Safety responsibility compliance

​Release of liability

If you settle the damages with the other party, you must: 

  • Submit a Release of Liability MV3041 ​​which releases you from future liability for the crash.
    • ​Those who had damages must sign the release. Their signature must be witnessed or notarized.

Installment agreement

You may enter into a payment plan to pay for the damages or injuries using the Installment Agreement to Pay Accident Damages MV3128.

  • ​​You must sign the agreement in the presence of a notary.      
  • Those who had damages or injuries must sign the agreement in the presence of a witness.
  • An insurance company representative must also sign if the payments are being made to the insurance company. ​​

If you fail to make your payments, your operating and/or registration privileges will be suspended.

Security deposit

You may deposit security with the Wisconsin DMV as a means of maintaining your operating and registration privileges. The deposit will be held until one of these occurs:

  • The parties who had damages or injuries​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​reach an agreement​ with you
  • A court orders Wisconsin DMV to disburse the funds according to the court ruling
  • ​One year has passed and no court action has been initiated
    • ​​if a court action has been initiated, the deposit will be held for 20 years or until the claim is settled 

Payment should be made to Registration Fee Trust and mailed to:​

​Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Uninsured Motorist Unit
PO Box 7983
Madison, WI 53707​

Accepted payment methods are:​​

  • Certified personal check
  • Cashier’s check
  • Money order​
  • Loan company drafts
  • Surety bond
  • ​An attorney trust account check

​Reaching an agreement

If you deposited security and then settle the claim, you must file a Security Deposit Assignment and Release of Liability form MV3216 with ​DMV. This releases you from any future claims filed by the claimant(s) for the crash.

  • Uninsured motorist fills out the Security Deposit Assignment portion of the form
    • Sign in the presence of a notary 
  • Claimant(s) completes the Liability Release portion of the form
    • Sign the presence of a witness
  • Funds that Wisconsin DMV has been holding are mailed to the claimant(s) in approximately three to four weeks ​

Uninsured Motorists/Safety Responsibility Law

Email Wisconsin DMV email service​
Phone (608) 266-1249