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Renew Wisconsin Car Registration

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.

How to Renew Car Registration Online

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:

  • Your license plate renewal notice has a Renewal Reference Number (RRN) displayed to the right of the return mailing address on the notice.
  • You are able to locate your RRN number from an online license plate search if you don’t have your renewal notice. (You must have a copy of your current registration to use the search engine.)
  • Your current and correct address is on file with the DMV.
  • You have a credit or debit card or a checking/saving account for electronic payment. (Credit and debit card use comes with a convenience fee.)

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:

  • Enter the RRN number and your personal information into the application.
  • Pay the automobile renewal registration fee of $75.
  • Print the confirmation page as temporary proof of current car registration and keep it in your vehicle until you receive the new Certificate of Vehicle Registration and license plate sticker (within 7-10 business days).
  • Replace the license plate sticker upon receipt.

Note:  If you want to renew expired car registration documents, you will also have to pay the $10 penalty.

How to Renew Car Registration by Mail

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.

How to Renew Car Registration in Person

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:

  • Your renewal notice, if you have it.
  • Your current registration.
  • Your Wisconsin drivers license or ID card.
  • Payment of $75 in the form of cash, a check, a money order or a credit/debit card.