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How to Apply for a Wisconsin Identification Card

The Wisconsin Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) issues non-driver identification cards to State residents who don't have a valid ID card, driver license or instruction permit from the State or any other jurisdiction. The ID card can be used to prove your identity, age, and residence in a variety of situations. The identification card is valid for eight years, and expires on your birthday eight years after it was issued.

APPLYING FOR A WISCONSIN ID CARD

  1. Locate the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Complete the Driver License/Identification Card form.
  3. Bring proper identification. You will be asked to present two pieces of primary identification.
  4. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one, or else sign a Statement of Not Eligible for Social Security Number form.
  5. Provide proof of Wisconsin residence.
  6. Pay the ID card application fee, currently $33.50, by cash or check. The Wisconsin DMV does not accept payments by credit or debit card, but many locations have an ATM. Confirm the exact fee with your local DMV Office.
  7. You must also surrender any valid driver license or instruction permit issued by the state of Wisconsin or any other jurisdiction.

RENEWING A WISCONSIN ID CARD

  1. Locate the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper identification. You will be asked to present two pieces of primary identification.
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one, or else sign a Statement of Not Eligible for Social Security Number form.
  4. Provide proof of Wisconsin residence, in the event that your address has changed.
  5. Pay the ID card renewal fee, currently $29.50, by cash or check. The Wisconsin DMV does not accept payments by credit or debit card, but many locations have an ATM. Confirm the exact fee with your local DMV Office.

REPLACING A LOST, STOLEN, OR DESTROYED ID CARD

You may be issued a replacement identification card if your original ID card has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or if you have had a name or address change.

  1. Locate the Office of Motor Vehicles nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper identification. You will be asked to present two pieces of primary identification .
  3. You must also provide proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one, or else sign a Statement of Not Eligible for Social Security Number form.
  4. Provide proof of Wisconsin residence, in the event that your address has changed.
  5. If your name has changed, you must provide proof of name change.
  6. Pay the ID card replacement fee, currently $28.50, by cash or check. The Wisconsin DMV does not accept payments by credit or debit card, but many locations have an ATM. Confirm the exact fee with your local DMV Office.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Former State residents moving back to Wisconsin may be eligible to apply for a renewal or replacement ID card, depending on the validity of their original identification card. Those, whose Wisconsin ID cards expired more than one year ago, must apply for an original ID card.
  • See also Applying for a New License.
  • See also Change of Address.
 

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