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Register December 2018 No. 756
Chapter Trans 156
Trans 156.01   Purpose and scope.
Trans 156.02   Definitions.
Trans 156.03   Selection of vendors.
Trans 156.04   Selection of agents.
Trans 156.05   Termination of contracts.
Trans 156.06   Fees.
Trans 156.08   Records.
Trans 156.01 Trans 156.01Purpose and scope.
Trans 156.01(1) (1) Purpose. This chapter establishes the department's administrative interpretation of s. 341.21, Stats., which authorizes the department to contract with any person for services relating to processing or distribution of original and renewal vehicle registrations under ch. 341, Stats., or certificates of title under ch. 342, Stats.
Trans 156.01(2) (2)Scope. This chapter governs administration of the automated processing partnership system, or APPS, program, authorized by s. 341.21, Stats.
Trans 156.01(3) (3)Applicability. This chapter applies to any person performing either title and original registration services, or registration renewal services, who uses automated transmittal of transactions to the DMV. This chapter also applies to any vendor providing automated interface between agents and the DMV in the APPS program. This chapter does not apply to licensed Wisconsin motor vehicle dealers who participate in the APPS program to meet their obligations under s. 342.16 (1) (am), Stats. Those licensed Wisconsin motor vehicle dealers are subject to the requirements of ch. Trans 141. This chapter does not apply to persons who issue temporary registration plates under ch. Trans 132.
Trans 156.01 History History: Cr. Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01; CR 06-101: am. (2) and (3) Register April 2007 No. 616, eff. 5-1-07; correction in (1) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register March 2012 No. 675.
Trans 156.02 Trans 156.02Definitions. The words and phrases defined in s. 340.01, Stats., have the same meaning in this chapter unless a different definition is specifically provided. In this chapter:
Trans 156.02(1) (1) “Agent" means a person, business or an organization that contracts with the DMV to access and update vehicle records of the DMV via an approved vendor system.
Trans 156.02(2) (2) “APPS" means the “automated processing partnership system" program established by the DMV, in which the division contracts with agents and vendors to provide vehicle registration and titling services.
Trans 156.02(3) (3) “Contractor" has the meaning provided in s. 341.21 (1m), Stats., and includes agents and vendors.
Trans 156.02(4) (4) “Department" means the department of transportation.
Trans 156.02(5) (5) “DMV" means the Wisconsin department of transportation, division of motor vehicles.
Trans 156.02(6) (6) “Financial institution" has the meaning provided in s. 710.05 (1) (c), Stats.
Trans 156.02(7) (7) “Program standards" means the technical and operational standards incorporated into vendor and agent contracts.
Trans 156.02(8) (8) “Vendor" means a person, business or organization that contracts with the DMV to provide a host computer system by which agents may obtain access to specified information services of the DMV in order to process registration and title transactions.
Trans 156.02 History History: Cr. Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01.
Trans 156.03 Trans 156.03Selection of vendors.
Trans 156.03(1) (1) DMV shall approve vendors to provide an interface between agents and the DMV. An application to be a vendor shall include all of the following:
Trans 156.03(1)(a) (a) A request to participate as a vendor submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, DMV Bureau of Vehicle Services, Dealer and Agent Section, P. O. Box 7909, Madison WI 53707-7909.
Trans 156.03(1)(b) (b) The company name, address, telephone and fax number, and the names of key personnel and a contact person.
Trans 156.03(1)(c) (c) The number of years the company has been in business and the number of years of experience providing electronic filing of title and registration, or other comparable services.
Trans 156.03(1)(d) (d) A description of the product and services that will be provided if the organization is approved as a vendor.
Trans 156.03(1)(e) (e) A description of any relevant experience in other states and the names of references.
Trans 156.03(1)(f) (f) A written signature in ink with the name typed below the signature. If the business or organization is a corporation, the request shall be signed by an employee or officer authorized to bind the corporation. Below the signature shall be typed the name, corporate title, name of corporation and state of incorporation.
Trans 156.03(1)(g) (g) Financial statements or other information showing the current financial status of the organization.
Trans 156.03(1)(h) (h) A statement certifying that the applicant agrees to meet DMV program standards.
Trans 156.03(2) (2) Before approving a vendor, DMV may consider the items listed in subs. (1) and (4) and all of the following:
Trans 156.03(2)(a) (a) The type of business the vendor is in.
Trans 156.03(2)(b) (b) The vendor's familiarity with and relationship to Wisconsin motor vehicle titling and registration.
Trans 156.03(2)(c) (c) The vendor's past practice, reliability and record of customer service.
Trans 156.03(2)(d) (d) The amount of technical support the vendor is likely to need from DMV to competently develop and maintain a public interface software, to train and manage agent needs, to maintain security of data, and to accurately and securely provide for electronic transfer of funds.
Trans 156.03(2)(e) (e) The anticipated benefit to DMV and DMV customers, such as the projected volume of title and registration or renewal transactions, and the location in the state. DMV may require a prospective vendor to develop a business plan to demonstrate that the organization has assessed the business venture and projects adequate volume to maintain a viable business.
Trans 156.03(2)(f) (f) The results of background checks on the vendor and its owners, employees and subcontractors including arrest and conviction records.
Trans 156.03(3) (3) After DMV receives and reviews the application to participate as a vendor, the DMV project manager shall notify the applicant of the DMV decision approving or disapproving the vendor.
Trans 156.03(4) (4) If approved, the vendor shall submit a specific implementation plan and begin working with DMV to develop an automated interface software application. The application shall meet the automated interface specifications prescribed by DMV.
Trans 156.03(5) (5) Before an approved vendor may obtain access to DMV information systems, the vendor shall execute a contract with DMV.
Trans 156.03 History History: Cr. Register, January, 2001, No. 541, eff. 2-1-01; CR 06-101: am. (1) (a) Register April 2007 No. 616, eff. 5-1-07.
Trans 156.04 Trans 156.04Selection of agents.
Trans 156.04(1) (1) A person, business or organization desiring to contract with the DMV as an agent under s. 341.21 (2), Stats., shall comply with all of the following:
Trans 156.04(1)(a) (a) The applicant shall enter into an agreement with a vendor. An agent may request service from and enter into an agreement with only one vendor.
Trans 156.04(1)(b) (b) The applicant shall submit to the DMV a letter on company letterhead requesting appointment as a provider of processing or distribution services for vehicle registration or certificates of title. The letter shall include the legal business name and address of the physical location of the business.
Trans 156.04(1)(c)1.1. Except as provided in subd. 2., the applicant shall provide a surety bond or letter of credit along with the request for appointment in a form prescribed by the DMV. Except as provided in subd. 2., the bond or letter of credit shall be $10,000 for an agent doing renewal transactions and $25,000 for an agent doing title transactions and original registration. The bond shall indemnify the department against claims arising from the acts or omissions of agents under the contract including, but not limited to, missing or stolen license plates, stickers, and temporary certificate of registration paper stock. The requirement for a bond does not apply to units of government or to financial institutions.
Trans 156.04(1)(c)2. 2. A contractor with the department under s. 110.20 (8) (am) 1., Stats., having more than 100 subcontractors, as described in s. 110.20 (8) (am) 7., Stats., that are applicants under this section may provide the surety bond or letter of credit on behalf of these applicants. The bond or letter of credit shall be $2,000 for each applicant on whose behalf the bond or letter of credit is provided.
Trans 156.04(1)(d) (d) The applicant shall submit a signed agent contract to the DMV.
Trans 156.04(1)(e) (e) The applicant shall be in compliance with all applicable laws governing the applicant's industry and not be under investigation by any regulatory or enforcement agency for suspected violations of applicable laws or regulations.
Trans 156.04(1)(f) (f) The applicant shall employ at least one primary processing person and have at least one other employee trained as a back-up in order to ensure adequate service during business hours and that reports and documentation of registration and titling Transactions are submitted to DMV within required time limits.
Trans 156.04(2) (2) Before entering a contract with an agent, DMV may consider all of the following:
Trans 156.04(2)(a) (a) The type of business the agent is in.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.