Register March 2012 No. 675
Chapter Trans 134
AUTHORIZED SPECIAL GROUPS
Trans 134.01   Authority and purpose.
Trans 134.02   Definitions.
Trans 134.03   Application for designation as an authorized special group.
Trans 134.04   Designation of authorized special groups.
Trans 134.05   Special group plate design.
Trans 134.06   Authorized special group license plate sales.
Trans 134.01 Trans 134.01Authority and purpose.
Trans 134.01(1) (1) As authorized by s. 341.14 (6r) (fm), Stats., the purpose of this chapter is to establish procedures for the designation of authorized special groups and the issuance or discontinuation of issuance of special group plates to members of an authorized special group including application procedures, eligibility determination procedures, license plate reservation and sale procedures and discontinuance of license plate sale procedures for groups desiring to be designated as an authorized special group under s. 341.14 (6r) (fm), Stats.
Trans 134.01 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1999, No. 528, eff. 1-1-00.
Trans 134.02 Trans 134.02Definitions. The words and phrases defined in s. 340.01, Stats., have the same meaning in this chapter unless a different definition is specifically provided. In this chapter:
Trans 134.02(1) (1) “Authorized special group" means a special group designated by the department under s. 341.14 (6r) (fm), Stats.
Trans 134.02(2) (2) “Department" means the department of transportation.
Trans 134.02 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1999, No. 528, eff. 1-1-00.
Trans 134.03 Trans 134.03Application for designation as an authorized special group.
Trans 134.03(1) (1)Application.
Trans 134.03(1)(a)(a) A group wishing to be designated as an authorized special group may apply to the department upon the form provided by the department.
Trans 134.03(1)(b) (b) The application form shall be determined by the department and shall require that the group certify that it meets all of the following criteria:
Trans 134.03(1)(b)1. 1. The group or organization is not organized or operated for profit.
Trans 134.03(1)(b)2. 2. The group or organization is not a political committee, as defined in s. 11.01 (4), Stats., or a political group, as defined in s. 11.01 (10), Stats.
Trans 134.03(1)(b)3. 3. The group or organization is not a church, a synagogue, a mosque or any organization, whether or not organized under ch. 187, Stats., that operates under a creed.
Trans 134.03(1)(b)4. 4. The group or organization does not promote, practice or encourage hatred or any form of discrimination.
Trans 134.03(1)(b)5. 5. The group or organization does not carry connotations offensive to good taste or decency, or that would be misleading or in conflict with the enumeration of any other authorized special group.
Trans 134.03(1)(c) (c) The application shall require that the group certify that it has obtained any necessary approvals for use of a logo or trademark to be included in the design of a special group license plate.
Trans 134.03(1)(d) (d) If the group is incorporated, the application shall be accompanied by a copy of the group's articles of incorporation and by-laws.
Trans 134.03(1)(e) (e) If the group is not incorporated, the application shall be accompanied by a copy of a document setting forth the group's purpose.
Trans 134.03(1)(f) (f) The department may verify whether the group meets the criteria specified in sub. (1) (b) and has the approvals specified in sub. (1) (c). In order to verify that the group meets the eligibility requirements established in s. 341.14 (6r) (fm) 1., Stats., the department may consult with other state, federal or local agencies, national organizations, and other similar sources and may request that the group submit additional information that the department decides is reasonably necessary to determine if the group is entitled to designation as a special group.
Trans 134.03(2) (2)Fee deposit.
Trans 134.03(2)(a)(a) Along with the application, the group shall submit a deposit of $15,500 by check made payable to the department of transportation. If the application is approved, up to $12,000 of the deposit may be returned to the group as provided in s. 341.14 (6r) (fm) 2. a., Stats.
Trans 134.03(2)(b) (b) The department shall do an initial review of the group's application, and if the application is not acceptable after the initial review, the department shall return the application and the check.
Trans 134.03(2)(c) (c) If the department's initial review of the application indicates that further review is necessary, the department shall deposit the check in the general fund and credit the appropriation under s. 20.395 (5) (cj), Stats.
Trans 134.03(2)(d) (d) If the department rejects the group's application, it shall refund the deposit to the group.
Trans 134.03(2)(e) (e) A group may withdraw its application any time before the department has approved the application, and the department shall refund the entire deposit. In order to receive a full refund, notice of withdrawal must be received by the department prior to its decision approving the application.
Trans 134.03(2)(f) (f) If the group withdraws its application after the department has approved the application but before plate design is finalized, the department shall retain $3,500 and shall refund $12,000 of the deposit. The $3,500 retained by the department shall be used to offset the costs of data processing work performed upon approval of the application.
Trans 134.03(2)(g) (g) If the group withdraws its application after the department has approved the application and after plates are ordered, the department shall retain the entire $15,500 deposit to offset the cost of data processing work and the cost of purchasing and issuing the plates.
Trans 134.03 Note Note: To apply for designation as an authorized special group, complete Form MV2908 which can be obtained by writing to the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Vehicle Services, P. O. Box 7911, or by calling (608) 266-3041.
Trans 134.03 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1999, No. 528, eff. 1-1-00.
Trans 134.04 Trans 134.04Designation of authorized special groups.
Trans 134.04(1)(1) The department shall approve an application by a group or organization for designation as an authorized special group if the department determines that the group or organization meets all of the criteria specified in s. 341.14 (6r) (fm) 1., Stats.
Trans 134.04(2) (2) The department shall process applications according to the following schedule:
Trans 134.04(2)(a) (a) The department shall notify the group immediately after initial screening if the application is not acceptable and the notice shall specify why the application is not acceptable.
Trans 134.04(2)(b) (b) The department shall notify the group within 15 days of receipt of application, if any additional information is needed to determine eligibility.
Trans 134.04(2)(c) (c) The department shall notify the group of approval or denial within 30 days of receipt of all information needed to determine eligibility.
Trans 134.04(2)(d) (d) If the department has not received additional information needed to determine eligibility within 90 days of asking for this information, the application shall be considered withdrawn and the department shall refund the deposit as provided in s. Trans 134.03 (2) (e).
Trans 134.04(2)(e) (e) The department shall begin data processing work as soon as it approves the group's application as an authorized special group. The department shall endeavor to complete data processing work within 6 months.
Trans 134.04(2)(f) (f) After the department and the authorized special group agree on a plate design concept, the department shall endeavor to complete a production-ready plate design and purchase plate materials within 6 months.
Trans 134.04(3) (3) If the department denies an application by a group or organization, it shall return the application and deposit promptly and shall notify the group or organization of the reasons for the denial.
Trans 134.04 Note Note: Section 341.14 (6r) (fm) 4., Stats., provides that the decision of the department denying an application for designation as an authorized special group is final and is not subject to judicial review under ch. 227.
Trans 134.04 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1999, No. 528, eff. 1-1-00.
Trans 134.05 Trans 134.05Special group plate design.
Trans 134.05(1) (1) Special group plates shall display the word “Wisconsin" and the name of the applicable authorized special group shall be displayed on the plate.
Trans 134.05(2) (2) A special group plate shall display, on the left of the plate, a symbol representing the special group. The symbol may not exceed ¼ the width of the plate.
Trans 134.05 Note Note: For personalized plates, up to 6 positions are available for the desired message. Sequential plate numbering shall be as the department determines.
Trans 134.05(3) (3) Special group plates shall be the combination of colors specified by the department for special group plates under s. 341.14 (6r) (f), Stats., which are not military in nature and not special groups under s. 341.14 (6r) (f) 35. to 47. and 50., Stats.
Trans 134.05(4) (4) The department shall specify the design of special group plates for authorized special groups designated under this chapter after consulting with the chief executive officer of the group or organization or his or her representative regarding symbols and wording on the special group plate.
Trans 134.05(5) (5) The authorized special group shall pay any licensing fees related to the symbol or wording on special group plates.
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