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Wisconsin Introduces Motor Vehicle Registration Rights Bill

SEMA Action Network Update

The SEMA Action Network is helping spread the word on the Motor Vehicle Registration Rights bill previously featured here. For concise information on how to support it, read on:

Wisconsin Introduces Motor Vehicle Registration Rights Bill

In cooperation with Wisconsin's collector vehicle community, legislation (S.B. 462) has been introduced in the Wisconsin State Senate to provide legal registration to hobby vehicles with a clear title, required safety equipment and in good working order. Under the bill, these registrations would be available to owners regardless of the vehicle’s color, former owner, or previous uses. A companion bill will soon be introduced in the Wisconsin House of Representatives.

We Urge You to Contact members of the Wisconsin Senate Transportation Committee (Contact Info Below) Immediately to Request Support for S.B. 462

S.B. 462 ensures that all vehicles, including ones that predate Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) or are specifically exempted from them, are not denied registration or forced into a highly-restrictive registration class, for non-compliance with FMVSS. This includes pre-1968 vehicles, imports, kit-cars, government surplus vehicles, etc.

S.B. 462 allows owners of government surplus (former military) vehicles the option to license them for regular uses, provided the vehicle meets the Wisconsin equipment requirements.

S.B. 462 allows the owner to request an inspection to establish whether their vehicle meets equipment standards for the year of manufacture, in the event an application for registration is denied because of equipment or condition. This method would replace the current method of filing an appeal.

S.B. 462 allows minor modifications to collector vehicles. Currently, upgrades like safety glass, radial tires, a radio or hubcaps are reasons to deny registration. This bill will allow minor changes that retain the spirit of historic authenticity.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Wisconsin Senate Transportation Committee immediately to request their support for S.B. 462. Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at Also, please forward this Alert to your fellow car enthusiasts. Urge them to join the SAN and help defend the hobby! Thank you for your assistance.

Any questions about this bill can be directed to Wisconsin hobbyists Paul Underwood (608/437-3465) and Tom Zat (715/449-2141) during regular business hours.

Wisconsin Senate Transportation Committee

To e-mail all members of the Wisconsin Senate Transportation Committee, copy and paste the email address block below:;;;;

Senator Mary Lazich (Chair)
Phone: (608) 266-5400

Senator Joseph Leibham (Vice Chair)
Phone: (608) 266-2056

Senator Frank Lasee
Phone: (608) 266-3512

Senator Jon Erpenbach
Phone: (608) 266-6670

Senator Spencer Coggs
Phone: (608) 266-2500

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