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'No Call List' deadline Aug. 31

Wisconsin residents can register their landlines and cell phone numbers on the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's No Call list to reduce unwanted telemarketing calls for the next two years.

"Modern technology makes us very accessible both at home and on the go," says Thad Nation, executive director of Wired Wisconsin. "This free service is a way to regulate that accessibility to telemarketers and other unsolicited callers."

Consumers who have registered in the past should also re-register their numbers, as numbers only remain on the list for two years.

Cellular and landline numbers can be registered at any time on the No Call list.

Wisconsin residents who add their numbers to the state's No Call List by Aug. 31 will receive protection from unsolicited telemarketing phone calls and text messages starting on Oct. 1.

"Registration is free and takes only a minute or two," said Sandy Chalmers, division administrator for Trade and Consumer Protection.

The free No Call service is managed by DATCP. The service covers Wisconsin consumers' residential landlines, VoIP and cellular numbers and includes protections against unwanted text messages. Consumers can register multiple numbers. Registrations are good for two years, but consumers can re-register their numbers at any time.

To add your number(s) to the list, visit or dial 1-866-9NO-CALL (1-866-966-2255). The website and toll-free number are available all day, every day.

Political calls, calls from non-profit organizations and calls made in response to your written or verbal request or permission are not covered by the No Call law.

The list is updated four times per calendar year (Jan. 1, April 1, July 1 and Oct. 1). The registration process is continuous, but those who sign up after the upcoming Aug. 31 deadline will not be added to the list until Jan. 1.

For more information on the program or to file a consumer complaint, visit the Consumer Protection website at or send an e-mail to DATCP

or call toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.