Since NE has titles, then your friend possibly had one at one time. Replacing a lost title is easy in most states, but he has to be there. Perhaps you could offer to take him there. You’ll need the VIN
, which is usually on the tongue somewhere.
I had to work gently with my mother when she wanted to gift us her van camper a few years ago. She insisted she never had a title, but of course at 92 her memory wasn’t what it once was.
If your friend acquired it from someone else and never titled it, then it’s going to get more complicated (and expensive), as Gordon says, possibly requiring a bonded title.