Renewing car registration is an essential task all Wisconsin drivers must complete to maintain driving privileges. Car registration renewal periods vary in Wisconsin, so drivers must pay attention to their renewal notice and license plate decals to avoid late renewal. Driving with expired registration may lead to financial or legal penalties issued by the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles. Car registration renewal, commonly known as license plate renewal in Wisconsin, is available online, by mail, in person at a DMV office or service provider. Drivers can continue reading below for more information.
The easiest way to renew car registration is by visiting the Wisconsin DMV website. You may use the online eMV Public System if the following apply:
If the above do not apply to your car registration, you will have to renew by mail or in person. If you are able to utilize the system, you must complete the following:
Note: If you want to renew expired car registration documents, you will also have to pay the $10 penalty.
If you have your car registration renewal notice, you can simply fill out the back and mail it to the address displayed with a check or money order payable to “Registration Fee Trust.” If you lost or did not receive a renewal notice, you may download and print it on the eMV Public System by using the license plate search application.
Note: When renewing by mail, please send your application and payment at least two weeks (10-14 business days) before the current registration expires to ensure that your new license plate sticker arrives by mail in time.
If you are running out of time before your car registration expires and prefer to visit a Wisconsin DMV customer service center, you may do so on a walk-in basis. You will need to bring along: