Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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Replacement license plates

You can apply for a replacement license plate by downloading and completing a Replacement License Plates Application form MV2118. This form is also available at any DMV service center. Complete the vehicle description on form MV2118 for the plate that needs replacing and submit the form with the correct fees.

NOTE: Form MV2118 can not be used to change from one type of plate to another. If you need to change the plate type or vehicle weight, you will need to complete the Wisconsin Title & License Plate Application form MV1 and submit it along with the appropriate fee.

Non-personalized and non-personalized special interest plates:

  • Your plate will be replaced with a NEW number.
  • When you receive the new plate(s), destroy the old plate(s) (the best way is to break or cut the plates in half before you dispose of them).
  • If your plates were stolen, notify your local law enforcement agency of the stolen plate number.
  • You will receive a new Certificate of Registration in 3-4 weeks. The plates are mailed out separately from the registration and may take an additional 2-4 weeks.


The fees for a replacement plate vary from $2 to $6 for each plate depending on the type of license plate. The fees are shown on the form.

  • Make check payable to: Registration Fee Trust
  • Mail the application along with the appropriate fee to:

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    P.O. Box 7949
    Madison, WI 53707-7949

Personalized and Special Interest personalized plates:

  • Complete the plate and vehicle description on form MV2118.
  • You will be issued duplicate plate(s) with the same personalized number.
  • You will receive your new plates in 6-8 weeks.
  • If personalized plates have been reported as stolen, send the application to:

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    Special Plates Unit
    P.O. Box 7911
    Madison, WI 53707-7911
Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service
Call: (608) 266-1466

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Last modified: August 9, 2013

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