An identification card is a way to provide proof of age and identity when you don’t have a driver’s license. This ID card can be used for proof of identity in all situations where you’d usually show a driver’s license as identification. To apply for a Wisconsin identification card, you’ll need to go through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV is responsible for the issuing and updating of all ID cards and driver’s licenses.
Requirements to Apply for an ID Card
You can apply for an identification card at any age in the state, provided you meet the following requirements:
- You legally reside in Wisconsin
- You don’t currently have a valid driver’s license
If you do have a driver’s license, it must be surrendered with your application for an identification card. You cannot have both a non-driver’s identification card and a driver’s license simultaneously. If you already have a driver’s license, this is sufficient proof of identification, and you do not need an additional identification card.
You’ll need to apply for the card in person; there is currently no way to apply for an identification card online or through the mail. The following documentation will be required:
- Proof of your legal name and date of birth such as your U.S. birth certificate, a certified non-U.S. birth certificate, or your passport
- Proof of your identity such as a W-2 form or a pay stub that has both your full name and SSN included
- Proof of your Wisconsin address, such as a bank statement, rental agreement, mortgage statement, or paycheck issued to your current address
- Proof that your presence in the U.S. is legal, such as your U.S. passport, a foreign passport with your valid visa, or your U.S. citizenship certificate
- Proof of your Social Security number such as a W-2 form or your Social Security card
- A complete Wisconsin Identification Card Application
- $28 to cover the application fee
If you’ve had a valid state driver’s license within the past eight years, you will only need to provide proof of your identity. Your other records have already been filed with the DMV.
Voter ID Cards
You can get an identification card for voting purposes for free. This identification card can be used only for voting, and it will not suffice as proof of identification in other areas. To get your voter identification card, you’ll need to meet the following minimum requirements:
- You will be at least 18 years old by the next election
- You are a United States citizen
- You are eligible to vote in the state
Like normal identification cards, these applications must be filed in person at your local DMV office. You’ll need to provide the following documentation:
- Your complete Wisconsin Identification Card Application
- A complete DMV Administrator Petition for Unavailable Documentation
- Proof of identification such as your Social Security card, U.S. passport, or a recent pay stub
- Proof of your state address such as a bank statement, utility bill, rental agreement, or college ID card
Renewals and Replacements
Identification cards are valid for eight years after they’re first issued. When you need to replace or renew the card, you can do so in person at your local DMV office, online, or through the mail. If any of the information on the card has changed (such as name or address), you’ll need to update the DMV before you order your replacement or renewal.