How to Renew Car Registration in Wisconsin

Applying for a car registration renewal in Wisconsin is a process you must complete once per year. As a reminder to renew your license plates before they expire, the State Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may send you a renewal notice about one month in advance.

If you lose your DMV registration renewal notice or fail to receive it, you may mail a substitute notice directly to the department along with payment for your annual registration fee.

If you do receive a tag renewal notice from the DMV, you may decide whether you wish to renew online, in person or by mail. Online renewal is typically the quickest and most convenient method, but you may renew in person or by mail if you prefer. To learn more about each of these car registration renewal methods and to explore the steps you must take to apply, review the information below.

How to Apply for License Plate Renewal in Wisconsin

You may renew a registration online, in person or by mail if you own and operate a motor vehicle in Wisconsin, as the State DMV provides you with three easy options for renewing each year. However, some of these renewal methods require you to pay an added convenience fee.

If you choose to renew your vehicle’s registration credentials online, you must first remember to update your mailing address with the Wisconsin DMV if this information has changed since your last renewal. If you do not update your address with the DMV, you may fail to receive your vehicle’s new registration credentials after you apply. Review the sections below to explore your registration renewal options in greater detail.

How to Renew Online

To apply for an online DMV car registration renewal, you must be able to provide your renewal reference number (RRN) or your vehicle’s license plate number. However, you must also be able to pay the application fee with an accepted credit card, bank account or another acceptable form of payment.

After renewing your registration credentials, you should receive your new materials in the mail within 10 business days.