ESCHEAT AND GIFT CARD LAWS: NEBRASKA

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NEBRASKA

Definition of Gift Card/Gift Certificate:

Neb. Rev. Stat. §69-1301(d)

General-use prepaid card means a plastic card or other electronic payment device usable with multiple, unaffiliated sellers of goods or services.

Expiration Date Provision:

Neb. Rev. Stat. §69-1305.03

Gift cards/certificates subject to an expiration date shall have a statement clearly and conspicuously stating the expiration date. The statement may appear on the front or back of the gift certificate or gift card in a location where it is visible to a purchaser prior to the purchase. Excludes general-use prepaid cards.

Fee Provision:

Neb. Rev. Stat. §69-1305.03

A gift certificate or gift card subject to a fee shall contain a statement clearly and conspicuously printed on it stating whether there is a fee, the amount of the fee, how often the fee will occur, that the fee is triggered by inactivity of the gift certificate or gift card, and when the fee will be assessed. The statement may appear on the front or back of the gift certificate or gift card in a location where it is visible to a purchaser prior to the purchase. Excludes general-use prepaid cards. 

Escheat Provision:

Neb. Rev. Stat. §69-1305.03

(a) A gift certificate or gift card which is not assessed any fees and does not have an expiration date shall not be presumed to be abandoned.

(b) A gift certificate or gift card which contains an expiration date or requires any type of post-sale finance charge or fee which is unredeemed for a period of three years from the date of issuance shall be presumed abandoned.

(c) A gift certificate or gift card issued prior to Nov. 2, 2006, which contains an expiration date or requires any type of post-sale finance charge or fee and has not been redeemed shall not be presumed abandoned if the issuer’s policy and practice as of July 1, 2006, is to waive all post-sale charges or fees and to honor such gift certificate or gift card, at no additional cost to the holder whenever presented at full face value or the value remaining after any applicable purchases, expiration date notwithstanding. A written notice of such policy and practice shall be posted conspicuously by July 1, 2006, in not smaller than 10-point type, at each site in all Nebraska locations at which the issuer distributes or redeems a gift certificate or gift card.

(d) In the case of a gift certificate or gift card, the amount presumed abandoned is the face amount of the certificate or card itself, less the total amount of any applicable purchases and fees.

SOURCE: National Conference of State Legislatures


PLEASE NOTE:  Please note the summaries should be used for general informational purposes and not as a legal reference. DropZone Marketing is unable to answer questions or provide guidance to business owners regarding gift cards and gift certificate laws and practices. If you have questions regarding issuing or redeeming a gift card or gift certificate or a retailer’s practices, please contact the Office of the Attorney General in your state.

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