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Human Service Vehicle ("ZY")

Human Service Vehicle plates are issued to small buses and other vehicles used to transport elderly or disabled persons. One of the more inconspicuous non-passenger classes that exist; this type is identified only by the letters "ZY" within the serial.

[Wisconsin 1987 human service vehicle]

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[Wisconsin 2000 human service vehicle]

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[Wisconsin 2009 human service vehicle]

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[Wisconsin 2009 human service vehicle]

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[Wisconsin undated human service vehicle]

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For Hire ("ZZ")

"For Hire" vehicles encompass taxis and airport shuttle vans. Like Human Service Vehicle plates, these follow an inconspicuous format; identifiable only by the letters "ZZ." A very limited number of these were issued at any one time, and it appears that issuance may have been discontinued altogether in favor of passenger plates in 2004.

[Wisconsin 1979 for hire]

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[Wisconsin 1989 for hire]

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[Wisconsin 2011 for hire]

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Personalized Passenger

Own-choice serials in any combination of letters and numbers have been available since 1979. Seven-character vanities became possible following the switch to narrower dies in late 1994.

[Wisconsin 1985 personalized]

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[Wisconsin 1986 personalized]

Late variation (e)

[Wisconsin 1992 personalized]

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[Wisconsin 2000 personalized]

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[Wisconsin 2008 personalized]

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[Wisconsin 2009 personalized]

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[Wisconsin 2010 personalized]

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[Wisconsin 2009 personalized]

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[Wisconsin 2010 personalized]

Hmmkay... (at)

[Wisconsin 2011 personalized]

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[Wisconsin 2009 personalized]

Mismatched Ws! (JF)

[Wisconsin 2014 personalized]

Is there a digit missing from this one? (at)

[Wisconsin 2007/09 personalized]

I'm guessing this is a vanity... (at)

Amateur Radio

Special callsign license plates for amateur radio operators have been available since at least 1952; though a special caption wasn't employed until 1979. Wisconsin is in zone 9; consequently, the vast majority of Wisconsin amateur radio license plates contain a numeric character of "9" in the serial. Out-of-district callsigns may occasionally be spotted; belonging to radio operators that have moved to Wisconsin from elsewhere in the country.

[Wisconsin 1953 amateur radio]

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[Wisconsin 1959 amateur radio]

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[Wisconsin 1965 amateur radio]

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[Wisconsin 1972 amateur radio]

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[Wisconsin 1973 amateur radio]

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[Wisconsin 1986 amateur radio]

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[Wisconsin 1986 amateur radio]

Later variation with no slot. (e)

[Wisconsin 1981 amateur radio truck]

Amateur Radio Truck (e)

[Wisconsin 1988 amateur radio]

Out-of-district call sign; slashed zero. (e)

[Wisconsin 2002 amateur radio]

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[Wisconsin 2010 amateur radio]

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[Wisconsin 2010 amateur radio]

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[Wisconsin 2010 amateur radio]

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[Wisconsin 2014 amateur radio disabled]

Amateur Radio Disabled (at)

Collector Special

The so-called Collector "Special" plates (captioned as "Vehicle Collector" on more recent issues) are special issues available to motorists that own Collector vehicle registrations. Such plates bear a serial number common to a Collector plate already registered in a motorist's name, and are treated similarly to vanities.

[Wisconsin 1979 collector special]

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[Wisconsin 1980 collector special]

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[Wisconsin 1986 collector special]

Late variation (at)1

[Wisconsin 1995 collector special]

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[Wisconsin 2012 collector special]

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[Wisconsin 2002-10 collector special]

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[Wisconsin 2010 collector special]

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[Wisconsin undated collector special]

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Disabled

Special license plates providing parking privileges to disabled motorists have been issued as far back as the 1960s. A variety of different serial formats have been used over the years.

[Wisconsin 1965 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 1968 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 1979 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 1985 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 1987 disabled]

No slot (e)

[Wisconsin 1987 disabled]

Late variation (e)

[Wisconsin 1988 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 2000 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 1996 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 2001 disabled]

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[Wisconsin undated disabled]

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[Wisconsin 2001 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 2011 disabled]

2000 base started at 30001D. (at)

[Wisconsin 2009 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 2011 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 2010 disabled]

With truck weight code sticker (at)

[Wisconsin 2010 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 2012 disabled]

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[Wisconsin 2014 disabled]

99999D followed by 10001DS. (at)

[Wisconsin 2011 disabled personalized]

Personalized (BA)

A related class is Disabled Motorcycle. Formerly, other "dual type" plates in combinations such as Disabled Truck and Disabled Motor Home were issued as well; however, this practice has since ceased in favor of a single series that can be used on multiple vehicle types.

[Wisconsin 1998 disabled truck]

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[Wisconsin 1998 disabled truck]

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[Wisconsin undated disabled motor home]

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In addition to Disabled license plates, the Wisconsin DOT also issues parking identification placards that may be moved between vehicles at will. Such placards are validated by month and year stickers similar to those used on license plates. The stickers are supposed to go on the card itself, but once in a blue moon someone will stick them on the license plate instead...

[Wisconsin 2000]

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[Wisconsin 2008]

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Motor Home

Motor Home plates were introduced in 1978, and have generally remained similar in appearance to passenger plates since.

Although it appears that the original intention was to validate the plates with annual year stickers in the lower right corner, larger insert stickers have been used instead; allowing the option of quarterly registration to motorists. An additional sticker containing a weight class code letter is also used; though it is sometimes missing. All Motor Home plates back to 1987 remain in use.

[Wisconsin 1985 motor home]

Note stamped date of "79." (at)

[Wisconsin 1986 motor home]

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[Wisconsin 1987 motor home]

No slot and full groove; dated "80." (at)4

[Wisconsin 1980 motor home]

Late variation, dated "80." (at)2

[Wisconsin 1994 motor home]

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[Wisconsin 2009 motor home]

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[Wisconsin undated motor home]

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[Wisconsin 1996 motor home]

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[Wisconsin 2009 motor home]

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[Wisconsin 2013 motor home]

Centered serial (at)

[Wisconsin 2010 motor home]

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[Wisconsin 2007 motor home]

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[Wisconsin 2003 motor home]

Centered serial (at)

[Wisconsin undated motor home]

Red, black, red, then black again? (at)

[Wisconsin 2010 motor home]

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[Wisconsin 2011 motor home]

Centered serial (at)

[Wisconsin 2012 motor home]

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[Wisconsin 2012 motor home]

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[Wisconsin 2013 motor home]

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[Wisconsin 2010-14 personalized motor home]

Personalized. Note the inconsistent stickers. (at)

[Wisconsin undated personalized motor home]

Personalized (BA)

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