Resource Information for the Vehicle Registration Fee

*NEW*   January 2019

FAQ - You received your vehicle registration fee card but you no longer live in Eau Claire County.

When a person registers a car on the DMV form they state where the vehicle will be kept.  If you registered a vehicle but then moved from that address, if nothing was corrected with the DMV at the time of your move the registration form will still state the last known county in which the vehicle is kept.

Go to the WisconsinDMV.Gov  website and in the search bar type in “Vehicle kept”,
You will then need to DL #, last four digits of SS and their birth date then they will be able to put in the correct county in which the vehicle is kept.

Then, go into the option to renew license and the correct price should come up.

The DMV does not send out new registration bills so they will need to do the renewal online for the correct fee to come up once they have corrected their county.


Issue statement: Current funding model is unsustainable for continued investment into highway infrastructure.

  • Transitioning a portion ($2.3 million) of highway funding to a source other than borrowing has a 10 year savings of $3,827,850 in interest not paid, and issuance cost.
    •  $2.3 million is based on $30 vehicle registration fee.
  • Combining a new revenue source (vehicle registration fee) with efficiency measures (history detailed below) will provide for ongoing maintenance of roads within a more sustainable model.

Program Efficiencies

FAQ - click "FAQ" to find answers to frequently asked questions

GVW Registration Fees

Informational PowerPoints


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Other Resources

2011 Paser Center-Line Miles: Comparison of road quality in 14 counties

Vehicle Registration Memo (June 2018): A cost comparison of the Vehicle Registration Fee and Debt Issuance

Focus Article, 2018 No.10: "Local governments turn to 'wheel taxes' as other revenues lag". This article dives into the "whys" of the vehicle registration fee, what it means for counties, and how it can add beneficial revenue.

2014 Eau Claire County Agriculture - Value and Economic Impact

Outlay Plan for Highway (2014): Final report from the 2014 Transportation Work Group and their recommendations for improving the roadways in Eau Claire County.

 Pictures of Roads in Eau Claire County: Pictures of road conditions and where the photo was taken.