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.

Title your vehicle with eMV Public

Online services will be unavailable due to maintenance Sunday, July 27, from midnight to 6 a.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The online system eMV Public is designed to assist Wisconsin residents who purchase or acquire a vehicle and need to title and register it in their name. This system is available for the following types of vehicles:

  • Automobiles
  • Light Trucks (8,000 pounds or less)
  • Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs)
  • Motorcycles (no mopeds)

To use this system, you will need:

Note: Never buy a vehicle without seeing and receiving a title signed by the previous owner.

If you need to update your address, we encourage you to change your residence address online before you begin. You may also find out if you have any restrictions (incidents) that would prevent you from obtaining a DMV product.

When you have successfully completed your online application, you must print and mail the receipt (eMV Public receipt sample) with your title, any other required documents and payment to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Please do not visit a DMV service center or an agency/business that offers title and registration services to complete your application.

If applying for new plates, you must also print and display the temporary plate. See an eMV Public temporary plate sample. Temporary plates are not issued for motorcycles. See instructions for complete information.

This system is not available for the following:

  • You are applying for a title only and not applying for plates or transferring plates.
  • You have a Wisconsin title in your name and are applying for license plates only. Complete and signed MV1 form and return with vehicle license plates fees.
  • The seller is deceased.
  • The vehicle is currently titled in another state.
  • You are titling the vehicle in the name of a trust, company or business.
  • You are under the age of 18 (unless there will be a co-owner over 18).
  • You are registering any motor vehicle other than an auto, light truck or motorcycle.
  • You bought the vehicle from a Wisconsin dealer. Your dealer must title and register the vehicle for you.
  • You will have a new loan on the vehicle. Your lender or dealer will assist you in titling and registering your vehicle.
  • More than two purchasers will be on the new title for the vehicle.
  • The vehicle is leased.
  • You are applying for a special license plate (Packer, military, personalized, collector, etc.).
  • You will be hauling packages for hire.
  • You or the seller of the vehicle have restrictions (incidents).

Other conditions may prevent you from using this system. When this occurs, a message will display with instructions. For more information on other vehicles, refer to getting a title and license plates or new residents.

Launch the e-MV Public application

View the glossary for DMV terms or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more information.

eMV Public questions: Contact the eMV support team
All other questions: Contact, Wisconsin DMV email service
Last modified: April 24, 2014

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