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DMV Temporary Plate Issuances

Effective September 1, 1998, the Department of Motor Vehicles has determined that certain vehicles are required to display either a metal or temporary license plate within two business days after the purchase of a vehicle in order to operate legally in Wisconsin. This new law applies to all cars and light trucks registering 8,000 pounds or less. The purpose of this new law is to reduce the number of unregistered vehicles on the highways and to assist law enforcement.

The Shawano County Clerk is an agent for the Department of Motor Vehicles for the sole purpose of issuing temporary plates.

If you have purchased a vehicle from a private individual or recently moved to Wisconsin from another state, you will need to come into the County Clerk's office to purchase a temporary plate. If you purchase a vehicle from a licensed dealer, they will provide the service for you. The Shawano office of the DMV will not issue temporary plates. A complete list of agents that will provide the plates can also be obtained by accessing the Department of Transportation's website at .

When you purchase the vehicle, bring in the vehicle's title and the appropriate fees. Depending on each individual situation, you may be charged some or all of the following fees:

Title Fee: $69.50 (effective January 1, 2008). Pay the title fee if you are changing the owner(s) on the title, or titling the vehicle in Wisconsin for the first time. Pay a replacement title fee of $20.00 if you are replacing a lost, stolen, or mutilated Wisconsin title.

Taxes: If you just purchased the vehicle, you need to pay the appropriate taxes. Five percent of the sale price for Wisconsin state tax and depending on which Wisconsin county you reside in, you may be required to pay an additional one-half percent county tax.

License Plate Fee: The regular license plate fee is $75.00 (effective January 1, 2008) for one year. If you purchased a truck, the fee is slightly higher based on the truck weight. If you are transferring plates from a different vehicle, you do not need to pay this fee at the present time.

Temporary Plate Fee: If you do not have plates to transfer on your new vehicle, you will need to pay $3.00 for a temporary plate that is used until the permanent plates arrive.

Counter Service Fee: A $5.00 counter service fee is charged for processing and handling each transaction.

The County Clerk's office will assist customers in filling out the appropriate application and any questions they may have. Office hours are from 8:00 - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday except legal holidays

In addition to the services listed above, we have the following application forms available and will assist in processing them. They are as follows:

-Address Change Notice
-Civilian License Plate Application
-Collector Registration Application
-Disabled Parking ID Card Application
-Disabled Parking License Plates
-Disabled Veterans License Plates Registration
-Duplicate/Replacement License Plate and Validation
-Duplicate Registration Form
-Endangered Resources Application
-Hobbyist License Plate Application
-License Plate Cancellation Form
-Military Special License Plate Application
-Name Change/Correction Application
-Personalized License Plate Application
-Registration forms for the following:
-ATV, Boat and Snowmobile
-Statement of Transfer to an Heir
-Statement of Transfer to a Surviving Spouse
-Stickers Application
-Substitute Renewal Notice
-Title License Plate Application
-Trustee's Statement for Certificate of Title
-University Plate Application
-WI Operator's License Plate Application
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