The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles anticipates the supply of regular Wisconsin license plates with six characters will run out at the central office and new vehicle license plates with seven characters will be issued beginning mid April. Local DMVs and third-party vendors will continue to issue the 6-character plates until their inventory is exhausted. The new configuration will start with three letters, beginning with AAA, then followed by four numbers, beginning with 1001. This will provide for 100-million combinations, according to a DMV Unit Leader. The plate artwork will stay the same.