What is temporary registration?

Wisconsin law requires buyers of cars and small trucks (8000 pounds or less) to display a permanent or temporary plate within two business days of purchase.
·        The Wisconsin dealer or financial institution involved in the sale provides temporary plates free to Wisconsin residents .
·        Temporary plates are available from DMV temporary license plate agents for a cost of $3, a $5 service fee and the application fees.
·        Permanent or temporary plates are available at DMV service centers offering registration services for a $5 service fee and the application fees.
·        Temporary plates issued to Wisconsin residents are valid for 90 days.
·        If you have a plate to transfer, put it on the new vehicle, complete an MV5 (234 KB) or MV1 (150 KB) form, send it with the title and application fees to DMV and keep a copy in your vehicle.
·        Out of state residents purchasing a vehicle in Wisconsin may obtain a temporary plate valid for 30 days for a fee of $3 plus any application and service fees.
·        Driving without plates is subject to a maximum fine of $200.
·        Handmade ‘LAF' (license applied for) plates are not acceptable.