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November 20, 2020 10:30 AM, EST

Wisconsin DOT Launches Online Fleet Management Tool

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles recently launched an online program to help companies manage their fleets.

The eMV Fleet Registration System, announced Nov. 18, offers an option that allows businesses to renew the registration for each vehicle in their fleet. Through the system, companies can view their entire fleet on a customizable dashboard, select vehicles scheduled for renewal and pay for their transactions.

The service extends to businesses and organizations with multiple vehicle types, such as cars, heavy trucks and trailers registered at 54,000 pounds and under.

“This online renewal option is ideal for businesses with multiple vehicles,” DMV Administrator Kristina Boardman said. “What normally could take hours of company staff time can be done in minutes. The new system streamlines the process for managing all the tasks related to renewing company license plates.”

At no charge to users, the eMV Fleet Registration System allows companies to order replacement plates, receive electronic copies of registration certificates, maintain their own stock of stickers and renew vehicles for quarters or months. Registration and replacement fees associated with license renewals remain in place.

Other renewal methods, such as submitting information individually online or by mail, still are options for fleet managers.

To participate, companies must complete an appropriate access form and create an eMV Fleet account. Once enrolled, the company will have immediate access to information about its vehicles. Vehicles sold or transferred to a new owner in the DMV database will automatically be removed from the company’s fleet roster. A company’s fleet manager can sort vehicles by various criteria, such as location or vehicle type.

WisDOT spokeswoman Terry Walsh noted that the department has “greatly enhanced” its online services during the coronavirus pandemic. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has confirmed 338,472 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Nov. 19.

Walsh pointed out that, in July, the DMV unveiled an online guide to help customers with the MV1 form, which is used for title and license plate applications. According to the DMV, approximately 9,600 customers use this form each month. The online guide can be used for titles, registrations and new license plates. It also can help customers estimate charges associated with title fees, sales taxes and electric vehicle surcharges.

In May, WisDOT launched two pilot programs to address its backlog in a safe manner. Under one pilot, eligible people with a Wisconsin license were able to renew the license online. The other pilot allowed individuals younger than 18 who had successfully completed requisite training and obtained the endorsement of a parent or guardian to get a probationary license without completing a road test. Both programs were designed to eliminate the need for in-person visits to DMV offices.

Wisconsin is one of several states that has taken constituents’ motor vehicle service needs into consideration during the pandemic. A few states offered relief in terms of license and registration requirements.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation extended expiration dates for commercial driver licenses and hazardous materials endorsements. The California Department of Motor Vehicles issued an extension of the expiration dates of driver’s licenses for people younger than 70.

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