Mobile homes, recreational vehicles, boats and other trailers

​First determine if you need title and/or plates. Then use the chart below to determine if your type of trailer or mobile/manufactured home is handled by WisDOT or the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). ​Send the title and plate application to either DSPS or WisDOT, using the links below.

Register your boat at DNR online at​​​.

​​Do I need a title and/or plate?

Fifth wheel, travel trailers, Park Model, RV trailers or boat trailers

Mobile homes less than 45 feet long

  • For use on roadway they need title and plates
  • If purchased as real estate on a foundation, hooked up to utilities and both mobile home and land are being purchased, need title from WisDOT (no sales/use tax collected), no plate needed

Manufactured and mobile homes greater than 45 feet long

  • Contact DSPS
  • Does not require plates from WisDOT

Temporary undercarriage for transporting manufactured homes

  • Does not need a title
  • Must display a Transferable Trailer license plate registered to the transporter. The transferable trailer plate should be applied​ for at a weight that will cover the total weight of the undercarriage plus the load.​​​

Who handles your application:

​Vehicle type: ​Send application to:
​Mobile home 1975 and older over 45 feet
Mobile homes 1976 and newer, 40 feet or more
Manufactured home - any lengthDSPS
​Recreational Vehicle Trailers of any length. This includes but is not limited to:
  • Travel trailers
  • Boat trailers
  • 5th Wheels
  • Camping trailers
  • Pop-up trailers
  • Park Model trailers
​Mobile home 1975 and older, 45 feet or less
Mobile homes 1976 and newer under 40 feet
​Other trailer typesWisDOT

​Vehicle definitions

For applications that need to be submitted to DSPS, find the appropriate form(s) at: Information on transactions involving manufactured/mobile homes.

If you have any questions, contact:

Department of Safety and Professional Services
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
Phone: (608) 266-2112 (option 3)

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