type using recent sale prices. Since sales are directly recorded in the Assessor/Register of Deed’s office, the sale information is considered up-to-date and sales are individually verified by members of the assessment staff.
Sale prices are considered a strong indicator of market value, so our team compares the sale price to the last recorded assessed value. When the market trend in an area shows that sale prices have significantly increased or decreased since the last assessment, a revaluation is necessary to ensure assessments reflect market value as required by law.
The assessed values of residential homes are primarily determined using sale prices of comparable homes in the area. Commercial properties are valued using comparable sales, but also rely on more specific information, like rental rates, vacancy rates, or market capitalization, which are necessary to perform an income approach to estimate market value. Agricultural or horticultural land valuation is conducted using sales of agricultural or horticultural land and determining market value per acre based on the use of the land in primarily irrigated, dryland, or grassland uses.
If you have information that shows the assessed value of your property is above its market value, you are encouraged to either schedule an informal hearing between January 15th and February 1st, or file a formal valuation protest with the County Clerk from June 1 to June 30.
Accuracy of property information is important, since the value of your property is partially dependent on that information. Major errors may affect the assessed value, but minor changes may not. If you are concerned the listing information is in error, please contact our office.
Formal valuation protests to the County Board of Equalization may be filed with the County Clerk from June 1st to June 30th. More information on the protest process can be found on the Clerk’s Office Page.
Your property tax bill represents your share of the budgets approved by local taxing bodies for their operations. Property taxes are the primary source of funding for local governments and public education. The role of your assessor is to fairly and objectively establish market value estimates for all taxable property, as accurately as possible. That valuation later determines the share of the budgets paid by each property owner.
Yes. Your feedback is important and helps us ensure our customer service standards are being consistently met. To leave feedback, please email the Assessor's Office.
Assessed value changes may also be due to physical changes to your property that affected its market value. Additions, renovations, demolition of existing structures, or physical deterioration are common examples.
The COVID 19 pandemic has certainly caused our office to make modifications in how we perform our day-to-day functions to fulfill the legal requirement to assess property at market value. As such, we have limited personal contact as much as possible while conducting our property reviews, and are utilizing telephone, email, direct mailings, and video conferencing in lieu of face-to-face meetings.
Our team has worked to specifically monitor the trends in sale prices to ensure assessments reflect the current market conditions. While the economic effect of the pandemic has proven to affect areas of the residential and commercial market differently, we encourage you to submit any information that helps demonstrate the current market value of your property.
Sale prices are considered a strong indicator of market value, so our team compares the sale price to the last recorded assessed value. When the market trend in an area shows that sale prices have significantly increased or decreased since the last assessment, a revaluation is necessary to ensure assessments reflect market value as required by law.
If you have information that shows the assessed value of your property is above its market value, you are encouraged to file that information via the Valuation Review Request form.
Accuracy of property information is important, since the value of your property is partially dependent on that information. Major errors may affect the assessed value, but minor changes may not. If you are concerned the listing information is in error, please submit that information to our attention using the Valuation Review Request form.
It’s easy. Simply fill out the Valuation Review Request form on our property search page and detail your valuation concerns. Attach any additional information you feel demonstrates the market value of your property. An appraiser will review your information and may contact you if they have any further questions.
Using the Valuation Review Request form, attach any additional information you feel demonstrates the market value of your property. An appraiser will review your information and may contact you if they have any further questions.
You can start by creating a new user account on the Online Appeal site. Or, access your property information on our website, and click the “Online Appeal” tab. You may also schedule by calling our office at (402) 441-7463.
Yes. Please call our office at 402-441-7463 to schedule.
Residential and Agricultural phone hearings are scheduled for 15 minutes.
Commercial and multifamily property telephone hearings are scheduled for 30 minutes.
Since the phone hearings can move quickly, it is best that you prepare and submit your information in advance. Any information that supports your opinion is helpful. Common examples include:
The information can be uploaded to your assigned appeal after logging into the Online Appeal site, and clicking the “Manage Documents” link .
Final values will be posted on the website by March 25th, and final valuation notices will be mailed to all owners whose value changed from 2020 to 2021 on or before June 1st.
Formal protests to the County Board of Equalization may be filed with the County Clerk from June 1st to June 30th. More information on the protest process can be found on the Clerk’s Office Page.
Your property tax bill represents your share of the budgets approved by local taxing bodies for their operations. Property taxes are the primary source of funding for local governments and public education. The role of your assessor is to fairly and objectively establish market value estimates for all taxable property, as accurately as possible.
That valuation later determines the share of the budgets paid by each property owner. At this stage of the process, informal hearings are just that: an informal hearing to discuss your property valuation. Discussions on property taxes involve the taxing bodies, budgets, and tax rates that have not yet been established.
As the appraisers determine “market value” for properties they use recent sales of properties that are as comparable to your home as possible. However, rarely are two homes “identical”. Therefore, the valuation model makes adjustments to sale prices to reflect those differences. If a house exactly like yours sold, but has a three car garage, and yours only has two… the sale price of the other home will be adjusted downward. This ensures sale prices of comparable homes are properly considered, and reflect an apples-to-apples comparison to your home.
The Lancaster County Commissioners Office is located in the:County-City Building555 S 10th StreetRoom 110Lincoln, NE, 68508
You can also contact the County Board by:
Lancaster County has five Commissioners, with each one representing a different district in the County.
County Commissioners serve four-year terms.
County Commissioners are elected. When a Commissioner is unable to complete his or her term, a committee made up of the County Attorney, County Clerk, and County Treasurer appoint a successor.
The Lancaster County Commissioners meet at the County-City Building in the Commissioners Hearing Room (Number 112) each Tuesday at 9 a.m. They also conduct weekly staff meetings on Thursday mornings beginning at 8:30 a.m. The staff meeting is held in Conference Room 113 of the County-City Building.
Yes, meetings are broadcast live on Government Access Cable Channel 5 with replays Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m, Wednesday at 12 midnight, and Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Yes, the public is encouraged to attend County Board meetings. For more information, please review the Guidelines for Public Participation (PDF).
The course takes approximately 4 hours to complete and can be done at your own pace with a convenient "bookmark" feature. The online course is based on the same content used in the National Safety Council instructor led Defensive Driving Course - the most widely used driver safety program in the world.
Through animation, narration, video and interactive exercises the online defensive driving course offers an engaging, interactive learning environment where students analyze real driving situations, spot driving hazards, and identify the correct defenses.
You will be given one additional option to take the test online, if you still fail, you will be given the option to attend an in-office class at no additional cost.
We want you to change your driving behavior and avoid future tickets, accidents, injuries, and even fatalities. So we make it as easy as possible for you to take an online traffic course instead of just paying a ticket. Take an online course and you'll avoid the points and fines up front.
You won't plead guilty, you don't have to go to court, and you don't have to pay your ticket. No points will be assessed against your driver's license and you may save on car insurance costs. In this course, you'll learn life-saving driving techniques that will change your life forever.
You must register for the course within 10 business days by 5 p.m. from receipt of your citation, and class must be completed by your court date on your citation. There are no refunds if you fail the test or do not complete the online driving course by your court date. You have not completed the online driving course until you have taken and passed the course participation questions.
If your ticket was written Lancaster County we can help. If your ticket was written elsewhere in Nebraska, you must register with the appropriate agency.
County Attorneys / City Prosecutor's and State law determine which violations are eligible. You will be asked to input your violation(s) during the registration process and violation eligibility will be determined at that time.
Common ineligible offenses include leaving the scene of an accident, reckless/willful reckless driving, injure accidents, and speeding more than 19 miles per hour over the speed limit.
Nebraska law requires that you only take a ticket dismissal class for minor traffic violations once every three years, from ticket date to ticket date.
Persons who hold a commercial driver license (CDL) are not eligible.
Persons who received a citation after involvement in an accident with personal injury are not eligible to take an online course. For additional information about you accident choose who issued your ticket:
You will need your driver's license or permit number, ticket number, social security number, and a valid credit card number to register for class.
You will be able to print out a Completion Certificate for your own use at end of the course. The National Safety Council transmits your online course completion information to the courthouse. The ticket is then dismissed.
Yes. For iPad, iPhone or Android devices that don't support flash, you may download the Puffin Browser app to view the course. The course requires the Adobe Flash Player to display correctly. If your tablet or smartphone has Flash then you should be able to access the course.
Your class needs to be completed by your court date.
Please contact Community Corrections to set up a time to review the Participant Agreement and other program documents. Your attorney will need to set up a bond review to add the conditions to your bond. Once the conditions have been added, you will begin participation.
The length of participation in the 24/7 Program is individual to each case. However, clients typically participate through the pretrial period, which is from arraignment to sentencing or acquittal. The general time frame to resolve misdemeanor cases is 6-9 months, while felony cases is 12-18 months or longer.
Typical twice daily breathalyzer testing is $60 per month, to be paid by the end of each month. This equates to roughly $2 per day or $1 per test. There are no additional fees for drug screening services.In rare circumstances and with approval from the court, a client may be eligible to have a Continuous Alcohol Monitor (CAM) device instead of twice daily breathalyzer testing. The client would still have to be present, in-person, twice weekly, at the Community Corrections office for check in. If eligible and approved to use that device, the cost is $8 per day, to be paid at $60 per week.
The 24/7 Sobriety Program is a voluntary program in that clients may choose to participate or not. Once a client has opted to participate and the bond conditions are added, they must continue participation until those conditions are removed or their case ends by sentencing or acquittal. Generally, clients will have a monetary bond, conditions, or both. Removal of conditions, such as the 24/7 Sobriety Program conditions, may effect the monetary portion of a bond.
You must come into our office to apply. Once approved by a judge you will need to come back into our office to sign up for the program.
That depends on the amount given to you by the judge and what your fine was. The current rate is $15 applied to your fine for every hour of community service completed.
Please contact the Diversion office and we can start the process.
Please see the Approved Medication document for over-the-counter medications that do not affect drug testing.
Approved Medication Document
Yes. Many products contain alcohol that should be avoided. It is the clients responsibility to avoid consuming or using products containing alcohol while in program. Positive testing will result in program sanctions or termination. Please see the ETG Alcohol Containing Products document for a list of products to avoid.
ETG Alcohol Containing Products
CBD products are not approved to be used while participating in any Community Corrections program. While CBD products may be labeled as "THC free", they may still have THC present causing a positive testing result.
Though poppy seeds go through a thorough cleaning before being processed for consumer use for baking and cooking, they may still contain trace amounts of opiate residue. Thus, consuming poppy seeds may result in a positive opiate test and laboratory confirms as morphine. Clients should not consume poppy seeds while in program. Because poppy seeds can provide a confirmed positive test, this will result in sanctions or program termination.
In most cases, yes. Please have your attorney, probation officer, or case worker contact Community Corrections to set up your testing. Clients doing testing for an outside agency are required to pay for the cost of their testing, at each test or in advance. The typical cost is $5 for a drug screen and breathalyzer test. Any additional laboratory or testing fees will be assessed to the client. Cash and money order payments are accepted in the testing area. The front lobby can accept card payments, for an additional fee.
There is a startup fee of $20. District Court house arrest is $120 per month. County Court house arrest is $10 a day.
No. The monitoring equipment used works independently of your phone system.
Please request an application from the jail Work Release Coordinator.
Yes, as long as the court from that county has approved this. the fee for non-Lancaster County cases is $20 a day.
No. Out of state cases are not eligible for supervision by this department.
Yes, participants are generally charged $60 per month. Payment options can be arranged.
A participant must be approved by a Judge. Staff screen inmates at the jail for eligibility but attorneys may also ask for their clients to be screened for the program.
We are located at:Community Corrections605 S 10th StreetLincoln, NE 68508
Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Call 402-441-3600 for information or review the eligibility guidelines (PDF).
No you may only participate in one adult Diversion program regardless of where it was (any other use of a Diversion program in another State or County will make you ineligible).
Yes, they are 2 separate programs. The use of a Juvenile Diversion program will not affect your eligibility. Juvenile convictions will not affect eligibility either.
No, an attorney is not required.
Call 402-441-3600 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and have your ticket handy when calling.
No, traffic tickets do not affect diversion eligibility.
No. If you got the ticket in Lancaster County you must participate in this program only, although some program requirements can be completed outside of Lincoln with prior approval by Diversion staff.
If you successfully complete the program, you will not have a conviction on your adult record and you will not face punishment through the court system.
Requirements depend on many different factors. Call Diversion for more information.
When a bad check is written to a merchant, the merchant can turn that check, plus a $10 fee for each check, over to our office for prosecution. Any check(s) needs to be accompanied by the Affidavit/Request for Prosecution form. Our office contracts with Diversion Services to manage bad checks. Copies of the check(s) and the appropriate fee(s) can be mailed, or brought in person, to Diversion Services.
Not all bad checks can be accepted by Diversion Services for criminal prosecution. Diversion makes an initial assessment of the checks received to determine whether they fit within the legal guidelines of a criminal bad check. Please note that an acceptable check must meet one of the following requirements:
The County Attorney's Office cannot pursue criminal charges for bad checks if any of the following conditions exist, as these checks cannot be successfully prosecuted under Nebraska bad check statutes:
Prior to filing criminal charges in most cases, the check-writer has an opportunity to pay off the check and fees associated with it. When Diversion receives a check from the merchant, letters are sent to the check-writer at their last known address (usually the address on the check).
The letters notify the check-writer that a bad check has been received and inform the check-writer of the process that will take place, and how the check-writer can avoid criminal prosecution. The letter will advise the signer that a criminal complaint has been made against them and that they have 10 days to pay the bad check(s) plus the fee(s). Check writers are instructed to make all payments to Diversion Services. All monies collected during a month are paid out to the appropriate victims during the first half of the following month.
If the merchant wants to accept full payment after the check has been turned over to Diversion, they may do so. In the event the merchant accepts full payment, the merchant must notify Diversion.
As a general rule, a $15 check is the minimum amount that can be accepted for prosecution. However, there are many variables that are considered by prosecution and each case is slightly different.
Payment can be made in the form of cash, money order, or cashier's check made payable to Diversion Services. Once a check has been turned over to Diversion Services, do not pay the merchant directly.
If there is no response to the letters, or if payments are not made on a consistent basis, Diversion sends those bad checks to the Criminal Division of the County Attorney's Office for filing of a charge accompanied by a warrant for the check-writer's arrest.
After criminal charges are filed, a warrant may be issued for the check-writer's arrest. When the prosecutor files charges, they also determine whether or not the check-writer is eligible to have their charge(s) dismissed at the check-writer's cost upon successful completion of the bad check class and full payment of checks and fees.
There are several factors that are considered when determining whether or not someone is eligible for a dismissal. The most common reason a check-writer is not eligible for the program is if he/she has previously participated in the bad check program.
The Defendant (check-writer) has an opportunity to have their criminal charges dismissed at their costs after they pay the total balance of all checks and fees turned over to Diversion Services and complete the class successfully. If the requirements are completed prior to the Defendant's next court date, the Defendant may bring their class certificate and receipt for payment in full to our office with court costs and we will provide the Defendant with a dismissal form to file with the Clerk of the County Court. Please note that the court case is not over until the Defendant's case is officially dismissed.
Either party (custodial parent or non-custodial parent) may ask for enforcement services by filling out an application for services. The application may be obtained from the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at 402-441-8715 or 877-631-9973 (toll-free) or online
There are many types of enforcement actions that may be utilized to coerce compliance with the child support order. There are both Administrative and Legal actions. Administrative actions may include: Real Estate Liens, Driver's License Suspension, Notice to Withhold Income, Professional License Suspension, Recreational License Suspension, Lottery Intercept, and State and Federal Tax Intercept. Legal actions may include: Garnishment, Criminal Contempt, and Orders to Show Cause.
No, if you choose to have the County Attorney's Office enforce your case, it is the discretion of the office to use the most appropriate tool or tools available for enforcement.
Each process results in the person responsible for paying child support having property taken to pay the outstanding child support balance. There may be costs involved in the process and these costs may be deducted from the amount of money recovered by the process.
The child support enforcement case will remain open until the payor has been deceased a minimum of eighteen months and no other action, including a levy against the estate, may be taken.
Nebraska law does not provide the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office the authority to enforce custody, visitation, daycare, or property settlement judgments.
An Order to Show Cause is a court action filed in the District Court in an effort to gain compliance and enforce the Court Order. The person that is disobeying the court order is served with an Order to Show Cause and ordered to appear before the Court to show cause as to why (s)he should not be held in contempt of the court for willfully disobeying the court's order to pay child support. If the judge finds that person is in contempt, the judge will sentence that person to a jail sentence; but will allow him/her a chance to be released from jail by following a purge plan. A purge plan gives the person an opportunity to come into compliance with the court order.
A contempt action may be ended by the person coming into compliance with the court order by one of the following: paying the past due child support balance in full, paying consistently for a period of time, or a finding by the District Court. Due to the possibility of up to 6 months in jail, per case, the non-payor may be eligible for a court appointed attorney if (s)he cannot afford to hire an attorney.
Nebraska law provides for an automatic lien to be filed with the Register of Deeds office on property owned by a person responsible for paying child support. This lien remains on the property until sold or until the child support is paid in full. This lien is not filed by the Lancaster County Attorney and our office is unable to assist in placing or removing the lien with the Register of Deeds.
When the person responsible for paying child support fails to pay and the past due balance exceeds three months of child, medical, or spousal support, the process may be initiated to suspend that person's license. Recreational licenses and professional licenses may also be suspended following the same procedures. All three types of licenses may be suspended, but the process for each must occur consecutively, the licenses cannot be taken all at the same time.
The person responsible may have his/her license reinstated by one of the following: paying all of the past due child, medical, or spousal support; entering into a court ordered payment plan (Purge Plan) to meet the current obligation each month plus an additional amount to be paid on the past due balance; or entering into a payment plan with the Lancaster County Attorney's Office. Once the license has been reinstated, there is a reinstatement fee that will need to be paid to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free).
Payments received by the tax intercept program are applied to any debt owed to the State of Nebraska. If there is a remaining amount available after the State is paid, and there is a balance owed to the custodial parent, the remaining taxes would be applied. If there is no remaining balance owed to the custodial parent, the additional money received would be refunded to the party responsible to pay the child support.
The timeframe for intercepted payments to be credited to a case varies widely and may range anywhere from a few weeks to up to six months from the time the refund is intercepted.
Call the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center, tax intercept program at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free).
The State of Nebraska may continue to enforce the order. In some situations, if the location of the person responsible for paying support is known, the Nebraska order may be sent to the Child Support Office in the jurisdiction (location) the person moved to so the order can be enforced.
The processing time varies depending on the facts of the case and the information the office has regarding the person responsible. Generally, the more information provided to the enforcement agency, the quicker the process will be to send the order for enforcement.
The enforcing state will forward all payments received from the person responsible to the Nebraska Child Support Payment Center to be disbursed to the receiving person(s) in Nebraska.
If the order was entered in Nebraska, the laws of the State of Nebraska apply to the order in regard to the amount of support, age of emancipation, and amount of interest that would accrue on the past due balance. However, specifics of which enforcement actions can be utilized and timelines for enforcing would be subject to the local laws of the state handling the enforcement.
Enforcement would continue as it did prior to the receiving parent moving out of state. The receiving parent needs to maintain a current address with the enforcing agency so that payments can be sent to the new address.
Depending on the length of the activation, child support may be deducted from the military pay of the person responsible. The person responsible may make arrangements to have the obligation paid from his/her bank account or have another person pay the obligation in his/her absence.
The Bankruptcy Code determines whether child support may be enforced while the person responsible for paying child support is in the protection of the bankruptcy filing.
The Bankruptcy Code determines whether child support payments may be collected while the person responsible is in the protection of the bankruptcy filing.
No. Child, medical, and spousal support are not generally discharged in bankruptcy. There are specific rules and laws that govern the bankruptcy process.
You may hire a private attorney to pursue modification, you may apply for a modification through the State of Nebraska, or you may file pro se. If you apply for a review through the State, your initial application may be submitted through the Review and Modification Unit of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services website.
You may also consult the Supreme Court of Nebraska website for information and self-help forms to file a modification on your own, without the assistance of an attorney.
Our office will conduct an independent review of the case and incomes, based upon information available at the time of the review. Two things must be true for the State to proceed with filing a Complaint to Modify the obligation: 1) There has been a substantial and material change in circumstances that has lasted for at least three months and can reasonably be expected to last for an additional six months (e.g., a parent is newly incarcerated, is no longer incarcerated, or has a new job with substantially higher pay); and 2) an application of the Nebraska Child Support Guidelines varies from the current Order by more than 10% but not less than $25 of the current child support obligation. An example would be a parent with a current obligation of $50, and the Guidelines call for an increase to $60. Since that’s more than 10% but less than $25, the State would not file a Complaint to Modify.
If we determine a substantial and material change in circumstances has not occurred and/or that variation form the guidelines is insufficient to warrant modification, we will notify you by letter that we will not proceed.
No, under current law you do not have a right to court appointed counsel for modification cases.
Possibly. An incarcerated individual may seek a modification of his/her child support order if certain qualifications are met. To determine if your case is eligible, contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free).
No. Any parent or caretaker, regardless of income level, may request child support services. Contact Child Support Services at (877) 631-9973, option 2, to request a paper application or complete the online application.
The payee/custodial parent may be charged an annual service fee of $35 after which the first $550 of support has been collected and disbursed. There are exceptions and in certain cases this fee may be waived. See Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Child Support Regulations § 1-005.01B
No. The Lancaster County Attorney’s Office Child Support Division (or authorized attorney) represents the State of Nebraska and the best interests of the child(ren). We do not represent the mother, father, or caretaker in any proceeding. No client/attorney relationship exists. We cannot represent you or give you legal advice. If you desire legal advice or assistance, you may contact a lawyer of your own choosing at any time.
Yes. Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, we will either file the case here in Lancaster County, or send a request for establishment to the State in which the non-custodial parent lives.
Child support is calculated according to the Nebraska Child Support Guidelines. “The main principle behind these guidelines is to recognize the equal duty of both parents to contribute to the support of their children in proportion to their respective net incomes.” Neb. Ct. R. § 4-201. Some of the factors that may be taken into consideration are contributions to a retirement plan, the cost of health insurance for the parent and/or the child(ren), existing child support obligations for other children, and each parents monthly income or earning capacity.
They may be found at on the Nebraska Supreme Court Website at https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/supreme-court-rules/chapter-4-children-families/article-2-child-support-guidelines.
Yes, if the court case is being handled here in Nebraska.
Usually when a child support obligation is established for an incarcerated person, it is set at the Nebraska Child Support Guidelines Minimum Support amount of $50 per month. An exception would be made if the incarcerated individual is on a work release program. The order may also be subject to an upward modification upon the person’s release.
Court costs are the fees incurred in the court action. They include filing fees and the costs of serving parties to the case. If the Court orders it, court costs are to be paid to the Clerk of the District Court, located at the Lancaster County Courthouse at 575 S 10th Street, 3rd Floor, Lincoln, Nebraska. They may also be paid online through the Nebraska State website.
If you pay the custodial parent directly, there is no accounting of the payment on the official court record. Several enforcement actions could be initiated against you and the court could determine that the direct payments were gifts and not child support payments. Further, your court order very likely requires you to pay through the Payment Center.
While you are incarcerated, your obligation will continue to add up each month. If you are unable to make full payments as court ordered, the balance will accrue, and interest will apply to the arrearage. When you are released, you will need to begin making payments to the monthly support amount in addition to something towards the arrears balance. During your incarceration, we may garnish your employment income or inmate stipend if you have a source of income.
Mailing address:Nebraska Child Support Payment Center (NCSPC)P.O. Box 82600Lincoln, NE 68501-2600
NCSPC Website: https://childsupport.nebraska.gov/ncp/
There is also a payment kiosk in Lincoln located at 421 S. 9th Street, Suite 137. It is available from 6:00 am until 8:00 pm central time, Monday through Friday. For additional information on paying child support and for additional payment options, please refer to the Nebraska Child Support Website.
Payment information may be generated through the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free). For additional information on receiving child support, please refer to the Nebraska Child Support Website.
No one other than the court ordered person responsible is legally obligated to pay the child support.
The Nebraska Child Support Payment Center, operated by the Nebraska State Treasurer. For additional information on receiving child support, please refer to the Nebraska Child Support Website.
It depends on how much was paid, what public assistance you are receiving for the minor child(ren), and if the payor has other cases. If the payor has other cases, money will be applied first to the case(s) that have current monthly support obligations, then towards arrearages owed, then towards interest. If a payor has more than one order, payments are distributed proportionately across all orders unless a lawful exception exists.
A notice to withhold income is an administrative notice sent by to the employer of the person responsible to pay child support, ordering the employer to withhold a certain amount of money from the person's paycheck for each pay period. The notice includes the amount to be withheld and the address to remit the payment.
Nebraska law requires that child support be collected through income withholding, regardless of whether or not there is a past due balance. The only exception to this is enrolling in Auto-Bank Withdrawal, which would have child support payments deducted directly from your bank account. Not every case is eligible for this option. To see if your case qualifies, contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free).
All information may be given to the Customer Service Representatives at the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free). This information will be given electronically to the enforcing agency.
The age of emancipation in Nebraska is 19. Child support is paid through the birth month of the child when (s)he reaches the age of 19. Upon the child’s emancipation, the obligation should terminate automatically.
If there is an outstanding balance due at the time the child turns 19, that amount will continue to be owed and enforced until it is paid in full.
In certain situations, child support may terminate earlier than the age of emancipation. Possible reasons for termination include: the court made a finding that the child has emancipated, death of the child, and termination/relinquishment of parental rights. If termination should occur prior to the child turning age 19, a Motion and Order may need to be filed. If you believe your child support obligation may be eligible for termination, please contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free).
No. There is no statute of limitations on collections of past due child support.
Yes. Regardless of where the child is living, your obligation to provide support is not altered. However, if the child is no longer living with the court ordered payee and you believe support payments should be directed to a different person, please contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free).
If the child is now living with you full time, it might be appropriate to suspend the child support obligation. If you believe your child support obligation may be eligible for suspension, please contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free).
Until the order is stopped/terminated by the Court entering an Order, the obligation will continue to bill each month and the obligation would continue. If your child has been adopted, please contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free).
Termination of your parental rights among other rights/responsibilities ends your legal responsibilities to take care of your child. As such, your child support obligation may be eligible for termination. The signing of a relinquishment itself does not terminate the child support obligation. A court order to terminate the obligation must be entered. Until the Court enters an order terminating the child support order, the obligation will continue to bill each month. If you relinquished your parental rights, notify the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free).
No. The Nebraska Supreme Court Self Help section has information/pro se forms regarding filing a motion to terminate a child support obligation.
If you have experienced a change of circumstances that you believe should result in your obligation being temporarily suspended or permanently terminated, contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free). Be aware that you may be asked to provide documentation of the change that has occurred. Additionally, incarceration, injury, or a temporary loss or decrease in income are not sufficient changes in circumstance to warrant a suspension/termination.
To request a court-appointed attorney, contact the District Court Referee's Office at 402-441-7651.
Contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free). If you have immediate concerns about your safety or that of your child(ren), please contact law enforcement immediately.
605 S 10th Street2nd Floor, Ste A201Lincoln, NE 68508
Access to the office is gained by going through the 575 S 10th Street building, and from there using the skywalk on the second floor.
If a child receives certain types of public assistance, the Lancaster County Attorney's Office is required by state law to establish an order for child support and medical support against the parent(s) not residing with the child.
If you have accepted public assistance benefits, you may be required to cooperate with our office. Contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at 402-441-8715, or 877-631-9973 (toll free) with further questions.
If you have an attorney representing you, call the attorney. If you are not represented, you can contact the Nebraska Child Support Customer Call Center at 402-441-8715 or 877-631-9973 (toll-free).
Possibly. If paternity is already resolved through marriage, a signed acknowledgment of paternity, or administrative or judicial court order, the State of Nebraska does not offer genetic testing.
Possibly. Contact the Child Support Office at (402) 441-8715 or (877) 631-9973 (toll free) to determine if your case is eligible for genetic testing with costs waived.
The DNA Diagnostic Center (DDC) is the lab that the State of Nebraska uses to conduct Genetic Testing; currently, the cost is $30 per person.
In a paternity case, the court or a party to the case may request genetic testing. Failure to comply with genetic testing may result in a finding of civil contempt, which may be punishable by jail time. See Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-1414.
The civil division is responsible for advising and representing all county elected and appointed officials on legal issues that arise by virtue of their job duties, including the following officials:
The civil division practices in numerous areas of law including the following:
No, Nebraska Rev. Statute § 23-1206.01 prohibits the County Attorney’s office from providing legal advice in private legal matters. Members of the general public must contact a private attorney regarding questions involving such legal matters. For specific questions regarding individual county agencies, you may contact the agency directly by telephone or by accessing our website.
No, Nebraska Rev. Statute §23-1206.01 prohibits the County Attorney, deputy county attorneys, or any employees of the County Attorney from referring any legal matter to a particular lawyer.
No. Nebraska Rev. Statute §23-1206.01 prohibits the County Attorney’s office from providing legal advice in private legal matters. Members of the general public must contact a private attorney regarding questions involving such legal matters. For specific questions regarding individual county agencies, you may contact the agency directly by telephone or by accessing the agency’s website.
No. The Code of Professional Responsibility prohibits the County Attorney, deputy county attorneys, or any employees of the County Attorney’s Office from discussing a pending legal matter directly with a person who is represented by an attorney.
If law enforcement successfully recovered your property as part of a criminal investigation, the property is likely being held as evidence by the law enforcement agency that recovered it. Such property is usually held by law enforcement until it is no longer required as evidence. This can be several weeks to several months depending on the nature of the crime and the time it takes to bring the criminal case to a conclusion.
Once the property is no longer required as evidence, it can be released to its owner. Sometimes property can be released to its owner while a criminal case is pending, but these are rare circumstances and the County Attorney must approve of such a release.
If you suffered a monetary loss, either from a property crime or a crime involving bodily injury, our office can ask a defendant to pay that loss back in the form of restitution. We will need proof of the exact amount of the loss. However, even if our office requests restitution, the court must make a determination that the defendant has the ability to pay the amount requested. In the alternative, a person who suffers a loss may contact a private attorney to discuss what other options are available to collect the loss.
No. Nebraska Rev. Statute §23-1206.01 prohibits the County Attorney, deputy county attorneys, or any employees of the County Attorney’s Office from referring any legal matter to a particular lawyer. You may contact the Nebraska State Bar Association with questions about hiring an attorney to handle a particular legal matter either by telephone or by accessing its website at Nebraska Bar. You may also consult the Yellow Pages under “Attorneys.”
If you received a citation from law enforcement in Lancaster County, the issuing law enforcement agency should have a record of it. Law enforcement refers citations to either the City Attorney or County Attorney for review. The City Attorney or County Attorney either files or does not file a charge based on the citation. Charges get filed in the County Court or District Court.
The County Court Clerk and the District Court Clerk maintain a record of all filings. A person may contact either a local law enforcement agency, or the Clerk of the court in which charges are filed, to obtain a copy of a criminal history or run a background check. Law enforcement charges a fee to run a person’s criminal history or conduct a background check.
The investigating police officers will complete written reports and forward those to the County Attorney's Office. One of two deputy county attorneys assigned specifically to domestic cases will review the reports and decide what charges to file against your abuser. The deputy will then file a complaint, a legal document charging the abuser with a crime, with the Lancaster County Court Clerk's Office. This will usually be done the morning following the arrest.
Simply answered, you can’t. While your feelings about the case will be taken into consideration, we will not drop or dismiss charges solely at your request. All final decisions will be made by the deputy county attorney assigned to your case.
Yes, the domestic violence paralegal will call you and inform you of the charge(s) and the requested bond amount for your abuser. The paralegal will answer any questions that you have at that time.
Usually, the abuser will be arraigned in Lancaster County Courtroom Number 22 at 2 p.m. the next business day following the arrest. At that time, the abuser will be brought before a judge and informed of the charge(s) and the possible penalties. The judge will set a bond (the amount of money the abuser must post in order to be released from jail while awaiting trial). In almost every domestic case, the judge will order the abuser not to have any contact with you (referred to as a no-contact bond).
The abuser is not to have any contact with you while the criminal case is pending. This includes, among other things, contact in person, on the phone, by email, or by letter.
There are several, the most important of which is to ensure your safety during the pendency of the case.
Call 911 or report it right away to your local law enforcement agency (Lincoln Police Department or Lancaster County Sheriff's Office) if you believe a crime is occurring or about to occur. In addition, please report it right away to the deputy county attorney assigned to your case (call 402-441-8163 to find out who is assigned to your case).
The deputy county attorney assigned to your case can file a motion to revoke the abuser's bond with the court. If a judge concludes that the abuser violated the no-contact bond, the judge will set a new bond amount. The abuser will then have to remain in jail until trial, unless the abuser is able to post the new, higher bond amount.
A full-time domestic violence paralegal is available to answer any questions either in person or over the phone. Additionally, you may schedule an appointment to speak with the deputy county attorney handling your case. The appointment can be in person or over the phone.
A Protection Order is a Court issues order which directions an individual to have no contact or restricted contact with another individual. Protection Orders can also restrict the individual from being present at a particular location. There are three types of Protection Orders: Harassment Protection Orders, Domestic Abuse Protection Orders, and Sexual Assault Protection Orders. Each have different requirements for issuance and are granted upon a judge's acceptance of the merits of the petitioner's application. Unlike a no-contact order, a violation of a Court issued Protection Order can result in the filing of separate criminal charges for violation of the order.
Please access the following link for information about obtaining a Protection Order: Protection Orders - Lancaster County, NE
Approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to the trial date, you will receive a letter from the County Attorney's Office that will inform you of the date and time of the trial. You will also be served by a Lancaster County Sheriff's deputy with a subpoena, which is a court order requiring you to be in court on that date and at that time.
We suggest that you report early on the day of the trial to the County Attorney's Office on the fourth floor of the courthouse. You can remain in the office until the case is called for trial (many trials are set for the same time in the same courtroom).
Sometimes, the abuser will change his plea to guilty. If that happens, you will not have to go to the courtroom and can simply leave without having to see your abuser. However, if the abuser still wants to have a trial, you will accompany the deputy county attorney to the courtroom, where you will testify. Also present in the courtroom will be the judge, the court reporter, the bailiff, and at least one law enforcement officer. Please let us know your concerns.
If you have concerns regarding your safety, please let us know. Deputies from the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office are available to escort you to your vehicle upon request.
The judge has a couple of options. The judge can either sentence the abuser upon the finding of guilt, or the judge can order the probation office to complete a pre-sentence investigation on your abuser.
A pre-sentence investigation is, essentially, an inquiry into various aspects of your abuser's life. The results are put together in a report and forwarded to the judge to help the judge decide your abuser's sentence. One of the most important parts of the investigation is the victim impact statement. The probation office will send you a form that contains a series of questions. We encourage you to complete the form and/or attach a letter to the judge.
This is your opportunity to communicate to the judge your feelings and thoughts about the case, your abuser, and what you would like to see for a sentence. It is important to complete the form or statement quickly and return it as there are sometimes a very short period between the time the abuser is found guilty and when they are sentenced. If you do not receive a victim impact statement from Probation, please contact our office and we will make sure one is sent to you.
Copies of your victim impact statement are not provided to your abuser, however, his or her attorney is entitled to review the statement to know what information the judge is considering, and will discuss the contents with your abuser. You should always consider your safety first. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the deputy county attorney assigned to your case.
Please inform the office of any changes in address, phone numbers, and/or places of employment. Also, write down exactly what happened so that when it comes to trial you can look back on your notes.
The Constitution guarantees that someone accused of a crime has a right to see and hear the witnesses against them. If the case goes to trial, witnesses must testify before the judge, and possibly a jury, as to what happened. When you spoke to the police, there may have been certain things overlooked or not talked about that are very important in regards to what happened. For those reasons, you will need to testify in court so that a complete picture of what happened can be presented.
See the “Victim Assistance” section of this website for great resources including links to download an application for a protection order, information about the local agencies that can help you, and information about how to get set up on VINE.
If your address or phone number changes while the case is pending, please make sure that you contact the County Attorney’s Office with that new information to make sure that the County Attorney’s Office, the probation department, etc, has the most current information for you.
If you are afraid of your abuser finding out your new address information, please make sure the paralegal or County Attorney assigned to your case is aware of your concern. There are steps that can be taken to limit the disclosure of that information. Remember, your safety is a prime concern for the County Attorney’s Office and law enforcement.
You may also be able to establish a “substitute mailing address” through the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program. For more information about this program, please call 402-471-3568 or read about the Address Confidentiality Program (Nebraska Secretary of State).
The Juvenile Division of the Lancaster County Attorney’s Office is responsible for enforcement of Nebraska’s Juvenile Code as it applies to the following occurrences within Lancaster County:
In Juvenile Court, cases are heard by a judge, not a jury. However, the same Rules of Evidence that apply in Adult Court apply in Juvenile Court. In cases where a juvenile is alleged to have committed a criminal offense or is alleged to be truant or uncontrollable, the prosecution must prove that the charge is true by proof beyond a reasonable doubt. In cases where a child has been abused or neglected by a parent or when the child is a dependent child, the prosecution must prove that the charges are true by a preponderance of the evidence, meaning that the charge is more likely true than not true.
The main differences between Adult Court and Juvenile Court occur at the Sentencing or Disposition phase of the proceedings. In Juvenile Court, the Judge cannot sentence an individual to a term of incarceration or fine the individual a certain amount of money.
Possible penalties for juvenile offenses range from:
In abuse or neglect cases, the parent(s) is ordered to participate in a plan of services designed to correct the conditions of abuse or neglect.
While juvenile court utilizes many of the same proceedings as Adult Court, frequently those proceedings have different names.
After the police or sheriff determines that your child is responsible for a criminal offense, the case is then referred to the County Attorney’s Office for consideration of prosecution. If your child’s case is referred to the County Attorney’s office for prosecution, and the County Attorney reviews the citation or notification and determines there is sufficient evidence to believe that the juvenile has committed a crime, the County Attorney may file the case in juvenile court.
If that occurs, notice by U.S. mail would be sent or a summons would be issued and served upon the juvenile and parent(s) by the Sheriff's Office. That summons directs them to appear in Juvenile Court on a certain date. The summons would also include a copy of the Petition, which is the legal document containing the allegation of the offense(s) committed.
In certain cases, the juvenile may be eligible for a Diversion Program, which is operated through Lincoln/Lancaster County Human Services. Most misdemeanors and certain non-violent felony offenses are eligible for that program. In most cases, if a juvenile is eligible for Diversion, he/she will receive a letter requesting him/her to contact Lincoln/Lancaster County Human Services to set up an interview.
Juveniles do not have to hire an attorney to participate in the program. Through this Diversion Program, typical requirements of the juvenile include: perform community service work, participate in education classes, write apology letters, pay restitution, etc. Requirements depend on many different factors. The benefit to successfully completing the program is that you will not have to go through the court system for the incident. Find more information on the Juvenile Diversion page.
Restitution can be ordered in any case where the victim has suffered a monetary loss. If you are seeking restitution, it would be helpful to contact the law enforcement agency that investigated the crime and advise them of how much restitution is owed. You may also submit written estimates or documentation regarding the cost of repairs for your loss. After the judge has found the juvenile responsible for the offense, the judge will order the Juvenile Probation office to conduct a pre-disposition investigation.
During that investigation, the probation officer will gather information on restitution and may contact you. The County Attorney's Office cannot guarantee that the amount of restitution requested will be ordered by the court or paid by the juvenile. However, at the Disposition hearing, the Court may order the juvenile to pay restitution as part of the disposition. If you have not received full restitution from the juvenile, you may pursue the remedies available to you in small claims court or civil court.
It may be necessary to hold your property as potential evidence to be offered at trial. Once the proceedings have concluded, the property may be released to you. When the case has been resolved, contact the County Attorney or the Law Enforcement Agency holding your property. Arrangements can then be made to release your property to you.
If your child is currently on run, contact the Lincoln Police Department if you live in the city limits. Contact the Lancaster County Sheriff's office if you live outside the city limits. Those agencies will assist in locating your child. If your child is frequently on run or out of control, you may be able to request that an Ungovernable Petition be filed in Juvenile Court.
The Juvenile Code allows the County Attorney's Office to seek filing for any juvenile who, by reason of being wayward or habitually disobedient, is uncontrolled by his or her parent, guardian, or custodian; who deports himself or herself so as to injure or endanger seriously the morals or health of himself, herself, or others; or who is habitually truant from home or school. Nebraska Rev. Statute 43-247(3)(b). Ungovernable behavior can include, but is not limited to:
For more information and assistance on the process to determine whether an Ungovernable Petition should be filed, please contact Lincoln/Lancaster County Human Services at 402-441-4944. The Human Services staff can discuss available options with you and provide a form that allows you to provide us with background information on your child, and specific information on your child's ungovernable behavior. If an Ungovernable Petition is filed and the allegations are found to be true, the Juvenile Court Judge would have the authority to order the ungovernable child to follow rules, participate in treatment and therapy, or if needed, reside in an out of home placement or treatment facility.
The Lancaster County Attorney's Office will file a petition under the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act when a person is a mentally ill and dangerous person.
According to Nebraska Rev. Statute § 71-908, a mentally ill and dangerous person means a person who is mentally ill or substance dependent and because of such mental illness or substance dependence presents:
In order to file a commitment petition, there must be evidence of both mental illness and imminent dangerousness. The evidence of dangerousness must be specific and recent. For example, someone who is not taking his or her medication or someone who is delusional does not necessarily pose a risk of harm to himself or herself or others. There must be specific information about why a failure to take medication or why the delusion causes dangerousness.
Typically, no. The mental health commitment act is for people who are refusing voluntary treatment. According to Nebraska Rev. Statute § 71-908, It is the public policy of the State of Nebraska that mentally ill and dangerous persons be encouraged to obtain voluntary treatment. If voluntary treatment is not obtained, such persons shall be subject to involuntary custody and treatment only after mental health proceedings as provided by the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act.
It is the public policy of the State of Nebraska that mentally ill and dangerous persons be encouraged to obtain voluntary treatment. If voluntary treatment is not obtained, such persons shall be subject to involuntary custody and treatment only after mental health proceedings as provided by the Nebraska Mental Health Commitment Act.
Bryan Hospital’s mental health professionals are familiar with the Mental Health Commitment Act and the affidavit procedure. If they have a subject who is no longer seeking voluntary help, who they believe fits the commitment criteria, they will forward our office an affidavit and request for filing. That request will be reviewed through the normal affidavit procedure.
Please complete the linked affidavit and provide the information requested in the affidavit. Please be as specific as possible with the information that you provide, especially when giving dates. Determining whether there is sufficient evidence is difficult when dates are not provided.
Additionally, you need to provide specific instances where the person has shown themselves to be a risk of harm to themselves or others. Merely stating that a person is violent or that they are suicidal is not sufficient. You need to provide information as to what they said or did and provide information as to who witnessed the statements or actions. If your affidavit lacks specificity, it may be insufficient to support the filing of an affidavit. The affidavit must be notarized.
Please provide copies of those items with the affidavit for the Deputy County Attorney’s review.
If you have picture identification, someone at our reception desk will be able to notarize it for you.
The affidavit can be mailed or dropped off at the County Attorney’s Office. We are located on the 4th Floor of 575 S 10th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska. The information contained in the affidavit will be reviewed by a Deputy County Attorney, who will decide whether sufficient evidence exists to file a petition. If there is enough potential evidence to file, you will be contacted and you will be required to appear at the commitment hearing to provide testimony.
No. This form is not intended to take the place of emergency protective custody. If the person is an immediate threat to himself/herself or others, call 911 immediately. The affidavit procedure takes time and is not intended to take the place of emergency protective custody.
It depends. Generally, a decision can be made within 1 to 2 business days after the affidavit is received. However, sometimes a review takes longer because the DCA needs to contact doctors, caseworkers or witnesses. Additional time may be needed to investigate if the subject has had prior petitions filed or prior police contacts.
No, unless you are a guardian or the subject’s attorney. Mental Health Board cases are confidential and no family members (including parents, spouses or children) or friends will be informed if a petition is filed or given information regarding the subject’s mental health diagnosis. If you are the subject’s guardian, please provide documentation with the affidavit.
No, the person who filed the affidavit is not entitled to a follow-up.
The prosecutor will prepare the paperwork and warrant to place the subject at the crisis center or other appropriate facility. Please indicate on the affidavit where the subject can be located.
Once the subject is located and served with petition papers, they will be placed at the crisis center or other appropriate facility for an evaluation by a psychologist and psychiatrist.
The doctors will make recommendations to the deputy county attorney as whether the county attorney should proceed with the petition or the petition should be dismissed.
If the recommendation is to proceed with the petition, that means the doctors are recommending mental health board ordered treatment and a commitment hearing will be held.
The commitment hearing must be held within 7 days after the subject is admitted to the facility unless the subject asks for a continuance. Hearings are held every Tuesday and Thursday. Please be prepared to testify after you drop off an affidavit. Failure to appear might result in the dismissal of the Petition and the subject’s release.
Witnesses must appear at the commitment hearing to give sworn testimony to the evidence of dangerousness to self or others as well as mental illness of which they have first-hand knowledge. The subject and his/her attorney will be present. If the witnesses fail to appear, it might result in the dismissal of the petition.
Staff from the County Attorney’s Office will contact you.
No. The only testimony permitted to be introduced at the hearing is first hand information. No hearsay evidence can be introduced. The law requires that the subject be allowed to confront and cross examine the witnesses against them. All witnesses must appear in person at the commitment hearing.
A Public Defender will be appointed to represent the subject if he/she is indigent.
The Mental Health Board is made up of three people. The Board will listen to the evidence and decide if there is clear and convincing evidence that the subject is mentally ill and dangerous. The law then requires them to decide if the doctor’s recommendation is the least restrictive treatment alternative.
If after listening to the evidence, the Mental Health Board decides the person is mentally ill and dangerous, the Board will order the subject to comply with the treatment recommendation. Sometimes the subject will be ordered to receive treatment at the Lincoln Regional Center.
No. The board’s decision is confidential and our office cannot release that information to you unless you are the subject’s guardian.
No, not unless you are a witness. Commitment hearings are confidential and are not open to the public. If you are a witness, you will only be in the hearing room during your own testimony.
The petition is then dismissed by the Board and the subject must be released from custody.
If it is an emergency, call 911. If it is not an emergency, you can drop off an affidavit on Monday.
Sometimes. Law enforcement has the same legal criteria as the County Attorney’s Office, so very often if the police did not find sufficient evidence to Emergency Protective Custody (EPC), the County Attorney’s Office will come to that same decision. However, sometimes people are able to provide new or additional information in the affidavit which was not given to the police at the time they were called.
We know that your traffic case is important. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of traffic cases received by our office, Traffic Prosecutors are not able to speak directly with those charged with a traffic offense until after their initial appearance in Court.
If you have documentation that you would like the Traffic Prosecutor to consider (proof of insurance, registration, etc.), you may provide that information in either of the following ways:
If you have received a ticket for No Registration but can now produce proof that the motor vehicle was either registered at the time of the traffic stop or has since been registered in accordance with the Motor Vehicle Registration Act, you can provide that proof to our office for consideration.
Lancaster County Attorney’s OfficeAttention: Traffic Division575 S 10th StreetLincoln, NE 68508
If you have received a ticket for No Proof of Insurance but:
Nebraska Revised Statute Section 60-3,167(2) (Cum Supp. 2012) states that an owner who is unable to produce a current and effective automobile liability policy, evidence of insurance, or proof of financial responsibility upon the request of a law enforcement officer shall be allowed ten days after the date of the request to produce proof to the appropriate prosecutor or county attorney that a current and effective automobile liability policy or proof of financial responsibility was in existence for the motor vehicle or trailer at the time of such request. Upon presentation of such proof, the citation shall be dismissed by the prosecutor or county attorney without cost to the owner and no prosecution for the offense cited shall occur.
an owner who is unable to produce a current and effective automobile liability policy, evidence of insurance, or proof of financial responsibility upon the request of a law enforcement officer shall be allowed ten days after the date of the request to produce proof to the appropriate prosecutor or county attorney that a current and effective automobile liability policy or proof of financial responsibility was in existence for the motor vehicle or trailer at the time of such request. Upon presentation of such proof, the citation shall be dismissed by the prosecutor or county attorney without cost to the owner and no prosecution for the offense cited shall occur.
Lancaster County Attorney’s OfficeAttention: Traffic Division575 S 10th StreetLincoln, NE 68508
If you have received a ticket for speeding and would like to contest the charge you must contact the Lancaster County Court to schedule a trial. Traffic prosecutors are not available to discuss Speeding tickets outside of Court.
STOP (Safety Training Option Program) is a program where persons cited with certain minor traffic violations may have their violation dismissed upon paying the course fee and completion of a 4 hour Defensive Driving Course in office or online.
The 24/7 program is a pretrial release program that offers a person who has been arrested for a DUI the chance for a lower bond. In exchange for the reduced bond, the person signs an agreement to abide by the rules of the 24/7 program, which includes twice daily testing for alcohol.
The following offenses are not eligible for the S.T.O.P. Program:
You may register in person at:Lancaster County Community Corrections605 S 10th StreetLincoln, NE 68508Phone: 402-441-3600
Enroll in the S.T.O.P. Program if:
Yes. You can register for your course online and complete your course online.
If you are interested in registering and completing a course online, register from the Corrections Department STOP page.
You will need to bring the following:
Enrollment Hours for the ST.O.P. Program are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday through Friday (Nebraska Safety Council or Diversion Services). If you live outside of Lancaster County, call 402-483-2511 (Traffic Department) or 402-441-3600 (Diversion Services).
If you have received your first ticket for No Motorcycle Helmet (either because you had no helmet or did not have a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet) but have now obtained a DOT approved helmet, our office will take that into consideration. Please show your DOT approved helmet to a law enforcement officer, have them sign one of their business cards acknowledging the helmet is DOT approved, and provide that to our office.
If you have received your first ticket for Window Tint Violation but have now corrected the violation, our office will take that into consideration. You can provide proof of compliance with window tint laws to our office in the form of photographs.
You can visit Nebraska E-Payments to determine if you are eligible to pay any fine online.
Information on the Nebraska “Point System” can be obtained at the Department of Motor Vehicle’s website, Nebraska DMV.
The County Attorney’s Office cannot authorize the release of vehicles which have been impounded due to a driver driving under suspension. You must contact the law enforcement agency which issued the ticket and impounded the vehicle.
You may use the following websites to access accident reports by the Lancaster County Sheriff and the Lincoln Police Department:
The County Clerk's Office is located in the:
County-City Building555 S 10th StreetRoom 108 (first floor)Lincoln, NE 68508
Free public parking is available in the lot directly north of the building (corner of 10th and "K" Streets). Parking passes can be obtained from our office.
Yes. Our normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office is closed on the following holidays:
Pursuant to Nebraska Revised Statute 42-108:
Every judge, retired judge, clerk magistrate or retired clerk magistrate, and every preacher of the gospel authorized by the usages of the church to which he or she belongs to solemnize marriages, may perform the marriage ceremony in this state.
See a list of judges who currently perform ceremonies in the area.
Copies of Nebraska birth certificates can be obtained from the Vital Records Office, a division of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, located at 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE. Inquiries can also be directed to 402-471-2871.
The County Clerk's Office does not issue passports. Passports are primarily issued by the federal government. Additional information on passports can be obtained from the U.S. Post Office or the U.S. State Department.
No, the Clerk's Office does not have copies of divorce decrees. To obtain a copy of a decree pertaining to a divorce that took place in Lancaster County, you will need to contact the Clerk of the District Court. This office is located in the Hall of Justice, 575 S 10th Street in Lincoln. The phone number is 402-441-7328.
For information about a court date, contact the Clerk of the County Court at 402-441-7291 or the Clerk of the District Court at 402-441-7328. Their offices are located in the:
Hall of Justice575 S 10th StreetLincoln, NE 68508
Values are established by the Lancaster County Assessor's Office using mass appraisal techniques and by comparing similar properties and recent sales in a particular area. Access Lancaster County property information. You can search by parcel identification (PID), owner name and/or property address.
Owners have the right to ensure their property is correctly assessed. Filing a protest allows your property valuation to be further reviewed.
There is no charge to file a protest.
Protests can be filed annually from June 1 through June 30.
Forms must be postmarked on or before June 30. Protests received prior to June 1 or postmarked after June 30 cannot be accepted as timely filed.
If June 30 falls on a weekend, the protest will be considered timely filed if received or postmarked on the next business day.
If the protest was filed successfully, the following message will be displayed: "Your protest, YY-nnnn, has been submitted." You may also contact the County Clerk's Office at 402-441-8724 or email the Clerk's Office to confirm submittal/receipt.
Each protest must contain:
Evidence or data that will assist in proving the valuation of property was incorrectly assessed as of January 1 can also be included such as:
Important: Protest documents are public records and cannot be returned. Please redact sensitive information such as birth dates, social security numbers, credit card numbers and/or bank account numbers.
If you filed electronically, supporting documentation can be uploaded at that time. Documents can also be submitted with the protest filing at the County Clerk's Office at 555 South 10th Street, Room 108, Lincoln, NE 68508.
Referees will not consider any documentation provided at a hearing that was not previously submitted in accordance with the protest rules.
Hearings are scheduled for those who would like to discuss their property with a referee. The referee will consider all testimony and documentation prior to making a value recommendation to the Lancaster County Board of Equalization.
Referees are impartial professional appraisers or similarly qualified individuals who conduct protest hearings on behalf of the Lancaster County Board of Equalization. They are not county employees.
A hearing can be waived if you feel the information you have submitted is sufficient. A referee will still review all information related to your protest prior to making a recommendation to the Lancaster County Board of Equalization.
Dates and times for referee hearings vary annually. For more information on this year's referee hearing calendar, please contact the County Clerk's Office via email or at 402-441-8724.
Hearings can be rescheduled if dates/times remain. Please contact the Lancaster County Clerk's Office via email or call at 402-441-8724 as soon as possible to reschedule as there are a limited number of hearing dates available.
Residential hearings typically take 10 to 15 minutes. Agricultural hearings can take 20 to 30 minutes, and commercial hearings can take 30 to 45 minutes or longer.
A representative can attend the referee hearing on your behalf.
It may take 2 to 4 weeks for the referee to complete the review of your protest. Protest results can be accessed on the County Clerk's website. You will need to know the protest number and parcel identification number in order to search values.
The Lancaster County Board of Equalization will take final action on or before August 10 on all property valuations which were protested. You will then receive written notice of your final valuation for the current year.
An appeal can be filed with the Nebraska Tax Equalization and Review Commission (TERC). Information on the appeal process, including fees and filing deadlines, can be obtained from the TERC website or by calling 402-471-2842. Please note: A copy of your final value letter from the Lancaster County Board of Equalization and applicable fee must accompany each appeal.
If there is a case pending at TERC from a previous year, a value adjustment related to that appeal may not apply to the current year unless a new property valuation protest and TERC appeal are filed.
The Lancaster County Assessor/Register of Deeds conducts informal hearings each year between January 15 and March 1. More information on this process can be found on the County Assessor's website or by calling 402-441-7463.
Please contact the Lancaster County Treasurer's Office at 402-441-7425 about tax implications. Additional information can also be found on the County Treasurer's website.
Since 1923, common law marriages cannot be entered into in the State of Nebraska (Ropken v. Ropken, 169 Nebraska 352, 99 NW.2d 480).
Yes. As of June 26, 2015, the State of Nebraska recognizes same-sex marriages.
In Nebraska (per Nebraska Revised Statute Section 42-103), marriages are void when the parties are related to each other as:
This section applies to children and relatives born in or out of wedlock.
No. The couple must obtain their marriage license from the state or country where their ceremony will be performed.
No. If the marriage was validly contracted under the laws of another state or country, it is valid in Nebraska (per Nebraska Revised Statutes Section 42-117).
No. A marriage license is not needed to renew vows.
For purposes of remarriage, other than remarriage of the same parties, those divorced in the State of Nebraska must wait 6 months after the divorce decree was rendered before remarrying (per Nebraska Revised Statutes Section 42-372.01). Furthermore, neither applicant would be able to apply for a new marriage license before the 6-month waiting period is over.
Annulments are subject to all applicable provisions of the statutes pertaining to divorce (per Nebraska Revised Statutes Section 42-373). Applicants will be required to submit the date the previous marriage ended at the time of application.
No. There is no waiting period to remarry upon death of a spouse.
Each party applying for a marriage license shall present satisfactory documentary proof and shall swear to the application giving the place, date and year of their birth, full name of each applicant and residence (per Nebraska Revised Statutes Section 42-104).
Satisfactory proof of identity includes a valid (unexpired), governmental issued photo ID such as a driver's license, state ID card or passport. Please contact our office at 402-441-7481 if you have questions concerning your identification papers.
Yes. As of September 13, 1997, the State requires social security numbers to be provided. Those without social security numbers must indicate so at the time of application.
No. Nebraska certification or residence is not needed as long as the officiant is authorized to perform marriage ceremonies as outlined in Nebraska Revise Statute Section 42-108 which states, "Every judge, retired judge, or clerk magistrate, and every preacher of the gospel authorized by the usages of the church to which he or she belongs to solemnize marriages, may perform the marriage ceremony in this State."
View the list of judges who perform marriage ceremonies. An appointment must be made directly with a judge prior to your ceremony and a fee will be charged.
No. As of April 14, 1998, blood tests are no longer required.
Inform a corrections staff member of the situation, and he or she will assist you. You may also leave a voicemail for the inmate.
The County Court Judges have instructed the Lancaster County Department of Corrections as to what charges an individual can be released on without first appearing in court, and the bond amount owed to be released.
No. Funds can be added one of following ways:
The deadline is 6 a.m. on the day of arraignment.
You can contact any of the following numbers:
Typically the bond is written in the inmate's name and the refund will be given to the inmate by the Court. The inmate may submit a written request to the court to direct the bond refund to a specific individual.
The bond can be refunded after the defendant has served the sentence, paid the fine, or the case has been dismissed.
Full cash bonds are fully refundable. In most cases the courts allow for 10% of the bond to be posted. For example; if the bond amount is $1000, only $100 is needed to post bond. In these cases, 90% of the bond is returned, or $90 in this example.
Yes, you will be required to post the entire amount of the bond.
The inmate should forward a handwritten request to the court asking that his or her bond be applied toward his or her fines.
Contact an attorney to schedule the necessary hearing before a District Court Judge. The county cannot recommend an attorney.
Transmittal of paperwork from the courts is dependant on their caseload and may take 4 hours or more. You may call the Lancaster County Department of Corrections at 402-441-1900 for information regarding the status of charges.
Release dates are calculated by the Lancaster County Department of Corrections Records Division. The release date is determined from the sentencing information provided by the court and any special orders set by the Judge.
The request must be made to the Judge, who then authorizes the Lancaster County Department of Corrections Records Department to determine what credit can be applied toward that case.
No. All fines are to be served consecutively, unless a special order is made by the sentencing judge.
You must either be arrested before 4 p.m. or the Judge must order that your sentence begin prior to 4 p.m. to receive credit for that day.
A form can be obtained from County Court or a corrections staff member. You must complete the Time Payment form and submit it to County Court for approval. County Court will return a copy of the form indicating approval or denial. If approved, the date the fine is due will be noted on the form.
You will receive $90 a day.
The Lancaster County Department of Corrections can disclose the date of release for inmates. For more specific information, you will need to contact the inmate.
Releases are processed beginning in the early afternoon. Your actual release time is dependent on workload.
Money can only be added one of 4 ways:
Depending on where they are housed, Sunday or Monday night.
Inmates must submit a money release form in order to release money from their accounts. Money releases will be processed and mailed on Thursday of each week.
Upon release, all inmates receive a debit card for the balance of their account.
It is best to contact The Lancaster County Department of Corrections at 402-441-1900 prior to bringing items for inmates to be sure they can be accepted. The following personal items are typically accepted:
You may request a work release application (PDF) from your attorney. Fill out the form completely and return it to the Lancaster County Department of Corrections Work Release Coordinator, who will forward the information to the appropriate court for consideration. Completed applications can be dropped off in the main lobby of the facility (3801 W 'O' Street, Lincoln, NE).
Contact the appropriate court or the Lancaster County Department of Corrections Work Release Coordinator at 402-441-1939.
Report to the Release Lobby at the Lancaster County Department of Corrections Adult Detention Facility (3801 W O Street) at least half an hour in advance of your sentence starting time. When you arrive, please advise Corrections staff that you have a deferred sentence.
Any violation of the departmental or work release rules can cause a termination of your work release.
Contact the Lancaster County Department of Corrections Work Release Coordinator at 402-441-1939.
Work release costs are $7 for each day you are in custody.
No. You are encouraged to pay your fines, as you are not allowed out on work release on days you are serving fines.
At least eighteen years of age; persons under eighteen years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (proof required), or be able to produce proof of marriage to the inmate.
All visits will take place via video. You will need to register and schedule your visits at ICS Solutions. Sign in to schedule and manage upcoming visits with the inmate. You can select the date and time that is most convenient for you. For everything you need to know for visitation, please visit our Visitor Information page
You must be able to produce a valid county, city, state and/or federal issued, photo ID.
Visits are setup to run for 1 hour from their scheduled start time.
Yes. Each minor will count as one of the 3 visitors allowed per visiting session. Children must be closely supervised at all times. If you fail to do this you may have your visit canceled.
You should bring as few items as possible to visits due to very limited locker space available. The following items will not be allowed into the video visitation area:
Any violation of the visiting rules or any inappropriate conduct. Visiting rules are available in the lobby of the facility and on our Visitor Information page.
Inmates have daily access to phones that allow them to place collect local and long distance calls.
Minutes can be purchased in the following ways:
To leave a voicemail for an inmate you will need to complete the following steps:
Inmates may generally correspond through the mail with whomever they choose, as long as the correspondence does not jeopardize the public or facility safety or security. Incoming mail will not be delivered to inmates if it contains contraband items, stickers, stamps, or stains. Books and magazines must be sent directly from a publisher. Inmates may only purchase envelopes and stamps from commissary, these items will not be given to inmates if received through the mail.
The County Engineer is elected.
The County Engineer has a four-year term.
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office is in the Justice and Law Enforcement Center. The physical location is:575 S 10th StreetLincoln, NE 68508
The Justice and Law Enforcement Center is a secured facility. View a list of prohibited items.
The County Sheriff is elected to a four-year term.
The County Sheriff is responsible for maintaining peace and enforcing the law in rural areas of the county and in towns and villages not having municipal police departments. The office investigates criminal offenses and traffic accidents, enforces traffic laws, and serves as a representative of the County Coroner in death investigations. Other duties include:
Visit our Recruiting page to find out more about applying to become a Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputy.
Protection Order Information
Information is also available at:
The Nebraska State Patrol has a concealed weapons page that explains the procedure for obtaining a concealed weapon permit. You must apply for a permit in person at your nearest Nebraska State Patrol Troop Area offices or at the Criminal Identification Division of the State Patrol. Please see the NSP website for a listing of addresses, phone numbers and hours to make application.
Applications to obtain a handgun purchase permit can be found online or filled out in person at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office service desk located on the first floor of the Hall of Justice between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m, Monday through Friday. Background checks and processing times vary. Visit the Firearms Permit page for more information.
Nebraska State Patrol3800 NW 12th Street Suite ALincoln, NE 68521Appointments Accepted Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Phone: 402-479-4988
Lancaster County Sheriff's OfficeHall of Justice575 S 10th StreetLincoln, NE 685088 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday through Friday
All sex offenders that are required by law to register and have never been registered in Nebraska, must do so in person at a Nebraska State Patrol office designated to accept registrations. Any Nebraska registered sex offender needing to update, change, or verify their information must do so in person at the County Sheriff's Office in their jurisdiction. The addresses above apply to any offender who lives (permanently or temporarily for more than three days), works, or attends school in Lancaster County. The Sheriff's Office will accept sex offender registrations between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday only.
If you are unsure if you are required to register as a sex offender, please visit the Nebraska State Patrol's website regarding sex offender registry.
Visit the Nebraska State Court Administrator's website to pay waiverable citations online.
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office does not offer fingerprinting services. However, these services are available at:
Lincoln Police DepartmentJustice and Law Enforcement Center575 S 10th Street, Lincoln, NE 68524Phone: 402-441-7210Hours: Monday through Friday, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.Fee: $5 for up to three cards. Additional cards are $5 each
Nebraska State PatrolInvestigative Services Center3800 NW 12th, Lincoln, NE 68524Phone: 402-479-4971Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Call to schedule an appointment
The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office accepts sex offender registrations and investigates registry violations under our jurisdiction. However, the Nebraska database of registered offenders is maintained by the Nebraska State Patrol. You can look up offenders on their public website.
Another resource, the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, is a cooperative effort between Jurisdictions hosting public sex offender registries and the federal government.
The City of Lincoln has an ordinance regarding junk vehicles on private property, 10.42.110, and enforcement is handled by the Sheriff's Office within the three mile zoning jurisdiction of the City of Lincoln.
Download the Lancaster County Junk Vehicle informational letter that summarizes the ordinance.
If you wish to file a complaint of misconduct on the part of a Deputy Sheriff, you can call 402-441-6500 anytime and ask to speak with a supervisor or you can come to the Sheriff’s Office in the Justice and Law Enforcement Center, located at 575 S 10th Street.
You can also email the Sheriff's Office. Please provide information so you can be contacted if needed, keeping in mind the email address is only monitored during business hours.
All State of Nebraska filings/papers issued to the Sheriff’s Office for service, whether it be from the Courts or an attorney’s office, will have an invoice sent to them after service is completed.
Papers from the litigants themselves must have a prepaid deposit, either by cash, check, or credit/debit card payment OR a copy of your IFP Order from the court, before service. IFP Orders from other states will not be honored. The deposit is separate from any filing fees paid to the Court Clerk to have a paper issued. Any papers received from the courts where the litigants are requesting service, but have not paid for service through the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office shall have their papers returned directly to the courts with no service attempted.
Service of process from courts outside of Nebraska is a courtesy this office is pleased to extend, however, it is not mandated by state statute nor can the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office be bound by another state’s requirements for service. Prepayment is required for out of state papers that will be served within Lincoln and Lancaster County. See below for service fees.
If you are filing papers with another court, please bring the papers to be served with you or mail them with a cover letter that includes a check/money order or contact information so that we can contact you for credit card payment prior to attempting service.
These fees are a combination of the cost for process, service, mileage and return.
One of the most frequently asked about civil procedures is the eviction process. The information contained on this page is for informational use only. For detailed information or legal advice, please contact an attorney, or research the references provided at the end of this article.
Legal eviction in Nebraska must be accomplished through a civil court lawsuit of forcible entry and detainer filed by the plaintiff/landlord versus the tenant that is to be evicted. The Sheriff’s Office role in the lawsuit is through the service of three different types of civil process generated by the procedure. Services the Sheriff’s Office provides in the eviction process are listed below in their respective order.
Unless some other type of action is specified in the Writ of Restitution, service will be executed as follows:
All services by the Sheriff’s Office require a prepaid cash or credit deposit before service will be attempted. Deposits for eviction services are:$ 25.00 - Notice to Quit, Summons, or Writ of Restitution within Lincoln city limits$ 50.00 - Notice to Quit, Summons, or Writ of Restitution outside Lincoln city limits and within Lancaster County$ 150.00 - Writ of Restitution on Mobile Homes Levied for Sheriff’s Sale
*Credit card charges will include a $2.50 maintenance fee and a 3.5% fee.
Following is a list of statutes that are applicable to these proceedings. They are in no way all-inclusive to this subject and are not to be construed as legal advice.
Nebraska Statutes are available at the Nebraska Law Library or online at Nebraska Legislature.25-21,219 through 25-21,235 : - Forcible entry and detainer76-1401 through 76-1449 : - Landlord and Tenant Act76-1450 through 76-14,111 : - Mobile Home Landlord and Tenant Act69-2301 through 69-2314 : - Disposition of Personal Property Landlord and Tenant Act
This can be done by requesting CivilView access for your law firm. Please call Destiny Czaplewski at (402) 441-7728 is you would like access. If you are not with a law firm, please call (402) 441-7724 to get more information about a civil paper.
For any information regarding distress warrants, please visit the distress warrant page. This will inform you of what a distress warrant is. Payment of a distress warrant may be mailed or brought personally to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 575 S 10th Street. Payment can also be done by phone using a credit card (3.5% fee). Please call Destiny at (402) 441-7728 to make a payment with a credit card.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office holds Sheriff Sales on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the Justice and Law Enforcement Center. All of our sales are posted on our website - Sheriff Sale listings
It should be noted that if you hear or know of a sale to be held at any other time than a Thursday at 2 p.m, it is not a Sheriff Sale and we are unable to assist you in any inquiries regarding them. If you should have inquiries regarding a Sheriff Sale, you may contact the Civil Division at 402-441-7724. All sales may be canceled up to the time of the sale.
If you are seeking information on how to obtain a protection order, please follow these links to begin the process.
View the Protection Orders page for more information.
Time of service of papers varies. Each paper has statute limits on how long we have to make attempts and how many we must make. The deputy that is assigned to your paper will make as many diligent attempts as necessary in order to achieve service or enough information regarding whether the to-be served party currently resides at the provided address or if they may be avoiding service.
Orange notification cards are left at their residence upon each attempt with the Civil Department phone number and a reference paper number. This gives the to-be served party the opportunity to make arrangements for service for delivery or to pick it up at the Sheriff’s Office. Each paper is considered important and will be treated with respect and diligence.
Unfortunately, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is unable to assist you. We are more than happy to assist you with the process the Sheriff’s Office is involved with and service of the required paperwork, but we are not attorneys and therefore are prohibited from giving legal advice or assistance. It has been suggested that use of the internet or law library may be useful to one that is wishing to proceed with the process without an attorney.
An execution is a legal judgment handed down from the court. These may follow a civil judgment or a small claims judgment. One must file for the execution in the courts, and pay for its service with our Civil Division. The cost of service of an Execution is equal to that of normal paper service, but an execution may be used for levy on personal property to gain restitution on a monetary judgment. Levy fees are as follows:
Some situations may vary and should be discussed and verified with the Civil Division Sergeant.
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Do not pay your child support directly to the recipient. The State's accounting method will not give you credit for payments made directly to the custodial parent (absent additional voluntary steps being taken by the recipient). For more information on where and how to make your child support payments, visit the website of the Nebraska Child Support Payment Center.
Payments are due on the first day of each month. The payment is overdue and delinquent on the second day of each month. Interest will be charged daily on any delinquent amount after 30 days.
You may arrange income withholding (like a payroll deduction) to ensure that your child support is automatically paid by your employer. With income withholding, your child support is paid when due and on a regular basis.
If you desire income withholding, please contact the Lancaster County Attorney's office, Child Support Division at 402-441-8208, to obtain the necessary forms.
If you move from the State of Nebraska, continue to make your child support payments. If your address changes or you move from the State of Nebraska, notify the Clerk of the District Court at 402-441-7328, of your new address immediately. Always keep the court advised of your whereabouts.
The Nebraska Child Support Payment Center will notify the County Attorney's Office of any delinquent child support cases. The County Attorney may:
The County Attorney may also prosecute you for contempt of court for failing to obey the court's order. In addition, administrative procedures may begin to suspend your driver's, professional, or occupational licenses.
The Jury Commissioner's office is located at:
575 S 10th Street3rd FloorLincoln, NE 68508
The Jury Commissioner's office is located in the Justice and Law Enforcement Center.
In Lancaster County, the Clerk of the District Court serves as the Jury Commissioner. The people elect the Clerk of the District Court for a four-year term.
In order to serve jury duty, you must be:
The following may disqualify you from jury duty:
Normally, the Jury Commissioner's office will either call or email you at least one business day prior to the day you will be required to report for jury duty with date, time, and location of where you will report. The vast majority of trials are held at the Lancaster County Hall of Justice, 575 South 10th Street, Lincoln and will be held on either the 3rd Floor (District Court) or the 2nd Floor (County Court). If you are to report to an alternate location, detailed information will be provided to you by the Jury Commissioner's office.
Do not report unless you have been called by the Jury Commissioner's office with a date and time to report.
Once the jury term for which you have been summoned begins you will not be excused or deferred to another term unless you have an emergency.
A map directing you where to park was included with your original summons. However, the primary juror parking lot is located north of the County/City Building. The entrances are located on 10th or K Streets. View a copy of the juror parking map (PDF).
As a juror, you participate in an important public process and fulfill a civic obligation. All persons accused of a crime or involved in a civil dispute have a constitutional right to have a jury decide their cases. When you serve on a jury, you make important decisions affecting other people's lives as well as your own community.
If the report date that you have been assigned creates a conflict with your schedule, you may request to have your service deferred (postponed) to a later jury term. You must request this in writing and you still must complete and return your qualification form. If you choose to complete your Juror Qualification Form online, you may select the "extreme and extraordinary hardship" option and an email will be generated for you to explain your hardship and attach any pertinent documentation. Do not wait until you have been called to report for jury duty to request a deferral.
Include a specific timeframe for which you will be able to appear for jury service. Deferral dates cannot be more than six months after the original date of service. You will only be granted one request for deferral. If you request a second deferral it must be approved by a district court judge. You will receive a letter or email informing you if your deferral has been granted and the new date you will be required to be available to report. You may receive a new jury summons for the future date which you will need to complete and return as instructed.
For additional information regarding deferrals, please contact the Jury Commissioner's office at 402-441-6553.
Individuals who are 70 years or older may request not to serve, but they must do so at the time their Juror Qualification Form is returned.
If you are unable to serve due to health conditions, you will need to provide a current physician's statement stating the nature of the health issue. However, you must still complete and return the Juror Qualification Form by mail or complete online. If you choose to complete your Juror Qualification Form online, you may select medical hardship and an email will be generated to explain your concern and attach a physician's note. You may also ask the physician to fax the note directly to the Jury Commission at 402-441-6190. A judge will review your situation and determine if you are to be excused.
If you are a full time student and are not residing in Lancaster County, you are still responsible for contacting the Jury Commissioner's office with your residence information either by phone or by indicating where you are currently residing on your Juror Qualification Form in either hard copy or online. You may also submit a written request to be excused or deferred when returning your Qualification form. If you choose to complete your Juror Qualification Form online, you may select the full time student hardship and an email will be generated to explain your concern and attach your class schedule or other documentation.
If you are a full time student residing in Lancaster County, you may be required to serve as a juror. Please complete the Juror Qualification Form and either mail it in or complete online.
If you believe that serving during the jury term for which you are summoned may present some difficulties for you, please send a request to be excused along with a copy of your class schedule for the term for which you have been summoned. This request must be submitted within ten days after you have received your summons. You will be notified by mail (or email if you submitted your hardship via email) if you have been either excused from jury duty or deferred to a new date outside of your school term.
No, but you will still need to fill out and sign the qualification form so that we can update our files. There is a question on the qualification form that asks if you are a resident of Lancaster County. If you answer that question "no", then you are asked to indicate where you are currently residing.
Jurors are randomly picked from a combined list of the Lancaster County Voter Registration List and Driver's License/State Identification Card Holder's List.
Selection is random. There is no minimum amount of time allowed between jury summons in Nebraska.
The only exceptions to this are seated Grand Jurors and jurors having served more than four calendar weeks within a five year period. Those jurors may request to be excused.
Specific questions regarding this issue may be addressed by the Jury Commissioner's staff.
You do not need to speak perfect English to serve as a juror. The court uses common, everyday language that people can understand. The work done by the courts affects all people, so it is important that all communities be a part of our justice system. No one person has to know everything.
Jurors decide the outcome of a trial as a group, with each member making an important contribution. If you cannot understand English, you must respond appropriately to the question on the Juror Qualification Form.
If you need assistance, a friend or a family member who speaks and reads English may assist you in completing your Juror Qualification Form.
If you have a child or an adult under your care, you may ask for a deferral (postponement) or excusal from jury service. That request must be in writing and submitted with your completed Juror Qualification Form along with any additional documentation or physician statements. If you choose to complete your Juror Qualification Form online, you may select the "extreme or extraordinary hardship" option and an email will be generated to explain your concern and attach pertinent documentation if you have any.
If a Judge denies your request to be excused, you are responsible for finding care.
If you are a mother who is nursing a child, you may request to be excused on your Juror Qualification Form. You will also be required to provide physician's note with your name, your child's name, that you are a nursing mother, and that you need to be excused. You may mail in your physician's note, scan and attach it to the email generated from completing your Juror Qualification Form online and selecting nursing mother, or have the physician fax it directly to the Jury Commission at 402-441-6190. Confirmation of your excusal will be mailed or emailed to you once it is processed.
If you need special accommodations, please provide that information on the Juror Qualification Form under question number 24.
State law prohibits your employer from penalizing you. You cannot be fired, lose pay (except that your employer may reduce your pay by the $35 per day you receive for jury duty), lose sick leave, or lose vacation time.
You must give your employer reasonable notice that you have received a jury summons.
Any person summoned must be excused by their employer, upon the juror's request, from any shift work. (Nebraska Revised Statute Section 25-1640) If requested, an attendance report may be provided at the time of service.
Checks are generally mailed out 2 to 3 weeks after the last day of the jury panel.
You may obtain a statement at the end of your jury service from the Judge's bailiff or from the Jury Commissioner's Office:
575 S 10th StreetLincoln, NE 68508
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The length of each trial varies depending on the type of trial, the complexity of the issues involved with that trial, and how long jurors are expected to spend in deliberations. Most trials are completed within a few days to a week. However, occasionally there are trials that may last more than two weeks.
During a trial's jury selection process (which is also known as voir dire), the judge and the attorneys involved with the trial will indicate how long they expect the trial to last. Judges are aware that long trials may be difficult for some people.
It will be your responsibility to let the judge know if it may be a serious hardship for you to serve on a long trial. Please be patient during the jury selection process, because other potential jurors may have similar concerns about time.
There are two types of trials that have juries: criminal trials and civil trials. Juvenile and family law trials do not have juries. Jury trials are held in both District Court and County Court.
If there is inclement weather and you are to serve on jury duty and do not know if you should come in, please call the Jury Commissioner's Office at 402-441-6553.
The grand jury is different from a trial jury (known as a petit jury). People called for grand jury duty should follow the instructions on the summons.
If inquires need to be made call 402-441-6553.
The Election Commissioner is located at:601 N 46th StreetLincoln, NE 68503-3720
View the office location.
The Election Commissioner is appointed by the Governor. The Governor appoints Election Commissioners for a four-year term in counties with a population larger than 100,000. Currently, David J. Shively serves as Lancaster County Election Commissioner. His current term ends on September 6, 2023.
To vote in elections, persons must be:
For more information about registering to vote please visit the Voter Registration page.
No. You may vote by early/absentee ballot. Learn more on the Early / Absentee Voting page.
Residents may register to vote in person at the Election Commissioner's Office, by mail or online. Voters changing address, name, or party affiliation must re-register. For more information, see the Voter Registration page.
You can change your political party affiliation by completing a new voter registration application and selecting your new affiliation. This can be done by mail or in person at the Election Office. For more information visit the Voter Registration page.
A person find out when the next election will be held by calling the Election Office or checking out the Election Calendar (PDF).
Please view the 2019 Offices and Qualifications (PDF).
Candidates filing for local office will file at the Lancaster County Election Commissioner's Office, located at:601 N 46th StreetLincoln, NE 68503-3720
For State offices candidates file with the Election Division of the Nebraska Secretary of State, located at:1221 N StreetSuite 103Lincoln, NE 68508
Emergency Management Office1200 Radcliff RoadSuite 200Lincoln, NE 68512
No. Emergency Management is responsible for coordinating and managing the response to disasters and any other major emergencies.
911 also known as the Emergency Communications Center (ECC),is the public's point of contact for public safety calls and service requests. The ECC is responsible for operating the county wide public safety communications system.
The three scenarios resulting in activation of the tornado sirens are:
Yes. The county wide siren system is tested at 10:15 a.m, the first Wednesday of each month. If the weather is overcast or the temperature is below 32 degrees, the sirens themselves are not activated but the City-County radio communication system is tested.
Yes. Tier II reports (reports pertaining to proper storage, use and handling of hazardous materials) are public records and available on request at the Emergency Management Office. To facilitate access, appointments are necessary to view these documents.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are trained to take care of themselves and then help others in their communities for the first three days following a disaster. This is when debris-clogged or damaged roads, disrupted communications or high volume of calls may prevent access by emergency response personnel.
A community is any group of people; it can be a village or town, the teachers in a school or the staff at a nursing home. It could be the employees of a business or members of a local service club. A community is any group of people united by some commonality. Any one of these communities will benefit from CERT training.
The Community Emergency Response Team course consists of 21 hours of training. It can be taken during the week or over one weekend. Classes are taught by professionally trained instructors selected from emergency responders including firefighters, emergency medical and law enforcement personnel.
The course agenda includes a range of critically important areas. A working knowledge of these areas can save lives both at home and in the community!
The General Assistance Office is located at:3131 O StreetSuite 2106Lincoln, NE 68510
A formal application is required for General Assistance. You may pick up an application in our office, download the General Assistance Application (PDF), or call 402-441-3095 and we will mail one to you.
The required documentation will depend on the type of assistance being requested. In most instances, our Intake Caseworker will review the application on the day it is received and mail a checklist of required documents to the applicant. The required documentation must be returned within the time frame indicated.
The application process can take anywhere from 2 to 30 days, depending on how responsive the applicant is when additional documentation is requested. State statutes require that a decision on all applications for general assistance be made within 30 days of the submission of the application.
We can provide assistance with:
For many of our services, we have guidelines that establish a maximum amount for the type of assistance being provided. Many of these same services can be obtained through other agencies or through other programs, and when available, that agency or service must be utilized.
In most cases, no. Primary Care services are provided by Bluestem Health. Referrals to outside providers will be completed and approved when the services required are beyond the capability of this agency.
Look for future updates as the situation mitigates.
The average stay is about 4 days. They can be held for up to a week while a Mental Health Board hearing is scheduled.
Yes, visiting hours are by appointment from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Clients are allowed 2 visitors at a time, 2 visits a day, for 30 minutes each. You may bring food or pop in a sealed container to be consumed during the visit. Visits are monitored by staff.
The Mental Health Crisis Center is located at:825 J StreetLincoln, NE 68508
The building entrance is off J street by the Mental Health Crisis Center sign. Parking is available on the street.
Smoking is not allowed at the Mental Health Crisis Center. A nicotine patch may be provided for clients.
We receive funding from federal, state, and county sources. Clients will be billed for their stay.
Complete the attached Records Request Form entirely -- Be sure to include a Photo ID with your request.
Employment at the Crisis Center can increase your experience working with persons who suffer from a wide range of Mental Illness. If you are employed in an "on-call" position, you have the flexibility to work as is convenient to you. Many employees have used their experiences at the Crisis Center to further develop and attain their educational and occupational goals.
Clients are admitted on Emergency Protective Custody Holds. They are brought in by law enforcement personnel and are alleged to be mentally ill and dangerous to themselves, others, or unable to care for their basic needs. They are evaluated by a Psychiatrist and Psychologist who make treatment recommendations for each client. Civil Commitment Mental Health Board Hearings are held at the facility for less than 50% of the clients admitted.
Demographically they are:
Duties of Mental Health Technicians include:
You can apply online or in person through the City-County Personnel Department. A list of qualified applicants will be forwarded to the Crisis Center in 2 to 6 weeks. You will be contacted to schedule an interview, which are typically held on Friday. Up to 4 supervisory staff will conduct the interview, which will last approximately 30 minutes. Applicants are notified with in 1 to 2 weeks.
Successful applicants usually have at least some college course work. A bachelor's degree is common as well as experience working with the mentally ill population. The job requires the ability to work in a high stress environment, maintaining working relationships with coworkers while being self motivated and able to work independently. There are about 13 full-time Mental Health Technicians and usually 15 to 20 on-call technicians.
Full time staff are often but not always hired from the on-call pool. This is due to the unique nature of the Crisis Center, and getting equivalent experience in a different facility is uncommon. The staff turnover rate for full-time staff is approximately 20% yearly.
During the first three days of employment, new staff will receive Non-Violent Physical Crisis Intervention Training. This training emphasizes recognizing warning signs of agitation and countering it with verbal techniques to decrease the client's level of agitation. This is followed by on-the-job training (shadowing) for a total of 8 shifts. The training of staff will be commensurate with their level of experience.
As an on-call employee, you are expected to carry out the same responsibilities as full-time staff.
An on-call employee is expected to work at least 16 hours per month, with the possibility of working more hours. On average, on-call employees work about 60 hours per month. The more availability an on-call employee has, as defined by the ability to work short notice and few conflicts per week, the more hours they may pick up.
There are three ways to pick up hours at the Crisis Center:
The Crisis Center is a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week facility. Shifts are 8 hours in duration, but coverage for portions of shifts are possible at times. Change of shift times are staggered, so that not everyone on a shift arrives and departs at one time.
You will have to ask the judge to appoint the Office of the Public Defender to represent you. Whether or not the judge appoints an attorney to represent you will depend on how serious the charges are and whether the judge believes that you could afford to hire your own attorney. If you ask for an attorney, you will probably be asked questions about your financial situation. In order to request an attorney, you should contact the clerk of the county court who will schedule you before a judge.
The Public Defender's Office is located at:The Courthouse Plaza633 S 9th StreetLincoln, NE 68508
The Public Defender is only appointed to represent people in criminal matters, including:
To receive help on divorce matters or landlord/tenant problems, you will need to contact Legal Services of Southeast Nebraska, located at 825 Terminal Building (10th and O Streets). Their phone number is 402-435-2161. If you are in court for a contempt action for failure to pay child support, you will need to ask for a court-appointed attorney at your first court hearing before the District Court Referee. If you qualify, the Referee will recommend to the District Judge that an attorney be appointed to represent you and you will be given further information on who your attorney will be.
If you have just been arraigned in County Court, and the Public Defender is appointed, you will be given a sheet of paper which lists the date, time and location of your next court appearance. If you do not have that available, you can call the Public Defender's Office, 402-441-7631 and our receptionist will be happy to look it up for you. If the Public Defender's Office does not represent you, you may call the Clerk of the county Court.
Make an Online Payment.
You can also mail your payment in or pay at the Treasurer's Office located at:
Lancaster County TreasurerCounty-City Building555 S 10th StreetRoom 102Lincoln, NE 68508
Office Hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Yes. There is a 2.35% service fee when using American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, or Visa credit cards. If you pay with a debit card there is a $2 minimum fee.
The Lancaster County Treasurer's Office uses the option of credit card payments as an optional service to the taxpayer. We cannot adjust the taxes to include the fee, therefore the fee must be charged separately. The fee is remitted to a third party Vendor, not Lancaster County.
Yes. There is a $1 e-processing fee when using e-check or e-savings.
Yes. Starting in August 2018 you can now utilize a shopping cart (My Cart) and add multiple Parcels to the cart and checkout. This is a convenient way to pay if you have multiple parcels as it saves time and you will only incur service fees for the total payment rather than for each parcel.
No. A taxpayer can only make a half or full payment.
Personal checks, money orders, and cashier checks are acceptable mail payments.
Do not send cash in the mail.
Accepted for walk-in payments:
There is a flat fee of $2 for a debit card. For a credit card there is a service fee of $2 or 2.35% of total transaction amount, whichever is greater.
Lancaster County Treasurer555 S 10th StreetLincoln, NE 68508
You will need to provide your billing account number as a part of the payment. Your account number is the Parcel Number on the top right corner of your Real Estate or Personal Property Tax Statement. The Parcel Numbers can include both number only or alpha-numeric.
Please include all characters and dashes (numbers and/or letters) just as you see it printed on your Tax Statement. Once you have entered this information, please take a moment to make sure you verify it is correct before you submit it with your bank or biller service. Payments with incorrect information will be returned to your bank or bill payment service.
Please do not include the word "Parcel" or "Parcel Number" in the account number field of your home bill payment or bill payment service.
Property Tax Statements can be viewed and printed online.
Each parcel must be made as a separate payment through your bank's home bill payment service (or your bill payment service). Individual parcel payments are the only way Lancaster County will be able to collect the Parcel number for proper posting of your payment.
Lancaster County Treasurer555 S10th StreetLincoln, NE 68508
If you have questions regarding your bank's home bill payment service (or a bill payment service) you are using, please contact them directly.
If you have questions regarding the information Lancaster County is requesting, please email our office or contact us by phone at 402-441-7425.
Taxpayers can view payment history online. You will enter your address, click on address search, select the property/parcel, and select payment history.
You may also print a receipt from the Payment History screen by selecting the applicable Receipt Number.
Please contact the bank or biller service you sent the home bill payment through. Lancaster County has no way of tracking home bill payments made through an online bank or bill payment service.
Taxpayers should receive their real estate and personal property tax statements for the current year by the middle part of December.
Please contact the Lancaster County Treasurer's Office at 402-441-7425 so we can send a duplicate statement and verify billing information. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the obligation to pay taxes and if delinquent, applicable interest, penalties, and fees.
State law requires that the notice be mailed to the property owner. Most mortgage companies get their tax information from a private tax service or directly from Lancaster County.
Please call the Lancaster County Assessor/Register of Deeds at 402-441-7463 or email the County Assessor.
The interest rate is 14% annually.
If you want the value of your property, go to the Lancaster County Assessor's Office.
Taxes for real estate are due: December 31st.
If you miss the April 1st deadline or the August 1st deadline, interest will be charged.
Taxes for Personal property are due December 31st:
If you miss the April 1st deadline or the August 1st deadline interest will be charged.
Records and Information Management is located at:440 South 8th StreetK-Street ComplexSuite 110Lincoln, NE 68508
Any government entity can use Records and Information Management services.
This decision is based on the required retention of the record, the frequency of retrieval, and the risk in case of disaster. Our office provides consultation to aid in making this decision.
A records retention schedule will tell you the specific timeline for keeping particular records. If you do not currently have a retention schedule for your records, we can help you design one.
As defined by Nebraska state statute, a record is any book, document, paper, photograph, microfilm, sound recording, magnetic storage medium, optical storage medium, or other material regardless of physical form or characteristics created or received pursuant to law, charter, or ordinance or in connection with any other activity relating to or having an effect upon the transaction of public business.
any book, document, paper, photograph, microfilm, sound recording, magnetic storage medium, optical storage medium, or other material regardless of physical form or characteristics created or received pursuant to law, charter, or ordinance or in connection with any other activity relating to or having an effect upon the transaction of public business.
Non-record material, as defined by the Rules and Regulations of the State Records Administrator's Rule 430 Nebraska Administrative Code 5,004, includes:
The best preparation for a tornado is to designate a safe place in or around your home as a tornado shelter. Tornado shelters are safest if they are underground. A storm cellar or basement away from windows offers the best protection. If neither of these are available, plan to find shelter under heavy furniture or mattresses near an inside wall of your house on the ground floor. Get under solid furniture or cover yourselves with mattresses pulled off the bed.
Other things you can do include:
Things you should and shouldn't do when there is a tornado warning include:
After a tornado passes:
If the boat you purchased was manufactured prior to November of 1972, there is no Nebraska Title so you will need a "Bill-of-Sale" from the previous owner along with a copy of their registration to transfer ownership. The Bill-of-Sale must include the year, make, sale price, and (if available) the hull ID number of the boat. It will also need to be signed by the last registered owner of the boat.
Boats manufactured after 1972 are required to be titled in Nebraska as of 1997. If you purchase a boat that is newer than 1972, the previous owner is required to give you a properly re-assigned title to transfer ownership of the boat. You will also need a signed Bill-of-Sale from the owner that lists the year, make, and purchase price of the boat for sales tax purposes.
Title requirements vary from State to State on boats so if you purchase a boat from a state other than Nebraska, please contact our office to inquire as to what is needed to register it.
Please note the Nebraska Boat number that is displayed on the side of the boat when coming in to register for the first time. The original assigned Nebraska Boat number stays with the boat and will be reassigned to the new owner upon transfer of the registration.
Boat trailers are not required to be titled in Nebraska so often times the seller will just note the general trailer information on the "Bill-of-Sale" when selling a boat.
If you purchase a boat and trailer, please record the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of the trailer on the "Bill-of-Sale" so that we can better locate the previous owners information for the trailer in our system. If the trailer was previously registered in another county, we may not be able to access the information, so please write down the general information for the trailer before coming into our office to register. This should include the trailer manufacturer, number of wheels on the trailer, trailer length, and if it is a "tilt" or "non-tilt" trailer.
We will also need to know how much weight you wish to register the trailer for. This includes the weight of the trailer and the boat. Trailer weight is registered in 1,000 pound increments.
Brand new boats and trailers will have a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO) for each item. The MSO will have all the necessary information needed to produce a Boat Title, and registrations for the boat and trailer. These statements will be assigned on the back, similar to title assignments, from the boat dealer to the purchaser.
Boat dealers will also need to provide you a Nebraska Sales Tax and Use Form 6 for sales tax purposes. We will need these forms to process the new registration. If you are purchasing a new boat and/or trailer from an Out-of-State dealer, they will need to provide you with a "Purchase Contract" that states the purchase price of the boat and trailer for registration purposes.
If the state you are coming from Titles boats you will need to bring in your title from that state and the previous registration. We will need to know the boat number that was assigned to your boat from the other state as well. If your previous state does not title boats, we would need to see just the previous registration.
All boats manufactured after 1972 will require a title in Nebraska. In order to process a title for the boat it has to have a 12 digit Hull Identification Number (HIN) on the boat. If your boat does not have a HIN Number or it isn't 12 digits, you will have to complete the assigned HIN Number process before we can title and register your boat in Nebraska. Please call our office at 402-441-7497 prior to coming in so that we can be sure you have what you need as every state is different.
For a name change contact our office at 402-441-7497 or email our office.
For an address change, you can go to the Department of Motor Vehicle’s office at 625 N 46th Street.
You will need to bring your vehicle, along with your title and registration from the other state to our office at 625 N 46th Street. If you don't have your title because there is a lien on your vehicle (you are making payments) you would need to start by printing out a copy of the Nebraska "Out-of-State" title request form (PDF) and send it to your lien holder. Once we receive the title from the lienholder we will notify you so you can come to our office at 625 N 46th Street.
The Sheriff's Office will inspect your vehicle's Vehicle Identification Number first at this location. If everything is in order you will be sent over to the Motor Vehicle counter at that same location and issued a Nebraska Title and registration. No appointment is necessary. If you have proof the vehicle was registered in another state, there is no Sales Tax due in Nebraska. If you have insurance from another state we will need to see the "Declarations" page of your policy to verify you have the minimum requirements for Nebraska. If you need further assistance please call our office at 402-441-7497.
You have 30 days to register your vehicle at your local Motor Vehicle Office. To see an approximate cost to register your vehicle (if the vehicle is less than 14 years old) please refer to the Vehicle Tax Estimator. To determine actual registration fees and taxes, contact the local Motor Vehicle Office in your county of residence. Please refer to Vehicle Registrations for specific information about motor vehicle registration. If moving to Lancaster County you can also Request a Quote from our office.
Your proof of insurance card must state "Nebraska Liability" insurance coverage or, if submitting an insurance card from another state, we will need to verify that their State meets the Nebraska minimum liability insurance coverage amounts. All insurance companies must be licensed to do business in Nebraska.
No. It is not necessary to obtain a registration and license plates in your new county until your vehicle's regular registration renewal is due. At that time, you will need to bring your "out -of-county" plates along with the last registration to our office so that we can update your records, transfer your registration to Lancaster County, and issue you new plates. However, you will need to contact the local Motor Vehicle Office in your new county of residence as soon as you move to determine if you need to pay any local wheel tax.
If you are considered a full time student and you do not reside in Lancaster County year round, you are not required to transfer your registration to Lancaster County. However, you will need to contact the local Motor Vehicle Office in your new county of residence to determine if you need to pay any local wheel tax.
There is a $2 flat fee for debit cards and 2.35% service fee for credit cards. Over the phone payments can only be done via credit card and mail-in/drop box payments must be through check (please do not send cash!). For ACH payment please email ACH.
If you do not receive your decals or plate in the mail within 14 days from mailing in your payment, contact our office at 402-441-7497 to inquire if they may have been returned to our office or lost. We ask that you come in and pick up a reprint/duplicate. We don't do reprints until 2 weeks/14 days have passed since they were sent out of our office. If you don't receive your decals or plates and the address has changed, we will still wait two weeks to reprint so that the original decals/plates have a chance to come back before we resend/reassign new info.
To get a duplicate registration you need to come to our office, or send in a request to us with payment of $6.50 to:
Motor Vehicles Services625 N 46th StreetLincoln, NE 68503
We accept cash or check in the office, and check or money order through the mail. If you mail it in please put a note stating you need a duplicate registration and include the plate number.
If it is a personalized plate, contact the Lancaster County Motor Vehicle office To have them re-order you a new plate. If it is a standard-issue plate, you need to bring your remaining plate into the office at 625 N 46th Street to have them issue a new set. There is a charge of $14.60 anytime you lose a plate.
When a title has been lost, destroyed, or mutilated, you can obtain a duplicate title from the Motor Vehicle Office in any county. To obtain a duplicate title, you must submit a completed Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title (PDF). All person(s) whose name(s) appear on the face of the title must sign the completed application. The exception to this is a title that is held by husband and wife, in which case either, acting as agent for the other, may sign the application. All signatures must be notarized. The fee for a duplicate Certificate of Title is $14.
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:
State Amateur Radio License Plates can help you with that.
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.
You can Request a Quote from our Motor Vehicle division It will take approximately one business day to receive your quote.
When a person purchases a vehicle from a private party, they need to have them write out a "Bill of Sale". It can be written or typed but it needs to include the purchaser and sellers names, the Vehicle Identification Number of the vehicle, sale date, and the sale price. The seller then signs and dates the bill of sale.
The purchaser will then come in to register the vehicle at one our locations They will need to bring the title, bill of sale, and proof of insurance for the newly purchased vehicle. The clerks at our office will then fill out a "Nebraska Sales Tax and Use Form 6" from the information contained on the bill of sale to complete the registration process at that time.
For your convenience, you can utilize our Bill of Sale (PDF) form to help with the process.
If you purchase a vehicle from a Licensed Nebraska Dealer they are required by the State to provide you with a Form 6 so that you can register your vehicle in whatever county you reside. If there is a lien the title is mailed to us and is the only paperwork we receive. Contact our office at 402-441-7497 with the VIN Number to be sure we have received the title.
If you purchase a vehicle from a Dealer that is not licensed in Nebraska, they will need to provide you with a Purchase Contract on their letterhead or business form. We will then use that form to fill out a Form 6 for you when you come in to register your vehicle. If there is a lien the title is mailed to us and is the only paperwork we receive. Contact our office at 402-441-7497 with VIN Number to be sure we have received the title.
A Form 6 is the Nebraska Sales Tax and Use Form. If you purchase something from a Licensed Nebraska Dealer they are required by the State to provide you with this form so that you can register your vehicle in whatever county you reside. If you purchase something from a Dealer that is not licensed in Nebraska, they will need to provide you with a Purchase Contract on their letterhead or business form. We will then use that form to fill out a Form 6 for you when you come in to register your vehicle.
If you purchase a vehicle from a private party sale, the seller will need to provide you with a Bill-of-Sale. They can use our form (PDF) that is available on our website or create their own. The Bill-of-Sale must include the year, make, model and Vehicle Identification Number of the vehicle. It also needs to include the sale date, purchase price of the vehicle and seller's signature. We will then use that form to fill out a Form 6 for you when you come in to register your vehicle.
Only if the vehicle has a Non-Nebraska title or, has a Salvage branded Title. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office completes vehicle inspections at The Motor Vehicles Services Facility at 625 N 46th Street. There is a $10 fee. Bring your identification, title and bill of sale.
When you lease a new vehicle, the dealership will send us the necessary paperwork to process the Title. Once they have done that, you will need to come to one of our offices to process the registration. You will need to bring in your Lease Agreement, Sales Tax form, and current proof of insurance for that vehicle to complete this process. If you traded in a vehicle or turned in another leased vehicle when you acquired the new one, please bring in the plates and registration from that vehicle so that, if applicable, we can credit back any remaining registration fees you had already paid.
Use the provided documents to assist you:
Yes, you can. Be sure to carry the documents from your old vehicle, as well as the documents from the purchased vehicle in the purchased car.
Yes, Please visit Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles to start the process. There are certain limitations and you cannot renew online if:
This service is provided by the State of Nebraska DMV and service fees that may apply are not affiliated with the Lancaster County Treasurer's Office.
Yes, please include the bottom portion of your Vehicle Registration Renewal Notice you received, or a copy of the registration, and a copy of your insurance card along with a check for the amount due. Contact the DMV if the information indicated in the notice is incorrect or has changed.
Yes, There are drop boxes inside at the 500 West O Street and 625 N 46th Street, Department of Motor Vehicles DMV locations.
There is also an after-hours drop box at 625 N 46th street. You will need to fill out a Registration Drop-off form and follow the included instructions.
Yes, Call 402-441-8994 to start the process. Please have your vehicle information and insurance card ready when you call. There is a 2.35% service fee that will be applied using a credit card.
You can renew your vehicle at the following locations:
Please call our Motor Vehicles Service Office at 402-441-7497 or visit their office at 625 North 46th Street, for assistance.
Notices are generated by the State of Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles 30 days before the expiration date. However it is still the citizen's responsibility to renew in a timely manner. Lost or missing reminders occur on occasion. This occurs most often when you have recently moved and the reminder is sent to your previous address.
If you intend on renewing in person, the renewal notice is not necessary, however, you will need proof of insurance, and the license plate/tag number as well. You can call our office at 402-441-7497 to get the correct total and update your address info if needed.
Yes. We provide anyone the opportunity to place multiple registrations for renewal into the same month.
You can pick the month. All other registrations will be moved to your chosen month. It does make it easier if you pick a current renewal month of one of your registrations.
For two or three registrations bring the current registrations and required insurance card(s) to our office and let the assisting clerk know of your interest in bundling your registrations.
For three or more registrations we recommend that you make a list of all registrations along with the license plate numbers you want to move to your chosen month. Email Registration that list along with a daytime phone number. We will contact you to schedule a visit to complete the process.
No, each time that you need to register a new vehicle you will need to let the clerk know that you would like to add the new registration to your current month due.
Bundling your registrations can save you time by giving you a choice to pay one time a year. It also saves you postage and reduces your wait times in the future.
You can Register your vehicle at the following locations:
Our office is at:605 S 10th StreetRoom 373Lincoln, NE 68508
This is just south of the Courthouse/Hall of Justice. Our offices are on the third floor, room Number 373, on the northeast side of the building.
Public parking is on the street and in the City/County lot to the north of the City/County building. Our office hours are:Monday through Friday8 a.m. to Noon1 to 4 p.m.
The GI Bill education benefits will vary depending on the specific service dates. We recommend that you contact us directly or contact the Veterans Affairs Education Office in St. Louis by calling 1-800-442-4551.
The VA Small Business Loan program no longer exists. The Small Business Administration will assist veterans in obtaining small business loans. You may contact the Small Business Administration at 800-827-5722.
Yes, there are two sources of financial assistance available to veterans in Nebraska:
Call 402-441-7361 for more information.
There are four Veterans Homes in Nebraska:
To qualify for admission, a veteran must have an honorable discharge and at least two years of residency within the state of Nebraska. The application process includes submission of current medical information and current financial information. The applicant is required to pay a co-payment, which is based upon assets and income. Application forms are available from the County Veterans Service Officer.
The Nebraska Veterans' Aid Fund (NVA) can at times help with certain items for a Lancaster County veteran or their dependents if, due to an unforeseen emergency and loss of income (that is not the result of a veteran's improper actions) there is a financial need. It is a short term assistance source. The assistance must be for:
Only current basic bills can be considered; past due bills cannot be considered. Certain factors and rules determine just what expenses this fund can help with, but we can discuss specifics when you come in to complete the application. We do not guarantee assistance.
An applicant completes an application, which lists their monthly combined household income from all sources against expenses and lists assets and net worth. If available assets are adequate to meet the family's needs, the NVA fund will allow no help. The application states the unforeseen emergency and the date it began. We then submit the application, proof of legal Nebraska residency (Nebraska legal residency proof is required), and honorable discharge documents, to the Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs for consideration. Once the State has received the application, it takes about 1 to 2 weeks for an answer.
Please bring the following highlighted items, as your situation warrants, to our office when you come in to complete the application:
We are located at:605 S 10th StreetRoom 373Lincoln, NE 68508
If Discharge was recorded at the Lancaster County Clerk's Office, the Discharge can be obtained from their office. If the Veteran entered the service and returned to Nebraska, we can contact the State of Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs for the Discharge. If none of the above work, an application must be made to the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
No, the VA does not have a Medical Card; however, there is medical treatment available through the VA Medical Center. Veterans must be enrolled in the VA Medical Clinic in Lincoln, Nebraska. Applications are available in our office at:605 S 10th StreetNumber 373Lincoln, NE 68508
If you have your Certificate of Eligibility, you need to take this to a bank, mortgage company, or Loan Agency to start the process. If you do not have your Certificate of Eligibility, you need to contact our office at 402-441-7361 for the application to apply for the Certificate of Eligibility. Copy of the DD-214, Separation Paper must accompany the application.
You will need to file for benefits. You will need to bring in your Original or Certified Copy DD-214, Separation Paper, and all available medical information for any treatment received while in Service and after service. For any eligible Dependents, you will also need Marriage, Divorces, and/or Birth Certificates and Social Security Numbers.
Our office is located at:605 S 10th StreetNumber 373Lincoln, NE 68508
You will need to file an application for VA Pension. You will need to bring in:
The office is located at 444 Cherrycreek Road, Building B south across the street from the County Extension Office.
The Director of the Department of Agriculture establishes which non-native and harmful plants are noxious and the control measures to be used in preventing their spread.
Yes. The following weeds have been officially designated as noxious in Nebraska:
The Nebraska Noxious Weed Control Act states that it is the duty of each person who owns or controls land to effectively control noxious weeds on such land.
Yes, the following are found in the County:
Yes, the following are found in the City:
Contact the Weed Control Authority at 402-441-7817 or submit a complaint. You may also search the website to see if there is an active weed inspection on the complaint property.
The City of Lincoln Municipal Code states It shall be the duty of every owner of real estate in the city to cut and clear, or clear, such real estate, together with one-half of the streets and alleys abutting thereon, of all weeds or worthless vegetation whenever such weeds or worthless vegetation shall extend more than six inches above the ground. The Code considers this to be any uncontrolled or uncultivated growth of vegetation which is a safety and health hazard. Dandelions and bindweed are not considered a violation of this ordinance.
It shall be the duty of every owner of real estate in the city to cut and clear, or clear, such real estate, together with one-half of the streets and alleys abutting thereon, of all weeds or worthless vegetation whenever such weeds or worthless vegetation shall extend more than six inches above the ground.
Calls about non-noxious, overgrown weeds within the City of Lincoln should be made to the Noxious Weed Control Authority at 402-441-7817 or submit a complaint. You may also search the website to see if there is an active weed inspection on the complaint property or email the Weed Control Authority.
Yes, the Nebraska Noxious Weed Control Act authorizes entry onto private land for the purpose of inspecting or performing their duty, if reasonable care is exercised.
Inspections are made of properties with infestations found in the past, where it is felt they are needed to assure that control is accomplished. In addition, all complaint sites and newly observed infestations are inspected. Over 3,000 sites are inspected each year.
The persons owning or controlling the land are responsible for funding weed control work on such land.
Failure to comply with written notice given by the control authority is subject to a fine of up to $1,500, or being billed for control work done.
Check the information on weed authority pages or pick up publications from the county extension service office. Your county weed superintendent can identify each noxious weed and will assist you in any needed control measures that may be required.
While the growing and use of Marijuana is not legal, it is not very competitive with agricultural crops. The illegal growing or use of Marijuana should be reported to the State Patrol.
There is no county-wide ordinance that requires that non-noxious, overgrown weeds be controlled. You should call whoever owns or controls the land. You can call the County Engineer at 402-441-7797 if the overgrowth is on County roadsides.
There are many acceptable control recommendations for the noxious weeds based upon where the weeds are growing and stage of growth of the weeds. You may obtain recommendations for your particular situation by contacting the Noxious Weed Control Authority office at 402-441-7817.
There are no known biological controls for noxious weeds that will provide complete control. But they can be used as a part of a long-range noxious weed control program.
The Noxious Weed Control Authority is addressing noxious weed control on public lands as well as private lands. We are working with the 20 different land managers of public property and railroads in Lancaster County. They all now have acceptable long-range noxious weed control plans. The implementation of these plans is monitored very closely. If acceptable control is not being obtained, whatever action needed is taken to get acceptable control.
A winter storm can range from moderate snow over a few hours to blizzard conditions with blinding wind-driven snow that last several days. Some winter storms may be large enough to affect several states while others may affect only a single community. All winter storms are accompanied by low temperatures and blowing snow which can severely reduce visibility. A severe winter storm is one that drops 4 or more inches of snow during a 12-hour period or 6 or more inches during a 24-hour span.
An ice storm occurs when freezing rain falls from clouds and freezes immediately on impact. All winter storms make driving and walking extremely hazardous. The aftermath of a winter storm can impact a community or region for days, weeks and even months.
Storm effects such as extreme cold, flooding and snow accumulation can cause hazardous conditions and hidden problems for people in the affected area.
We have recently moved into our new building. The physical location of both the business office and the detention facility is the second right-hand turn after the intersection of Nebraska Highway 2 and South 14th Street. Drive past Lincoln Mattress Company and make a second right-hand turn. We are located in the Youth Services Center building.
We are the youth services facility for Lancaster County. We have both a secure detention facility and a staff secure facility. Youth are classified according to offenses. The more serious offenders are held in secure detention.
The only way a youth is placed in the Youth Services Center is for a law violation authorized by an officer of the court including a law enforcement officer, judge, or probation officer.
Youth must be accused of a Law Violation for placement. We abide by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Detention Prevention act.
Yes, parents are encouraged to visit their children. The visitation schedule is according to housing assignments, so it is best to call the Youth Services Center at 402-441-7090 to inquire.
Yes! There is an Educational Program by Lincoln Public Schools that functions in the Youth Services Center year-round. There currently are full-time certified teachers, paraeducators, and an Educational Coordinator who work on-site.
Come through the front entrance into the lobby, turn to your left. There is an intercom button by the door that you will need to push. A staff member will answer your request and help you. This can be done at any time, but it is best to come during regular business hours.
No, the Youth Services Center furnishes everything your child needs in the way of clothing and shoes.
If the matter is urgent you should speak with someone at the facility directly. You can reach the Mental Health Coordinator to provide or receive information regarding the child. A member of the mental health team will address the issue and provide updates to the legal guardian as needed.
The mental health team sees every youth for a mental health orientation. Based on the assessment, communication with the legal guardian, and the child's needs, we determine the level of support necessary. The number of times a youth is seen per week or month is determined collaboratively. A therapist on the mental health team can be requested by the youth, legal guardian, or suggested by a professional in the facility, at any time. Primarily, the therapists assess coping, help to manage crises, and assesses for safety/risk.
The mental health team consists of the following therapists:
You can contact the Mental Health Coordinator at 402-441-5615 or 402-441-7090, ext. 4
Chad Chapman is the Program Coordinator and can be reached at 402-441-5618.
Yes. Every youth at the Center has the opportunity to attend weekly voluntary religious programming. A youth may also request specific materials such as a Bible and/or additional resources related to his or her religious faith.
Yes. There is a chaplain who is on-site during the week and after 3 p.m. His name is Eldon Dietrich. Eldon is a trained chaplain through Campus Life Ministries.