The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) sends license plate renewal notices at least one month before the current license plate expiration date. Automobile license plates expire one full year (365 days) from the first date of operation. The actual expiration date may be any day of the month and not necessarily the last day of the month. If needed, see
lost renewal notice.
late fee is due for auto, light truck, motorcycle and moped renewals received by DMV after the date of expiration. You may legally operate your vehicle on Wisconsin public roads once you submit the renewal fee.
License plate search to:
Check when your plate expires.
Check to see if an
emissions test is required for the vehicle.
Check whether your plate is suspended or valid.
In addition to the regular annual registration fee paid for a vehicle, all vehicles with automobile registration or truck registration at 8,000 lbs. or less (except dual purpose farm registration) may be subject to:
Watch for the redesigned registration renewal postcard. It has information on additional fees included in your registration. Learn more about going paperless, renewing online and signing up for eNotify to receive electronic renewal reminders.
Ways to renew
You may renew
online using a MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover credit or debit card and ACH (Automated Clearing House) from your checking or savings account. Your credit or debit card will be charged a
convenience fee for this service. There is no convenience fee charged for ACH payment. We will mail a new license plate sticker and Certificate of Vehicle Registration within 7-10 business days.
Mail the renewal notice and fee to the address shown on the notice. You will receive a new plate sticker and Certificate of Vehicle Registration within 10 business days.
Title - registration service providers
DMV has authorized several agencies and businesses to act as agents to provide basic vehicle registration services. You will receive a new license plate sticker and Certificate of Vehicle Registration from the agent. These agents may charge a maximum service fee of $10 for a renewal transaction and $19.50 for a title transaction. Service hours and methods of payment vary.
DMV services centers (find out what plates are available at each DMV)
Present the license plate renewal notice and fee at any of the DMV customer service centers offering vehicle registration services. You will receive a new license plate sticker and Certificate of Vehicle Registration. There is a $3 counter service fee per renewal application.
DMV customer service centers accept cash, checks, debit cards and the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. Debit cards will be processed as credit.
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