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Motor vehicle records are a matter of public record. As a result, any individual or business who requests a copy of a motor vehicle record and certifies that the purpose for the request is one of the Exempted Uses as listed in the Uniform Motor Vehicle Records Disclosure Act, may purchase a copy of the most current record on a motor vehicle.

History records which contain Nebraska only data are not available from the DMV unless the record requested is for use in connection with a proceeding in any federal, state, or local court, government agency, or self-regulatory body.

Information on obtaining a motor vehicle history report, multi-state or Nebraska, for all other purposes is available through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.

The following information appears on a motor vehicle record:

  • Vehicle Information:
    • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for a motor vehicle;
    • Hull Identification Number (HIN) for a motorboat;
    • Year;
    • Make;
    • Model;
    • Color.
  • Title Information:
    • Title number;
    • County of issuance;
    • Vehicle Acquisition date;
    • Title issuance date;
    • Odometer reading at the time of title issuance;
      • “A” indicates actual mileage;
      • “Not Actual” indicates odometer repair that prohibits a return to actual mileage status;
      • “E” indicates that the mileage exceeds the mechanical limits of the vehicle's odometer;
      • “Exempt” indicates that the vehicle is ten years old or older and it is exempt from odometer certification.
  • Lien Information (if applicable):
    • Lien notation number;
    • Date of notation;
    • County in which the lien was noted;
    • Name and address of lienholder.
  • Registration Information (if applicable):
    • Plate number;
    • County in which vehicle is registered;
    • Date registration was issued;
    • Date registration expires;
    • Plate type code;
    • Plate series – new license plates are issued every six years in Nebraska. 2017 is a new plate year so plates issued in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2022 will be in the 2017 plate series.  The 2011 plate series included plates issued in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.