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 (SUV) that qualify as a passenger vehicle
- Motor 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
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
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.)