Nebraska Public Records

The statutes declare that all citizens are authorized to examine and copy public records. Some exceptions include personnel data, medical records, Social Security numbers, trade secrets, records pertaining to active investigations, and information protected by evidentiary privilege (attorney-client, physician-patient, etc.).

We’ve put together here a listing of the most popular and available online databases in Nebraska.  Feel free to use the side margin tools to access resources found in the counties, such as property records and documents, and other official records.

  • Court System - The Nebraska court system has four levels. At the first level are County Courts, which handle misdemeanors, traffic & ordinance violations, civil cases under $52,000, small claims, probate, guardianship, adoption, juvenile, and preliminary felony hearings. Second are District Courts (felony trials, domestic relations, civil over $52,000), Juvenile Courts (Douglas, Sarpy & Lancaster Counties), and the Workers Compensation Court. At the third level is the Court of Appeals, which reviews lower court decisions. At the top is the Nebraska Supreme Court, which reviews discretionary appeals from the Court of Appeals, and mandatory appeals with regard to capital cases and those concerning constitutionality of statutes.  Nebraska Court Records
  • Criminal Records - Traffic & ordinance violations and misdemeanors are handled by the County Courts. Those courts also handle juvenile cases, except in the counties of Douglas, Sarpy, and Lancaster, which have their own Juvenile Courts. Felony cases are handled by the District Courts.  Nebraska Criminal Records
  • Vital Records - Birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates are provided by: Nebraska Health & Human Services System, Vital Records, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 95065, Lincoln, NE 68509, (402) 471-2871. Our Vital Records page has links to the Social Security Death Index for Nebraska, and available county death, cemetery & obituary databases; historical marriages, current marriages from three counties; a link to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services with information about ordering divorce certificates.  Be advised: Nebraska birth records are not searchable online. Contact the county where the birth occurred to order a search.


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Atlases & Plat Books (Archives)

Search this Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) database by county to determine if the NSHS has a copy of a county Atlas or Plat Book. Coverage is from 1885 to present.

Attorney General Opinions

Database of Nebraska Attorney General opinions.

Bankruptcies, Tax Liens & Judgments  Pay Site

Look for bankruptcies, judgments and tax liens using this instant Premium service. Search statewide in Nebraska, or nationwide for the same $5.00 price.

Bid Tabulations

Search for Nebraska bid tabulations by opening date, buyer name, or invitation number.

Bills & Resolutions

Nebraska Legislature database of Bills and Resolutions.

Brand Database

Search for livestock brands in Nebraska by brand number, brand image, owner name, address, phone number, counties of use, brand position, renewal date, and status.

Brands - Available

Browse for available livestock brands in Nebraska.


Search for city, county, school district and general budget information in Nebraska by subdivision group, subdivision type, and county name.

Campaign Finance

Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission database for campaign finance records.

Campaign Finance | Contributors

Nebraska campaign finance committees and contributors.

City & County Registers (Archives)

Search this Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) database by town or city to determine if the NSHS has a copy of the city or county register. Coverage is from the territorial days to within the last two years.

City Records

Search public records free in Nebraska cities and towns.

Civil War Veterans

Nebraska Civil War Veterans (members of the Nebraska Civil War Grand Army of the Republic).


Search by contract number, category, vendor name, and/or buyer initial for awarded state contracts in Nebraska.

Court Case Calendars

Search the Nebraska Judicial Multi-Court Case Calendar database by county, date and last name.

Court Opinions | Court of Appeals

Searchable index of Nebraska Court of Appeals Opinions.

Court Opinions | Supreme Court

Nebraska Judicial Branch index of Supreme Court Opinions.

Criminal Histories  Pay Site

Nebraska State Patrol criminal history reports.

Department of Natural Resources Maps

Nebraska Geospatial Data Center interactive GIS databases, including dams, floodplains, water management, wells, streams, and surface water.

Film Crews & Production Services

Search the Crews & Production Services database of the Nebraska Film Office by subject matter, company name, city and/or contact name to view information including subject matter, company/contact names, street address, phone, fax and credits.

Film Equipment Rentals

Search the Film Equipment Rentals database of the Nebraska Film Office by subject matter, company name, city and/or contact name to view information including subject matter, company/contact names, street address, phone, fax and credits.

Fish Identification Guide

Nebraska fish identification guide. Of course this won't help you while you're out fishing, but it will help when you bring that fish home.

Fish Stocking

Swim around the Fish Stocking Database of the Nebraska Game and Parks Fisheries Division and cast about by county name, water body or species to catch information including date, county, water body, species, number and size.

Government Records (Archives)

Search this Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) database to determine if the society has an archived record available in their reference room. Includes Federal, State, County, Municipal, and Special District Records.

Inmates | Department of Corrections

Search this Nebraska Department of Correctional Services locator to search by name or DCS ID number for Nebraska inmates.


Nebraska Legislature database of Statutes, Constitution, UCC and Appendices.

Library Directory

Nebraska Library Commission directory of public, academic, school, special, and institutional libraries.

Licenses | Professional, Medical, Business

Find and verify professional and business licenses in Nebraska, including those for attorneys, CPAs, contractors, real estate brokers, security guards, banks, credit unions, and many more.


Browse by name for registered lobbyists and principal organizations in Nebraska. Provides full name, address, phone number, organization, reports, and filing fee history.

Marriages 1855-1995

Index of 142,000 Nebraska marriages recorded between 1855 and 1995.

Missing Children

Missing Nebraska children search from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.


Click on "Newspaper Listings" to search the membership of the Nebraska Press Association. Search alphabetically, by circulation, by geographic listing, or by county.


Browse this RootsWeb database for Nebraska obituaries published in online Nebraska newspapers.


Nebraska Bureau of Securities Licensing and Registration database.

Supreme Court Rules

Nebraska Supreme Court Rules by chapter.

Telephone Rosters (Archives)

Search this Nebraska State Historical Society (NSHS) database by town or city to determine if the NSHS has a copy of the local phonebook. Coverage is from the early 1900s to present.

Uniform Commercial Code | How to Subscribe  Pay Site

Online Nebraska rules for UCC searches require that you first become a subscriber. The information you'll find here is on how to become a subscriber. If you're already registered, use the subscriber link below. The Nebraska fee for each search is $4.50.

Uniform Commercial Code | Subscribers  Pay Site subscribers should use this link to access the Secretary of State UCC database.

Vehicle Title, Lien & Registration  Pay Site

Nebraska Drivers licenses, titles, liens, UCC, corporate documents, Justice Court Case searches and sales/use tax searches in Nebraska are available, but require that you sign up and pay a fee to

Nebraska is located in the Great Plains and midwest region of the United States. The Capital is Lincoln and the largest city is Omaha.  The Official Web Site is located at  Nebraska is the 37th most populous state in the United States.  The 2014 population estimate is 1,881,503 and the 2010 census population was 1,826,341.  The land area is 76,824.17 square miles and there are 23.8 persons per square mile.

89.7% of the population is White, 4.8% is Black or African American, 9.9% is Hispanic or Latino, 2.1% is Asian, 1.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2% are two or more races. 90.5% are a high school graduate or higher, and 28.5% have a Bachelor degree or higher.

The median home value is $128,000. There are on average 2.47 persons per household, the per capita income is $26,899, the median household income is $51,672, and 12.8% of the persons in Nebraska are considered below poverty level.

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