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Hobbyist license plates

Hobbyist license plate

Hobbyist license plate numbers are assigned to the owner for a lifetime and the registration does not expire. A letter suffix is added to the number (i.e., 1A, 1B, etc.) for each subsequent hobbyist vehicle owned by the same person. Hobbyist plates CANNOT be personalized.

Types of hobbyist vehicles

Street modified vehicles

  • 20 or more model years old.
  • May have body modifications from the original
  • May still resemble the original year and make of the vehicle.
  • Are more commonly known as "hot rods" or "street rods."

Replica vehicles

  • Are reproductions of vehicles originally made by another manufacturer.
  • Must replicate a vehicle 20 or more model years old.
  • May be a "kit car."

 Reconstructed vehicles

  • Must be constructed from a vehicle 20 or more model years old.
  • Must no longer resemble the original vehicle.
  • Application materials must include a bill of sale for all major parts used in the construction of the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle qualifies, it must pass a safety and equipment inspection with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Homemade motorized vehicles

  • Homemade motor vehicles, other than motorcycles, may qualify for Hobbyist plates.
  • The vehicle must have been constructed from new or used parts not originating from or resembling a previously manufactured motor vehicle.
  • Homemade motorcycles that replicate a motorcycle 20 or more model years old.
  • Application materials must include a bill of sale for all major parts used in the construction of the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle qualifies, it must pass a safety and equipment inspection with the Wisconsin State Patrol.


Refer to Wisconsin Statutes 341.268 for vehicle definitions and Administrative Rule Trans 149 for homemade or reconstructed vehicle requirements. If you have questions about vehicles that qualify for hobbyist registration, call (608) 266-1466, Monday Friday from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm or contact us.

How to apply

  1. Complete and sign the Hobbyist Registration Application form MV2388. Check the type of hobbyist vehicle on page 1.
  2. Include photos of all four sides of the vehicle.
  3. Send the above items along with your original title (not a photocopy) and Hobbyist registration fee to:

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    Special Plates Unit
    P.O. Box 7911
    Madison WI 53707-7911
  4. If the vehicle is NOT titled in your name, you must also complete form MV1 Wisconsin Title and License Plate Application (or MV11) and include appropriate fees.
  5. If the vehicle qualifies as a reconstructed or motorized homemade vehicle, the vehicle must pass a safety and equipment inspection with the Wisconsin State Patrol.

Registration fees

Vehicle type Gross weight* First plate Second and subsequent plate or transfer from a vehicle you no longer own
Automobile   $200 $150
Truck 4,500 $200 $150
  6,000 $218 $168
  8,000 and over $262 $212
Motor home 5,000 $147 $97
  8,000 and over $160 $110
Motorcycle/moped $73 $23

*Weight: To determine the approximate weight, use the weight of the vehicle with a full tank of gas 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.

Release of information

Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) uses the information on form MV2388 to issue Hobbyist license plates. Under the Wisconsin open records law, the department must make nonexempt information available upon request. If you want your name and address withheld from mailing lists of 10 or more individuals, complete page 2 of form MV2388.

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Last modified: March 3, 2014

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