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.

Replacement renewal notice

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.

Renew online

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 payment (Automated Clearing House). 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 service center that offers registration services or at a renewal service provider. There is an additional fee for renewals processed in person.

Late fees

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 (IM) test is required for the vehicle.
  • Whether your plate is suspended or valid.
Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service
Call: (608) 266-1466

Last modified: November 12, 2014

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