341.305(1) (1) In this section, "consecutive monthly registration" means registration for a minimum of 3 consecutive months.
341.305(2) (2) Any of the following vehicles may be registered on a consecutive monthly registration basis in lieu of the annual registration specified in s. 341.29:
341.305(2)(a) (a) A motor truck or a trailer or a truck tractor used exclusively to transport concrete pipe or block and related materials, calcium chloride liquid, a weight transfer machine for purposes associated with truck or tractor pulling competitions or events, recycled metal salvage materials, logs or pulpwood, dirt, fill or aggregates, or fresh milk, or to transport perishable fresh fruits or vegetables for canning, freezing, dehydrating or storage prior to processing, including return of waste, or to transport petroleum products.
341.305(2)(b) (b) A motor truck or a trailer or a truck tractor equipped with a dump, box or other container used exclusively to transport gravel, concrete or cement and bituminous road construction materials or agricultural lime, feed, grain or fertilizer, or equipped with a mechanical mixer used exclusively to mix and deliver concrete.
341.305(2)(bm) (bm) A motor truck or truck tractor which is owned by a retail lumberyard and used exclusively to transport building construction materials from that lumberyard to a building construction site.
341.305(2)(c) (c) Any motor vehicle used exclusively for towing operations of stalled or disabled vehicles.
341.305(3) (3) The monthly registration fee is one-twelfth of the annual fee. A consecutive monthly registration period begins on the first day of the first month of the period. The department shall register a vehicle under this section for as many additional consecutive months as the applicant desires, and the fee payable shall be the monthly registration fee times the number of months for which registration is desired plus $15 for each application submitted. If satisfactory evidence is provided that a vehicle was not operated on the highways during any month for which registration is not requested, it shall be exempt from the payment of fees for the month in which it was not used.
341.305(4) (4) One additional month may be added once per calendar year to the registration period of a vehicle registered under this section upon payment of the fee in sub. (3) as provided in ss. 341.185 and 341.19.
341.305(5) (5) Registration under this section precludes registration under s. 341.30 if the consecutive monthly registration period begins during the current annual registration period.
341.307 341.307 Optional vehicle fleet registration.
341.307(1) (1) The owner of a fleet of vehicles, of a fleet size determined by the department by rule, may register the vehicles for a 3-year period under this section if all of the vehicles are any of the following:
341.307(1)(a) (a) An automobile.
341.307(1)(b) (b) A motor truck which has a gross weight of not more than 8,000 pounds.
341.307(1)(c) (c) A commercial motor vehicle operated solely in intrastate commerce that has a maximum gross weight of less than 55,000 pounds.
341.307(2) (2) The registration of vehicles under this section shall be valid for a 3-year period. Upon receipt of an application and the initial registration fees under sub. (4), the department shall issue registration plates, insert tags, or decals for all of the vehicles in the fleet, with each vehicle having the same registration expiration date. A vehicle may be registered as part of a fleet under this section regardless of whether, at the time of application for the initial registration of the fleet, the vehicle is currently registered with the department.
341.307(3) (3) After the initial registration of a fleet of vehicles under this section, the owner of the vehicles may register additional vehicles added to the fleet. The registration of vehicles added to the fleet during the 3-year registration period shall expire on the expiration date of the original fleet registration.
341.307(4) (4)
341.307(4)(a)(a) Subject to pars. (b) to (d), the fleet owner shall pay a registration fee for each vehicle registered under this section in an amount equal to 3 times the applicable fee prescribed for the vehicle in s. 341.25 or 341.26.
341.307(4)(b) (b) If a vehicle that is being initially registered as part of a vehicle fleet under this section has more than one month remaining in its current registration period, the department shall prorate the fee under par. (a) to account for the unexpired portion of the vehicle's current registration period.
341.307(4)(c) (c) For any vehicle added to the fleet after initial registration as provided in sub. (3), the department shall prorate the fee under par. (a) according to the remaining number of months in the fleet's current registration period.
341.307(4)(d) (d) After the initial registration of a fleet of vehicles, if the applicable registration fee prescribed in s. 341.25 or 341.26 for any vehicle in the fleet increases and at least one year remains in the current registration period for the fleet at the time this increase takes effect, the department may require the owner to pay additional registration fees for the vehicle corresponding to the increase. The department shall calculate these additional registration fees based upon the amount of the increase multiplied by the number of full years remaining in the fleet's current registration period. Any fees received by the department under authority of this paragraph shall be considered to be received under par. (a).
341.307(4)(e) (e) After the initial registration of a fleet of vehicles, if the owner withdraws any vehicle from the fleet during the vehicle's registration period, the department shall refund to the owner the unused portion of the fee under par. (a) calculated according to the number of calendar quarters remaining in the vehicle's registration period. This paragraph applies only if at least one year remains in the current registration period at the time the owner notifies the department that the vehicle is withdrawn from the fleet.
341.307(4)(f) (f) In addition to the fee under par. (a), if the vehicle being registered under this section is subject to a fee under s. 341.35, the department shall collect and remit that fee, as provided under s. 341.35 (6), in an amount sufficient to cover the vehicle's entire registration period under this section.
341.307(5) (5) The provisions of this section apply notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter related to the period or fees applicable to vehicle registration.
341.307(6) (6) The department shall promulgate rules specifying the minimum number of vehicles that must be in a fleet for the fleet to be eligible for registration under this section and establishing procedures for the registration of vehicle fleets under this section, including provisions imposing any restrictions that the department determines to be appropriate and any provisions deemed necessary for vehicles that require inspection under s. 110.20 (6).
341.307 History History: 2009 a. 28.
341.308 341.308 Optional trailer fleet registration.
341.308(1) (1) The owner of a fleet of 100 or more trailers, each having a gross weight of 4,500 pounds or less and used for hire or rental, may register the trailers for a 6-year period under this section.
341.308(2) (2) The registration of trailers under this section shall be valid for a 6-year period. Upon receipt of an application and the initial registration fees under sub. (3), the department shall issue a registration plate for each trailer. The registration of trailers added to the fleet during the 6-year registration period shall expire on the expiration date of the original fleet registration. If trailers are removed from the fleet during the 6-year registration period, the fleet owner shall dispose of the plates in the manner prescribed by the department.
341.308(3) (3) The fleet owner shall pay an initial annual registration fee for each trailer registered under this section and an additional annual fee for each trailer each subsequent year of the 6-year registration period. If the annual registration fee for a trailer is not paid when due, the department shall suspend the registration as provided in s. 341.63. Any fee imposed under this subsection shall be the same fee as prescribed in s. 341.25 (1) (gd) or (ge).
341.308 History History: 1987 a. 212; 1993 a. 16; 1997 a. 35; 1999 a. 80.
341.31 341.31 When part-period fees payable for vehicles other than automobiles; computation of part-period fees.
341.31(1)(1) The annual registration fee shall be paid in full on all vehicles registered pursuant to s. 341.29 or 341.295, the biennial registration fee shall be paid in full on all vehicles registered pursuant to s. 341.297 and the quarterly registration fee shall be paid in full on all vehicles registered pursuant to s. 341.30 unless the vehicle comes within one of the following categories, in which event the applicant is liable for the payment of only a part-period fee to be computed in accordance with sub. (2):
341.31(1)(a) (a) The vehicle has not previously been registered in this state; or
341.31(1)(b) (b) The vehicle previously was registered in this state but:
341.31(1)(b)1. 1. The vehicle in the meantime has been registered in another jurisdiction and such foreign registration was in effect during or subsequent to the expiration of the previous registration in this state; or
341.31(1)(b)2. 2. The vehicle was transferred or leased to the applicant after the expiration of the last registration in this state; or
341.31(1)(b)3. 3. At least 12 months have elapsed since the end of the period for which the vehicle previously was registered and the applicant files with the department a statement that the applicant did not, during such 12-month period, operate or consent to the operation of the vehicle under circumstances making the vehicle subject to registration in this state; or
341.31(1)(b)5. 5. The vehicle is a motorcycle which has been transferred or leased to the applicant and for which current registration plates had been issued to the previous owner; or
341.31(1)(b)6. 6. The vehicle which has been transferred to or leased by the applicant is a motor home or a motor truck, dual purpose motor home or dual purpose farm truck which had been registered by the previous owner at a gross weight of 8,000 pounds or less or is a farm truck which had been registered by the previous owner at a gross weight of 12,000 pounds or less; or
341.31(1)(c) (c) The vehicle is a replacement for a registered vehicle which has been junked or is no longer used on the highway; or
341.31(1)(cm) (cm) The vehicle is a replacement for a registered vehicle eligible for quarterly registration under s. 341.30 which has been traded, sold or removed from this state but for which the annual registration fee has been paid; or
341.31(1)(d) (d) The vehicle is owned by a person who has been in active military service and less than 12 months of nonoperation have elapsed since the end of the period for which the vehicle was previously registered, provided the applicant files with the department a statement of such nonoperation.
341.31(2) (2) Part-period registration fees shall be computed as follows:
341.31(2)(a) (a) For vehicles registered under the conditions in sub. (1) (a), (b) or (d), the fee for the current registration period shall be computed on the basis of one-twelfth of the annual registration fee or one twenty-fourth of the biennial registration fee prescribed for the vehicle multiplied by the number of months of the current registration period which have not fully expired on the date the vehicle first is operated by or with the consent of the applicant under circumstances making it subject to registration in this state plus, in case of a quarterly registration, $5. In the case of a vehicle which has not previously been registered or which has not been registered in this state by the present owner since the owner last acquired ownership of the vehicle, the department shall assume that the date of first operation is the date of the bill of sale evidencing transfer of ownership to the applicant or, with respect to a leased vehicle, the date of commencement of the lease by the applicant, unless he or she files with the department a statement that the vehicle was not so operated until a later date, specifying the date of such first operation. The department may refuse to accept any statement which projects the date of first operation into the future.
341.31(2)(b) (b) For the registration of a replacement vehicle under the conditions set forth in sub. (1) (c) or (cm), the fee shall be computed as for a vehicle not previously registered in this state but a credit shall be allowed for the unused portion of the fee paid for the vehicle being replaced. Such credit shall be computed on the basis of one-twelfth of the annual registration fee or one twenty-fourth of the biennial registration fee prescribed for the vehicle being replaced multiplied by the number of months of registration which have not fully expired at the time the vehicle being replaced was junked, traded, sold or removed from the state. Except for a vehicle registered on a biennial basis, it is not necessary that the replacement vehicle be of the same type as the one being replaced in order for the applicant to take advantage of the credit but the credit may be applied toward registration of the replacement vehicle only up to the date when the registration of the vehicle being replaced would have expired.
341.31(4) (4)
341.31(4)(a)(a) The transferee or lessee of a vehicle registered as provided in s. 341.29, 341.295 or 341.30 is not subject to the payment of any registration fee for the remainder of the period for which the vehicle is registered unless, by reason of his or her status or the use to which the vehicle is put, the fee prescribed by law is higher than that paid by the former owner. In such event, the fee shall be computed on the basis of one-twelfth of the difference between the 2 annual fees multiplied by the number of months of the current registration period which have not fully expired on the date, after the vehicle is acquired by the applicant, when such vehicle is first operated by him or her or with his or her consent under circumstances making it subject to registration in this state.
341.31(4)(b) (b) A person retaining a set of plates removed from a vehicle under s. 342.15 (4) (a) or 342.34 (1) (c) or (2) (c) and which was junked or transferred, is no longer leased to the person or used on the highways or has been registered as a special interest vehicle under s. 341.266 (2) (a) or a reconstructed, replica, street modified or homemade vehicle under s. 341.268 (2) (a) may receive credit for the unused portion of the registration fee paid when registering a replacement vehicle of the same type and gross weight.
341.31(4)(c) (c) A person retaining a set of plates removed from a motorcycle may receive credit for the unused portion of the registration fee paid when registering a replacement motorcycle.
341.31(5) (5) This section does not apply to vehicles registered at a fee of $5 under s. 341.26. Such vehicles, whether registered for a full period or part thereof and whether or not previously registered, shall be registered at the full fee. If a person authorized to register a vehicle at a fee of $5 under s. 341.26 transfers the vehicle to a person not so authorized or no longer leases the vehicle, the fee payable by the transferee shall be computed as for a vehicle not previously registered in this state.
341.32 341.32 Vehicle to be reregistered if subject to a different fee.
341.32(1)(1) Whenever the construction or the use of a registered vehicle is changed in a manner making the vehicle subject to a different registration fee than the fee for which the vehicle currently is registered, the owner shall immediately make application for reregistration. The fee payable upon such reregistration shall be computed as for a vehicle not previously registered in this state but a credit shall be allowed for the unused portion of the fee paid for the previous registration if the registration plates issued upon the previous registration are returned to the department. The credit shall be computed on the basis of one-twelfth of the annual registration fee or one twenty-fourth of the biennial registration fee prescribed for the vehicle as previously registered multiplied by the number of months of registration which have not fully expired on the date the vehicle became subject to the different fee. The credit may be applied toward the reregistration of the vehicle only up to the date when the previous registration would have expired.
341.32(2) (2) Whenever the owner or other person responsible for registration of a vehicle required to be registered on the basis of gross weight desires to carry a greater load than that permitted under the current registration of such vehicle, he or she shall make application for reregistration of the vehicle at a higher gross weight. Whenever such person is convicted of carrying a greater load than that permitted under his or her current registration, the court, in addition to imposing the penalty prescribed by law, shall order such person to make application for reregistration of the vehicle at a gross weight sufficiently high to cover the load which he or she was convicted of carrying. The fee payable upon reregistration shall be computed on the basis of one-twelfth of the difference between the annual fee prescribed for the vehicle as previously registered and the annual fee prescribed for the vehicle as reregistered or one twenty-fourth of the difference between the biennial fee prescribed for the vehicle as previously registered and the biennial fee prescribed for the vehicle as reregistered, multiplied by the number of months of the quarter or year for which the vehicle is being reregistered which had not fully expired when the vehicle became subject to the higher fee. This subsection does not apply under the circumstances stated in sub. (3).
341.32(3) (3) A motor truck with a registered gross weight of 10,000 pounds or less and loaded exclusively with fluid milk or cream may, during the months of May, June and July, carry from the point of production of such milk to the primary market therefor 1,500 pounds or less in excess of the gross weight for which such motor truck is registered without a reregistration of such motor truck on account of such excess loading.
341.32 History History: 1977 c. 29 ss. 1443, 1654 (7) (a); 1989 a. 31.
341.33 341.33 When fees refundable.
341.33(1) (1) The department shall not refund a fee paid to it except when expressly authorized or directed by this section or some other provision of the statutes to do so.
341.33(2) (2) The department shall refund the unused portion of a registration fee paid for the registration of a vehicle owned by a person who is entering active service in the naval or military forces of the United States if the person makes application for such refund upon a form prescribed by the department, furnishes such proof as the department may require that the vehicle will not be operated in this or another state during the remainder of the period for which the vehicle is registered, and returns to the department the certificate of registration and registration plates. The refund shall be computed on the basis of one-twelfth of the annual registration fee or one twenty-fourth of the biennial registration fee paid for the vehicle, multiplied by the number of full months remaining in the period for which the vehicle is registered when the vehicle ceases to be operated.
341.33(3) (3) Upon request, the department shall refund 50% of a registration fee paid for a vehicle registered on a biennial basis if the person who registered the vehicle furnishes such proof as the department requires that the person has transferred his or her interest in the vehicle or terminated leasing the vehicle before the beginning of the 2nd year of the period for which the vehicle is registered or that the vehicle will not be operated in this state after the beginning of the 2nd year of the period for which the vehicle is registered. The department may require the person to return the certificate of registration and registration plates for the vehicle to the department. Except as provided in sub. (1), the department may not refund more than 50% of the fee paid for the registration of a vehicle registered on a biennial basis.
341.33 History History: 1975 c. 32, 199; 1977 c. 29 ss. 1444, 1654 (7) (a), (e); 1989 a. 31; 1997 a. 27.
341.335 341.335 Notice of change of address, name or vehicle color.
341.335(1)(1) Whenever any person, after applying for and receiving registration plates, moves from the address named in the application for the registration plates or when the name of the licensee is changed by marriage or otherwise, the person shall within 10 days notify the department in writing of the old and new address or of such former and new names and of all registration plate numbers held.
341.335(1m) (1m) No person is required to notify the department before the next renewal of registration for the vehicle that a vehicle's color has been changed from the color stated in the most recent application for registration of the vehicle.
341.335(2) (2) Any person who fails to comply with any of the requirements of sub. (1) may be required to forfeit not more than $50.
341.35 341.35 Municipal or county vehicle registration fee.
341.35(1)(1) Annual registration fee. In this section "municipality" means a town, village or city and "motor vehicle" means an automobile or motor truck registered under s. 341.25 (1) (c) at a gross weight of not more than 8,000 pounds. The governing body of a municipality or county may enact an ordinance imposing an annual flat municipal or county registration fee on all motor vehicles registered in this state which are customarily kept in the municipality or county. A registration fee imposed under this section shall be in addition to state registration fees.
341.35(2) (2)Exemptions. The following vehicles are exempt from any municipal or county vehicle registration fee:
341.35(2)(a) (a) All vehicles exempted by this chapter from payment of a state vehicle registration fee.
341.35(2)(b) (b) All vehicles registered by the state under s. 341.26 for a fee of $5.
341.35(3m) (3m)County and municipal fees. If a municipality and the county in which the municipality is located enact ordinances under this section, a motor vehicle customarily kept in the municipality shall be subject to a municipal registration fee and a county registration fee.
341.35(4) (4)Notice of fees. The governing body of a municipality or county which enacts a municipal or county vehicle registration fee shall notify the department that it has so elected and report the amount of such fee. The municipality or county shall report any change in such amount to the department. The notification shall be made at the time and in the form prescribed by the department.
341.35(5) (5)Payment of fees. At the time a motor vehicle is first registered or at the time of registration renewal, the applicant shall pay to the department any fee imposed by a county or municipality under this section in addition to fees required under this chapter.
341.35(6) (6)Department to remit fees to municipalities and counties. Beginning July 1, 1984, and annually thereafter, the department shall remit those moneys collected under this section, less administrative costs under sub. (6m), to any municipality or county which has imposed a fee under this section. The department may by rule provide that the moneys be remitted at more frequent intervals if the department deems it advisable.
341.35(6m) (6m)Administrative costs. The department shall retain a portion of the moneys collected under this section equal to the actual administrative costs related to the collection of these fees. The department shall establish the method for computing the administrative costs by rule and review the methodology annually to ensure full reimbursement of its expenses.
341.35(6r) (6r)Use of fee proceeds. Any municipality or county receiving moneys under sub. (6) shall use the moneys only for transportation related purposes.
341.35(7) (7)Replacements. No municipal or county vehicle registration fee may be imposed on a motor vehicle which is a replacement for a motor vehicle for which a current municipal or county vehicle registration fee has been paid.
341.35(8) (8)Rules. The department shall adopt rules necessary to implement this section.
341.35 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. Trans 126, Wis. adm. code.
341.36 341.36 Fee to reinstate suspended or revoked registration.
341.36(1)(1) Except as provided in sub. (2), the department shall charge a fee of $25 to reinstate a registration previously suspended or revoked under this chapter. The fee under this subsection is in addition to any other fee required to complete the registration of the vehicle.
341.36(1m) (1m) Except as provided in sub. (2), the department shall charge a fee of $50 to reinstate a registration previously suspended or revoked under ch. 344. The fee under this subsection is in addition to any other fee required to complete the registration of the vehicle.
341.36(2) (2)Subsections (1) and (1m) do not apply to the reinstatement of a registration suspended under s. 341.63 (1) (c), (d) or (e) or to the reinstatement of a registration suspended or revoked as a result of an error by the department.
341.36(3) (3) If the registrations of more than one vehicle owned by a person are suspended or revoked under ch. 344 as a result of the same occurrence, payment of one fee under sub. (1m) applies to the reinstatement of the registrations of all of those vehicles.
341.36 History History: 1989 a. 31; 1991 a. 269.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Oct. 4, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Oct. 4, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-4-14)