How to Lookup Any Wisconsin License Plate Number
1. Private databases purchase, organize, and sell information to consumers. These databases are run by private companies, not State or Federal government organizations. This is the easiest option for consumers looking for information because it involves the least amount of work.
Our sponsors are an example of a private database that sells information. Simply start your search by typing a license plate number in the search field on the right.
2. Another option is to request the information from the state. For the state of Wisconsin, the form you need is located here:
Wisconsin Vehicle Records Request Form
3. One more option is to hire a private investigator. This is the most expensive option, but it could prove useful.
Wisconsin State Motor Vehicle Agency:
OWisconsin Department of Transportation
Hill Farms State Transportation Building
4802 Sheboygan Avenue
Madison, WI 53707
The recovery of license plate records varies by state. In some cases, license plate and driving records may only be accessible by the registered owner of the vehicle. In addition, there may be a fee to access the information.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Safety is another agency that keeps driving and license plate related records in Wisconsin. Contacting this agency, you may find information related to drivers licenses, registrations, renewals, and more.
Wisconsin Department of Public Safety contact info:
Phone Number: 414 243-6655
Office Address: 5129 Shirley Avenue
Racine, WI 53405
Website: Wisconsin Vehicle Records
Wisconsin DMV Services
Wisconsin DMV has several online services:
-duplicate driver license
-road test scheduling
-duplicate or renewal ID card
-change residence address
-location of nearest DMV station
-request of driving record
-request of vehicle record
-license plate look up (expiration date, suspended or valid, emission test needed)
-lien look up
-personalized plate look up
-transfer ownership of vehicle
-status of title
-occupational license eligibility
It is beneficial to research the nearest DMV service center because not all service centers offer all services. For Class D license and motorcycle license written exams, driver should allow 45 minutes for completion of exam. Driver should make sure that test will not be started close to closing of station for day.
Wisconsin Handbook for Motorists is available at local DMV offices. The handbook is available in Spanish. For drivers with limited reading proficiency, there are extra study materials available. There is a version of the handbook available in Hmong. Drivers may also pick up a Motorcyclist’s Handbook or the handbook for a Commercial Driver License.
The DMV also provides a list of all driving schools in Wisconsin. The list tells where each school is by county and uses a key to inform of exactly which type of instruction will be provided at each location.
For drivers that need a temporary plate on their vehicles, the DMV does provide a list of other agents that will supply them in addition to getting them from a DMV service station. The list also denotes which agents have Spanish speaking agents available. There will be a $3 fee charged for the temporary plate in addition to application fees and a possible $5 counter service charge. Some agents will accept only cash, checks or money orders. DMV service centers accept cash, checks, most debit cards and Mastercard, American Express, and Discover credit cards.
In addition to the many vehicle and driver services available through the Wisconsin DMV, drivers can also see statistics for Wisconsin roads. Statistics available include
-DMV facts and figures
-vehicle registrations for last 12 months
-revocations/suspensions year to date
-traffic convictions year to date