Register July 2023 No. 811
Chapter Trans 149
Trans 149.01   Purpose and scope.
Trans 149.02   Definitions.
Trans 149.03   Inspector certification and authority.
Trans 149.04   Department certification of inspectors.
Trans 149.05   Inspections.
Trans 149.06   Place and procedure for inspection.
Trans 149.07   Application procedure following inspection.
Trans 149.08   Payment and distribution of inspection fee.
Trans 149.09   Application for certificate of title and registration for vehicles previously junked in department records.
Trans 149.10   Application for certificate of title or registration for a repaired, junk or salvage vehicle from another jurisdiction.
Trans 149.01 Trans 149.01Purpose and scope.
Trans 149.01(1)(1)As authorized by s. 342.07 (2), Stats., the purpose of this chapter is to establish the department's administrative interpretation of s. 342.07, Stats., relating to the inspection of a repaired salvage vehicle.
Trans 149.01(2) (2)This chapter applies to any person seeking to obtain a certificate of title on a homemade vehicle, reconstructed vehicle, repaired salvage vehicle or on a vehicle identified in another jurisdiction as a repaired salvage or salvage vehicle.
Trans 149.01 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1994, No. 468, eff. 1-1-95; CR 03-122: am. (2) Register May 2004 No. 581, eff. 6-1-04.
Trans 149.02 Trans 149.02Definitions. Words and phrases shall have the same meanings as defined in s. 340.01, Stats., unless a different definition is specifically provided. In this chapter:
Trans 149.02(1) (1)“Applicant" means a person who owns a vehicle that is a repaired salvage vehicle, or that is currently titled with a certificate of title identifying the vehicle as a salvage vehicle, and who applies to the department to re-title or register a vehicle.
Trans 149.02(2) (2)“Bill of sale" means the document describing the sale of a vehicle or a part of a vehicle.
Trans 149.02(3) (3)“Identification" means a valid operator's license, identification card, or other personal identification document which reliably identifies the person to the satisfaction of the inspector.
Trans 149.02(4) (4)“Inspection fee" means the fee established by s. 342.07 (3), Stats.
Trans 149.02(5) (5) “ Law enforcement officer" means any person who by virtue of the person's office or public employment is vested by law with the duty to maintain public order or to make arrests for crimes while acting within the scope of authority.
Trans 149.02(6) (6)“Major part of a vehicle" means any of the following:
Trans 149.02(6)(a) (a) The engine.
Trans 149.02(6)(b) (b) The transmission.
Trans 149.02(6)(c) (c) Each door allowing entrance to or egress from the passenger compartment.
Trans 149.02(6)(d) (d) The hood.
Trans 149.02(6)(e) (e) The grille.
Trans 149.02(6)(f) (f) Each bumper, or each clip, if a bumper is part of the clip.
Trans 149.02(6)(g) (g) Each front fender.
Trans 149.02(6)(h) (h) The deck lid, tailgate or hatchback.
Trans 149.02(6)(i) (i) Each rear quarter panel.
Trans 149.02(6)(j) (j) The trunk floor pan.
Trans 149.02(6)(k) (k) The frame or, in the case of a unitized body, the supporting structure which serves as the frame.
Trans 149.02(6)(L) (L) Any part not listed under this subsection which has a value exceeding $500.
Trans 149.02(6)(m) (m) Any motorcycle part not listed under this subsection which has a value exceeding $150.
Trans 149.02 Note Note: See s. 943.23, Stats.
Trans 149.02(7) (7)“Part" means any component of a motor vehicle which may be separated from the vehicle or any replacement for such a component.
Trans 149.02 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1994, No. 468, eff. 1-1-95; CR 03-122: am. (6) (m) Register May 2004 No. 581, eff. 6-1-04; CR 22-048: am. (5) Register July 2023 No. 811, eff. 8-1-23.
Trans 149.03 Trans 149.03Inspector certification and authority.
Trans 149.03(1)(1)Inspections to be performed by certified inspectors. All inspections required under s. 342.07 (2), Stats., shall be performed by a person who has been certified to perform inspections by the department under this chapter.
Trans 149.03(2) (2) Requirements for inspector certification. A person shall meet all of the following criteria in order to be qualified for certification:
Trans 149.03(2)(a) (a) The person shall be a Wisconsin law enforcement officer or a full-time employee of the department of transportation division of state patrol.
Trans 149.03(2)(b) (b) The person shall have successfully completed an initial training course in vehicle inspections meeting the requirements of sub. (4).
Trans 149.03(2)(c) (c) The person shall successfully complete a biennial refresher course on inspections approved by the department within 2 years of initial training and every 2 years thereafter. For cause, the department may examine an inspector in lieu of requiring refresher course attendance.
Trans 149.03(2)(d) (d) The person may not have had certification to conduct inspections rescinded by the department.
Trans 149.03(2)(e) (e) The person shall have the approval of the person's employing agency.
Trans 149.03(2)(f) (f) The person shall have completed at least 24 inspections during the preceding certification period if the person is applying for recertification.
Trans 149.03(3) (3) Expiration of certification. Inspector certifications shall expire on May 31 of each even-numbered year. In the event required training classes are scheduled during the 6 months following that expiration date, the department may extend the expiration date for persons attending that training through the last day of that training class.
Trans 149.03(4) (4) Initial training.
Trans 149.03(4)(a)(a) An inspector candidate shall receive training that includes the following:
Trans 149.03(4)(a)1. 1. Training in theft detection as provided by an agency or organization determined by the department to be expert in the field.
Trans 149.03(4)(a)2. 2. Training in the safety inspection of a vehicle for compliance with the requirements of ch. Trans 305 and ch. 347, Stats.
Trans 149.03(4)(a)3. 3. Training in the completion of forms and documents and the calculation of fees required to obtain title and registration as provided by the department.
Trans 149.03(4)(b) (b) The department may waive some or all of the initial training required by par. (a), based on a person's successful completion of applicable sections of the department's examination for inspectors and a showing that the person has successfully completed similar training that is acceptable to the department.
Trans 149.03 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1994, No. 468, eff. 1-1-95; am. (4) (a) 2., Register, February, 1996, No. 482, eff. 3-1-96.
Trans 149.04 Trans 149.04Department certification of inspectors.
Trans 149.04(1)(1)Number and distribution of inspectors. The department shall periodically determine the number and distribution of certified inspectors necessary to meet the needs of the state and may restrict attendance at inspector training courses in order to achieve the desired number or distribution.
Trans 149.04(2) (2) Department may rescind inspector certification. The department may at any time rescind the certification of an inspector to perform inspections under this chapter for the reasons specified in sub. (3).
Trans 149.04(3) (3) Grounds for recision. The department may rescind an inspector's certification to conduct inspections under this chapter under any of the following circumstances:
Trans 149.04(3)(a) (a) The inspector's employing agency requests the inspector's certification be rescinded.
Trans 149.04(3)(b) (b) The inspector passes a vehicle for inspection that contains stolen parts or parts of a stolen vehicle, or that does not meet the equipment safety requirements of ch. Trans 305 or ch. 347, Stats.
Trans 149.04(3)(c) (c) The inspector acquires an interest in or is employed by a salvage yard, auto body shop, motor vehicle dealership, or other entity involved in the rebuilding of motor vehicles.
Trans 149.04(3)(d) (d) The inspector fails to comply with any provision of this chapter or any rule or regulation of the department.
Trans 149.04(3)(e) (e) The inspector engages in any conduct which calls into question his or her fitness for duty as an inspector.
Trans 149.04(3)(f) (f) The inspector fails to meet the certification requirements of s. Trans 149.03 (2).
Trans 149.04(4) (4) On-site examinations. The department may examine inspectors by requesting inspection of a motor vehicle and judging the inspector's performance.
Trans 149.04(5) (5) Inspector identification card.
Trans 149.04(5)(a) (a) The department shall issue an identification card to a certified inspector.
Trans 149.04(5)(b) (b) The card shall display at least the following information:
Trans 149.04(5)(b)1. 1. The full name of the inspector.
Trans 149.04(5)(b)2. 2. If the inspector is a law enforcement officer, the officer's badge number.
Trans 149.04(5)(b)3. 3. The number of the agency employing the inspector, as assigned by the department.
Trans 149.04(5)(b)4. 4. The date on which the inspector's certification to perform inspections expires.
Trans 149.04(5)(b)5. 5. A space for the inspector's signature.
Trans 149.04(5)(c) (c) An inspector identification card is not valid until the inspector signs the card in the space provided.
Trans 149.04(5)(d) (d) An inspector shall retain the identification card and any evidence of extended certification issued under s. Trans 149.03 (3) in his or her immediate possession when performing inspections and shall display the card and evidence of extended certification to the applicant or agent of the applicant upon request.
Trans 149.04(5)(e) (e) An inspector who no longer performs inspections, or whose authority to perform inspections under this chapter is rescinded by the department, or who leaves the employing agency shown on the identification card shall notify the department and surrender the identification card to the employing agency shown on the identification card.
Trans 149.04(5)(f) (f) The employing agency shall notify the department in writing within 30 days after an inspector surrenders the identification card and shall destroy the card.
Trans 149.04(5)(g) (g) The department may issue a new identification card to an inspector when presented with evidence from the inspector's employing agency that an inspector has a change of name or badge number, or when an inspector changes employment and the department is advised by the inspector's new employing law enforcement agency that the inspector has changed employing agencies and will continue to perform inspections.
Trans 149.04 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1994, No. 468, eff. 1-1-95; am. (3) (b), Register, February, 1996, No. 482, eff. 3-1-96; CR 22-048: am. (5) (g) Register July 2023 No. 811, eff. 8-1-23.
Trans 149.05 Trans 149.05Inspections.
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.