How to Renew Your Car Registration in Wisconsin

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In order to drive legally in the state of Wisconsin, you need to register your car with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. You’re required to register your car each year, and if you are late in registering, you will incur a late fee of $10. If your registration is expired, you cannot drive until it has been renewed. Thankfully, there are several different ways you can renew your registration including online, in person, and through the mail.

Your renewal notice

Watch the mail for your renewal notice. The state automatically sends them out each year, just before your current registration is set to expire. You’ll find some important information here, including the amount you have to pay to renew your registration, as well as the expiration date of your current registration.

Note that depending on where you live, you may need to pass emissions testing before you can renew your registration. You can find a full list of areas in the state with mandatory emissions testing on the DMV website.

In terms of renewal fees, the amount you pay will depend on the type of vehicle you’re driving. Cars cost $75 per year, while trucks cost $75, $84 or $106 per year depending on weight. Motorcycle registration costs $23 per two years.

To renew by mail

If you'd like to renew your registration by mail you will need to:

  • Include your renewal notice
  • Include proof of emissions testing if applicable
  • Mail a check or money order for the amount of your renewal fee to the address shown on your renewal notice.

To renew your registration online

To renew your registration online you will need to:

  • Go to the Wisconsin DMV website
  • Enter the renewal reference number from your notice
  • Pay the fee with an accepted credit card
  • Print the receipt/confirmation
  • Your registration should arrive in the mail within 10 business days

To renew your registration in person

If you'd like to renew your registration in person you will need to:

  • Visit a DMV service enter
  • Visit a participating third party agency
  • Bring proof of insurance
  • Bring your renewal notice
  • Bring payment for the renewal (cash, check, debit/credit card)
  • Note: If you’re going through a third party agency, you may pay 10% more for your renewal

For more information, visit the Wisconsin DMV website.


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