Emergency Medical Services license plates


Eligibility

Emergency medical services (EMS) license plates are available to any Wisconsin motorist who is currently licensed as an EMS. The applicant for EMS plates must be an owner or lessee of the vehicle.

Notice: The decal at the bottom of the emergency medical services plate changed from "Emergency Medical Technician" to "Emergency Medical Services" effective November 1, 2017. All applications received on or after November 1, 2017, receive the EMS designation.

You may select from two plate designs:

  • ​Black numbers/letters on a white background, first issued in 2007.
  • Black numbers/letters on a red and white background, first issued in November 2011.

Vehicles that qualify:

  • automobiles 
  • motor homes (annual registration only) 
  • trucks
    • 4,500, 6,000 or 8,000 pounds​​ gross weight including dual purpose farm and dual purpose motor home 
    • 12,000 pounds gross weight farm truck 

Things you should know:

  • A $15 fee is required each year in addition to the regular annual registration fee if you choose to receive personalized EMS plates.
  • ​​If your EMS license expires and is not renewed, you must exchange your EMS plates for regular license plates, unless the retirement is due to an injury suffered during the course of duty. Notify WisDOT Special Plates Unit by letter or email if someone uses EMS plates who does not currently qualify for them.

For more information, visit personalized and special plates FAQs​.

How to apply:

EMS license plates are not available at local DMV customer service centers. To apply, send the following items:

  1. If the vehicle you want to register with EMS plates is already titled/registered in your name, send:
    • A completed Civilian License Plate Information and Application MV2652 including the complete vehicle description
    • A copy of your EMS license
    • $15 personalized plate fee, if applicable
    • The annual registration fee if your current plates expire within the next three months ​or you have no plates
  2. ​​If the vehicle is not titled/registered in your name, send: ​
    • ​​A completed Wisconsin Title and License Plates Application MV1, or MV11 for dealer sales, including all other fees due
    • A completed Civilian License Plate Information and Application MV2652 including and the complete vehicle description
    • A copy of your EMS license​
    • The Certificate of Title assigned to you ​by the seller
    • $15 personalized plate fee, if applicable
    • The annual registration fee if you do not have plates or your current plates expire within the next three months 

  3. If you are only replacing your white background EMS plates with the new red and white design, send $40 and complete the vehicle information on the Civilian License Plate Information and Application MV2652.
  4. Make the check or money order made payable to: Registration Fee Trust​.
  5. Mail with​ payment to:
  6. ​Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    Special Plates Unit
    P.O. Box 7911
    Madison WI 53707-7911

Personalized license plates

Personalizing your EMS license plates is optional. A $15 personalized plate fee is required each year in addition to the regular annual registration fee and donation. ​On the Civilian License Plate Information and Application MV2652, check which option you would like us to follow if your request is not available. Please allow an additional 4-6 weeks for delivery.

Visit Personalized plate search​ to find out if your choice for a personalized license plate is available. WisDOT may refuse to issue, or may recall after issuance, a request that may be offensive to good taste or decency, misleading or conflicts with any other license plate. For more information, visit personalized and special plates FAQs.

​For more information:

​Special Plates Unit
Email Wisconsin DMV email service
Phone (608) 266-3041
Fax (608) 267-5106