License Plate Transfer Process in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, license plates are issued to the vehicle owner. You’ll need to transfer your license plates from another Wisconsin registered vehicle otherwise new license plates will be issued during the registration process. License Plate Transfer Process for Buyers
As a buyer, you have 30 days from the date of purchase to transfer the license plate from a previously Wisconsin registered vehicle only if it’s the same class of vehicle or the vehicle will be registered in your name, your spouse’s name, or your domestic partner’s name.. To do this, follow these steps:
1. Obtain a properly filled-out title from the seller, which should include the seller's signature, the date of sale, and the odometer reading.
2. Visit a local Department of Transportation (DOT) service center and bring the title, proof of insurance, and your driver's license.
3. Pay the required transfer fee, which varies based on the type of vehicle and the type of license plate you want. You do not have to pay the registration fees unless your registration renewal is due.
License Plate Transfer and Surrender Process for Sellers
As a seller, you need to remove the license plate from the vehicle before you hand it over to the buyer. If you plan to purchase a new vehicle, you can transfer the license plate to your new vehicle by following these steps:
1. Bring the old license plate, registration, and proof of insurance for the new vehicle to a local Department of Transportation DOT service center.
2. Pay the required transfer fee, which varies based on the type of vehicle and the type of license plate. You do not have to pay the registration fees unless your registration renewal is due.
3. You do not have to surrender your license plates to the WI DMV if you no longer need them.
Seller Notification to DMV
As a seller, you’ll need oy submit notification to the DMV that the sale has occurred within 30 days of the sale. You’ll need to report the VIN#, Name of Buyer, Sale Price and Date of Sale. This can be done online through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation or by manually submitting form MV2928 to the address listed on the form.
License Plate Fees and Taxes
License plate fees in Wisconsin vary depending on the type of vehicle and the type of license plate. Here are the fees you can expect to pay:
- Standard license plate: $85
- Personalized license plate: an additional $15 (plus a $15 annual fee). Before ordering a personalized plate, you can check availability of your desired plate online.
- Specialty plate: $15-$100, depending on the plate type
There will be state and county tax assessed at the time of registration. The percentage of tax collected will vary based on county.
It's important to note that these fees are subject to change, so be sure to check with your local DOT service center for the most up-to-date information.
By following these steps, you can ensure a smooth license plate transfer process when buying or selling a car in a private party sale in Wisconsin. Remember to obtain a properly filled-out title and proof of insurance, and don't forget to check with your local DOT service center for any additional requirements. Happy buying or selling!