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License plate renewal options
The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) mails license plate expiration renewal notices at least one month before the current license plate expiration date. Automobile license plates expire one full year (365 days) from the first date of operation. The actual expiration date may be any day of the month and not necessarily the last day of the month.
A late fee is due for most renewals received by DMV after the date of expiration. You may legally operate your vehicle on Wisconsin public roads once you submit the renewal fee.
Use the License plate look up to:
- Check when your plate expires.
- Get the RRN number so you can renew your plates online.
- Check to see if an emissions test is required for the vehicle.
- Check whether your plate is suspended or valid.
Options for renewing vehicle registrations are explained below.
You will need the RRN number shown on the license plate renewal notice sent to you and a valid MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover card. Your credit or debit card will be charged an additional $1.25 online convenience fee. You will receive your plate stickers and Certificate of Registration in ten days or less.
Mail the renewal notice and fee to the address shown on the renewal notice. Plate stickers and a Certificate of Registration will be returned by mail within 10 days. If you have lost your renewal notice see Lost renewal notice.
DMV has authorized several agencies and businesses to act as DMV Title/Registration Service Providers. Plate stickers and a Certificate of Registration are handed to the customer upon completing the transaction. These agents may charge a maximum service fee of $10 for a renewal transaction and $19.50 for a title transaction. Service hours and methods of payment may vary.
DMV customer service centers accept cash or checks only. Credit or debit cards are accepted for online transactions only.
Present the renewal notice and fee at any of the DMV service centers offering vehicle registration services. Plate stickers and a Certificate of Registration will be handed to the person presenting the application. There is a $3 service fee per renewal application.
Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service
Call: (608) 266-1466
Last modified: January 4, 2013
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