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Collector license plates
Vehicles that qualify
A motor vehicle at least 20 years old that is being preserved because of its historical interest is eligible for Collector license plates. The current calendar year minus 20 equals the newest model year eligible for Collector registration.
Vehicles altered or modified from the original manufacturer's specifications do not qualify for Collector license plates but may be eligible for Hobbyist license plates. See form MV2388 for Hobbyist license plate qualifications, instructions and application.
The following former military vehicles also qualify for Collector plates, even if they have been altered or modified:
- GMC DUKW ("Duck") six-wheel drive utility vehicle originally manufactured for use by the U.S. military forces during World War II that is at least 25 years old.
- Humvee multipurpose wheeled vehicle originally manufactured for use by the U.S. military forces that is at least 22 years old.
- Kaiser Jeep M715 that is at least 25 years old.
- Pinzgauer all-terrain, four- or six-wheel drive vehicle that is at least 25 years old.
Things you should know
- To qualify for Collector license plates, each collector vehicle owner must own or lease at least one other motor vehicle for regular transportation with current, valid registration in Wisconsin under the same name(s) as the collector vehicle.
- Collector registration is twice the regular annual registration fee for the type of vehicle. There is also a one-time issuance fee of $50 for the first collector vehicle registered by the owner. Please refer to the fee chart below.
- Collector registration does not expire for as long as you own the vehicle. However, Collector registration is not valid during the month of January. For operation in January, the collector vehicle must have temporary registration, which is available for five consecutive days or the full month. Use form MV2750 to apply for temporary registration.
- WisDOT assigns a Collector license number to the owner of the collector vehicle. If the owner registers other collector vehicles, WisDOT issues the same collector number with a letter suffix to each collector vehicle owned by the same person. Example: If WisDOT issues Collector plate number 99999 to a collector vehicle owner, the owner's next collector vehicles will receive plate numbers 99999A, 99999B, etc. Collector license plates cannot be personalized.
- Except for historic military vehicles, truck type vehicles with Collector plates cannot haul more than 500 pounds. To determine the approximate weight, use the weight of the vehicle with a full tank of gas and the equipment normally on the vehicle. Do not include the weight of a camper, lid or cap that is mounted on the truck or the weight of any persons or pets.
- If a truck was manufactured with a flatbed frame, it qualifies for COL plates and may tow a fifth wheel recreational vehicle trailer (the weight of the trailer is not counted with the weight of cargo in the truck). Trucks altered from original manufacturer's specifications to accommodate a fifth wheel recreational vehicle trailer do not qualify for COL plates, but may qualify for Hobbyist plates.
- Except for motorcycles, which receive one plate, WisDOT issues two Collector license plates that must be displayed on the vehicle.
- The owner of a vehicle with Collector license plates may register other vehicles he/she owns or leases with Collector special license plates. Collector special license plates expire annually and are available for autos, trucks (registered at 8,000 pounds gross weight or less), farm trucks (registered at 12,000 pounds gross weight) and motor homes.
- For more information, visit personalized and special plates FAQs.
How to apply
All Collector license plate applications must be mailed to the address below. Collector plates are not available or processed at DMV customer service centers. Send the following items:
- A completed and signed Collector License Plates Application form MV2323.
- Pictures of the engine compartment, interior and exterior of the vehicle, and all sides.
- If the vehicle you wish to register with Collector plates is
already titled in your name and
- is currently registered, send a copy of your Certificate of Registration.
- is not currently registered, send the actual Certificate of Title (not a photocopy).
- If the vehicle is not titled in your name, send a completed title application MV1 or MV11, if purchased from a dealer), assigned title and all required fees, including Collector registration fees.
- Using the fee schedule below, determine Collector registration fees. NO credit is given for any current registration. If you are transferring Collector plates from a vehicle you no longer own, you must pay the same fee as when applying for a second or subsequent collector vehicle registration.
- Mail with payment to:
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Special Plates Unit
P.O. Box 7911
Madison WI 53707-7911
For second and subsequent collector vehicles, allow approximately 4-6 weeks for the plate manufacturing process after you receive the new Certificate of Registration.
|Vehicle type||Gross weight*||First collector vehicle||Second and subsequent vehicles. (Includes transfer of Collector plates to another vehicle.)|
|Truck/Former military vehicle||4,500||$200||$150|
|8,000 and over||$262||$212|
|8,000 and over||$160||$110|
*Weight: To determine the approximate weight, use the weight of the vehicle, full tank of fuel and equipment normally on the vehicle. The weight does not include the weight of a camper, lid or cap that is mounted on the truck or the weight of any persons or pets riding within the driver's compartment.
WisDOT complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Release of information
WisDOT uses the information on form MV2323 to issue Collector license plates. Under open records laws, WisDOT must make nonexempt information available upon request. If you want your name and address withheld from mailing lists of ten or more individuals, check the "opt out" box on form MV2323.
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