Motor vehicle questions can now be answered online

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Joe Leibham  9th Senatorial District

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has been working diligently to add services to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website over the last several months to make your interaction with their department easier, more efficient and less time intensive - http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/

Before you take the time to stand in line, check out their website to see if your business and/or questions can be handled online. The DMV’s website is consistently updated as new processes are added to their online capabilities. This website has several automated processes for registration renewals, license plate renewals, duplicate driver’s license requests, road test scheduling and more. There is a convenient directory of printable forms and a listing of all service centers and their hours.

If your request cannot be done online, this website also has comprehensive descriptions of processes that must be done at the service center to help you better prepare for your in-person trip. I encourage you to review the instructions and print out all of the forms and gather all of the documentation listed to save yourself time and energy when you have to go there in person.

Following is just a small list of the information available on the DMV website:

• Change your address

Update your primary residence address for your driver license and any vehicles titled and/or leased to you, including your registration (license plates).

• Find your closest DMV

Enter city or zip code to find closest DMV service center(s).

• Request your driver record

Download a particular driver record in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

• Request your vehicle record

Download a particular vehicle record in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

• Request incidents that prevent you from obtaining a DMV product

Find out if you have any restrictions (incidents) against your record that would prevent you from obtaining a DMV product.

Drivers

• Apply for a duplicate driver license

• Apply for a duplicate or renewal ID card

• Check eligibility and reinstate your driving privilege

Find out if you are eligible to reinstate if your driver license is suspended, revoked, disqualified or cancelled, or learn how to become eligible.

• Driver license status check

Find out if your driver license is valid, suspended, revoked or disqualified.

• Financial responsibility

Find out how long you need to file proof of insurance (or whether you have acceptable proof of insurance filed).

• Occupational license eligibility - Find out if you are eligible for an occupational license if your driver license has been revoked or suspended.

• Schedule a road test

Schedule, reschedule, cancel or verify a road test.

• Upload your Fed Med card and certify your tier of operation

Application for Commercial Driver License (CDL) holders.

Vehicles

• Duplicate Certificate of Registration

Order a copy of the last issued registration for a vehicle. (Stickers cannot be ordered online through this application.)

• Electronic notification on license plate/registration renewal (eNotify)

Subscribe to receive your license plate renewal notices by email with optional text reminder.

• License plate look up

Find out when your plate expires, is suspended or valid, an emissions test is required, or get an RRN number so you can renew your plates online.

• Lien look up

Find out if your lienholder has removed their lien from WisDOT records.

• Personalized plate look up

Find out if your choice for a personalized license plate is available.

• Renew your license plate

Online registration renewal is available for most vehicles.

• Replacement title

Order a replacement title for a vehicle.

• Transfer ownership of a vehicle online (eMV Public): eMV Public allows you to start the title transfer process for vehicles previously titled in Wisconsin.

• Where's my title?

Find out if your title has been processed recently. Please allow 10 days from the process date to receive it by mail.

While there are always opportunities for improvement, I am encouraged by the DOT’s efforts to streamline operations at the DMV to make it more user-friendly. If you have any suggestions for additional improvements, please do not hesitate to contact me.


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