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Motor Carrier/Commerical Trucking

How do I contact Motor Carrier Services?

The addresses for the Motor Carrier Services Division are:

Physical – 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE  68508

Mailing – PO Box 94729, Lincoln, NE  68509-4729

Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Central Time)  Monday through Friday and closed on all major holidays.  The office staff can be reached at 402-471-4435.

Email our office at https://dmv.nebraska.gov/mc/contact.     

Do I need apportioned license plates, and if so, how do I apply?

You will need the apportioned credentials if your vehicle has a gross vehicle weight or registered gross weight exceeding 26,000 lbs., or the power unit has 3 or more axles, or the gross vehicle weight of the combination of power unit and trailer exceeds 26,000 lbs., and, it will be traveling out-of-state. 

To apply to the Motor Carrier Services division for apportioned license plates, the application can be found on our website at https://dmv.nebraska.gov/mc/how-apply-irp.

I have an established IRP account and need to add or remove a truck from my account. What paperwork do I need?

The application and information related to documentation required to add or delete a truck can be found at https://dmv.nebraska.gov/mc/making-changes-my-account 

I have been running my truck under someone else’s IRP and IFTA accounts but want to now setup my own account. What do I need?

Along with the application and proof of established place of business or residency, you will be required to provide a copy of the previous registration and actual miles your truck ran under the carriers you were leased to for the reporting period (July through June of year prior to the current year).

Do I need an IFTA permit, and if so, how do I apply?

You will need an IFTA permit if your vehicle has a gross vehicle weight or registered gross weight exceeding 26,000 lbs., or the power unit has 3 or more axles, or the gross vehicle weight of the combination of power unit and trailer exceeds 26,000 lbs., and, it will be traveling out-of-state. 

The application and information related to the IFTA program can be found at https://dmv.nebraska.gov/mc/apply-ifta-license

When are the IFTA returns due to be filed?

IFTA returns are filed quarterly and due the last day of the month following the quarter.  If the due date falls on a holiday or weekend, the following business day is considered the due date.

First quarter                       April 30

Second quarter                 July 31

Third quarter                     October 31

Fourth quarter                  January 31

Do I have to file an IFTA return if I didn’t travel any miles for the quarter?

Yes, IFTA returns are required to be filed even if you have no activity to report.

When I register my new truck, will I also get an IFTA decal?

No, the IFTA decal must be requested separate from the truck registration.  The decal can be requested on-line at https://dmv.nebraska.gov/services.  Or, send a request to our office with a $1.00 for each set of decals. 

Are my IFTA decals vehicle specific?

No, the decal is assigned to the fleet and can be placed on any truck.  Once placed on a truck, the decal is non-transferable, and miles and gallons must be recorded.

Where can I find my IFTA miles to file my next quarterly return or make a payment on-line?

Our office recommends keeping a copy of your previously filed return in order to report the miles as required for our on-line IFTA services.  If you did not keep a copy, you will need to call our office and request the information from the staff.  You will be required to answer questions related to your account in order for our office to release the information.

Do I need to pay UCR fees?

If you have an Interstate DOT number, meaning you cross state lines, you are required to register and pay UCR fees each calendar year.   Log into the UCR website at www.ucr.gov and pay your fees.

I registered for the UCR program, but I didn’t get a UCR registration. Do I need to carry proof that I paid the UCR fees?

No, there is no registration carried in your units.  Law enforcement verifies your registration on-line.

How do I purchase a fuel and/or trip permit and what is the cost?

Permits are sold through the Nebraska DMV website under the Motor Carrier/Trucking online services section.  https://dmv.nebraska.gov/services

72 hour trip permit cost $25 with a payment processing fee of $2

72 hour fuel permit cost $20 with a payment processing fee of $2

72 hour combined trip and fuel permit cost $45 with a payment processing fee of $4

How long do I need to maintain my mileage records for IRP and IFTA, and fuel records for IFTA?

IFTA records (mileage and fuel) are required to be maintained for four (4) years and IRP records (mileage only) for five (5) years. 

What Information is required to be kept on my mileage records for IFTA and/or IRP?

Date, origin/destination, beginning/ending odometer readings, total miles and miles per jurisdiction.  This can be kept manually or by a GPS system that is able to capture and extract all of the required raw data. 

I am leased to another carrier who is reporting my miles and fuel for IFTA, but I am running under my own apportion (IRP) plate. What records do I need to maintain?

Detail mileage records and quarterly unit/fleet summaries need to be maintained to support the mileage running under your plate and reported annually.  Manual or electronic records need to be maintained for 5 years.  See   https://dmv.nebraska.gov/mc/ifta-record-keepingaudit for questions related to record keeping.

I am no longer keeping manual records and are now keeping electronic records. What do I need to keep?

You will need to pull the mileage by jurisdiction and total report by month and/or quarter.  You will also need to download the raw data information that list the date, time, latitude, longitude, and actual ECM odometer reading of each ping.  Make sure you have access to this information for the 5 year record retention period.

If your GPS is not hooked up to your trucks ECM then you will need to make sure that you have all of the required information:  Date, beginning/ending odometer, origin/destination, miles per state, and total miles. 

Detail records information can be found:  https://dmv.nebraska.gov/mc/irp-record-keepingaudit and https://dmv.nebraska.gov/mc/ifta-record-keepingaudit

When do I need to do my DOT required biennial update?

If the next-to-last digit of your USDOT number is odd, file your update every odd-numbered calendar year.  If the next-to-last digit of your USDOT number is even, file your update every even numbered calendar year.  The last number indicates the month the update must be filed.  It is due by the last day of:

 

 

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Where do I update my DOT number electronically?

Update your DOT number by logging into https://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/

How do I obtain an oversize/overweight permit for the State of Nebraska?

The Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) issues oversize/overweight permits.  They can be obtained at https://dottruckpermits.nebraska.gov/permit/

Am I required to pay the Federal Heavy Vehicle Use Tax (HVUT)?

If your truck is registered over 55,000 lbs., you are required to pay the HVUT, Form 2290.   You can file online at www.irs.gov. The receipted copy is required to be submitted to the Motor Carrier Services office when registering a new unit and when the unit(s) are renewed, as well as the county office if you have a truck not apportioned, but over 55,000 lbs. registered weight. 

Where do I send my medical card certification?

Medical cards can be faxed to the Department of Motor Vehicles at 402-471-3157 or emailed to dmv.exam-medcert@nebraska.gov.  If you have questions related to your medical card, contact the Driver Licensing Services division at 402-471-3861.

I have received a Toll/Parking Violation for a plate that isn’t mine.

E-mail the violation to mcs.web@nebraska.gov or fax to 402-471-3920.  If you have questions regarding the violation contact the Motor Carrier Services division at 402-471-4435.     

Driver's License or ID

How do I renew my ID card?

How do I renew my license when I am out of the state?

Nebraska standard operator's licensed drivers (Class O) that are out of the state during their renewal period (60 days prior to license expiring for those turning 21, 90 days for all other renewals), may apply for renewal, prior to expiration or within one year after expiration of their operators license by mail. You cannot renew a Commercial Driver’s License or Identification Card by mail.  See Driver's Licensing Renewals Out-of-State for more information.

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?

There are special driver’s licensing rules if you are on active duty in the military and stationed outside of Nebraska as well as renewing in person upon your return to Nebraska. These rules also apply to family members of active duty military personnel. There is a Military Exemption process or you can chose to keep your license current by renewing by mail or online if possible. If you are in the state of Nebraska, you will follow the regular In-State Renewal process. If you are stationed out of the state of Nebraska and wish to keep your license current you can renew online, by mail, following the Out-Of-State Renewal process, as well as including one of the following: a) copy of your current orders, b) copy of your leave papers, c) copy of your discharge papers, valid for 60 days after discharge, or d) military ID card. You will be required to prove Nebraska residency, even if stationed outside of Nebraska. If you no longer have a physical Nebraska resident address, you will need to provide a current LES statement showing taxes paid to Nebraska and then two proofs of resident address for the state you are now residing in, or APO/FPO address.

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?

There are special driver’s licensing rules if you are on active duty in the military and stationed outside of Nebraska as well as renewing in person upon your return to Nebraska. These rules also apply to family members of active duty military personnel. There is a Military Exemption process or you can chose to keep your license current by renewing by mail or online if possible. If you are in the state of Nebraska, you will follow the regular In-State Renewal process. If you are stationed out of the state of Nebraska and wish to keep your license current you can renew online, by mail, following the Out-Of-State Renewal process, as well as including one of the following: a) copy of your current orders, b) copy of your leave papers, c) copy of your discharge papers, valid for 60 days after discharge, or d) military ID card. You will be required to prove Nebraska residency, even if stationed outside of Nebraska. If you no longer have a physical Nebraska resident address, you will need to provide a current LES statement showing taxes paid to Nebraska and then two proofs of resident address for the state you are now residing in, or APO/FPO address.

How do I get a replacement ID card?

Replace your ID card online or visit a driver's licensing office.

How do I change my name on my ID card?

Your name must be updated within 60 days of your name change.  Visit a driver's licensing location to make the updates to your license.

You must bring your previous ID and evidence of your name change: 

  • Certified documents such as a marriage license, divorce decree or a court order. The documentation that you present must enable the driver licensing staff to tie the two names together.
  • Note: In order to change any other name, besides the last name, when using a marriage license, the full legal name prior to marriage and the full legal name after marriage must be on the marriage license.

How do I change my name on my driver's license?

Your name must be updated within 60 days of your name change.  Visit a driver's licensing location to make the updates to your license.

You must bring your previous license and evidence of your name change: 

  • Certified documents such as a marriage license, divorce decree or a court order. The documentation that you present must enable the driver licensing staff to tie the two names together.
  • Note: In order to change any other name, besides the last name, when using a marriage license, the full legal name prior to marriage and the full legal name after marriage must be on the marriage license.

How do I change my address on my ID card?

You can update your address online or visit a driver's licensing office.

How do I change my address on my drivers license?

Your address must be updated within 60 days of your address change. Update your address online or visit a driver's licensing location.

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?

When applying for your initial Class M License you must bring the following documentation to the DMV: 

For additional details on testing and additional requirements visit: https://dmv.nebraska.gov/dl/motorcycle-license-class-m

How do I apply for a driver's license?

Details on applying for a standard Operator's License (Class O) visit: https://dmv.nebraska.gov/dl/driver-license

When applying for your initial Class O License you must bring the following documentation to the DMV: 

How can I renew my drivers license?

Renew your driver's license online or visit a driver's licensing office.

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?

All driver's manuals can be found at: https://dmv.nebraska.gov/manuals 

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?

Step 1: Register with the Nebraska Department of Veterans' Affairs Military & Veterans’ Registry.

Step 2: Once approved, order the new ID online or visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles office.  

For more details visit the Veteran's Designation page.

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?

Yes, review the Motorcycle Operator's Manual for more information.

Am I required to wear a motorcycle helmet while riding a motorcycle in Nebraska?

Yes, review the Motorcycle Operator's Manual for more information.

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?

No, however you will be required to pass a motorcycle skills test. Find a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Course.  Learn more information on where to schedule your Motorcycle Testing appointment.

What do you need to take a driving test?

The vehicle must be furnished by the applicant for the drive test and it must be representative of the type of license applied for. The vehicle must meet these requirements:

  1. Vehicle must be in good mechanical condition.
  2. Model year vehicles 1964 or later must have a passenger safety belt that is clean and in working order for Driver Licensing Staff's use.
  3. Model year vehicles 1973 or after must have passenger and driver safety belts that are clean and in working order for Driver Licensing Staff and driver's use.
  4. Vehicle speedometer must work properly.
  5. Interior must be clean.

How many times can you take your driving test?

All applicants for Class O and Class M licenses that fail three (3) successive drive tests will not be eligible to reapply until they:

  1. show proof of successful completion of a DMV approved driver training course, or
  2. have held a LPD for at least 90 days

Any test failed may not be retaken the same day.

Please refer to section 1C of the manual for more information.

Vehicle Titles/Registration

How do I register my new vehicle?

Vehicles to be registered for the first time may be registered either in person or by mail. For first time registration, the following documents must be presented to the County Treasurer:

  1. Proof of Financial Responsibility (Insurance). Proof must be in the form of an original document. Photocopies are not acceptable. For specific information regarding Financial Responsibility, refer to Insurance Requirements;
  2. Proof that sales or excise tax has been paid;
  3. A copy of the signed lease agreement, if the vehicle is a leased vehicle.

How do I obtain a salvaged title?

For information on salvage titles visit: https://dmv.nebraska.gov/dvr/title/motor-vehicles-salvage-titles

How do I change my name on my vehicle registration?

Visit your local county treasurer to update your name on your Vehicle Registration. 

How do I change my address on my car registration?

Visit your local county treasurer to update your address on your Vehicle Registration. 

How can I renew my vehicle registration?

Motor vehicle registrations may be renewed either online, by mail or in person at your county location.

Do I need to register my electric scooter?

No. Review the list of vehicles exempt from registration in Nebraska.

Do boats need to be registered?

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission regulates the registration of motorboats in the State of Nebraska. Actual registration of a motorboat is conducted by the County Treasurer in the county in which the owner of the motorboat resides, or in the case of a non-resident any County Treasurer’s office. Please refer to the County Officials Listing for the location of County Treasurer offices in Nebraska.

Driver/Vehicle Records

How do I obtain a copy of someone else's driving record?

Driver records may be obtained via our online service and may be viewed immediately upon purchase. Acceptable methods of payment are credit card or an electronic check.   The fee is $3.00 per record.

How do I get a copy of my driving record?

Driver records may be obtained via our online service and may be viewed immediately upon purchase. Acceptable methods of payment are credit card or an electronic check.   The fee is $3.00 per record.

Can I request a driver's record online?

Driver records may be obtained via our online service and may be viewed immediately upon purchase. Acceptable methods of payment are credit card or an electronic check.   The fee is $3.00 per record.

Permits

How do I get a medical hardship permit?

The Medical Hardship Driving Permit (MHP) is authorized by Nebraska State Statute 60-4,130.01 and it allows a MHP for individuals who have forfeited their regular driving privileges under the Nebraska Point System. The MHP is valid for 90 days, at the expiration of the permit, the driver may reapply for another permit in the same manner. 

How do I apply for a learner's permit?

The Learner's Permit (LPD) is issued to allow a person to legally practice driving for a Provisional Operator’s Permit (POP), Operator’s (Class O) or Motorcycle (Class M) License. Learner's Permit holders must be accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old. View the Learner's Permit (LPD) page for additional application details.

How do I apply for a handicap parking permit or plates?

Handicapped Parking Permits 

Permits are available at no charge to all individuals who qualify. To qualify, the applicant must have a certified medical condition that limits personal mobility resulting in the applicant's inability to travel more than two hundred feet without assistance such as a wheel chair, crutch, walker, prosthetic or other device.  

Handicap Plates

To obtain Handicapped License plates in the State of Nebraska, the handicapped individual must have a certified medical condition that limits personal mobility resulting in the applicant's inability to travel unassisted more than two hundred feet without assistance such as a wheel chair, crutch, walker, prosthetic or other device.

 

 For more information on Handicap Permits and Plates visit: https://dmv.nebraska.gov/dvr/handicapped-plate-permit

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?

Your address must be updated within 60 days of your address change.  Update your address online or visit a driver's licensing location to make the updates to your CDL.

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?

You must first obtain your Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP). The CLP is a precondition to the initial issuance of the Commercial Driver's License. 

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?

Your type of CDL license determines whether you can use your CDL outside of Nebraska.  Learn more information about CDL.

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?

You are able to renew your Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL) online.

You can find out if you are eligible to renew a Nebraska Commercial Driver License by entering your information into the online application. For specific information regarding qualification requirements, read more about the Nebraska Driver License on the Nebraska DMV website.

Miscellaneous

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?