Wisconsin National Guard license plates

Wisconsin national guard license plate

Eligibility

National Guard license plates are available to any Wisconsin motorist who qualifies as a current or retired National Guard member. An eligible person must be an owner or lessee of the vehicle, or the beneficiary of a trust that owns or leases the vehicle.

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 when non-personalized National Guard plates are issued or reissued.
  • A $15 fee is required each year in addition to the regular registration fee if you choose to receive personalized National Guard plates.
  • If you are a current or former member of one of eight Wisconsin National Guard units, you are eligible to receive one unit plate decal for a fee of $20.
  • If a person in possession of these plates does not maintain membership in the National Guard (except due to retirement), he/she must dispose of the plates and apply for standard plates.
  • The surviving spouse of an active or retired guard member with National Guard plates, who is now deceased, may retain the plates.
  • ​​No special parking privileges are provided with Military plates. See Disabled Veteran license plates or Disabled parking identification permits​​​​​ for information about special parking privileges for persons with disabilities that impair the ability to walk.
  • See below for information about other military related special license plates.

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

How to apply:

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

  1. If th​​​​e vehicle you want to register with National Guard plates is already titled/registered in your name, send:
    • A completed Wisconsin National Guard License Plates and Decals Applications and Information MV2929 including the verification of National Guard membership and ​complete vehicle description
    • $15 issuance fee or $15 personalized plate fee
    • $20 for an optional plate decal, if you qualify
    • 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 Wisconsin National Guard License Plates and Decals Applications and Information MV2929, including the verification of National Guard membership
    • The Certificate of Title assigned to you ​by the seller
    • $15 issuance fee or $15 personalized plate fee
    • $20 for optional plate decal, if you qualify
    • 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 National Guard ​plates with the new red and white design, send $40 and complete the vehicle information, decal options and verification of National Guard membership on the Wisconsin National Guard License Plates and Decals Applications and Information MV2929
  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 National Guard license plates is optional. A $15 personalized plate fee is required each year in addition to the regular annual registration fee. On the Wisconsin National Guard License Plates and Decals Applications and Information MV2929​, 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 f​ind 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