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                              LIEN NOTATIONS AND RELEASES

To note a lien, the following documentation must be presented:

Certificate of Title or the Manufacturer's Statement of Origin, properly assigned to the new owner if the vehicle is a new purchase, and a completed Application for Certificate of Title.
Certificate of Title for a vehicle if the title already exists in the name of the debtor(s).
A copy of the lien instrument.  The lien instrument can be in the form of a security agreement, conditional sales contract, or trust receipt.  It must list the debtor's name and address, a specific description of the vehicle (VIN, year, make and model) and the lien holder's name and address.

All names listed as titled owners of the vehicle may appear on the lien instrument, but only one title owner is required to be listed.  The instrument must contain the signatures of those listed.

Prior to November 1, 2010, after the lien was properly noted, the Certificate of Title was forwarded to the lien holder for retention until the lien has been satisfied.  

After October 31, 2010, once the lien is properly noted the Certificate of Title is stored electronically in the State of Nebraska system until the lien has been satisfied.

The fee for a lien notation is $7.00.


For titles issued with liens prior to November 1, 2010, the lien holder should note the cancellation of the lien on the face of the actual title over their signature and the date of cancellation.  The Certificate of Title should then be forwarded to any county treasurer who notes the cancellation on the face of the title and records it on the computer record.

If an Application for Duplicate Certificate of Title is necessary and the original title contained an open lien that has been satisfied, a dated, signed and notarized release from the lienholder on their business letterhead can be accepted in lieu of a signature on the face of the title.  There is a $14 fee for issuing a duplicate title.

For electronic titles issued after October 31, 2010, the lien holder who does not participate in the State of Nebraska electronic lien and titling program should fill out a notarized ELT Non-Participating Lender Lien Release and submit it to any Nebraska County Treasurer for release and production of an actual title.  Lien holders who participate in the program, release their liens electronically and the Nebraska DMV produces the actual Certificate of Title and mails it per the lien holders request.  Normally directly to the vehicle owner.

There is no fee for lien releases/cancellation.