Legislation Affecting DMV

​2019-2021 Biennial Budget

Wisconsin's 2019-2021 biennial budget includes a provision to increase motor vehicle title and registration fees and implements a hybrid electric vehicle surcharge. These fees are effective October 1, 2019. 

For vehicles that currently are registered, the new registration fees and the hybrid electric vehicle surcharge will be assessed on vehicles with an expiration date of September 30, 2019, or later, even if renewal payment is submitted before October 1, 2019.

Vehicle Title Fee Increase

Effective October 1, 2019, the vehicle title fee increases from $69.50 to $164.50. The title fee for a surviving spouse/surviving domestic partner or a low-speed vehicle (LSV) increases from $62 to $157. 

Registration Fee Increases

Annual registration fees have increased for automobiles, light trucks and some other gross weight vehicles registered at less than 8,000 pounds. The increased fees will be assessed for current registrations expiring September 30, 2019, or later and for new registrations with a starting operation date on October 1, 2019, or later. 

Registration Fee Changes

​Registration Type ​Weight Class

​Fees
expiration before 9/30/2019

​New fees
expiration 9/30/2019
and later

​Automobile (AUT)
Human Service Vehicle (HSV)
​Not applicable$75$85
​Light Truck (LTK)
Dual-Purpose Farm (DPF)
Dual-Purpose Vehicle (DPV)
Bus (BUS)

4,500 pounds

$75

$100

​Light Truck (LTK)
Dual-Purpose Farm (DPF)
Dual-Purpose Vehicle (DPV)
Bus (BUS)

6,000 pounds

$84

$100

​Trailer (LTL)​3,000 pounds​$37.50$50
​Trailer (TRL)​4,500 pounds​$37.50$50
​Trailer (TRL)​6,000 pounds​$42$50
​Dairy (DRY) trailer
Farm Trailer (FTL)
Raw Forest Product (RFP) trailer
Special Z (SPZ)

4,500 pounds

$18.75

$25

​Dairy (DRY) trailer
Farm Trailer (FTL)
Raw Forest Product (RFP) trailer
Special Z (SPZ)

6,000 pounds

$21

$25

​Farm Truck Tractor (FTR)​6,000 pounds​$39$43
​Truck Tractor (TOR)​6,000 pounds ​$102$118



Hybrid Electric Vehicle Surcharge

A $75 annual surcharge for hybrid electric vehicle is implemented. A hybrid electric vehicle is one that is capable of using both electricity and gasoline, diesel fuel or alternative fuel to propel the vehicle. The surcharge applies to hybrid electric vehicles registered as automobiles or as light trucks up to 8,000 pounds gross weight, including dual purpose vehicles. It will be collected whenever the regular annual registration fee is paid for plate issuance and registration renewal.

The surcharge will be assessed for current registrations expiring September 30, 2019, or later and new registrations with a starting date of operation on October 1, 2019, or later.