Wisconsin's fee schedule (for autos, Trucks fee schedule is based on weight).
$34 Drivers License, valid for 8 years.
$85 State Registration Fee per year, plus:
City/County Wheel Tax up to $78, depending upon Locality.
Hybrid vehicles get an additional $75 annual fee.
Electric vehicles get an additional $100 annual fee.
Emissions Testing is required only in the Milwaukee metro area. It is free, but the vehicle must pass before registration can be renewed. (I've got some great deals on old cars around MKE with a check engine light on....)
When purchasing a car
5.5% sales tax based on the purchase price, minus trade-in value.
License Plates stay with the person, so if you have an unexpired plate and/or trading in you can transfer the plate to the new vehicle for no charge. But any car registered in the state must have a Wisconsin title and for that there is the
$165 - Vehicle Title Fee. (was $70 prior to last fall)
The last one is the one that really bothers me. If you buy a $1000 junker, you get to pay the exact same amount as someone who buys a $75,000 luxury car. The fee was more than doubled, along with the creation of the hybrid/electric car fees, within the past year to justify not raising the gas tax by a few cents per gallon. Not too hard to guess who controls the power of the purse in the state....