Trout unlimited license plates

Trout Unlimited license plate

Any Wisconsin resident may apply for Trout Unlimited license plates. Donations from these plates benefit Wisconsin Trout Unlimited, whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.

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 Trout Unlimited license plates, you pay:

  • $25 annual donation to Wisconsin Trout Unlimited. The donation may be deductible if you itemize your income tax returns.
  • $15 issuance fee or an annual $15 personalized plate fee, if requested
  • the annual 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 Trout Unlimited plates.

For more information, visit personalized and special plates FAQs​

How to apply

Local DMV customer service centers do not have Trout Unlimited 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 Trout Unlimited 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 Trout Unlimited License Plates Information and Application MV2970
    • $25 Trout Unlimited 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 Trout Unlimited License Plates Information and Application MV2970
    • the Certificate of Title assigned to you ​by the seller
    • $25 Trout Unlimited 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 Trout Unlimited 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 Trout Unlimited License Plates Information and Application MV2970, 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