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    circletrack
    circletrack
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    Hi there – I received this email on Friday – good news for us :)

    Starting Monday, the way that Wisconsin DMV handles collector plate applications and former military vehicles will change. Wisconsin Act 103 is a series of statutory changes signed into law by Governor Walker that go into effect on March 1. The changes have a significant impact on collector plate eligibility and remove barriers to registering former military vehicles.

    I want to specifically address the collector license plate change:

    Under previous law to qualify for a collector plate the vehicle had to be 20 years old and not been altered or modified from the original manufacturers specifications.

    Act 103 alters the originality requirement for collector plates. The requirement now reads the body has not been altered from the original.

    In the past DMV would not issue a collector plate for a vehicle that we recognized had interior modifications, engine modifications, wheel changes etc. All such changes will now be allowed provided the body has not been altered.

    Here are some links that provide more information on the law change:

    http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/vehicles/personal/index.htm

    http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/vehicles/personal/special/collecto.htm

    https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/related/acts/103

    I would appreciate it greatly if you could share this information throughout your various clubs and organizations. If questions arise, feel free to reply directly to me, or contact DMV’s Special Plates Unit at Special-Plates.dmv@dot.wi.gov.

    Whether you’re into Model A’s or hemi’s, or anything in between, it’s our privilege to serve you. Have a safe weekend.

    -Mitch

    Mitchell R. Warren
    Director, Bureau of Vehicle Services
    Division of Motor Vehicles
    WisDOT
    mitchell.warren@dot.wi.gov

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    moparkid25
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    This is good news for anyone with a collector plate. I personally always wondered who at DMV got paid to determine what is and what is not stock equipment on a vehicle, because I would love to have that job! Get paid a ridiculous amount of money to verify stock options and details on collector vehicles all day? Sign me up!!

    #42255

    All true, and all good news for old car people of all stripes. One big change is NO MORE PHOTOS REQUIRED for Collector applications. (DMV may request them in unusual cases however)

    There are several new faces running the show at DMV, and all for the better IMHO. Mitch is one of the folks we’ve been working with there lately, and he’s a car guy himself. We’ve been able to work with them to resolve several small problem issues, and it’s been a welcome change.

    Below is a link to a previous thread with the history of Act-103: http://www.wiscollectorcar.com/forum/the-drag-strip/46318-collector-plate-requirements-to-change?limitstart=0&q=/forum/the-drag-strip/46318-collector-plate-requirements-to-change?start=15

    Here is an overview of the four types of lifetime registration available in Wis. and a guide to help you decide which license plates your car may qualify for, which we have gotten DMV’s approval for (printable copies available on request):

    Wisconsin Lifetime-Registration Options
    Prepared by Paul Underwood undy@mhtc.net and Tom Zat cosmo4info@gmail.com, provided by Motorama Museum
    Developed in cooperation with Wisconsin DMV

    Effective Date Mar. 1, 2014
    In addition to the various annual-renewal license plates available (such as Auto, Truck, Farm, etc.), Wisconsin offers several lifetime-registration options. These are available for a variety of motor vehicles, with certain requirements for each category. Some vehicles will be eligible for more than one type of registration. This is meant to give you an overview of each registration option, and help you decide which you might qualify for. Lifetime-registration license plates stay with the original applicant and can be transferred to a different vehicle (with a fee), but cannot be transferred to a different individual.
    Regardless of the type of registration you choose, virtually all vehicles must comply with Wis. Statute Ch. 347 and Wis. Administrative Code Trans305 Equipment Standards. Also, commercial vehicles and trucks in excess of 26,000# gvw must comply with US DOT requirements.

    Lifetime-Registration options, Plates, Statutes, Requirements and Restrictions.
    Antique Motor Vehicle (Antique)
    Special Interest (Collector)
    Reconstructed / Replica / Street Modified / Homemade Vehicles (Hobbyist)
    Historic Military Vehicle (HMV)

    Antique Motor Vehicle (Antique)
    Wis. Stat. 341.265
    Registration: Lifetime of Original Applicant
    License Plate Cost: $5.00
    Requirements: Must be model year 1945 or earlier, totally original condition.
    Restrictions: Operation to & from display, parade, testing, maintenance and storage only.

    Special Interest (Collector)
    Wis. Stat. 341.266
    Registration: Lifetime of owner.  Fees apply to transfer.
    License Plate Cost: Twice regular annual fee for the vehicle, plus $50.
    Requirements: Owner must also register a “daily driver” with annual registration. Vehicle must be 20 yrs. old or older. Vehicle may be modified, but body must appear stock, and is being preserved by a Collector.
    Restrictions: The vehicle cannot be operated in January (unless a special permit is purchased), and trucks may not haul materials weighing more than 500 Lbs.
    Exemptions: Four specific Former Military Vehicles can be registered as Collector, and yet are exempted from the originality requirement and from the payload restriction (Pinzgauer, Kaiser Jeep M-715, Humvee, and DUKW “Duck”).

    Reconstructed / Replica / Street Modified / Homemade Vehicles (Hobbyist)
    Wis. Stat. 341.268
    Registration: Lifetime of owner.  Fees apply to transfer.
    License Plate Cost: Twice regular annual fee for the vehicle, plus $50.
    Requirements: Owner must also register a “daily driver” with annual registration. Reconstructed and Street Modified vehicles must be based on a vehicle 20 yrs. old or older. Replica vehicles must resemble a vehicle 20 yrs. old or older. Vehicle may be modified, including body.
    Restrictions: The vehicle cannot be operated in January (unless a special permit is purchased), and trucks may not haul materials weighing more than 500 Lbs. A vehicle which “no longer resembles the original manufactured vehicle” may be considered a Reconstructed vehicle & have more stringent requirements. May require a State Patrol inspection for compliance with Wis. Ch. 347 & Trans305 Equip. Standards.

    Historic Military Vehicles (HMV)
    Wis. Stat. 341.269
    Registration: Lifetime of Original Applicant
    License Plate Cost: $30
    Requirements: Vehicle must have rubber tires (no tracked vehicles), and be in original military design and markings. Import vehicles must be older than 25-yrs. U.S. vehicles may be of any age. May be a trailer.
    Restrictions: The vehicle may be used year-round for special purposes such as display, parades, and for occasional personal use (not regular use) with no payload restriction.
    Does My Vehicle Qualify?
    Obviously these choices of Lifetime Registration options have certain requirements which must be met. But you’ve probably got some choices. Here’s an overview of which vehicles likely may meet those requirements.

    If you have a domestic or import (not ex-military or govt. surplus) vehicle:
    Of any age may qualify for annual renewal choices.
    Older than 20 years, with a non-modified body may qualify for Hobbyist or Collector.
    Older than 20 years, with a modified body may qualify for a Hobbyist.
    Model-year 1945 or older may qualify for an Antique.

    If you have an ex-military (or govt. surplus) vehicle:
    U.S. of any age may qualify for annual renewal choices or HMV
    U.S. or imported older than 20 years may also qualify for Collector or Hobbyist.
    Import older than 25 years may qualify for annual renewal choices, Collector, Hobbyist, or HMV.
    U.S. or import older than model-year 1945 may qualify for Antique.

    If you have a Pinzgauer, Kaiser M-715, Humvee, and DUKW “Duck”:
    Of any age, may qualify for annual renewal choices, Hobbyist, or HMV (Pinzgauer must be 25-yrs. old for HMV).
    Older than 25 years may qualify for Collector (with special exemptions)

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