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    Why Get a Wisconsin ID Card

    Being a non-driver used to present a challenge to those who did need some sort of identification, such as minors who can't drive yet, the elderly who may have stopped driving, and any other non-driving citizens. Now, anyone may apply for a Wisconsin State identification card at their local DMV service center.

    Only One ID Allowed by Law

    According to the law, no one is permitted to hold a driver's license and ID card at the same time. If you had a drivers' license at one time, but for whatever reason no longer drive, you may exchange it for a state identification card.

    If you have either a license or a state identification card from another state but are now a Wisconsin resident, you must surrender the out-of-state identification and apply for a Wisconsin state identification card.

    Applying for an ID Card

    If you are new to Wisconsin or even if you have been here for some time but have never applied, here's a list of what you'll need to be prepared to do when you apply for your Wisconsin state identification card:

    ID cards are valid for 8 years.


    Once you have completed all the required steps and paid the fee for your Wisconsin state identification card, you will be issued a paper receipt at the DMV office. This receipt will serves as your ID until your new Wisconsin state identification arrives in the mail.

    Change of Address

    If you move or otherwise change your address, you're asked to notify the Wisconsin DMV within 10 days.

    A new state identification card will not be sent to you automatically. If you wish to obtain a new card with your current address, you will need to go in person to your DMV service center, pay a fee of $16 and request a new ID card with your current address.

    Renewing an ID Card

    The Wisconsin DMV will mail you a reminder notice before your ID card's expiration date of your birthday. Simply take this reminder along with your ID card to your local Motor Vehicle regional Office, pay the $28 renewal fee, and your ID card will be valid for another period of 8 years.

    You can choose to renew by mail by completing and sending the Identification Card Application (Form MV3004) to:

    P.O. Box 7995
    Madison, WI 53707

    In some cases, you may be able to renew online; you must meet the eligibility requirements.

    Replacing an ID Card

    To replace a lost or stolen ID card you must visit any DMV office (except the express offices in Madison and Burlington) and bring:

    • Proper identification.
    • Your Social Security number.
    • Payment for the $16 duplicate fee.

    You can also choose to apply by mail or online (if eligible), in the same way that you would renew. See "Renewing an ID Card" above.