Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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License plate availability Flash Player

Check before you go!

Not all DMV customer service centers provide license plates or license plate renewal services. Save yourself time and gas by checking the plate availability tool below to see which customer service centers have the plates or renewal services you need. Note: All license plates are available by mail.

Some regular and special plates can only be applied for through the mail. Several special plates (those that highlight within the plate availability tool below) can be applied for either through the mail or at a customer service center and then plates will be sent through the mail. You will receive a temporary plate if needed.

All customer service centers (except the express center on Odana Road in Madison) issue disabled parking ID cards.

To apply for license plates by mail, complete the MV1 form and mail to:

P.O. Box 7949
Madison WI 53707-7949

Please check current processing times to estimate when you can expect your products to be mailed.


  1. Select a plate type from the dropdown menu at the top of the tool.
  2. Read the instructions associated with the selected plate type.
  3. DMV service centers that provide the plate will highlight. Click any of the highlighted service centers for more information.

Note: The license plate availability tool requires Flash player 9 or newer. You can also review the plate availability chart  as a non-Flash substitute.

To apply for special plates and personalized plates by mail, complete the appropriate form(s) and mail to:

Special Plates Unit
P.O. Box 7911
Madison, WI 53707-7911

Learn how to apply for a title and registration for your vehicle.

Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service

Last modified: July 22, 2014

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