DOT Fees

Next time you go to pay to register your car the fee will be increased. The DOT says the additional fees will go into the state’s transportation fund.


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation(DOT) will be raising a number of fees, including annual registration fees and title fees, starting October 1.

The DOT announced the increases in August as the 2019-2021 biennial budget was going through the state legislature. 

“The increased fees will be assessed for current registrations expiring September 30, 2019, or later and for new registrations with a starting operation date on October 1, 2019, or later,” according to the DOT website. 

Vehicle title fees will go from $69.50 to $164.50. If the vehicle is being transferred after the death of a spouse or partner the title fee will increase from $62 to $157, the same increase will also apply to low-speed vehicles.

For regular automobiles (no weight class) the registration fee is set to rise from $75 to $85. A light truck, 4,500-pound weight class, fees will increase from $75 to $100. The 6,000-pound weight class fees will rise from $84 annually to $100.

Terry Walsh of the DOT told the Sentinel the money from the increase in fees will go back into the state’s transportation fund. 

There will also be a surcharge of $75 for electric or hybrid vehicle.


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