Each trailer or temporary undercarriage towed by a motor vehicle registered pursuant to sub. (2)
and used solely for transporting a modular housing unit or other portable building used or intended to be used for human occupancy may be operated on the highways of this state without such trailer or temporary undercarriage being registered if it has displayed upon it a valid registration plate issued under this section.
Any person may apply to the department for registration as a transporter under this paragraph on such form as the department provides. If the department determines that the person is entitled to be registered, the department shall register the person upon payment of the same fee as prescribed in par. (g)
, based on the maximum combined gross weight of the building and trailer or temporary undercarriage upon which the plate is displayed. The registration and plate are valid only during the calendar year in which they were issued and shall be subject to s. 341.30 (1) (c)
. Such plate may be used on any trailer or temporary undercarriage owned by the same person and used solely for transporting a modular housing unit or other portable building as referred to above and the return of empty trailers or temporary undercarriages.
For each motor bus a fee to be determined in accordance with sub. (2)
on the basis of the maximum gross weight of the vehicle. The maximum gross weight shall be determined by adding together the weight in pounds of the vehicle when equipped ready to carry passengers and the total passenger weight capacity in pounds. The total passenger weight capacity in pounds shall be determined by dividing by 20 the total length in inches of seating space in or on the vehicle, including the driver's seat, and multiplying this result by 150.
For each recreational vehicle, and for each camping trailer, a fee of $15.
For each motor home, including any vehicle which is converted to be used as a motor home, an annual fee based on gross weight, as follows:
Gross weight in pounds Annual fee
For each human service vehicle, a fee equal to the fee for an automobile under par. (a)
“Alternative fuel" means a gas, liquid, or other fuel that, with or without adjustment or manipulation such as adjustment or manipulation of pressure or temperature, is capable of being used for the generation of power to propel a motor vehicle, including, but not limited to, natural gas, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas, hydrogen, hydrogen compressed natural gas, or hythane. Alternative fuel does not include motor fuel, electricity, leaded racing fuel, or an excluded liquid, as defined in 26 CFR 48.4081
“Hybrid electric vehicle” means a vehicle that is capable of using both electricity and gasoline, diesel fuel, or alternative fuel to propel the vehicle.
“Nonhybrid electric vehicle” means a vehicle that is propelled solely by electrical energy and that is not capable of using gasoline, diesel fuel, or alternative fuel to propel the vehicle.
If a motor truck or automobile is a hybrid electric vehicle, in addition to the fee under par. (a)
, a surcharge of $75 shall be added to and collected with the fee for each automobile and for each motor truck registered under par. (c)
at a gross weight of not more than 8,000 pounds.
If a motor truck or automobile is a nonhybrid electric vehicle, in addition to the fee under par. (a)
, a surcharge of $100 shall be added to and collected with the fee for each automobile and for each motor truck registered under par. (c)
at a gross weight of not more than 8,000 pounds.
The following schedule shall be used in determining fees based on gross weight, provided that a surcharge of $18 shall be added to and collected with the fee for each truck tractor:
Maximum gross weight in pounds Annual fee
Upon payment of the fee prescribed by law, a vehicle subject to registration on the basis of gross weight may be registered at a weight in excess of the manufacturer's maximum gross weight rating, but such registration does not exempt such vehicle from compliance with weight limitations imposed by law or by state or local authorities pursuant to authority of law.
Registration fees apportioned to this state under the international registration plan under s. 341.405
are derived under this section.
History: 1973 c. 67
; 1975 c. 39
; 1975 c. 136
; 1977 c. 29
, 1654 (7) (a)
; 1977 c. 288
; 1979 c. 34
; 1981 c. 20
; 1983 a. 175
; 1985 a. 65
; 1985 a. 208
; 1987 a. 212
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1997 a. 27
; 1999 a. 9
; 2003 a. 33
; 2007 a. 20
; 2009 a. 311
; 2011 a. 60
; 2017 a. 59
; 2019 a. 9
Special transaction fees. 341.255(1)(1)
The department shall charge a fee to be established by rule for processing applications for registration which have a special handling request for fast service. The fee shall approximate the cost to the department for providing this special handling service to persons so requesting.
The department shall charge the following fees for counter services:
For each transaction relating to a certificate of title, $5.
For each transaction relating to a registration not involving a certificate of title, $5; except that if the registration is solely a renewal of the previous year's registration the fee shall be $3.
For each transaction which is a combination of a certificate of title and registration for the same vehicle, $5.
In addition to the regular registration fee specified in s. 341.25 (1) (a)
or (2) (a)
, the department shall charge a late fee of $10 for each transaction relating to the renewal of a registration under s. 341.25 (1) (a)
or (2) (a)
that is filed after the date of expiration of registration.
See also ch. Trans 196
, Wis. adm. code.
Special registration fees for certain vehicles. 341.26(1)(1)
Special mobile equipment fee.
Unless exempted under s. 341.05
, a fee of $18 or a fee which is 10 percent of the fee prescribed for a motor truck of the same weight under s. 341.25 (2)
, whichever is greater, shall be paid to the department for annual registration of the following types of special mobile equipment:
A motor truck or traction well-drilling rig permanently equipped with a well-drilling outfit and used exclusively for well-drilling purposes.
A motor truck or traction sawmill or corn sheller rig permanently equipped with a portable sawmill or corn sheller outfit and used exclusively for sawmill or corn sheller purposes.
A trailer not used for hire and used for transporting any ditching machine which is used exclusively for farm ditching or for the loading of gravel or other road material and which has a dipper capacity of not to exceed five-eighths of a yard.
A mobile crane or trench hoe used for bridge or building construction, for ditching and excavating, for heavy machinery removal or installation or for loading and handling of heavy articles.
A motor vehicle, trailer or semitrailer, if operated empty or transporting the equipment of the owner to or from a certain location, when such operation at the location is any of the following:
The performance of work on a contract for the construction or maintenance of highways or airports for the United States, the state or any political subdivision thereof; or
The clearing of land, building of dikes, or terracing and ditching for the purpose of soil erosion control, farm drainage or forestry.
A motor truck on which is mounted feed grinding and mixing equipment and used exclusively as a portable feed mill.
A motor vehicle not used for hire and used in conjunction with a trailer on which is permanently mounted equipment used for wood chipping and screening.
A trailer on which is permanently mounted equipment used exclusively for wood chipping and screening.
(2) Five-dollar fee for 5-year registration of certain vehicles.
A registration under this subsection expires every 5th year, except that the department may specify the expiration date of initial registration under this subsection. A registration fee of $5 shall be paid to the department for the registration of each of the following vehicles:
Any vehicle loaned to this state or to any county or municipality of this state for the duration of any war emergency and operated exclusively for civilian defense purposes by such state, county or municipality.
A school bus owned and operated by a school district and used for the transportation of pupils to or from points designated by the school, including curricular and extracurricular activities and nonpupil transportation under s. 120.13 (27)
A school bus which is not owned and operated by a school district and which is used to transport pupils to or from points designated by the school, including curricular and extracurricular activities.
A motor bus owned and operated by a charitable corporation and used exclusively for the purposes for which incorporated and not used for hire.
A motor bus owned and operated by a nonstock nonprofit corporation and used exclusively for transporting groups participating in parades or other entertainment, including, without limitation because of enumeration, musical marching groups, drill or baton teams or color guards.
A motor vehicle operated exclusively by a nonprofit organization, as defined in s. 108.02 (19)
, as a blood bank vehicle.
A motor vehicle operated exclusively by a nationally chartered war veterans organization and used only for the purpose of advertising the organization.
A motor vehicle used for the urban mass transportation of passengers as defined in s. 71.38
A motor vehicle owned and operated exclusively by the civil air patrol.
A motor vehicle and semitrailer operated exclusively as a mobile X-ray unit owned and operated by a nonprofit corporation and used exclusively for the purposes for which incorporated and not for hire.
A fire truck or trailer owned and operated exclusively by an incorporated volunteer fire department.
A motor vehicle owned and operated by a voluntary nonprofit organization and used exclusively for rescue work. In this paragraph, “rescue work" means the rendering of first aid and emergency transportation to persons in need of immediate medical attention.
A motor vehicle owned by a nonprofit organization and used exclusively for the purpose of dispensing food and drink at the site of a disaster to emergency workers or to persons affected by the disaster.
(2m) Publicly owned or leased vehicles. 341.26(2m)(a)(a)
In this subsection, “municipality" has the meaning given in s. 345.05 (1) (c)
, except that the term does not include a county.
A fee of $5 shall be paid to the department for the original issuance of a registration plate for any vehicle owned by this state or by any county or municipality or federally recognized Indian tribe or band in this state or leased to this state or to any county or municipality or federally recognized Indian tribe or band in this state, and operated exclusively, except for operation under s. 20.916 (7)
, in the public service by such state, county, municipality or Indian tribe or band. The registration shall be valid while the vehicle is owned and operated by the registrant or is leased to and operated by this state or by the county, municipality or Indian tribe or band, and the registrant complies with s. 110.20 (6)
If a vehicle is replaced, reassignment of plate to replacement vehicle shall be made with payment of $1.
(3) Agricultural vehicles.
In recognition of the relationship of the basic economy of the state to agriculture and the production and marketing of milk, there shall be paid to the department for the registration of the following vehicles the fees prescribed in this subsection: