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Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Nebraska Veterans’ Registry created by LB 93 in 2013 and expanded by LB 383 in 2014 by the Nebraska Legislature. The registry allows Nebraska’s veterans to voluntarily identify themselves to the Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs (NDVA) to verify eligibility for state benefits. Additionally, NDVA can utilize the registry in reaching out to Nebraska’s veterans to notify them of other state and federal benefits.

The registry is currently used for 2 benefits that have different eligibility requirements. The first benefits is the Veteran Identifier on the driver license that went into effect July 1st 2014 and is used to identify your veteran status similar to showing Active Duty discharge papers. The second benefit is the Nebraska Military Honor License Plates which will be issued starting January 2nd 2016. The Military Honor Plates acknowledge the strength, courage and sacrifices of those who have served with a discharge characterization of Honorable or (Under Honorable Conditions) and those currently serving in the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, Navy and the National Guard.

 

General Questions   •   Driver License Questions   •   License Plate Questions

 

General FAQs:

A(1): Active Duty Service Members and National Guard may register by providing an application and copy of your current Military identification card to NDVA. If you have a discharge from previous active duty service (other than for training) you would be eligible for the Veteran Identifier on your driver license and the Military Honor license plates which are available January 2, 2016. If you are currently serving with no prior active duty service, you are eligible to receive the Military Honor Plates.

A(2): Veterans may register by providing an application and a copy of your military discharge to NDVA. Your discharge must include the characterization of service. Once in the registry, you may get the Veterans Identifier on your Nebraska driver license or state ID card and the Military Honor Plates which will be available January 2nd, 2016.

A: No, The Veteran Identifier on the driver license and the Military Honor Plates have different criteria as outlined in Nebraska State Statutes. When you apply to the Veterans’ Registry, NDVA will verify eligibility for both the Driver License Identifier and the Nebraska Military Honor License Plates.

Eligibility for Veteran Identifier:

    Military Discharge (DD214) with the following information:
  1. Active Duty service (other than for training)
  2. Honorable service (Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions))

Eligibility for Military Honor Plates:

  1. Current or former service in Air Force, Army, Marines, Coast Guard, Navy or National Guard of any state, territory or District of Columbia
  2. Military Discharge (DD 214, NGB 22) showing Honorable service (Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions)) or Military ID card

A: Applying to the Nebraska Veterans’ Registry may be completed in several ways. The quickest way to apply is through our website: www.veterans.nebraska.gov

Other ways to apply include:

  1. Email an attached application and discharge (DD214, NGB 22) or Military ID to: NDVA@Nebraska.gov
  2. Print out the application and discharge (DD214, NGB 22) or Military ID and mail to:
  3. NDVA
    301 Centennial Mall S, 6th Floor
    PO Box 95083
    Lincoln NE 68509-5083

  4. Your local County Veterans Service Officer is a good source of information and may be able to assist; a current directory may be found at: https://veterans.nebraska.gov/cvso
  5. Telephone: (if the state has your DD214 already) 402-471-2458
  6. Print out and fax your application and discharge (DD214, NGB 22) or Military ID) to: 402-471-2491

A: If you do not have a copy of your discharge from service, you may contact your County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) or NDVA for a copy. If you are not originally from Nebraska or have a special circumstance please contact NDVA for further guidance. Once you submit a copy of your discharge, it will be maintained in the Nebraska Veterans’ Registry. You must submit an acceptable form of your discharge such as a DD 214 (Member 4 Copy) which shows your name, active duty dates of service (other than for training if a member of the National Guard or Reserves) and characterization of discharge (Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions)).

A: Once you are in the Veterans’ Registry, it may take up to 24 hours for your information to be updated in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) computers. Once in the DMV computers, you may request the Veteran Identifier on your driver license or ID card. The DMV encourages online renewals at: www.CLICKDMV.ne.gov Military Honor Plates may be ordered from the Nebraska DMV as soon as December, 2015 and will be available from the DMV starting on January 2nd, 2016.

Driver License FAQs:

A: The Veteran Indicator on the driver license or state identification card is beneficial in identifying your veteran status without carrying a copy of your discharge. The Veteran Indicator may be helpful in obtaining discounts at your local retailer, applying for benefits through NDVA or dealing with professionals such as law enforcement.

Please note that while your veteran status is verified by NDVA, no third party is required to accept the veteran indicator as proof of service.

A: There is no cost to verify your veteran status with NDVA. If you add the Veteran Indicator to your driver license or state ID card at the time of renewal, you will pay only the cost of renewing your driver license or state ID card. If you add the Veteran Indicator to your driver license or state ID card at a time other than at renewal, you will need to pay a duplicate fee for a replacement card as determined by the DMV.

A: You qualify for the Veteran Indicator if you have Active Duty service (not for training) and a characterization of service of (HONORABLE or General (Under Honorable Conditions)).

A: Application to the Nebraska Veterans’ Registry is voluntary; however, in order to get the Veteran Indicator on a license or ID card, veterans must first be enrolled in the Nebraska Veterans’ Registry. Also, once in the registry, there is no obligation by the veteran to add the Veteran Indicator to their driver license or ID card.

A: The Nebraska DMV began offering the Veteran Indicator on driver licenses and state ID cards July 1st, 2014. You may visit your local licensing office or renew online at: https://www.nebraska.gov/dmv/dlr/index.cgi

A: The Nebraska Veterans’ Registry may be used to verify eligibility for certain state benefits and may also be used for outreach to inform veterans of benefits. Your information will not be sold to a third party vendor.

A: Yes, you may assist a veteran in completing the process as long as they have requested your assistance.

A: It should take no longer than 2 to 3 business days to process your request if your application is complete upon receipt.

A: If you apply via our website you will be notified by email. If you apply with a paper application, your application will be processed and you will be notified via letter or email. If you apply through your CVSO who utilizes VetraSpec, you will not be notified by NDVA.

A: For veteran related question please contact NDVA, or the DMV website for general information at: www.CLICKDMV.ne.gov

A: Once you are in the registry, you do not need to reapply.

A: Simply fill out the application with your prior state license information and write a brief summary in the comment section and if necessary NDVA will contact you with any questions.

Disclaimer
Upon receiving evidence of fraud in an application, the director of the Nebraska DMV may cancel the license or state identification card and send notice of the cancellation to the licensee or cardholder. If the Nebraska DMV has information that an individual is no longer eligible for the notation, the department may cancel the license and send notice of the cancellation to the licensee or cardholder. The notation shall not be restored until the Department of Motor Vehicles subsequently verifies the applicant’s eligibility. Additionally, upon receiving evidence of fraud, NDVA may remove any individual from the Nebraska Veterans’ Registry and may forward such evidence to the local county attorney.

License Plates FAQs

A: The Military Honor License Plates are beneficial in displaying military pride and acknowledging the strength, courage and sacrifices of those who have honorably served (Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions)), or are currently serving in the military. Military Honor Plates are available for former or current members of the following military services:

  • National Guard of any state, territory or District of Columbia
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Army
  • United States Coast Guard
  • United States Marine Corps
  • United States Navy

A: You qualify for the Military Honor Plates if you are a service member on Active Duty or in the National Guard or have served on Active Duty or the National Guard with Active Duty for Training and were discharged with an HONORABLE or General (Under Honorable Conditions) characterization of service.

A: Currently, there are no license plates for military Reservists unless you have Active Duty Service other than for training.

A: Application to the Nebraska Veterans’ Registry is voluntary however, in order to get the Nebraska Military Honor License Plates you must first be enrolled in the Nebraska Veterans’ Registry. Also, once in the registry, there is no obligation to purchase the Military Honor Plates.

A: The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles is excited to offer the Nebraska Military Honor Plates for your vehicle beginning January 2, 2016. Applications and online ordering for Military Honor Plates will be available in December, 2015. Please check back with this site at that time for more information. (http://www.dmv.nebraska.gov/dvr/specialty/militaryhonor.html).

A: There is a $ 5.00 fee for the Military Honor Plates with the same exclusive design as on the Military Honor Message plates, but assigned an alpha/numeric combination by the Department of Motor Vehicles. These plates are issued in consecutive numeric order in the order in which the applications are received. Requests for specific numbers cannot be processed.

A: Yes; these plates are produced with an available message of your choice of up to five characters along with a $40.00 fee.

A: Each vehicle is allowed to have one branch of service per one set of plates. You may enroll up to 2 branches of service by providing NDVA with a DD214 and/or NGB 22 for each branch. (Activated National Guard with Title 10 service (other than for training) may receive both the active component plate and the National Guard plate with one DD214) if applicable.

A: There is no limit to the number of motor vehicles or trailers owned or leased by the applicant that may be licensed with Military Honor Plates.

A: Military Honor Plates are available for motor vehicles, motorcycles, trailers, semitrailers and cabin trailers.

A: Yes, you may assist a Service member in completing the process as long as they have requested your assistance.

A: It should take no longer than 2 to 3 business days to process your request.

A: If you apply via our website you will be notified by email. If you apply with a paper application your application will be processed and you will be notified by letter or email. If you apply through your CVSO who utilizes VetraSpec, you will not be notified by NDVA.

A: Questions regarding Military Honor License Plates may be addressed to the DMV website or by calling 402-471-3918.

A: Once you are in the registry, you do not need to reapply.

A: We understand that new service members and veterans come to Nebraska each year and we stand ready to assist with your transition. Simply fill out the application with your prior state ID and write a brief summary in the comment section and if necessary, NDVA will contact you with any questions.

Disclaimer
Upon receiving evidence of fraud in an application, the director of the Nebraska DMV may cancel the license or state identification card and send notice of the cancellation to the licensee or cardholder. If the Nebraska DMV has information that an individual is no longer eligible for the notation, the department may cancel the license and send notice of the cancellation to the licensee or cardholder. The notation shall not be restored until the Department of Motor Vehicles subsequently verifies the applicant’s eligibility. Additionally, upon receiving evidence of fraud, NDVA may remove any individual from the Nebraska Veterans’ Registry and may forward such evidence to the local county attorney.