Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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Motor carrier insurance

Interstate operation (across state lines)

All carriers of passengers or property for-hire rental companies, owners of buses that carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver), human service vehicles, driver education vehicles and dealer demonstration vehicles are required to file proof of insurance before operating in Wisconsin.

Intrastate operation (operation within Wisconsin only)

All carriers of passengers or property for-hire rental companies, owners of buses that carry 16 or more passengers (including the driver), human service vehicles, driver education vehicles and dealer demonstration vehicles are required to file proof of insurance before operating in Wisconsin.

What to do:

  1. If you are a "for-hire" carrier you must file proof of liability insurance before operating on Wisconsin highways. Proof of insurance is a prerequisite for any "for hire" carrier to obtain vehicle registration, vehicle registration trip permits, and Wisconsin operating authority.
  2. If you are requesting a plate type such as Human Service Vehicle, Gross Weight Bus or Drivers Education, valid insurance must be on file prior to plate issuance or renewal.

 

Wisconsin's insurance minimums are a combined single limit of:

  • $300,000 for vehicles of 10,000 lbs. or less transporting non-hazardous substances
  • $750,000 for vehicles over 10,000 lbs. transporting non-hazardous substances
  • $1,000,000 to $5,000,000 for vehicles transporting hazardous substances (the required amount depends upon the type of substances carried)

 

Where to file: Insurance is required to promote public safety and ensure fiscal responsibility of high liability operations. Motor carriers must have their insurance company file a Form E certificate of insurance with Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices as proof of insurance.

Filing of insurance with FMCSA for interstate operating authority meets the Wisconsin intrastate filing requirement.

  

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Insurance information may be obtained by contacting:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Motor Carrier Services
P.O. Box 7955
Madison WI 53707-7955
Telephone: (608) 266-9900

Questions about the content of this page:
Motor Carrier Services, irp-ifta@dot.wi.gov

Last modified: March 24, 2014

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