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    Wisconsin License Plates

    You'll get your standard Wisconsin license plate when you title and register your vehicle; however, sometimes you might want to shake things up a bit and show your personalities with your license plates.

    Luckily, Wisconsin offers specialty, personalized, Tribal, and even disabled license plates.

    Surrendering Your Plates

    Wisconsin does not want your plates back if you move out of state or sell your vehicle.

    If you've moved, you can keep the plates until you've registered in your new state, and then either destroy your Wisconsin plates or recycle them through your new state.

    If you've sold your vehicle, you can transfer your license plates to another vehicle.

    Whether you've sold or junked your vehicle or moved out of state, you can cancel your old license plates with a License Plates Cancellation Application (Form MV2514). You'll be able to keep the plates, but they will no longer be valid in the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (DOT) system.

    Specialized License Plates in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin wants to help you show your support, whether it's for a sports team or occupation, and they have a number of specialized license plates to let you do just that.

    Here is a listing of the different specialized license plates available in Wisconsin:

    • Green Bay Packers
    • Ducks Unlimited
    • Lao Veteran
    • Automobile Hobbyist
    • Freemason
    • Ex-POW
    • Endangered Resources Support
    • Celebrating Children
    • University of Wisconsin
    • U.S. Veteran
    • Various Military Groups
    • Wisconsin National Guard
    • Specially designed Vehicle
    • Police Officer
    • Firefighter
    • Rescue and EMT

    Visit Wisconsin's Special License Plates page for specific ordering and fee information.

    Personalized WI License Plates

    You may order personalized license plates (also known as vanity plates) on the regular Wisconsin license plate or on a number of the specialized license plates.

    Before ordering, use the DMV's personalized plate lookup to check a plate number's availability.

    Tribal Band Plates

    Wisconsin has "reciprocal registration agreements" with a number of Indian tribes and bands. If you are registered, you may order Tribal license plates.

    Visit Wisconsin's Tribal/Indian Band License Plates page for specific ordering and fee information.

    Motorcycles Plates in Wisconsin

    Wisconsin motorcycles, too, may have both personalized and specialized} license plates, and Wisconsin offers several options, as well as ordering information, on their Motorcycle License Plates page.

    WI Disabled Plates and Placards

    If you have been determined to be disabled by a health care professional, either as a permanent disability or as a temporary disability, if your disabling condition meets specific requirements set by law, you may qualify for disabled parking license plates or a disabled parking identification placard.

    Refer to our Drivers with Disabilities section for specific instructions.

    Antique License Plates in Wisconsin

    To qualify for antique license plates, your vehicle must:

    • Be model year 1945 or older.
    • Be free of alterations or modifications.
    • Be driven only for display, parades, maintenance and storage purposes.

    To apply, you must submit:

    If you just purchased the vehicle or if the title is from out-of-state, here's what to submit:

    Mail to:

    • Department of Transportation
    • Special Plates Unit
    • P.O. Box 7911
    • Madison, WI 53707-7911

    Antique plate questions? Call: (608) 266-3041.

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