Wisconsin DMV Vehicle Transfer | Vehicle Donations

Wisconsin Transfer Notification Support Page

Notification of Transferring a Vehicle Does NOT Apply to Donated Vehicles or Other Non-individuals, Such as Dealers, Companies, Charities and Government Agencies.

**It is ONLY Required for sales from one individual to another individual. Click HERE for more information.

HOW TO HANDLE THE LICENSE PLATES WHEN YOU DONATE A CAR, TRUCK, SUV OR OTHER STANDARD VEHICLE IN WISCONSIN


Please remove the license plates of your donated vehicle before the pick-up. License plates stay with the owner unless they are being transferred to another vehicle. You may retain the plates, transfer them to another vehicle, or properly dispose of them.

If the donor receives a Renewal Notice, please disregard. Click HERE to learn more.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q: When do I cancel my insurance? A. Only cancel your vehicle's insurance AFTER your vehicle has been picked up and you have notified the state that you’ve donated your vehicle. If your state requires notification, please be aware that you should never cancel your insurance prior to reporting to the state you are no longer in possession of the vehicle. This is a general rule for States/Motor Vehicle Departments that require Notification be submitted or license plates returned.

Q: Who is considerd the purchaser of my vehicle donation? Is it the nonprofit or charity? A. The purchaser of your donated vehicle is NOT the nonprofit or charity. It will either be the vendor or Charitable Adult Rides & Services, the vehicle donation program provider and partner of your nonprofit of choice.

Q. What is State Notification? A. State notification releases the vehicle donor from liability over the vehicle, including registration fees and from having to keep the vehicle insured, after the vehicle is picked up. State notification is a way for the state to create a record that the owner is no longer in possession of the vehicle. The steps needed to release your liability of a donated vehicle vary by state.

Q. Who is supposed to take care of the state notification process? A. If state notification is required, only the donor and/or owner of the vehicle can complete this process. Please do not rely on the pick-up driver or vendor to report to the State/Motor Vehicle Department that you are no longer in possession of the vehicle. If you need support, please contact the vehicle donation support team at donorsupport@careasy.org or call 855-500-7433. We would be happy to assist you. For more information, contact your local Motor Vehicle Division:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
WisDOT Central Office
4822 Madison Yards Way
Madison, WI 53705

Phone: 608.264.7447
Email: information.dmv@dot.wi.gov
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