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    Replacing a Lost Wisconsin Driver's License

    If you're in need of a replacement WI driver's license, you'll need to submit your request to any office of the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The application process is straightforward. Just remember not to submit your application at a "renewal-only office."

    NOTE: If you recently lost your Wisconsin CDL, you should start the process by reading our page about Replacing a Lost CDL.

    Apply for a Duplicate License in Wisconsin

    You can apply for a duplicate driver's license either online, by mail, or in person at your local Wisconsin DMV office.

    Online

    You must meet all of the following requirements to apply online (visit the WI DMV website for a complete list of requirements):

    • Your WI driver's license is valid, unexpired, and will NOT be expiring in less than 30 days.
    • The WI DMV has your current address on file.
    • You are not under 18 years old.
    • You are a U.S. citizen.
    • You are between 18 years old and 25 years old and have NOT used the online system for a duplicate driver's license before.
    • You are older than 25 years old and have NOT used the online system within the past 2 years.
    • You are NOT required to apply for a new REAL-ID driver's license.

    If you're eligible to apply for a replacement driver's license online, submit your online duplicate license application at the WI DMV website. You'll need your:

    • Wisconsin driver's license number.
    • Social Security number (SSN).
    • Date of birth.
    • Zip code.
    • A valid VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit or debit card.
      • The fee for your duplicate driver's license is $14 ($16 for ID cards) plus a $0.50 handling fee.

    By Mail

    To order a duplicate WI driver's license or ID card by mail, you will need:

    Mail the above to:

    Department of Transportation
    Qualifications and Issuance Section
    P.O. Box 7995
    Madison, WI 53707

    For expedited service, you may speed up the mailing time by also enclosing a prepaid, self-addressed express envelope in which the WI DMV will send your replacement. You'll need to send your application to the following address:

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

    Be sure the envelope has the correct address (including out-of-state addresses) and the right amount of postage, as the Wisconsin DMV will not verify postage or cover a balance due. You are responsible for any overnight or express mailing fees.

    NOTE: Requesting an express replacement will not change the turnaround time with the DMV. It will only decrease the mailing time.

    In Person

    To apply for a duplicate WI driver's license or ID card in person, just stop by your local DMV service center (not the express centers in Madison and Burlington) and:

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

    Replace Your License While Out of State

    If you are currently outside of Wisconsin and your driver's license or ID card is lost or stolen, you may still obtain a replacement driver's license while out of state. Simply follow the instructions to apply for a duplicate by mail as outlined in "Apply for a Duplicate License in Wisconsin" above.

    Report a Missing WI Driver's License

    If you have lost your Wisconsin driver's license or ID card, you may be at risk for identity theft. Be sure to file a police report regarding the loss or disappearance of your property.

    You may also request that the Wisconsin DMV place a notation on your driving record for additional identification to be requested. This way, if someone is attempting to use your identification with the DMV or a law enforcement officer, they will asked to provide supporting ID, which they will likely not have.

    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 for your guidance.

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