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REGISTRATION OF DEALERS, DISTRIBUTORS, MANUFACTURERS, TRANSPORTERS, AND
FINANCE COMPANIES
341.47 When vehicles of dealers, distributors, manufacturers and transporters exempt from general registration requirements.
341.51 When department to register dealer, distributor, manufacturer or transporter; application.
341.52 Design of registration plates.
341.53 Expiration of registration; transferability of plates.
341.55 Penalty for misuse of plates.
341.57 Registration of finance companies and financial institutions.
SUBCHAPTER V
PENALTY FOR FRAUDULENT PRACTICES
341.60 Fraudulent application for registration or license.
341.605 Unlawful transfer of evidence of registration.
341.61 Improper use of evidence of registration.
341.615 Reproducing evidence of registration prohibited.
341.62 False evidence of registration.
341.625 Special registration plates.
341.63 When registration to be suspended.
341.64 Transfer of vehicle ownership while registration is suspended.
341.65 Unregistered motor vehicles prohibited; immobilization; removal; disposal.
subch. I of ch. 341 SUBCHAPTER I
REGISTRATION
341.01 341.01 Words and phrases defined.
341.01(1) (1) Words and phrases defined in s. 340.01 are used in the same sense in this chapter unless a different definition is specifically provided.
341.01(2) (2) In this chapter:
341.01(2)(a) (a) Notwithstanding s. 340.01 (24), "implement of husbandry" means a vehicle or piece of equipment or machinery designed for agricultural purposes, used exclusively in the conduct of agricultural operations and used principally off a highway, or a trailer-mounted bulk liquid fertilizer container.
341.01(2)(b) (b) Notwithstanding s. 340.01 (42), "owner" means, with respect to a vehicle that is leased to a lessee for a period of one year or more, the lessee of the vehicle for purposes of vehicle registration under this chapter.
341.01 History History: 1989 a. 105; 1997 a. 27.
341.03 341.03 Operating vehicle after suspension, revocation or cancellation of registration.
341.03(1) (1)Prohibition. No person may operate or knowingly permit the operation of a motor vehicle if the registration for that vehicle is suspended, revoked or canceled under s. 285.30 (6) (d) or 342.255, ch. 344 or this chapter, or if the registration for that vehicle is suspended, canceled or revoked under the law of another jurisdiction.
341.03(2) (2)Penalties.
341.03(2)(a)(a) Any person who violates sub. (1), where the vehicle used is an automobile or any other vehicle having a gross weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less, as determined by the manufacturer of the vehicle, may be required to forfeit not more than $200.
341.03(2)(b) (b) Any person who violates sub. (1), where the vehicle used is a vehicle not enumerated under par. (a), may be required to forfeit not more than $500.
341.03(3) (3)Defenses.
341.03(3)(a)1.1. It is a defense to a violation of sub. (1) that the person did not know, and had no reason to know, that the motor vehicle registration was suspended, revoked or canceled at the time of the violation.
341.03(3)(a)2. 2. Refusal to accept or failure to receive an order of suspension, revocation or cancellation mailed by the department to the person's last-known address shall not be a defense to a violation of sub. (1). If the person has changed his or her address and fails to notify the department as required in s. 343.22, then failure to receive notice of suspension, revocation or cancellation shall not be a defense to a violation of sub. (1).
341.03(3)(b) (b) This section does not apply if operating the motor vehicle was made necessary by a situation of emergency.
341.03 History History: 1995 a. 128; 1997 a. 35; 1999 a. 80.
341.04 341.04 Penalty for operating unregistered or improperly registered vehicle. Except during a state of emergency proclaimed under ch. 166:
341.04(1) (1) It is unlawful for any person to operate or for an owner to consent to being operated on any highway of this state any motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer, or any other vehicle for which a registration fee is specifically prescribed, unless at the time of operation the vehicle in question either is registered in this state, or, except for registration under s. 341.30 or 341.305, a complete application for registration, including evidence of any inspection under s. 110.20 when required, accompanied by the required fee has been delivered to the department, submitted to a dealer under s. 341.09 (2m) for transmittal to the department or deposited in the mail properly addressed with postage prepaid and, if the vehicle is an automobile or motor truck having a registered weight of 8,000 pounds or less, the vehicle displays a temporary operation plate issued for the vehicle unless the operator or owner of the vehicle produces proof that operation of the vehicle is within 2 business days of the vehicle's sale or transfer, or the vehicle in question is exempt from registration.
341.04(1)(a) (a) A vehicle may be operated by a private person after the date of purchase of such vehicle by such private person or after the date such person moved to this state if application for registration, except for registration under s. 341.30 or 341.305, and certificate of title has been made and the person otherwise complies with any applicable requirements of this section.
341.04(1)(b) (b) All vehicles subject to renewal of registration may be operated provided that application for reregistration, except for registration under s. 341.30 or 341.305, has been made.
341.04(1)(c) (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, if a vehicle is owned by a lessor of vehicles and is leased to a lessee for a period of one year or more and the vehicle was registered in the name of the lessor before January 1, 1998, the department may renew the registration in the name of the lessor in lieu of registration of the vehicle by the lessee. This paragraph does not apply to any subsequent lease of the vehicle by a lessor.
341.04(2) (2) Unless application for reregistration has been made as required by s. 341.32, it is unlawful for any person to operate or for the owner to consent to being operated on any highway of this state any registered vehicle the construction or use of which has been changed so as to make the vehicle subject to a higher fee than the fee at which it currently is registered or which is carrying a greater load than that permitted under the current registration.
341.04(3) (3)
341.04(3)(a)(a) Any person who violates sub. (1) or (2), where the vehicle used is an automobile or any other vehicle having a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less, as determined by the manufacturer of the vehicle, may be required to forfeit not more than $200.
341.04(3)(b) (b) Any person who violates sub. (1) or (2), where the vehicle used is a vehicle not enumerated under par. (a), may be required to forfeit not more than $500.
341.04(3)(c) (c) In addition to imposing the penalty under par. (a) or (b), the court shall order the offender to make application for registration or reregistration and to pay the required fee. If 45 days have elapsed from the date of conviction and the department has not received an application for registration or reregistration and the required fee, the department shall order the offender to make application for registration or reregistration and to pay the required fee. Unless the department receives the application for registration or reregistration and the required fee within 20 days from the date of the department's order, the department may suspend any or all registrations of the offender. Any registration suspended under this section shall remain suspended until the offender makes application for registration or reregistration and the required fee for registration is paid. For purposes of this section, the required registration or reregistration fee for residents of this state is the required annual or biennial fee, or, if the vehicle is eligible for quarterly or consecutive monthly registration, the fee required in s. 341.30 or 341.305. For purposes of this section, the required fee for a vehicle registered on the basis of gross weight shall be the fee for the maximum weight for which the vehicle may be legally registered or the weight at which the vehicle was operating, whichever is greater.
341.045 341.045 Use of registered farm trucks regulated. A motor truck under s. 340.01 (18) (a) 1. registered as a farm truck under s. 341.26 (3) (a) may be used for personal and family purposes if the primary use of that motor truck is for purposes specified in s. 340.01 (18) (a) 1., except that a registered farm truck may not be used in furtherance of any nonfarm occupation, trade, profession or other employment, including commuting to or from the place of such nonfarm occupation, trade, profession or employment. A motor truck under s. 340.01 (18) (a) 2. may not be used for personal and family purposes. This section does not apply to dual purpose farm trucks registered under s. 341.26 (3) (am). Any violations of this section are subject to the penalty prescribed for violations of s. 341.04 (2).
341.045 History History: 1977 c. 29, 418; 1983 a. 227, 270; 1987 a. 399.
341.05 341.05 When vehicles exempt from registration. A vehicle, even though operated upon a highway of this state, is exempt from registration if any of the following applies:
341.05(1) (1) The vehicle is operated in accordance with the provisions relating to registration of dealers, distributors, manufacturers, transporters or finance companies.
341.05(2) (2) The vehicle is operated in accordance with the provisions exempting nonresident or foreign-registered vehicles from registration.
341.05(3) (3) The vehicle is operated in accordance with s. 341.405.
341.05(6) (6) The vehicle is operated exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
341.05(7) (7) The vehicle is a farm tractor used exclusively in agricultural operations, including threshing, or used exclusively to provide power to drive other machinery, or to transport from job to job machinery driven by a farm tractor.
341.05(9) (9) The vehicle is a trailer or semitrailer used exclusively for the transportation of farm machinery, implements, produce or supplies on a farm or between farms.
341.05(11) (11) The vehicle is a trailer or semitrailer permanently equipped with a well-drilling outfit or designed for moving pea viners and used exclusively for either of those purposes.
341.05(12) (12) The vehicle is a fork-lift truck, a specially constructed road or truck tractor used for shunting trailers or semitrailers in terminal areas or a trailer that is used principally off the highway.
341.05(13m) (13m) The vehicle is a trailer, semitrailer or camping trailer having a gross weight of 3,000 pounds or less and not used for hire or rental.
341.05(14) (14) The vehicle is a trailer or semitrailer not operated in conjunction with a motor vehicle.
341.05(14m) (14m) The vehicle is a new motor vehicle being operated only across a highway from its point of manufacture or assembly.
341.05(15) (15) The vehicle is a motor vehicle being towed, except that when the person operating the vehicle supplying the motive power is a transporter, that person must be registered as a transporter.
341.05(16) (16) The vehicle is a piece of road machinery.
341.05(17) (17) The vehicle is an implement of husbandry.
341.05(18) (18) The vehicle is a motor truck that is operated upon a highway only when directly crossing the highway.
341.05(19) (19) The vehicle is a repaired salvage vehicle operated to or from a location where it is to be inspected as required by s. 342.07, or is an unregistered vehicle operated to or from a location where it is to be inspected as required by s. 110.20.
341.05(19m) (19m) The vehicle is owned by a technical college district board, used exclusively to instruct students in techniques of automotive repair and maintenance and is operated only within 5 miles of the technical college to transport the vehicle to or from a technical college. The operator of the vehicle shall, when operating the vehicle upon a highway, carry in the vehicle a letter from the district director of the technical college stating that the vehicle is exempt from registration.
341.05(20) (20) The vehicle is an amphibious motor vehicle capable of carrying 10 or more passengers when used for sight-seeing purposes, registered as a boat with the department of natural resources and operated upon a highway for a distance not to exceed 2 miles.
341.05(21) (21) The vehicle is owned by the United States.
341.05(22) (22) The vehicle is registered by a federally recognized Indian band or tribe and is exempt under a reciprocal registration exemption agreement under s. 341.409.
341.05(23) (23) The vehicle is a motor bicycle or bicycle, except as provided in s. 349.18.
341.05(24) (24) The vehicle is a golf cart being operated in accordance with s. 349.18 (1) (b) or (c).
341.05(25) (25) The vehicle is a wood harvesting slasher, as defined by the department by rule, that is used principally off the highway.
341.05 Cross-reference Cross Reference: See also ch. Trans 312, Wis. adm. code.
341.05(26) (26) The vehicle is a manufactured home, as defined in s. 101.91 (2).
341.05(27) (27) The vehicle is an off-road utility vehicle being operated in accordance with s. 346.94 (19).
341.05(28) (28) Notwithstanding s. 341.26 (3) (ar), the vehicle is a farm truck tractor being operated solely in intrastate transportation and is transporting manure, grains, silage, haylage, or equipment between fields or between a farm and a field at the time of operation or is being operated from its point of purchase to the operator's farm. This subsection does not apply to transportation by a common motor carrier or contract motor carrier.
341.05 Annotation Trucks with permanently mounted potato boxes and special low ratio gearing used solely to collect and transport potatoes in harvest and planting seasons are "implements of husbandry" exempt from registration under sub. (17). State v. Okray Produce Co., Inc. 132 Wis. 2d 145, 389 N.W.2d 825 (Ct. App. 1986).
341.055 341.055 Snowmobiles. Snowmobiles shall not be registered under this chapter but shall be registered under ch. 350.
341.055 History History: 1971 c. 277.
341.057 341.057 All-terrain vehicles. All-terrain vehicles are not required to be registered under this chapter but shall be registered under s. 23.33 (2) or (2g).
341.057 History History: 1985 a. 29; 1997 a. 27.
341.058 341.058 Electric personal assistive mobility devices. Electric personal assistive mobility devices, even though operated upon a highway of this state, are exempt from registration.
341.058 History History: 2001 a. 90.
341.06 341.06 Optional registration.
341.06(1) (1) The department shall register the following vehicles upon proper application therefor and payment of the required fee even though such vehicles may be exempt from registration:
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