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County Treasurer Deputy Treasurer
Richard F. Wassinger Cynthia A. Fenton
 

TREASURER
Richard F. Wassinger

Richard has been Cass County Treasurer since August 1, 1983.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a major in accounting.  He has a Teachers Certificate and also a Masters Degree.  Richard is married to Ruth and they have two children, Kristine and Andrew and one grandchild, Evelyn.
The Treasurer is an elected position.  The term of office is four years and the elections are held in non-presidential election years.  The Treasurer must be a resident of Cass County.  The next election will be in the year 2010 for the
 four-year period of January 2011 through December 2014.

ABOUT THIS OFFICE Back to top of page
   

The Treasurers Office registers approximately 33,400 motor vehicles per year.  This includes passenger cars, commercial vehicles, farm trucks, trailers, motor homes, motorcycles, dealer vehicles, government vehicles, non-resident vehicles and busses.  There are over eight hundred watercrafts registered.
Cass County also has over 20,000 licensed drivers. 

SERVICES OF THIS OFFICE Back to top of page
   

Registration of motor vehicles and watercraft.  Collection of real estate and personal property taxes.  Collection of sales tax for motor vehicles and watercraft.  Issuing of distress warrants.  Issuing of driver licenses, driver permits and state identification cards.  Collection of special assessments. Foreclosing on delinquent taxes.  Conducting the annual tax sale. Collection of miscellaneous revenue and the distribution of revenue.

  • FORMS OF PAYMENT

Our office accepts cash, check or money order as a form of payment.  A credit card may ONLY be used when paying real estate taxes through the on-line service, nebraskataxesonline.com

  • REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY TAXES

Cass County real estate taxes are levied in arrears.  For example the 2008 taxes are levied the last day of 2008.  The first half becomes delinquent May 1, 2009 and the second half becomes delinquent September 1, 2009.  Second half reminder notices are NOT sent.  If you pay your own taxes, have a recent purchase or payoff the mortgagor, do not assume that the year’s taxes are paid.  Call us to check (402-296-9320).  Only one statement a year is mailed out and it is in early December.  For your convenience 2 payment coupons are attached to the statement for either mail-in or in person payment. 

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • PROOF OF INSURANCE

 You must have current proof of insurance to register a motor vehicle, showing the vehicle VIN number, date of issuance and date of expiration of the policy.  Photocopies are not accepted.  If you do not have this card you may have it faxed to us from your insurance company prior to your arrival.  Proof of insurance is not required to license trailers, snowmobiles or watercraft.

  •   REFUNDS

If you sell, trade, wreck or junk a vehicle, or terminate a lease; keep your pink registration and both license plates (1 plate for trailers) in order to receive a refund. Bring in your plates and registration to obtain the refund.   Failure to bring in the registration and plates may reduce the amount of the refund.   Refunds must be obtained within 60 days of a title transfer.  If sold in the the month prior to registration expiration, there is no refund.  If you move to another state and re-register your vehicle(s) there, you are also entitled to a refund.  In order for us to process the refund you will need to send back the Nebraska license plates and registration along with a copy of your new states registration and an address where we may send the refund
 once it is processed.
 Please remit these items  to Cass County Treasurer
346 Main Street, Room 204, Plattsmouth, Ne 68048

  • SALES TAX

Sales tax is collected on the purchase price minus trade in(s) and rebates.  Maintenance agreements and documentation fees are subject to sales tax also.  The sales tax rate varies in Cass County.
 Louisville and Plattsmouth sales tax rate is 7%.
 Eagle, Greenwood and Weeping Water have a 6 ½% rate.
Elmwood’s sales tax rate is 6%.  All other cities and villages, and areas outside city limits in Cass County are 5 ½%.

  • PENALTY

When you purchase a vehicle the state requires you to pay the sales tax with-in 30 days of purchase (not 1 month).  After the 30th day expect to pay a $5.00 penalty plus interest figured at 8%.  You may pay only the sales tax without titling or registering the vehicle. This action does not extend the 30 day intransit period, it only stops the penalty and interest from accruing. You may not register a vehicle without paying all of the taxes.

  • REGISTERING A NEWLY PURCHASED VEHICLE

All newly purchased vehicles must have a Nebraska title before the vehicle can be registered in Nebraska.  If the vehicle has an out of state title the vehicle must be inspected by law enforcement to verify the VIN number.  Inspections can be done at the Cass County Sheriff’s Department (located next door to the courthouse).  The fee for the VIN inspection is $10.00. If you have additional questions regarding the VIN inspection contact the Cass County Sheriff’s department at (402-296-9370).

Once you have the inspection completed proceed to the Cass County Treasurer's Office to have a new Nebraska title made.  Title fees range from $10.00 to $17.00.  If you have additional title questions contact the Cass CountyTreasurer's Office at (402-296-9320).

To register a vehicle you will need to provide us with a copy of the Nebraska title, proof of insurance (original not a photo copy) and a bill of sale.  If you purchased the vehicle from a licensed Nebraska dealer you must supply us the
 Nebraska Sales and Use Tax FORM 6 as the bill of sale.
  If the vehicle was purchased from a private individual a handwritten bill of sale is acceptable.   

Sales tax, personal property tax, plate fees and tire fees will be collected in our office.   The tire fee is $1.00 per new tire.

  • TRADE IN VEHICLE

If you have traded a vehicle with Cass County plates bring in the old registration so we may transfer the plates onto your newly purchased vehicle and apply the credit from the remaining time on the plate.  Credits will be subtracted from your new fees.  Credits or refunds must be obtained within 60 days.
  See  “REFUNDS” above.

NOTE: If you trade a vehicle with truck plates and are now registering  a passenger vehicle bring in the truck license plates along with the old registration and we will  issue you a set of passenger vehicle plates.   The same is true from passenger plates to truck plates

  • REGISTERING A LEASED VEHICLE

Leased vehicles domiciled in Nebraska must be registered and titled in Nebraska.  Sales tax on leased vehicles is usually part of the monthly lease payment and is rarely paid at the time of registration.  Normal registration fees at the treasure’s office include plate registration and assessed property tax.  Procedure to register a newly leased vehicle is the same as non-leased vehicles.
If you buy-out your lease (even if mid cycle through registration period, plates not expired) you are responsible to pay the sales tax on the buy out/purchase price and re-register the vehicle in your name without the leasing company on the title and registration.  If you fail to pay the sales tax within 30 days of the buyout you will incur significant penalties at time of proper registration. 

  • MILITARY PERSONNEL  (NON-RESIDENTS ONLY)

Plate/registration fees are generally $30.00 for a passenger vehicle and $33.00 for a truck.   There is no motor vehicle tax.  However if this is a new purchase you will be required to pay sales tax as part of the registration process.  It is advisable you keep a copy of the sales tax form as you may need it at your next assignment.

  • DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Military personnel claiming non-resident status must bring in a current LES (leave and earning statement) so we may verify your state of residence, along with your military ID card and proof of insurance.

Non-residents may register their previously registered vehicle (from another state) in Nebraska as untitled therefore a VIN inspection and Nebraska title need not be processed but you will need to provide us with the previous state’s registration.  If the vehicle is newly purchased and being registered for the first time a Nebraska title must be made.
" See Registering a Newly Purchased Vehicle"

  • MILITARY PERSONNEL  (RESIDENTS)

If you are military but claim Nebraska as your state of residence you need not bring in your military ID or LES.  You will be responsible for paying personal property taxes on your vehicle(s) and you must have Nebraska titles made for all of your vehicles you wish to register in Nebraska.
"See Registering a Newly Purchased Vehicle".

  • ANNUAL RENEWAL OF VEHICLE

To renew your expired Nebraska license plates bring proof of insurance, the expired registration and the renewal card we mailed to you.  If you are new to Cass County from another Nebraska county the procedure is the same as a resident except we will need to issue you a set of Cass County license plates.  If you moved from a different state, "See Registering a Newly Purchased
Vehicle" above.  Procedures are the same except there is no sales tax collected if previously registered in another state.

  • WATERCRAFT REGISTRATION (Boats and Jet Skis)

Most watercraft must be titled prior to registration in Nebraska.  Watercraft that are 1972 or older do not require a title.  If you have additional questions regarding titling of watercraft contact the Cass County Clerk at 402-296-9300.

To register watercraft you will need to provide us with a copy of the Nebraska title and a bill of sale.  If you purchased the watercraft from a licensed Nebraska dealer you must supply us the Nebraska Sales and Use Tax Form 6MB as the bill of sale.  If the watercraft was purchased from a private individual a hand written bill of sale is acceptable.

If the newly purchased watercraft is “used” (not brand new from a dealer) and has been registered before in Nebraska you need to record the Nebraska registration numbers from the watercraft as we will need these for registration. (eg…NB123ABC).  These numbers can be found on the forward half of the vessel.  These numbers will stay the same on the watercraft and we will reregister the watercraft per the names from the new title plus collect the sales tax and registration fees.  All watercraft expires December 31 in the assigned year.

  • WATERCRAFT RENEWAL

Watercraft renewals can be processed in any of the 93 counties in Nebraska.  It is not necessary to renew the vessel in the county of residence or storage.   NOTE: The trailer must be renewed in the county where used/stored.

  • WATERCRAFT RENEWAL ON-LINE

You may also renew your watercraft registration on-line at www.ngpc.state.ne.us

  • SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATES

The State of Nebraska offers several different types of specialty license plates.

Message Plates: Message/prestige plates are ordered from the state.  They are $30.00 per year in addition to all other fees. 

Spirit Plates: Or Husker Plates (numeric or message) are also ordered from the state.  They are $70.00 per year in addition to all other fees.

These plates are ordered directly from the State of Nebraska.  You may either fill out an application (available from our office) and send to the state with your check or money order or you may order via the internet at the states website. www.dmv.state.ne.us

  • DRIVERS LICENSES/STATE IDENTIFICATION CARDS

Obtaining a drivers license or state identification card is a function of the Nebraska State Examiners office.  Individuals must first go through their office to apply for any type of driver’s license or ID card.  After the state has approved the application proceed to the treasurer’s office (room 204) for us to process your application, (Take your photo and collect the appropriate fees).  If you are new to Nebraska you should apply for the Nebraska license within 30 days of your arrival to the state.  If you currently hold a Nebraska drivers license and move to a different address within the state you should have your license updated within 60 days of the move

Citizens have the ability to utilize any of the State Examiners Offices through out Nebraska.  It is not necessary for an applicant to use the examiners in their county of residence.  Hours of operation and days vary in each county so it is advisable to check prior to going to any individual office. 

  • RENEWALS

You may renew your expiring (over 21 years of age) Nebraska drivers’ license or ID 90 days prior to the expiration date.  If you are approaching your 21st birthday, you may complete the paperwork for renewing 60 days prior to your birthday; however you can not have the actual license issued until 10 days prior to your birthday.

  • NAME OR ADDRESS CHANGE OR DUPLICTE

Duplicates and name/address changes may be processed in the
 treasurer’s office.

 An address change would require you to surrender your current license or ID card, fill out an application, have a new photo taken and pay the appropriate replacement fee of $11.00.

 The procedure is the same for a name change plus you must also provide us with legal, certified proof of the name change,
 e.g.  marriage license, divorce decree, court documents, etc…

To replace/duplicate a lost or stolen drivers license or state ID you will need to fill out an application, have a new picture taken and pay the replacement fee of $11.00.  You must be able to show us certified documents of your identity if you did not currently have a new Nebraska digital license/ID. 

  • DUPLICATES TO REPLACE LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE IF YOU ARE  OUT OF THE  STATE

OLD STYLE; generally any license or ID issued prior to April 2003.  (laminate)

If you need a duplicate while you are out of the state of Nebraska for an extended period of time (e.g. vacation, school, etc) you can obtain a duplicate license via the mail from the State of Nebraska DMV although it will not have your photo on it. The fee is $11.00 paid to the state.  Once you return to Nebraska you will be able to have a replacement driver’s license made with your photo for an additional  fee of $11.00.  Contact the State Driver License Office at (402-471-3861).

NEW STYLE; Generally any license or ID issued after April 2003. (digital)

If you need a duplicate while you are out of Nebraska for an extended period of time, we can issue you a duplicate via the mail in most cases.  For more information and to download the DUPLICATE APPLICATION which must be completed, NOTARIZED and sent back to our office visit the state website @   dmv.state.ne.us/dvr/drvrec/dupdrvlic.html

We reserve the right to request additional information or identifying documents if required.   Please send along contact information where we may reach you via telephone and an address where we will mail back the license/state ID.
  • COMMERCIAL DRIVERS LICENSE (CDL’S)

ANY and ALL changes made to a Commercial Drivers License must be processed through the Nebraska State Examiners NOT the Cass County Treasurer’s Office. We are only authorized to take the photo and collect the appropriate fees once you have seen the state examiners.  WE CANNOT issue a duplicate, change an address or name or change any endorsement information
on a CDL License.

FACTS & FIGURES
   

The Treasurers Office registers approximately 33,400 motor vehicles per year.  This includes passenger cars, commercial vehicles, farm trucks, trailers, motor homes, motorcycles, dealer vehicles, government vehicles, non-resident vehicles and busses.  There are over eight hundred watercrafts registered.Cass County also has over 20,000 licensed drivers. 

ASSOCIATED LINKS
   
CONTACT US Back to top of page
   
All inquires can be addressed to this office at:
346 Main Street Phone 402-296-9320
Plattsmouth NE 68048-1964 Fax 402-296-9327

Email - Treasurer@cassne.org

The Treasurer’s Office is open 8AM to 5PM Monday through Friday.  Drivers License Examiners are only in Cass County on Thursday and Friday from 8:30AM to 12:00 Noon and 1PM to 4PM.  If you wish to talk with the examiner call 402-296-9320 and ask to be transferred to the examiner.

  We are located on the second floor of the Cass County Courthouse
 346 Main Street, Room 204, Plattsmouth, Nebraska 68048
   Driver License examiners are located in the lower level
 of the courthouse, Room 103.

 

 
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