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The Wisconsin Pages:

Motorcycle

Motorcycle registrations in Wisconsin date back to 1909. During some periods, plates were issued in two series: "A" for conventional motorcycles, and "B" for cycles with sidecars. This practice was discontinued in 1958.

[Wisconsin 1913 motorcycle]

Repainted (e)

[Wisconsin 1914 motorcycle]

Cycle plates this old are difficult to find in any condition. (e)

[Wisconsin 1915 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1916 motorcycle]

Repainted (at)3

[Wisconsin 1917 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1918 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1919 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1920 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1921 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1922 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1923 motorcycle]

(at)3

[Wisconsin 1925 motorcycle]

Repainted (e)

[Wisconsin 1925 sidecar motorcycle]

(at)3

[Wisconsin 1926 motorcycle]

(at)3

[Wisconsin 1927 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1928 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1928 sidecar motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1929 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1930 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1932 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1933 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1934 motorcycle]

(at)3

[Wisconsin 1935 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1936 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1937 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1938 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1939 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1940 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1941 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1942 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1943 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1946 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1947 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1948 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1949 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1949 motorcycle]

Small-die overflow series. (e)

[Wisconsin 1949 sidecar motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1950 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1951 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1952 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1953 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1954 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1955 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1956 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1957 motorcycle]

(e)

Confirmed serial ranges and break points:

05-11 1W - 2402W
(In records; 2047W highest found)
11 1W - 277W
(In records only; none found)
12 1W - 3838W
13 1W - 6186W
14 1W - 6052W
15 1 - 7192
16 1 - 8908
17 1 - 7961
18 1 - 5851
19 1 - 5750
20 1 - 7157
21 1 - 5825
22 1 - 3442
23 1 - 2126
A B
24 A 1 - A2069 B 1 - *B246
25 A 1 - A1761 B 1 - B1167
26 1 A - 2064A 1 B - 793B
27 1 A - 1611A 1 B - 694B
28 A 1 - A1419 B 1 - B776
29 A 1 - A1544 B 1 - *B384
30 A 1 - A1959 B 1 - *B365
31 A 1 - A1080 B 1 - B466
32 1 - 1860
33 1 - 1538
34 1 - 1272
35 1 - 2477
36 1 - 2830
37 1 - 1166
38 1 - 2991
39 1 - 1290
40 1 - *947
41 1 - 3338
42 1 - *2867
43 1 - 5162
46 1 - 5227
A B
47 1 - 7525 1 - 136
48 1 - 9999 1 - 171
10000 - 11006 < Small dies
49 1 - 9999 1 - *69
10000 - 10951 < Small dies
50 1 - 9271 1 - 105
51 1 - *8993 1 - 131
52 1 - 6754 1 - 50
53 1 - 8626 1 - 88
54 1 - 5161 1 - 100
55 1 - *8091 1 - *114
56 1 - 9203 1 - 96
57 1 - 9330 1 - 99

Overflow formats were required in 1958 and 1959 when registrations exceeded 9999. A larger plate size was used from 1960 to 2003.

Confirmed serial ranges and break points:

58 1 - 9999
1A01 - 1A18
59 1 - 9999
1A01 - 4B87
60 Slot left 1 - 10770
Slot right 11825
61 Slot left 10001 - 21407
Slot right 22350 - *22999
62 Slot right 10001 - 21150
63 Slot left 10001 - 22650
Slot right *24030 - *25225
Slot left *25310
64 Slot right 10001 - 21109
Slot left 23976 - 28863
65 10001 - 68899
67 1 - 96309
70 1001 - *83986
72 1 - 99999
E1001 - E9845
74 1 - 99999
E1001 - K1998
[Wisconsin 1958 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1959 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1960 motorcycle]

Slot left (e)

[Wisconsin 1960 motorcycle]

Slot right (e)

[Wisconsin 1961 motorcycle]

Slot left (e)

[Wisconsin 1961 motorcycle]

Slot right (e)

[Wisconsin 1962 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1963 motorcycle]

Slot left (e)

[Wisconsin 1963 motorcycle]

Slot right (e)

[Wisconsin 1964 motorcycle]

Slot right (e)

[Wisconsin 1964 motorcycle]

Slot left (e)

[Wisconsin 1965 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1966 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1967 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1968 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1969 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1970 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1971 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1972 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1973 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1974 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1975 motorcycle]

(e)

Since 1976 all motorcycle plates have expired in April, and since 1990 two-year validations (prorated to even years only) have been used.

Confirmed serial ranges and break points:

77 1 - 99999
E1001 - M3948
79 Narrow WIS 1 - 99999
E1001 - L1634
Wide WIS N3045 - P2551
Narrow WIS P3881 - Q5917
81 Slot left 1 - 99999
E1001 - S6282
No slot T1118 - U4046
83 Painted border 1 - 99999
E1001 - Z6084
No border *A8515 - D9621
(87) Painted border 1 - 99999
E1001 - P7706
No border Q2538 - V8802
89 Debossed "89" 1 - 99999
E1001 - Z7414
No "89" A5012 - B3341
[Wisconsin 1977 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1978 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1979 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1980 motorcycle]

(at)1

[Wisconsin 1980 motorcycle]

Wide WIS (e)

[Wisconsin 1979 motorcycle]

Narrow WIS (e)

[Wisconsin 1981 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1982 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1982 motorcycle]

No slot (e)

[Wisconsin 1985 motorcycle]

Improperly stickered (e)

[Wisconsin 1983 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1984 motorcycle]

(at)1

[Wisconsin 1986 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1986 motorcycle]

(at)6

[Wisconsin 1986 motorcycle]

Late variation (at)1

[Wisconsin undated motorcycle]

Personalized (e)

[Wisconsin 1987 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1988 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1987 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 1988 motorcycle]

Late variation (at)1

[Wisconsin undated motorcycle]

Unissued (at)5

[Wisconsin 1990 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1990 motorcycle]

(at)6

[Wisconsin 1989 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1990 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1992 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1992 motorcycle]

Series wrapped from Z to A. (e)

[Wisconsin 1992 motorcycle]

Personalized (e)

The current series debuted in 1992; coinciding with 1994 expirations. New license plates were downsized in 2003 to a 4"x7" format; however, all earlier issues remain in use.

Confirmed serial ranges and break points:

Oversize,
green/white
1 - 99999
A101 - Z9999
AA101 - KU999
4"x7",
black/white
KV 101 - ZZ 999
1001 A - high
[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2010 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2010 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2010 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2000 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2010 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2002 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2002 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 2004 motorcycle]

(e)

[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2008 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2010 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2010 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2010 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2014 motorcycle]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2012 motorcycle]

Personalized (at)

Disabled Motorcycle

Motorcycle plates for disabled motorists have been available since the early 1990s. The current series started at D101 in 1992 (exp. 1994), and only a few hundred plates have been issued since.

[Wisconsin 2002 disabled motorcycle]

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[Wisconsin 2010 disabled motorcycle]

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Moped

Mopeds have been registered in Wisconsin since 1978, and since 1980 specially-captioned plates have been issued. Moped plates follow the same colors, replacement cycles, and registration intervals as those for motorcycles.

79 Narrow WIS Z1001 - Z9708
81 Slot left 10 01 - 99 99
A1 01 - J4 12
83 Painted border 10 01 - 99 99
A1 01 - X8 78
No border 18 4C - 12 1D
(87) Painted border 10 01 - 99 99
A1 01 - G6 03
No border H2 85 - Z9 99
10 1A - *81 5B
89 10 01 - 99 99
A1 01 - Z9 99
10 1A - 35 6M
94 Oversize,
green/white
10 01 - 99 99
A1 01 - Z9 99
10 1A - 99 9Z
A1 1A - E9 9Z
4"x7",
black/white
F1 1A - *T1 4Z
V2   4C - *W1   1X
Z1 6P - Z9 9Z
A101A - high
[Wisconsin 1979 moped]

Z prefix = moped (at)9

[Wisconsin 1981 moped]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1982 moped]

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[Wisconsin 1986 moped]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1984 moped]

(at)1

[Wisconsin 1986 moped]

Late variation (e)

[Wisconsin 1988 moped]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1990 moped]

Improperly stickered (at)3

[Wisconsin 1987 moped]

Late variation (at)6

[Wisconsin undated moped]

Late variation (at)9

[Wisconsin 1989 moped]

(at)

[Wisconsin 1992 moped]

(at)6

[Wisconsin 1990 moped]

(e)

[Wisconsin 1994 moped]

(e)

[Wisconsin 2004 moped]

(at)

[Wisconsin 2006 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2010 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2012 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2010 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2012 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2012 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2012 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2010 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2008 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2010 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2010 moped]

Spacing variation (at)

[Wisconsin 2014 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2010 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2010 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2012 moped]

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[Wisconsin 2012 moped]

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Snowmobile & ATV Dealer

These plates are a bit of an odd issue; but since they're motorcycle-sized, I'm including them here.

Snowmobile plates fall under the authority of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (as opposed to the Department of Transportation), and aren't issued to snowmobiles per se as much as snowmobile dealers for use when demonstrating a vehicle. ATV and off-road motorcycle dealer registrations evidently fall into the same category, and the motorcycle-sized plate was succeeded in the 1990s by a smaller, bicycle-sized affair.

[Wisconsin 1975 snowmobile]

1975 (at)6

[Wisconsin 1978 snowmobile]

1978 (e)

[Wisconsin 1980 snowmobile]

1980 (e)

[Wisconsin 1986 snowmobile]

1986 (at)3

[Wisconsin 1990 snowmobile]

1990 (e)

[Wisconsin 1994 snowmobile]

1994 (e)

[Wisconsin 2013 ATV dealer]

Current issue, seen at an ATV dealer (at)






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