What are acceptable photo IDs?
When voting, you must show one of the following: a Wisconsin driver’s license, state ID, tribal ID, U.S. passport, certificate of naturalization, U.S. military card or an unexpired receipt from the Division of Motor Vehicles for a license. A college ID is also accepted, as long as proof of enrollment is also shown.
While the address on the ID does not need to be current, make sure the ID’s expiration date has not passed.
How to get a free photo ID
A photo ID can be obtained at the Division of Motor Vehicles by filling out a Wisconsin Identification Card application and presenting a document for each of the following categories: name and date of birth; proof of U.S. citizenship; proof of identity; and proof of Wisconsin residency. Also, bring your Social Security number.
Some documents can be used to prove multiple categories. Click here to see which can apply to more than one category.
To prove name and birthday, you can bring a certified birth certificate, certificate of citizenship, certificate of naturalization or a court order. To prove U.S. citizenship, a U.S. birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or certificate of naturalization is required. Your Social Security card or ID from another state can be used to prove your identity.
Finally, a recent pay stub, utility bill, financial statement, insurance policy or mortgage statement for a Wisconsin property can be used to prove Wisconsin residency.
How to get an ID if you do not have the required documents
If you are a U.S. citizen, you must pay a fee and fill out a form to state that the required documents are unavailable.
How to show an ID if filling out an absentee ballot
You must include a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot.
How to send an absentee ballot if you are a senior citizen
Seniors are given special consideration for absentee ballots if you are indefinitely confined. You must indicate that on the ballot and have a witness verify your identity by signing the absentee ballot. If you live in a nursing home or senior residence, the two Special Voting Deputies that visit these facilities or an authorized representative of the facility must verify your identity on the ballot.
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