County Executive


On November 11, 2016 Milwaukee County adopted a $30 local Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF) as part of the 2017 Budget. 

The ordinance defines a "motor vehicle" as an automobile or motor truck registered under Wis. Stat. § 341.25(1)(c) at a gross weight of not more than 8,000 pounds.  The annual flat fee is set at $30 for all motor vehicles registered in the State of Wisconsin and customarily kept in Milwaukee County.  The fee is paid by the registration applicant at the time a motor vehicle is first registered and at each time of registration renewal.  


All Motor Vehicle Registration Fees collected must be used for transportation related purposes. 


The following plate types are exempt from the Motor Vehicle Registration Fee:

  • Antique
  • Collector ("Collector Special" plates are not exempt)
  • Ex-Prisoner of War (if issued without registration fee)
  • Historic Military
  • Hobbyist
  • Medal of Honor
  • All special plates issued to a farm truck, dual purpose farm truck, or motor home.

What if my vehicle isn't stored in Milwaukee County?

If you have a vehicle that isn't stored in Milwaukee County, you need to contact the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles to correct that information. 

Any person who gives a false or fictitious location where a vehicle is customarily kept may be fined not more than $200 or imprisoned not more than six months or both (section 341.60, WI statutes).



(414) 278-4211 | fax: (414) 278-1375
Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 306
901 N. 9th Street | Milwaukee, WI 53233

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