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    Welcome to Nebraska! As a new resident, you're joining the ranks of Johnny Carson, Nick Nolte, Warren Buffett, and millions of other people who have made the Cornhusker State their home.

    Getting Your Nebraska Driver License

    To apply for your Nebraska driver license, you'll need to visit one of the state's examining locations. To prove your identity, you'll need to bring documents to verify your Social Security number, legal name, and birth date. If you don't have a current driver license, you'll need to complete a vision screening, written exam, and drive test. If you're surrendering a valid out-of-state license, you'll just need to complete the vision screening.

    To learn more about getting your Nebraska driver license, please see our article on Applying for a New License.

    Registering Your Vehicle

    New Nebraska residents have 30 days to register their motor vehicles. Since the fees for registration will vary according to the type of vehicle you own, you can use the Nebraska DMV's Motor Vehicle Tax Estimator or call your county official for the exact amount you owe.

    To learn more about registering your motor vehicle, please see our article on Car Registration.

    Employment

    Whether you're a recent college graduate or a worker with years of experience in your field, the job of your dreams can be found in Nebraska. Although food processing is the state's dominant industry, the manufacturing, service, and tourism industries are thriving.

    In the private sector, Nebraska's top employers include Tyson Foods, Wal-Mart, Union Pacific Corporation, Alegent Health, and First Data.

    If you're looking for a public sector job, you'll find employment opportunities with the State of Nebraska, University of Nebraska, Omaha Public Schools, and the Omaha Public Power District.

    In addition, many of Nebraska's employers list their available job opportunities on the Nebraska Workforce Development website.

    Education

    Children who receive their education in Nebraska public schools are exposed to people from a diverse array of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. They learn to work with others, solve problems, and prepare for their futures. Most Omaha public school students continue their education after graduation.

    If you're interested in learning new skills or advancing in your current position, there are a number of postsecondary educational opportunities for you to explore within the state. For example, you can train at a private career school, take a few courses at one of Nebraska's many community colleges, or begin your studies at the University of Nebraska. Please see the website of Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education for more information.

    Arts and Culture

    Opera lovers will find plenty to love in Nebraska. Opera Omaha has been bringing local residents performances by world-class musicians since 1958. In fact, Opera Omaha produced the first American stagings of Handel's Partenope and Rossini's Ermione during the late 1980s. Today, the company supports composers interested in developing innovative new productions.

    If your idea of heaven is being surrounding by beautiful works of art, Nebraska is the place to be. For example, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery is home to more than 12,000 works of art. You'll find a wide selection of contemporary art, as well as 19th-century landscapes, American Impressionist paintings, and works of Abstract Expressionism. The museum's sculpture garden includes pieces by noted sculptors such as William Tucker, Mark di Suvero, Gaston Lachaise, Jacques Lipchitz, and Richard Serra.

    Sports

    It's hard to live in Nebraska without being a Huskers fan! Whether your passion is basketball, football, baseball, or wrestling, the University of Nebraska offers all of the athletic entertainment you need. The Husker's website lets you keep track of team schedules, buy Huskers merchandise, download free video clips, and order tickets to upcoming games.

    If you'd prefer to get in on the action yourself, the Nebraska Sports Council offers residents the chance to participate in the Cornhusker State Games.