Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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eMV Public frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Vehicle kept in information

My city/village/town/unincorporated village isn't listed. What should I do?

If you select a community that is unincorporated, in the county selected the e-MV Public application will change it to the nearest, largest community. This change will show on the Confirmation screen and on the receipt.

Why do I have to list where my vehicle is kept?

Wisconsin counties, cities, villages and/or towns are eligible for programs run by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) based on the number of vehicles that are kept in their county, (city/village/town). All fees paid to the Registration Fee Trust go into the Transportation Fund, which is then used for all transportation projects in the state.

For further information regarding how monies are allocated, please refer to the following links:

Any applicable county, local (city/village/town), and/or stadium tax is also collected on the purchase price of your vehicle which goes to the county and/or city/village/town upon collection. Various Wisconsin counties and/or city/village/town's have a wheel tax due at the time of issuance or renewal of license plates.

Vehicles kept in the southeast portion of the state, (Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Washington and Waukesha counties) that are model years 1996 and newer are subject to vehicle emissions testing for vehicle registered for the first time in this area, or if an emissions test on system is older than 180 days.

Questions? Contact the eMV support team
Last modified: August 16, 2012

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