License plate

SHEBOYGAN — One Sheboygan Police Department post brought about questions about Wisconsin license plate laws.


Which vehicles are required to have two license plates in Wisconsin?

All vehicles classified as an "automobile" are required by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. This includes cars, vans, sport utility vehicles SUVs) and light trucks. Motor coaches, school buses and urban mass transportation vehicles will also have two plates.

The laws state that both plates must be attached to the car—one on the front and one on the rear. All plates must be kept in legible condition and displayed so they can be easily seen. Any license plate bracket that covers any information on the plate is illegal.

Validation and registration stickers should be place on the rear plate, right side up. The stickers may not cover any other information.

Vehicles requiring just one license plate are heavy trucks and trailers, including tractors and other farm trucks, motorcycles and mopeds.

For more information, visit the DOT website's license plate guide here.

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