Obtaining a Title and Registration For a Vehicle Bought from a Car DealershipIf you buy a vehicle from a dealership in Wisconsin, the dealership will handle the registration paperwork for you. The dealership should also provide you with a temporary license plate that you can use right away.
Obtaining a Title and Registration For a Vehicle Bought from a Private PartyIf you buy a vehicle from a private party, you need to register your vehicle on your own. It’s up to you to make sure that the title is clear of a lien and that you have the paperwork to prove it. The seller must sign the title, and you should as well.
Filling Out the TitleFirst, make sure that the current owner fills out the fields on the back of the title and signs/prints their name before handing the title over to you. You should also get a lien release from the current owner if the dealership or lender did not sign the title directly. On the title, you will need to sign where it states “signature of buyer.” If two people are buying the vehicle, you should both sign on the same line. Use “and” between your names.
Registering the Purchased VehicleYou need to register your vehicle once you buy it. You can register it in person or by mail. By mail, you will send form MV1 with applicable fees to:
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- Proof of identification
- Payment for the registration, title and tax fees
- Completed form MV1
Submitting PaymentIf you buy a vehicle from a private party, you’ll need to register the vehicle on your own. You can do this by mail or in person. If you choose to do this by mail, then you should complete form MV1, Title/License Plate Application, with the right payment. The payment varies based on the kind of vehicle you have and your location. Common vehicle registration and titling fees include:
- $100 for electric vehicles
- $85 for passenger vehicles
- $23 for mopeds or motorcycles
- $2 for a duplicate registration
- $164.50 for a title fee
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