How to Replace a Commercial Driver’s License in Wisconsin
In Wisconsin, you must apply for a CDL replacement if your CDL license is lost or stolen. To replace your CDL credentials, you must contact the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). All CDL holders in Wisconsin can apply for a replacement CDL in person at any DMV service center in the state. However, eligible CDL holders can also apply online or by mail, which can speed up the application process and get you your new CDL license faster.
To replace a CDL license in Wisconsin, you will need to request a duplicate license. To do so, you must provide your proof of identity and fill out and complete the application form. Then, you will need to make payment for the duplicate license with the appropriate payment method. If you fail to follow the necessary steps, the DMV will not be able to process your request.
When do you need to get a duplicate CDL license in Wisconsin?
If you have a lost CDL driver’s license, you may be wondering if you need to take the time to apply for a replacement. According to state law, you will need to obtain a replacement CDL if yours is lost, stolen, or damaged. Failing to do so can result in unwanted citations and fines.
If your license has been stolen, you should contact law enforcement right away to file a police report, which will prevent your identity from being stolen. Then, you can request that the DMV place a notation on your driving record, which will require law enforcement and the DMV to take additional steps to verify any identification documents that you submit to either entity.
Documents Required to Replace a CDL in Wisconsin
To obtain a CDL replacement in Wisconsin, you will need to submit proof of your identity. Acceptable documents for proof of identification include a valid driver’s license, a U.S. passport or passport card, or proof of your legal presence status. If your driver’s license is expired less than eight years, you may use it as proof of your identification.
Next, you will need to fill out and complete the Wisconsin Driver License (DL) Application (form MV3001). You can obtain a copy of the application online or in person at your local DMV customer service center.
How to Replace a Wisconsin CDL in Person
To get a Wisconsin CDL replacement in person, you must visit your local DMV customer service center. You can find the nearest service center, check wait times and office hours, online through the DMV’s website.
Once you choose a location to replace your CDL license, you will need to make sure you bring your proof of identity and completed application form. You will also need to provide your Social Security Number (SSN). To prevent any delays with the application process, you may want to bring your Social Security Card to verify your SSN easily. Lastly, you must make payment for the replacement license fee. Then, the DMV will issue you a new CDL license.
How to Replace a Wisconsin CDL Online
To get a duplicate CDL license online in Wisconsin, you must be a U.S. citizen and hold a valid driver’s license or ID card. You must also have a valid federal medical card.
To apply for a CDL replacement online, you must provide your Wisconsin driver’s license number, the last four digits of your SSN, your date of birth, and your zip code. If you do not have your Wisconsin driver license number, you will need to provide your full SSN. To process your order, you can make payment with a valid credit or debit card. The Wisconsin DMV accepts Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express.
When making a payment with a credit card, you will need to pay a convenience fee, in addition to the replacement fee. If you do not want to pay for the convenience fee, the DMV also accepts ACH (Automated Clearing House) payments, which deducts the money directly from your checking or savings account.
Once you apply for a duplicate CDL and your order is processed, your new license will be mailed to you.
How to Replace a Wisconsin CDL by Mail
To meet the requirements to have your Wisconsin CDL replacement mailed to your temporary out-of-state address, you must be a U.S. Citizen with a valid photo and SSN on record with the Wisconsin DMV. To apply by mail, you must complete the MV3001 application form and list your temporary out-of-state address in the “Mailing Address” field. You must also send a check for payment for the replacement license. Cash payments are not accepted for applications submitted through the mail.
Once you gather payment, you can mail the application and check by regular first-class delivery to the below address:
WisDOT - Division of Motor Vehicles Driver Eligibility Unit P.O. Box 7995 Madison, WI 53707-7995
If you need to overnight or priority delivery your duplicate CDL license, you can mail your application to:
WisDOT - Division of Motor Vehicles Driver Eligibility Unit 4822 Madison Yards Way, Room 225 Madison, WI 53705
Once the application is approved, you will receive your new CDL license to your temporary out-of-state address.
CDL Replacement Fees in Wisconsin
Now that you know how to replace a CDL license in Wisconsin, you are going to need to make payment for the $14 replacement fee. All Wisconsin DMV customer service centers accept cash, checks and debit cards. All checks must be made payable to the “Registration Fee Trust.”
If preferred, you can make payment with a credit card, since all DMV service centers also accept Visa, Discover, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. However, the DMV will add a convenience fee, which is a percentage of the cost of the replacement CDL license, to cover the fees charged by the credit card and debit card companies.
Wisconsin CDL Replacement Forms
Note: DMV forms change regularly. The forms provided above are current based on the date of writing.
- Lost or Stolen Driver License or Identification (ID) Card from wisconsindot.gov
- Online Driver License Application from wisconsindot.gov
- Acceptable Documents for Proof of Identity from wisconsindot.gov