DMV plans license plate study in Walworth County

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Gazette staff
Thursday, October 3, 2013

MADISON--Don't panic, it's only the Division of Motor Vehicles.

In the next several months, DMV survey teams will be in Walworth County and seven other counties conducting a study aimed at improving the state's vehicle registration process, according to a news release from the agency.

The survey teams will be in parking lots photographing license plates and then comparing the information to what is on record at the DMV..

“This is not an enforcement effort. The survey teams are not able to issue tickets, and the data collected does not link a plate to a person," Mitchell Warren, DMV vehicle services director, said in the release. “The information being collected and reviewed relates only to the vehicles and plates."

The survey data will give the division information about the percentage of registrations not in compliance with the law, according to the news release.

Each survey team will have an ID card issued by the Department of Transportation. 

Along with Walworth County, survey teams will be working in La Crosse, Wood, Outagamie, Winnebago, Columbia, Washington and Milwaukee counties.

The study will include a survey mailed to 500 randomly selected Wisconsin households. The mailed survey will ask questions about barriers to getting vehicles registered and keeping registrations current.

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