Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Alert: The following services will be unavailable on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 12 a.m. (midnight) to 6 a.m. CST due to system maintenance.

Sesquicentennial license plate - frequently asked questions

Sesquicentennial license plate

Sesquicentennial license plates are no longer available.

My Sesquicentennial plates are in bad shape (or they have been lost or stolen). Can I get some new ones?

WisDOT began replacing all current Sesquicentennial plates at renewal time in the summer of 2013. If your current Sesquicentennial license plates have not been replaced, you can complete form MV2118 - Replacement License Plate Application and send with the usual registration renewal fee, if due. No replacement plate fee is due. You will receive standard design license plates.

I have personalized Sesquicentennial license plates and want the same message on a different style plate. Can I do this?

Yes, in most cases. Plate messages can no longer be duplicated, so if the plate message currently exists under a different plate type, you cannot have that message on a new plate. You may check for available personalized plate message at the personalized plate lookup.

If the message is available:
It is best to change at renewal time. Send a note requesting the change or complete a special plates application form for the new plate type. Send the note or form with a copy of your Certificate of Registration,  $15 personalized plate fee, registration fee (if the plates are close to expiration) and any other special plate fees due (e.g., for Packer or Endangered Resources plates) to the address below.

I have personalized Sesquicentennial plates and just want to get regular non-personalized plates. What do I need to do?

Send a note to that effect or a completed form MV2118 - Replacement License Plates Application requesting regular plates. If you mail the request to the address on the MV2118 form, we will not charge the $4 replacement plate fee. Send the registration fee (not including the $15 personalized plate fee) if it is time to renew your plates.

Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service
Call: (608) 266-3041
Write to:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 7911
Madison, WI 53707-7911

For more information:

Last modified: October 29, 2014

All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation does not testify to, sponsor or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages. Some pages contain links to other documents and media types (PDF, Word, Flash, Video, etc.) and require free plugins to work. Visit our software information page for assistance.