Got ID, Wisconsin?

Voting Is Our Right, And We Want to Make Sure You Have What You Need To Vote

What You Need

In order to vote in Wisconsin, you will need to bring ONE (1) of the following documents to your polling place:

  • Any of the following photo IDs, which can be current or can be expired November 4, 2014 or after:

    • A Wisconsin driver’s license, even if your driving privileges have been revoked or suspended, it expired November 4, 2014 to present, or your address is not current.
    • A Wisconsin identification card, even if your address is not current (available for FREE, see below)
    • Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service (veteran ID card not included)
      • NOTE: If your ID does not have an expiration date or says INDEF for indefinite duration, then your military ID is considered current.
    • A U.S. passport book or card
    • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.)
    • A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. Also, the university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment. (May be used even if expired before the most recent general election.)


  • Any of the following photo IDs, which must be unexpired:

    • A veteran’s photo identification card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs
    • A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented
    • A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
    • An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
    • A temporary identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT through the Identification Petition Process (IDPP) (valid for 180 days)
    • A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.


A few important things to remember:

  • Your address on your photo ID does not have to match the address on your voter registration.
  • Your name on your ID must match your name – or be substantially similar – on the registered voters list.
  • Your photo on the ID must reasonably resemble you.


How To Get It

Don’t have a valid form of photo ID listed above? That’s okay – you can get a free ID at the DMV! Go to a Department of Motor Vehicles office near you to apply and check the “ID for FREE” box on your application form. No documentation is needed to get what you need to vote in the upcoming election. If you do have any of the items below, bring them with. If not, no problem. You’ll receive either a Wisconsin ID for voting or a paper receipt in the mail that can be used as ID to vote.

  1. Proof of U.S. Citizenship
    • If you were born in the United States, bring a certified copy of your Birth Certificate.
    • If you were born outside the United States, but are a U.S. Citizen, you may bring your:
      • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship (federal form N-550 or N-560)
      • Certificate of birth abroad (federal form FS-545 or DS-1350)
      • Puerto Rican birth certificate issued no earlier than July 1, 2010 (in accordance with Puerto Rican law passed in October 2010 – see for details.)
  2. Proof of Wisconsin Residency: there are many options but this must have your name and residential address (a P.O. Box address will not work!). Some options are:
  3. Proof of Identity: this is usually a document with your signature or photo. Some options are:
    • Driver’s license or ID card issued in another U.S. state (current or expired no earlier than September 2006)
    • Marriage certificate or certified copy of judgement of divorce
    • Social Security Card
    • Valid college, university, or technical school ID with student name + photo
    • Social Security Benefit Statement (form SSA-1099)
    • W-2 form with name, address, and social security number
    • Paystub with your entire social security number

Go Vote!

Once you confirm you already possess or have obtained the proper photo ID, you are almost ready to vote.