WisDOT mails license plate renewal notices to the last known address of the vehicle's registered owner or lessee at least 30 days before the license plate expires. If you lost your notice or did not receive one, you may download a Substitute Renewal Notice, form
MV2016. Completely fill out the substitute notice and mail it with the
required renewal fee to the address listed on the form.
You may renew registrations
online for automobiles, motor homes and trailers and for trucks or buses up to 54,000 lbs. gross weight using a MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover credit or debit card or ACH (Automated Clearing House) payment. Your credit or debit card will be charged a convenience fee for this service. There is no
convenience fee charged for ACH payment from your checking or savings account.
Renew in person
If you prefer, you may renew in person at a
DMV customer service center that offers registration services or at a
renewal service provider. There is an additional fee for renewals processed in person.
If you don't apply to renew your license plate on time, state law requires WisDOT to charge a
late fee for certain vehicles.
License plate search
You may use
license plate search to check:
When your plate expires
Whether an emissions test is required for the vehicle
Whether your plate is suspended or valid
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