How to Get a Photo ID for Voting
Information may change depending on outcomes of pending lawsuits challenging voter suppression in Wisconsin
Got ID for voting? You can get a free one from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT). If you don’t have the required documents to obtain a free photo ID for voting, you can petition the DMV to verify your identity.
Documents Needed to Obtain a Photo ID for Voting
You need to present the following types of documentation (list is not exhaustive):
- Proof of name and date of birth, usually a certified birth certificate or passport (a fee is required to obtain either) and certified marriage certificate or judgment of divorce (if name changed)
- Proof of identity, usually a Social Security card
- Proof of Wisconsin residency, usually utility bill, lease, or pay stub
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship – usually a birth certificate or naturalization certificate
- Social Security number
- Click here for a full list of acceptable documents
For shortest lines – shorest wait, visit the DMV mid-morning or mid-afternoon (before 2:30 pm).
Try to avoid Mondays, Fridays, and the beginning or end of the month.
ID customers are given priority service at the DMV. Wait times vary by location and day, the DMV reports that 70% of customers wait in line less than 20 minutes. Everyone who is in the office at closing time will be served.
Questions? Contact the Wisconsoin Department of Transportation (DOT) by calling 608-266-2353 or visit http://wisconsindot.gov.
Got a Birth Certificate?
Obtain a Wisconsin birth certificate by contacting the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, where you will need to pay a $20 fee and present one of these forms of ID:
- Wisconsin driver’s license/photo ID or out-of-state license/photo ID
- Two documents with your name and address (government employee ID, United States passport, checkbook/ bankbook, major credit card, health insurance card, recently dated and signed lease, utility bill, traffic ticket)
- Obtain an out of state certificate by accessing the other state’s vital record agency or the respective municipal clerk in that other state
Got questions? Contact your local election official
Acceptable Photo IDs:
An acceptable form of Photo ID for Voting does NOT need to show the current address.
- Wisconsin DOT-issued photo ID card expiring after November 4, 2014. (To get a free photo ID for voting you must give up your out-of-state drivers license)
- US passport expiring after November 4, 2014
- US Military ID expiring after November 4, 2014
- Certificate of naturalization issued within the last 2 years
- Unexpired Wisconsin driver’s license or state ID receipt
- ID card issued by a federally recognized Native American Indian tribe in Wisconsin
- Veterans ID card, unexpired or with no expiration date
- A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college, or technical college that contains the following:
- Date the card was issued
- Signature of student
- The university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment, such as a tuition fee receipt, enrollment verification letter, or class schedule.
The Following Voters are Exempt from Photo ID:
- Military voters
- Voters who are permanently overseas
- Confidential voters
- Indefinitely confined voters (elderly and/or disabled voters who are permanent absentee voters)
- Nursing home residents and others who have ballots delivered by Special Voting Deputies
- Residents of Care Facilities who are not visited by Special Voting Deputies
For further inquiries, the Wisconsin Election Commission has an informative website about Voter ID called Bring it to the Ballot. This site has definitive information on what ID is required and how to get ID if you do not already have it.