Nebraska Revised Statute 60-3,235

Chapter 60 Section 3,235

60-3,235.

Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plates; application; form; fee; delivery; transfer; procedure; fee.

(1) Beginning January 1, 2018, a person may apply to the department for Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plates in lieu of regular license plates on an application prescribed and provided by the department for any motor vehicle or trailer, except for a motor vehicle or trailer registered under section 60-3,198. An applicant receiving a Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plate for a farm truck with a gross weight of over sixteen tons shall affix the appropriate tonnage decal to the plate. The department shall make forms available for such applications through the county treasurers. The license plates shall be issued upon payment of the license fee described in subsection (2) of this section.

(2)(a) In addition to all other fees required for registration under the Motor Vehicle Registration Act, each application for initial issuance or renewal of alphanumeric Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plates shall be accompanied by a fee of five dollars. County treasurers collecting fees pursuant to this subdivision shall remit them to the State Treasurer. The State Treasurer shall credit five dollars of the fee to the Native American Scholarship and Leadership Fund.

(b) In addition to all other fees required for registration under the Motor Vehicle Registration Act, each application for initial issuance or renewal of personalized message Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plates shall be accompanied by a fee of forty dollars. County treasurers collecting fees pursuant to this subdivision shall remit them to the State Treasurer. The State Treasurer shall credit twenty-five percent of the fee for initial issuance and renewal of such plates to the Department of Motor Vehicles Cash Fund and seventy-five percent of the fee to the Native American Scholarship and Leadership Fund.

(3) Until January 1, 2019, when the department receives an application for Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plates, the department shall deliver the plates to the county treasurer of the county in which the motor vehicle or trailer is registered. Beginning January 1, 2019, when the department receives an application for Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plates, the department may deliver the plates and registration certificate to the applicant by United States mail or to the county treasurer of the county in which the motor vehicle or trailer is registered and the delivery of the plates and registration certificate shall be made through a secure process and system. The county treasurer or the department shall issue Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plates in lieu of regular license plates when the applicant complies with the other provisions of the Motor Vehicle Registration Act for registration of the motor vehicle or trailer. If Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plates are lost, stolen, or mutilated, the licensee shall be issued replacement license plates upon request pursuant to section 60-3,157.

(4) The owner of a motor vehicle or trailer bearing Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plates may apply to the county treasurer to have such plates transferred to a motor vehicle or trailer other than the motor vehicle or trailer for which such plates were originally purchased if such motor vehicle or trailer is owned by the owner of the plates. The owner may have the unused portion of the fee for the plates credited to the other motor vehicle or trailer which will bear the plates at the rate of eight and one-third percent per month for each full month left in the registration period. Application for such transfer shall be accompanied by a fee of three dollars. Fees collected pursuant to this subsection shall be remitted to the State Treasurer for credit to the Department of Motor Vehicles Cash Fund.

(5) If the cost of manufacturing Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plates at any time exceeds the amount charged for license plates pursuant to section 60-3,102, any money to be credited to the Native American Scholarship and Leadership Fund shall instead be credited first to the Highway Trust Fund in an amount equal to the difference between the manufacturing costs of Native American Cultural Awareness and History Plates and the amount charged pursuant to section 60-3,102 with respect to such plates and the remainder shall be credited to the Native American Scholarship and Leadership Fund.