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    Renew Your Driver’s License in Wisconsin

    When your WI driver’s license expires, you need to renew your license with the Department of Transportation (DOT) Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    On this page you’ll find information on how to renew your WI driver’s license by mail and in person.

    If you need to renew your WI commercial driver’s license (CDL), please see our guide to Renew Your CDL in Wisconsin.

    If you need to renew your ID card, please see our page on WI Identification Cards.

    When to Renew Your WI Driver License

    Your Wisconsin driver’s license expires on your birthday. Depending on the type of WI driver’s license you have, it will be valid for 2 years, 3 years, or 8 years:

    • Probationary Class D: 2 years.
    • Original regular Class D: 3 years.
    • Renewed driver’s license: 8 years.

    The Wisconsin DMV will mail you a renewal notice within 60 days before your driver’s license expires.

    If you are currently in Wisconsin, you can only renew your license in person. You cannot renew online or by mail.

    If you are out of state and need to renew your WI driver’s license, you can do so by mail. Please see the “By-Mail Renewal for Out-of-State WI Residents” section below.

    Your renewal requirements will differ based on whether your license is:

    • Valid.
    • Expired.
    • Suspended.
    • Lost, damaged, or stolen.

    NOTE: If you have lost or never received a renewal notice from the Wisconsin DMV, you can still renew your driver’s license.

    Valid Driver’s License

    If you hold a valid, unexpired WI driver license, you may renew it up to 1 year before the expiration date.

    If you have a probationary Class D driver’s license in Wisconsin, you may renew up to 90 days before it expires.

    Expired Drivers License

    If your Wisconsin driver license is expired, you can still renew, but you will have to pay the $5 late fee in addition to the renewal fee.

    Suspended Driver License

    If your driver license is suspended, you’ll need to reinstate your driving privileges before you can renew.

    Fore more information, please see our Suspended License in Wisconsin page.

    Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Drivers License

    If your WI driver’s license is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can still renew it as long as you have other proof of identity (see the “In-Person Driver’s License Renewal” section below).

    Do not drive without a valid driver’s license in Wisconsin. To request a replacement, please see our Replacing a Lost License in Wisconsin page.

    In-Person Driver License Renewal

    To renew your WI driver’s license in person, visit your local WI DMV office and:

    • Complete a Wisconsin Driver License (DL) Application (Form MV3001).
    • Prove your identity, with documents such as your:
      • Current WI driver’s license.
      • Valid U.S. passport.
      • Military ID.
    • Prove your name (if it has changed), with a document such as your:
      • Marriage certificate.
      • Divorce decree.
      • Court order.
    • Prove your legal U.S. presence (if you’re a non-U.S. citizen).
    • Pay the $34 renewal fee with cash, check, or debit/credit card.

    You should receive your new WI driver’s license in the mail within 10 business days. The Wisconsin DMV will issue you a temporary license which is valid for 45 days, to use until you receive your new card.

    If you want your renewed WI driver’s license to comply with the REAL ID Act, see below.

    Real ID-Compliant Driver License

    If you want your Wisconsin driver’s license to be compliant with the federal REAL ID Act, you will also need to prove your:

    • Name and birth date, with documents such as your:
      • Valid U.S. passport.
      • Birth certificate.
      • Permanent resident card.
    • U.S. citizenship or legal U.S. presence, such as your:
      • Naturalization certificate.
      • Citizenship certification.
      • Current foreign passport and I-94 card or number.
    • Social Security number (SSN), such as your:
      • Social Security card.
      • W-2 form.
      • Pay stub showing your name and full SSN.
    • Wisconsin residency, such as a:
      • Utility bill, issued in the last 90 days.
      • Bank statement, issued in the last 90 days.

    All documents must be originals; photocopies will not be accepted. The WI Division of Motor Vehicles provides a complete list of acceptable REAL ID documents.

    NOTE: There is no additional cost to receive a REAL ID Wisconsin driver license, and it is not mandatory.

    License Renewals for Non-U.S. Citizens

    If you are a non-U.S. citizen living in Wisconsin temporarily and want to obtain/renew a WI drivers license, you must provide proof of your legal presence in the U.S. that permits a stay of at least 1 year.

    NOTE: You must have at least 6 months of your legal stay remaining to apply for a driver license.

    By-Mail Renewal for Out-of-State WI Residents

    If you will be out of state when your WI driver’s license expires, you can renew by mail if:

    • You are a U.S. citizen.
    • Your Social Security number is on file with the Wisconsin DMV.
    • Your last renewal was completed in person.
    • Your license was not issued as “Valid without photo.”

    To renew by mail you will need:

    • A completed Wisconsin Driver License (DL) Application (Form MV3001).
      • Include your out-of-state address in the mailing address section.
    • To pass a vision exam in the last 90 days, and have your eye doctor complete the vision portion of the application or a Certificate of Vision Examination by Competent Authority form (MV3030V).
    • To write a letter including:
      • The date you left Wisconsin.
      • The date you will return.
      • The reason you are out of state.
      • Your full name.
      • Your Wisconsin address.
      • Your out-of-state address.
      • Your phone number or email address.
    • Proof of your WI residency document, such as a photocopy of a:
      • Utility bill, issued in the last 90 days.
      • Bank statement, issued in the last 90 days.
    • A photocopy of your current WI drivers license.
    • A check for the $34 renewal fee payable to “Registration Fee Trust.

    To receive your WI driver’s license by regular mail, send the above to:

    WisDOT
    Qualification and Issuance Section
    P.O. Box 7995
    Madison, WI 53707

    To receive your WI driver license by priority/overnight mail, send the above to:

    WisDOT
    Qualification and Issuance Section
    4802 Sheboygan Ave., Room 809
    Madison, WI 53702

    WI Military Driver License Renewal

    If you are an active-duty military member stationed out of state, your driver’s license will not expire until:

    • 30 days after returning to Wisconsin.
      OR
    • 90 days after being discharged.

    Visit your local WI Department of Motor Vehicles office to renew your Wisconsin driver’s license (see the “In-Person Driver’s License Renewal” section above).

    If you want to renew your WI drivers license while on active duty, you can renew by mail. See the “By-Mail Renewals for Out-of-State WI Residents” section above.

    If you do not want to renew your WI drivers license until you return, write a letter to the WI DMV that includes your:

    • Full name.
    • Date of birth.
    • Wisconsin address.
    • Mailing address.
    • Signature.

    Fax your letter (608) 261-8201 or mail it to:

    Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    Division of Motor Vehicles
    Qualification and Issuance Section
    P.O. Box 7995
    Madison, WI 53707

    When the Wisconsin DMV receives your statement, they will update your driving record.