How to Get a Rebuilt Title in Nebraska

To get a rebuilt title in Nebraska, you must get a salvage title, have the car repaired and inspected, and pay a $10 fee.
Written by Tiffany Leung
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
To get a rebuilt title in Nebraska, a salvage title is required. You will also need to have the car repaired so that it can pass the state's vehicle inspection. Once the vehicle passes, you can apply for the rebuilt title, which costs $10. 
  • A
    rebuilt title
    certifies that a previously totaled car, as determined by an auto insurance company, has been successfully restored to roadworthy condition. 
  • If the vehicle doesn’t have a salvage certificate or title already, you’ll have to apply for one.
  • Applications for rebuilt titles are filed with the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.

What you need to know about rebuilt titles

rebuilt title
is a certificate that proves a once-totaled car has been adequately repaired and is now road-ready. The rebuilt title is also known as the previously salvaged title in Nebraska. You must obtain a rebuilt title before driving the car on public roads.
Before you can apply for a rebuilt title, you will need to obtain the salvage title, which shows that the car was so severely damaged that the insurance company declared it a total loss. The salvage title can be replaced once the necessary repairs are made.
If a buyer requests to complete the repairs themselves, the car can be sold with its salvage title. However, most buyers will avoid salvage title vehicles, so a salvaged car can be harder to sell. 
Keep in mind: A rebuilt title will not reset a salvage vehicle’s damage history but will ensure that the car has been restored to its working condition. It acts as a guarantee so buyers have more confidence in buying the car.

How to get a rebuilt title in Nebraska

To get a rebuilt title in Nebraska, you will need to:
  • Apply for a salvage title
  • Make the necessary repairs to your motor vehicle
  • Have the repaired vehicle inspected
  • Apply for a rebuilt title and purchase insurance coverage
You will need to wait until the rebuilt title is issued before you can legally drive the car.

1. Apply for the salvage title 

You will need to apply for a salvage title if the vehicle doesn’t have one. You will need the following documents for your application
  • A completed Application for Certificate of Title (
    Form RV-707
    )—“Salvage” box marked
  • The vehicle’s original clean title
  • Any lien satisfaction documents (if applicable)
  • Payment for the $10 salvage title fee
You will receive your salvage title once your request is processed.

2. Make the necessary repairs to your vehicle

Once you obtain the salvage title, you can proceed with all the necessary repairs to restore the vehicle to its prior condition. You can do this by yourself or have a licensed mechanic complete the work. 

3. Have the repaired vehicle inspected at the county sheriff’s office

You will need the following documents for the inspection:
  • The salvage title as proof of ownership—if there’s a lien on the car, you’ll need to get a copy of the title from the lienholder
  • The bills of sale, receipts, and/or invoices for the major component parts
  • $10 inspection fee
The inspector will check the odometer reading, compare the vehicle identification number (VIN) with your records, and ensure that everything’s aboveboard. 
Once your rebuilt car passes inspection, you will be provided with the signed vehicle inspection form which will be valid for 90 days. You’ll need this form to obtain the new title for your rebuilt vehicle.

4. Buy an insurance policy

All vehicles in Nebraska must have liability coverage that meets the state’s minimum requirements—regardless of title status. Compare insurance quotes and coverage options from at least three companies to insure your rebuilt vehicle. 
Be aware: Some insurance providers may be reluctant to cover a rebuilt vehicle, and you may pay a higher rate. 

Essential documents for a rebuilt Nebraska title

To apply for a rebuilt title, you’ll need the following: 
  • Salvage certificate of title
  • A completed Application for Certificate of Title (
    Form RV-707
    )—“Previously Salvage” box marked
  • The vehicle inspection form 
  • Payment for the applicable fees—”Previously Salvaged” title $10 and lien recording (if applicable) $7
The documents above can be submitted to your local DMV. You will receive your rebuilt title once your application is processed. Then, you can register your car with the DMV.

How long does a rebuilt title take in Nebraska?

The time it takes to get a rebuilt title is dependent on the DMV’s application processing speed. It also depends on how long it takes for your vehicle to be repaired and inspected. 
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A rebuilt title can actually be good since it indicates that the car has been repaired and inspected to certify that it is road safe. On the other hand, since the car was once totaled, there is a chance that some hidden issues haven’t surfaced at the time of inspection.
Getting a rebuilt title in Nebraska will cost $10 for the titling fee.
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