In God We Trust license plates

In God We Trust license plate

Any Wisconsin resident may apply for In God We Trust license plates. Donations fr​om these plates benefit Wisconsin Veteran Home member care.

Vehicles that​​ qualify

  • automobiles
  • motor homes (annual registration only)
  • motor 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:

When you request In God We Trust license plates, you pay:

  • $25 annual donation that WisDOT transfers to the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) Wisconsin Veteran Home member care. The donation may be deductible if you itemize your income tax returns.
  • $15 issuance fee or an annual $15 personalized plate fee, if requested. DOT transfers issuance fees to WDVA Veterans Trust Fund.
  • The regular registration fee for your vehicle if your current plates expire within three months or you have no plates

At each plate renewal, you will pay the $25 donation and the regular registration fee for non-personalized In God We Trust plates.

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

How to apply

Local DMV customer service centers do not have In God We Trust license plates for immediate issue, but can process applications; the plates will be mailed. Temporary plates will be issued, if needed.

To apply by mail, please send the following items:

  1. If th​​​​e vehicle you want to register with In God We Trust plates is already titled/registered in your name, send:
    • A copy of your Certificate of Vehicle Registration or show the complete vehicle description on the In God We Trust License Plate Information and Application MV2971
    • $25 In God We Trust donation
    • $15 issuance fee or $15 personalized plate fee
    • 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 & License Plates Application MV1, or MV11 for dealer sales, including all other fees due
    • A completed In God We Trust License Plate Information and Application MV2971
    • The Certificate of Title assigned to you ​by the seller
    • $25 In God We Trust donation
    • $15 issuance fee or $15 personalized plate fee
    • The annual registration fee if you do not have plates or your current plates expire within the next three months
  3. Make the check or money order made payable to: Registration Fee Trust​.
  4. Mail with​ payment to:
  5. ​Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    Special Plates Unit
    P.O. Box 7911
    Madison WI 53707-7911 

Personalized license plates

Personalizing your In God We Trust license plates is optional. A $15 personalized plate fee is required each year in addition to the $25 donation and regular annual registration fee. ​On the In God We Trust License Plate Information and Application MV2971, 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