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    Not only is it annoying and a little scary if your driver's license or state ID card is somehow lost, destroyed, or stolen, but these days you also run a risk of identity theft.

    Applying for a Replacement

    It's easy to replace a lost or stolen driver's license or ID card in Wisconsin,. Just stop by your local DMV service center, with the exception of the Express Centers in Madison and Burlington, and do the following:

    You will be issued a receipt that may serve as a temporary driver's license until your new license arrives in the mail.

    NOTE: You may be eligible to request a duplicate driver's license or duplicate ID card online.

    Out of State?

    If you are outside of Wisconsin and your driver's license or ID card is lost or stolen, you may still obtain a replacement. Here's how:

    • Download, print, and complete a the appropriate application. (See above.)
    • Mail it, along with a check or money order for your duplicate fee, to:
      • Department of Transportation
      • Qualifications and Issuance Section
      • P.O. Box 7995
      • Madison, WI 53707-7995

    For expedited service, you may speed up the mailing time by also enclosing a prepaid, self-addressed express envelope in which the DMV will send your replacement. Then, send your application to a different address from that above:

    • Department of Transportation
    • Qualifications and Issuance Section
    • 4802 Sheboygan Ave., Room 809
    • Madison, WI 53702

    Be sure that the envelope has the correct out-of-state address and the right amount of postage; the DMV will not verify postage or cover a balance due. You are responsible for any overnight or express mailing fees.

    Also note requesting an express replacement will not change the turnaround time with the DMV. It will only decrease the mailing time.

    Avoiding Identity Theft

    If you have lost your entire wallet or purse, you may be at risk for identity theft. Be sure to file a police report regarding the loss or disappearance of your property, then notify your credit card companies, and any other company, agency, or party that might be affected by the loss of your information.

    You may also request that the DMV place a notation on your driving record, which will require additional identity documentation to the DMV or any law enforcement officer. This way, if someone is attempting to use your identification with the DMV or with a law enforcement officer, they will not be as likely to have the additional documentation that will be requested.

    Yes, this will create an extra step for you when conducting business with the DMV or with a law enforcement agency, but it is better to be safe than sorry. The Federal Trade Commission provides further identity theft information.

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