How do I renew WI vehicle registration? Wisconsin

The Wisconsin DMV gives three registration renewal choices. While not everyone is eligible to renew online or by mail, everyone is permitted to renew at a DMV office.

Renew WI Car Registration Online

Visit the online renewal page on the DMV site, and enter your RRN from your renewal notice to start the process.

Then, follow the instructions given to complete the task, and pay your renewal fee with a VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover Card credit or debit card. Online renewals carry an extra $1 convenience fee.

You should receive your registration and sticker in about a week. As long as you properly completed the renewal process, your car can legally be driven during this time.

To renew online, your current address, vehicle, and license plate number must be listed on the renewal notice.

Renew WI Car Registration by Mail

Locate your renewal notice, and then sent it along with your fee payment to the address indicated on the form.

You should get your registration materials in about 10 days.

Renew WI Car Registration In Person

You can renew your registration at third-party DMV Title/Registration Service locations or DMV centers that offer vehicle registration services. No matter which option you choose, take your renewal notice with you.

You can pay your fees by cash or check at DMV offices; third-party locations accept a variety of payment options. You'll pay a $3 handling fee at DMV offices, and a $10 maximum surcharge at third-party locations.

DMV registration offices also have drop-off boxes for your renewal if you don't want to wait in line.

WI Registration Renewal Fees

These vary depending on the type of plates you have and which renewal method you choose.

WI Smog Check/Emissions Testing

Vehicles primarily kept in the following counties may have to pass a smog or emissions test in order to qualify for a registration renewal:

Kenosha
Milwaukee
Ozaukee
Racine
Sheboygan
Washington
Waukesha

These inspections primarily apply to cars (fueled by gas or alternate sources) with a post-1995 model year, and a GVWR of under 8501 pounds.

Your car be tested up to 180 days in advance of its registration renewal date at any of the state's nine inspection facilities. Unsure if your car needs to be tested? Check your renewal notice or use the DOT's plate inquiry feature, which gives inspection requirements.

Other WI Register Car Matters

Call the DOT at (608) 266-1466 if you have other questions related to car registrations.

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