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On November 17, 2015, the City Council adopted the Municipal Vehicle Registration Fee, also commonly known as a 'Wheel Tax'.

Click here to read the Frequently Asked Questions.

My Vehicle is not kept in the City of Fort Atkinson, Why did I receive the fee?
Verify the correct county and city, village or township where your vehicle is customarily kept when you apply for registration and on your license plate renewal notice. This information is found on your renewal notice. If you recently changed your address, WisDOT records for the vehicle location will update automatically in most cases. 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 stats.)

To correct this information:
If you mail your renewal notice or apply in person, indicate the correct information on the notice and submit the appropriate fee.
Contact WisDOT at 608-264-7447 or

What Vehicles are subject to the wheel tax?

An automobile or a motor truck registered under 8,000 lbs gross weight and customarily kept in the municipality or county that enacted the tax. This includes:
     Automobiles, vans and Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) that qualify as a passenger vehicleMotor trucks and dual-purpose motor homes (trucks that can be equipped with a slide-in camper unit) registered at a gross weight of 8,000 lbs. or less.
     Vehicles with the following license plate types are subject to a wheel tax, except as noted.

Standard Plate Types
AUT Automobile and passenger vehicles: Issued for automobiles and for vans and SUVs that qualify as a passenger vehicle including those operated for hire. Driver Ed vehicles are exempt from wheel tax and are not included in WisDOT registration reports of vehicles subject to a wheel tax,
LTK Light truck: Issued for motor trucks operated up to 8,000 lbs. gross weight including vehicles operated for hire. Dual-purpose farm trucks are exempt from wheel tax.

Special Plate Types - The special plates listed are available for autos and light trucks and subject to wheel tax. They are also available for dual-purpose farm trucks, farm trucks and motor homes that are exempt from any wheel tax.
AMA Amateur Radio
CLS Collector Special (Not to be confused with Collector plates, which are non-expiring and exempt from wheel tax.)
CVG Civilian Authorized Groups: Includes Civil Air Patrol, EMTs and Rescue Squad members.
DIS Disabled Parking
DUK Ducks Unlimited
EMT Emergency Medical Technician
END Endangered Resources (wolf design)
ENN Endangered Resources (badger design)
FFO Firefighter (red design)
FRF Firefighter (white design)
GLF Golf Wisconsin
GST Gold Star Family
HAR Harley-Davidson/Share the road
HEG Higher Education Group (University of Wisconsin plates)
HEM Higher Education Group (University of Wisconsin Madison)
KID Celebrate Children
LCF Lions Foundation
LIF Donate Life Wisconsin
MBO Milwaukee Brewers (ball and glove design)
MBN Milwaukee Brewers (‘M’ design)
MGP Multi-Group: Lao Veteran and Freemason
MLG Military Authorized Special Group
MRQ Marquette University
PAK Green Bay Packers
SES Sesquicentennial (all current Sesquicentennial plates will be replaced with standard or other special plates by 2015)
SPT Wisconsin Salutes Veterans
VET Disabled Veteran parking
WHF Women’s Health Foundation
WNG Wisconsin National Guard
XPW Ex-Prisoner of War: No registration fee or wheel tax is charged for one vehicle registered by an applicant. Subsequent vehicles are subject to registration fees including any wheel tax. (WisDOT registration records include all vehicles of this type registered at 8,000 pounds or less, including those that are exempt from a wheel tax.)

For more information about license plate types, please visit the Wisconsin Plate Guide.


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