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A Classic Motor Vehicle is a vehicle originally manufactured more than 30 years prior to application for title which has NOT had any major component part replaced and the current Nebraska–based owner does not hold a certificate of title.

A major component part is defined as one of the following (§60-120):

  • Engine (Motor) - with or without accessories
  • Transmission
  • Nose - the portion of the body from the front to the firewall when acquired or transferred as a complete unit (§60-125)
  • Frame - the portion of a vehicle upon which other components are affixed, such as the engine, body or transmission (§60-116)
  • Body - the portion of a vehicle which determines its shape and appearance and is attached to the frame but does not include the box or bed of a truck (§60-105)
  • Door
  • Rear Clip – means two or more of the following, all dismantled from the same vehicle: (§60-128)
    1. a quarter panel or fender;
    2. floor panel assembly;
    3. trunk lid or gate.
  • Cowl – means the portion of the vehicle house the firewall, windshield and instrument panel.

The vehicle, the notarized bill of sale, and Affidavit & Application for a Certificate of Title for a Classic Motor Vehicle  must be presented to the local County Sheriff for an inspection which includes an examination of the vehicle and current odometer reading, and a comparison of the VINs. To pass inspection, the VIN on the bill of sale must be found on the vehicle and all VINs found on the vehicle must match.

The fee for the Sheriff’s Inspection is $10.00. The Sheriff’s Inspection expires 90 days after the date of inspection.

Upon successful completion of the sheriff’s inspection, submit the following documents to the Driver and Vehicle Records Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DVR): 

  • Inspection statement;
  • Affidavit & Application for a Certificate of Title for a Classic Motor Vehicle;
  • Notarized bill of sale; and,
  • $25 fee.

DVR staff will conduct a search of the Nebraska vehicle database, the Nebraska archives, and national databases available.  If:

  • No record is located a Nebraska certificate of title will be issued for the vehicle.

  • A record is located the documentation and fee submitted will be returned to the applicant along with the record information identifying the owner of record.  The owner information may be used to pursue issuance of a bonded title. For information regarding Bonded Titles, refer to Bonded Certificates of Title.


Questions regarding Classic Motor Vehicles may be addressed by email or by phone at (402) 471-3918.