Identification Cards in Wisconsin
SUMMARY: Wisconsin Identification Cards
Applications for a Wisconsin ID card must be made in person. You will need proof of your identity, legal U.S. presence, WI address, and SSN, plus payment for the fee. Renewal and duplicate card applications can be made online, by mail, or in person.
Need a form of ID, but not the driving kind? Then an identification card is the document for you! Continue reading this page to learn how to apply for an ID card from the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Wisconsin REAL IDs
The Wisconsin DMV now issues federally-compliant REAL ID cards in addition to non-compliant ID cards. REAL IDs allow you to use your identification card for domestic travel and entry into federal and military buildings. For more details on WI REAL IDs, see below.
Apply for an ID Card in Wisconsin
NOTE: If you'd like a free Wisconsin ID card for voting purposes only, see below.
In Wisconsin, you can apply for an ID card at any age if you:
- Are a legal resident of the state.
- Don't have a valid U.S. driver's license.
- If you do have one, you must surrender it upon application for a WI identification card.
To apply for a WI non-driver ID card, visit a DMV office and:
- Provide proof of your:
- Name and date of birth, such as your:
- Identity, such as your:
- W-2 form.
- Pay stub that includes your full name and Social Security number (SSN).
- College ID card.
- Address in WI, such as your:
- Paycheck, earning statement or stub with employers name and address.
- Financial institution statement dated within the last 90 days.
- Rental agreement.
- Legal presence in the U.S., such as your:
- Valid U.S. passport.
- Valid foreign passport with valid visa and I-94.
- U.S. citizenship certificate.
- Social Security number, such as your:
- Social Security card.
- W-2 form.
- Submit a completed Wisconsin Identification Card (ID) Application (Form MV3004).
- Surrender your valid U.S. driver's license, if applicable.
- Pay the $28 fee.
NOTE: If you had a WI driver's license within the last 8 years, you will only need to provide proof of your identity.
If you provide all of the required documents, you will be issued a REAL ID-compliant card. If you're unable to provide some documents, you may be eligible for a non-REAL ID compliant identification card.
Voter ID Card
You can apply for a free ID card in Wisconsin for voting purposes only, if you:
- Will be 18 years old or older by the next election.
- Are a U.S. citizen.
- Are eligible to vote in Wisconsin.
Applications must be made in person at a WI DMV office. You will need:
- A completed:
- Wisconsin Identification Card (ID) Application (Form MV3004).
- DMV Administrator Petition – Unavailable Documentation (Form MV3012).
- Proof of your:
Renew or Replace an ID Card in WI
Your Wisconsin ID card will be valid for 8 years at a time.
Renewals and replacements can be obtained:
- By mail.
- In person.
Let's go through the steps for each option below.
- If you DO NOT have a REAL ID card but would like one, you must renew/replace your identification card in person.
- If you've changed your address, update your information with the Wisconsin DMV before renewing or ordering a duplicate ID card online or by mail.
Fees for a State ID Card
- Original: $28.
- Renewal: $28.
- Replacement: $16.
Voter identification cards in Wisconsin are free.
Accepted Payment Methods
- Online transactions:
- VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit/debit card.
- By mail:
- Check or money order made payable to “Registration Fee Trust."
- In-person transactions:
- Money order.
NOTE: Credit/debit card payments will be charged an additional convenience fee.