Wisconsin law requires private motor vehicle sellers—individuals who sell or transfer a motor vehicle to another individual—to notify the Wisconsin Department of Transportation within 30 days of the sale. This article will identify the statute setting forth this reporting requirement and the two methods by which individuals can comply with the law.
I. Wisconsin’s Seller Notification Statute
Wisconsin’s seller notification statute is set forth in Wis. Stat. § 342.41. That statute is titled “Identity of buyer,” and provides as follows:
(1) Notwithstanding s. 342.15, after December 31, 2015, no individual may sell a motor vehicle to another individual, including transferring a junk vehicle by bill of sale, unless within 30 days of the sale the seller reports to the department the identification number of the vehicle and the identity of the individual buyer.
(2) The department shall accept electronically information related to the sale of the motor vehicle, including all of the information required to be reported under sub. (1).
This statute does not apply to motor vehicle dealers, salvage dealers or auction dealers.
II. Methods of Compliance
Individuals can comply with the law by either providing the required information online or by completing a pre-printed form. Whether an individual chooses to provide the information related to the sale or transfer of a motor vehicle online or via the pre-printed form, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation requires that the individual supply the following information:
- Seller Identity Information
- Seller’s name
- Seller’s date of birth
- Seller’s driver’s license number
- Last 4 digits of seller’s social security number
- Seller’s address
- Seller’s telephone number
- Vehicle Information
- Vehicle’s identification number
- Vehicle’s year, make and model
- Sale Information
- Date of sale
- Sales price
- Buyer Identity Information
- Buyer’s name
To provide the information online, individuals must visit the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Private Seller Notification website portal, which can be accessed here.
To provide the information via the pre-printed form, individuals must complete and file an MV2870, Seller Notification Form, which can be accessed here. After completing the form, individuals must mail it to the following address:
DMV Communication Center
P.O. Box 7949
Madison, WI 53707-7949