342.065(1)(a) (a) A purchaser of a salvage vehicle that is not currently titled as a salvage vehicle shall, promptly after delivery to him or her of the salvage vehicle, apply for a salvage vehicle certificate of title by submitting to the department the properly assigned certificate of title under s. 342.15 (1) (c) or other evidence of ownership, the applicant's statement that the vehicle is a salvage vehicle, an application for a salvage certificate of title and the required fee.
342.065(1)(b) (b) The owner of a salvage vehicle that is not currently titled as a salvage vehicle shall promptly apply for a salvage vehicle certificate of title by submitting to the department the certificate of title for the vehicle or other evidence of ownership, the applicant's statement that the vehicle is a salvage vehicle, an application for a salvage certificate of title and the required fee. This paragraph does not apply to a salvage vehicle that is purchased by a salvage vehicle purchaser subject to the requirements of par. (a).
342.065(1)(c) (c) If the interest of an owner in a vehicle that is titled in this state is not transferred upon payment of an insurance claim that, including any deductible amounts, exceeds 70 percent of the fair market value of the vehicle, any insurer of the vehicle shall, within 30 days of payment of the insurance claim, notify the department in writing of the claim payment and that the vehicle meets the statutory definition of a salvage vehicle, in the manner and form prescribed by the department.
342.065(1m) (1m)An insurer taking delivery in this state of a salvage vehicle that is not currently titled as a salvage vehicle upon payment of an insurance claim that, including any deductible amounts, exceeds 70 percent of the fair market value of the vehicle, provides other evidence of ownership under sub. (1) (a), if all of the following apply:
342.065(1m)(a) (a) The insurer provides notice to the previous owner of the requirement under s. 342.15 (1) (c) to execute an assignment and warranty of title for the vehicle to the insurer. Notice under this paragraph shall be provided concurrently with the payment of the claim or by certified mail or electronic means, including electronic mail or posting on an electronic network or site that is accessible via the Internet by using a mobile application, computer, mobile device, tablet, or any other electronic device.
342.065(1m)(b) (b) The previous owner does not execute an assignment and warranty of title for the vehicle to the insurer within 30 days of receiving the notice under par. (a).
342.065(1m)(c) (c) The insurer provides the department with evidence of all of the following:
342.065(1m)(c)1. 1. That the insurer has paid to the previous owner or secured party a total loss claim on the vehicle. An electronic image of a screen or other representation showing payment of the claim via electronic funds transfer or other electronic means shall be sufficient evidence of payment.
342.065(1m)(c)2. 2. That the insurer on at least 2 occasions requested in writing addressed to the previous owner and secured parties that the previous owner execute an assignment and warranty of title for the vehicle to the insurer. Evidence under this subdivision may include an affidavit from the insurer or its authorized agent stating that it has on at least 2 occasions requested in writing that the previous owner execute an assignment and warranty of title for the vehicle to the insurer and that these requests were addressed to the previous owner and secured parties and were sent by certified mail or electronic means, including electronic mail or posting on an electronic network or site that is accessible via the Internet by using a mobile application, computer, mobile device, tablet, or any other electronic device.
342.065(2) (2)Upon notification from an insurer under sub. (1) (c), the department shall promptly notify the owner of the salvage vehicle that he or she is required to apply for a salvage vehicle certificate of title under sub. (1) (b).
342.065(3) (3)Upon compliance with the requirements of sub. (1), the department shall issue a salvage vehicle certificate of title for the vehicle. The certificate shall include the words “This is a salvage vehicle".
342.065(4) (4)
342.065(4)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), any person who violates sub. (1) may be required to forfeit not more than $1,000.
342.065(4)(b) (b) Any person who violates sub. (1) with intent to defraud is guilty of a Class H felony.
342.065 History History: 1993 a. 63 s. 5, 6, 11; 1997 a. 283; 2001 a. 109; 2019 a. 53.
342.07 342.07 Title for repaired salvage vehicle.
342.07(1)(1)Application for registration of and a new certificate of title for a repaired salvage vehicle must be accompanied by all of the following:
342.07(1)(a) (a) The required fees.
342.07(1)(b) (b) A properly assigned salvage certificate of title or a properly assigned certificate of title by a dealer under s. 342.16 (1) (a) for the vehicle.
342.07(1)(c) (c) Any other transfer document required by law.
342.07(1)(d) (d) The certificate of inspection under sub. (4).
342.07(2) (2)A repaired salvage vehicle may not be registered or be issued a new certificate of title until an inspector authorized by the department examines it for the following, as specified in rules promulgated by the department:
342.07(2)(a) (a) To determine whether the vehicle is the same vehicle for which the title submitted under sub. (1) was issued;
342.07(2)(b) (b) To verify the source and ownership of the major parts and components used to recondition the vehicle; and
342.07(2)(c) (c) To determine whether the vehicle is in compliance with safety equipment requirements.
342.07(3) (3)
342.07(3)(a)(a) The applicant shall pay a fee of $80 to the department for the examination in sub. (2).
342.07(3)(b) (b) If the examination is conducted by an inspector employed by a city, village, town or county, 75 percent of the fee paid under par. (a) shall be credited to the appropriation under s. 20.395 (5) (ch) and the city, village, town or county employing the inspector shall be reimbursed this amount from that appropriation.
342.07(4) (4)If the vehicle passes the examination in sub. (2), the inspector shall provide the applicant with an inspection certificate showing that the vehicle satisfies the inspection standards.
342.07 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. Trans 149, Wis. adm. code.
342.08 342.08 Department to examine records. The department shall check the application for a certificate of title against records of stolen vehicles:
342.08(1) (1)Before issuing a certificate of title for a vehicle last previously registered in another jurisdiction.
342.08(2) (2)Upon receipt of an application for a certificate of title showing a transfer of ownership of a vehicle.
342.08 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. Trans 196, Wis. adm. code.
342.09 342.09 When department to issue certificate and to whom; maintenance of records.
342.09(1)(1)
342.09(1)(a) (a) The department shall maintain a record of each application for certificate of title received by it and, when satisfied as to its genuineness and regularity and that the applicant is entitled to the issuance of a certificate of title, shall issue and, except as provided in par. (b), deliver a certificate to the owner of the vehicle.
342.09(1)(b) (b) If there is a perfected security interest in a vehicle, the department shall deliver the certificate of title to the secured party having the primary perfected security interest in the vehicle.
342.09(2) (2)The department shall maintain a record of all applications and all certificates of title issued by it:
342.09(2)(a) (a) According to title number.
342.09(2)(b) (b) According to engine or identification number.
342.09(2)(c) (c) Alphabetically, according to name of owner.
342.09(2)(d) (d) In any other manner which the department determines to be desirable.
342.09(3) (3)The department shall charge a fee of not less than $2 for conducting a file search of vehicle title records.
342.09(4) (4)
342.09(4)(a)(a) The department may maintain any certificate of title or other information required to be maintained under this section in an automated format and may consider any record maintained in an automated format under this paragraph to be the original and controlling record, notwithstanding the existence of any printed version of the same record.
342.09(4)(b) (b) Records maintained by the department under this section are the official vehicle title records.
342.09 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also chs. Trans 157 and 195, Wis. adm. code.
342.10 342.10 Contents of certificate of title.
342.10(1)(1)Each certificate of title issued by the department shall contain:
342.10(1)(a) (a) The name and address of the owner.
342.10(1)(b) (b) The names of any secured parties in the order of priority as shown on the application or, if the application is based on another certificate of title, as shown on such certificate.
342.10(1)(bm) (bm) Notwithstanding s. 342.02 (2), if the applicant is named in a statewide support lien docket provided under s. 49.854 (2) (b), a notation stating “Per section 49.854 (2) of the Wisconsin Statutes, the state of Wisconsin has a lien on this vehicle for unpaid support."
342.10(1)(c) (c) The title number assigned to the vehicle.
342.10(1)(d) (d) A description of the vehicle, including make and identification number, except that if the vehicle was last registered in another jurisdiction the make and model contained in the certificate shall be the make and model contained in the last certificate of title issued by the other jurisdiction.
342.10(1)(dm) (dm) The mileage disclosure statement required under s. 342.155, and any notations or qualifying statements explaining the odometer reading specified by the department by rule.
342.10(1)(e) (e) Any other data which the department deems pertinent and desirable.
342.10(2) (2)
342.10(2)(a)(a) The certificate of title shall contain spaces for all of the following:
342.10(2)(a)1. 1. Assignment and warranty of title by the owner.
342.10(2)(a)2. 2. The mileage disclosure statement required by s. 342.155.
342.10(2)(a)3. 3. Reassignment and warranty of title by a dealer or wholesaler.
342.10(2)(a)4. 4. Any information required by the department when a motor vehicle is sold at a motor vehicle auction or motor vehicle salvage pool.
342.10(2)(b) (b) The certificate of title may contain spaces for application for a certificate of title by a transferee and for the naming of a secured party and the assignment or release of a security interest.
342.10(3) (3)Before issuing a new or duplicate certificate of title for a motor vehicle, the department shall permanently record any of the following information, if applicable, on such certificate:
342.10(3)(a) (a) That the vehicle was previously licensed and used as a taxicab or for public transportation.
342.10(3)(b) (b) That the vehicle was previously licensed and used as a police vehicle by a law enforcement agency.
342.10(3)(c) (c) That the vehicle was not manufactured in compliance with all federal emission and safety standards applicable at the time of manufacture, whether or not the vehicle was subsequently modified to meet such standards, and that the vehicle is “non-USA standard".
342.10(3)(d) (d) That the vehicle was a flood damaged vehicle.
342.10(3)(e) (e) That the vehicle was a manufacturers buyback vehicle.
342.10(3)(f) (f) That the vehicle was previously a salvage vehicle.
342.10(3)(g) (g) That the vehicle was transferred to an insurer upon payment of an insurance claim. This paragraph does not apply to salvage vehicles.
342.10(3)(h) (h) That the vehicle was a hail-damaged vehicle. This paragraph does not apply to a hail-damaged vehicle that was repaired with any replacement part, as defined in s. 632.38 (1) (e).
342.10(5) (5)A certificate of title issued by the department is prima facie evidence of the facts appearing on it.
342.10(6) (6)A certificate of title may be issued by the department in an automated format.
342.10 Annotation A certificate of title is not conclusive evidence of ownership. The purpose of sub. (5) is to furnish convenient evidence of vehicle ownership. National Exchange Bank of Fond du Lac v. Mann, 81 Wis. 2d 352, 260 N.W.2d 716 (1977).
342.11 342.11 Grounds for refusing issuance of certificate of title. The department shall refuse issuance of a certificate of title if any required fee has not been paid or for any of the following reasons:
342.11(1) (1)The department has reasonable grounds to believe that:
342.11(1)(a) (a) The person alleged to be the owner of the vehicle is not the owner.
342.11(1)(b) (b) The application contains a false or fraudulent statement.
342.11(2) (2)The applicant has failed to furnish any of the following:
342.11(2)(a) (a) If applicable, the power of attorney required under 15 USC 1988 or rules of the department.
342.11(2)(b) (b) Unless exempted by rule of the department, the mileage disclosure from the most recent titled owner and of all subsequent nontitled owners of the vehicle.
342.11(2)(c) (c) Any other information or documents required by law or by the department pursuant to authority of law.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 102 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on February 19, 2020. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after February 19, 2020, are designated by NOTES. (Published 2-19-20)