Gov. Ricketts Issues Executive Order to Temporarily Ease Driver and Vehicle Requirements LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued an executive order to increase flexibility in requirements for Nebraska residents relating to driver licensing and vehicle registration requirements. Acknowledging the restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Governor is extending driver licenses and vehicle registrations expiring on or after March 1st. The extension will remain in effect until 30 days after the order is lifted.
Driver Licenses or State IDs – The extension will apply to all driver licenses, state identification cards, permits, or other credential issued by the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. Customers will still be able to renew credentials online; however, the aim is to reduce the number of individuals requiring in-person assistance. This step will assist with social distancing and reduce the need for people to travel to driver licensing offices.
Vehicle Titling & Registrations – Any vehicle title requirements, registrations, in-transit tags, or motor carrier temporary documents due to expire on or after March 1st will be extended until 30 days after this executive order is lifted.
IFTA requirements – Any Nebraska penalties or interest associated with late filing of quarterly returns for members of the International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) will be waived.
Ignition Interlock Providers – Monthly inspection and reporting requirements under the ignition interlock program will be provided a two-week extension period for all existing interlock customers. Additional extensions may be available, as determined on a case-by-case basis. The Department of Motor Vehicles will continue to look at ways to assist our customers impacted by the restrictions put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. All Nebraska residents are encouraged to take advantage of the dozens of online services available at dmv.nebraska.gov.
• Practice good hygiene – wash your hands with SOAP and WATER! If hand washing is unavailable, use hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your face. Yes, it’s super hard not to (and once you realize you shouldn’t do it, you become aware of just how many times you do touch your face!)
• Stop handshaking – use other noncontact methods of greeting or a simple friendly ‘hi!”
• Set regular hand washing reminders on your phone
• Utilize tap and pay or online payment options to limit handling of cash
• Increase ventilation by opening windows if temperatures allow, or adjusting air conditioning
• If possible, transition any non-essential businesses to work-from-home.
• If applicable, sell products online when possible or consider delivery options or an order and pick-up type of option.
• If working in contact with others is essential, try and maintain a 6-foot distance from others at all times.
• Set a timer to remind you to regularly disinfect surfaces frequently touched in your home and workplace areas like doorknobs, tables, countertops, bathroom surfaces and handrails regularly
• Reduce outings and errands to essential-only (i.e. work, groceries, pharmacy) and stay home as much as possible.
If you are feeling sick, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider’s office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed.
Below are some official resources available to keep you, your family and community safe:
Keeping workplaces, homes, schools or commercial establishments safe https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/workplace-school-and-home-guidance.pdf
World Health Organization COVID-19 Response https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Steps to Prevent Illness https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html
OSHA Announcement on Coronavirus https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/
OSHA Environmental Cleaning and Disinfecting Recommendations https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html