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How to Renew a Driver's License in Wisconsin

A Wisconsin Driver's License can be renewed in person at any DMV Service Center in the State.


  1. Your Wisconsin driver's license is valid for eight years and will generally expire on your birthday. If you are under 21 years of age, your license will expire on your 21st birthday.
  2. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will mail you a renewal notice 45 to 60 days prior to expiration.
  3. You can renew your license any time in the year leading up to its expiration.
  4. If you renew your driver's license after expiration you will have to pay an additional $5 late fee.


You must bring:
  1. Your current license.
  2. The renewal notice (If you don't have it, fill out Wisconsin Driver License/Identity Card application form MV3001).
  3. Your Social Security number
  4. If your name has changed, documentation of the name change is required
  5. Renewal fee of $34, payable by cash or check (credit cards not accepted).
You will have to take a free vision test. Your new license will arrive by mail within two to four weeks.


Wisconsin residents who are temporarily out-of-state when their license renewal is due, can renew by mail.
  1. Fill in the Wisconsin Drivers License/Identification Card Application form.
  2. Have a vision test done by a vision specialist and have them fill the Certificate of Vision Examination.
  3. Mail the above forms along with your mailing address and a check or money order made payable to "Registration Fee Trust" for the renewal fee ($34 for an 8-year renewal), to:
    Wisconsin Department of Transportation
    Driver Information Section
    P.O. Box 7983
    Madison, WI 53707-7983    


Reviews of How to Renew a Driver's License in Wisconsin

I just got ripped off by this site. They made me give information to purchase crap, and then told me Wi doesn't permit online renewal of my license.

The screen for renewing Driver's Licenses only list two ways for renewing your license by mail or in person. I think that was probably a pop up ad. A lot of insurance sites have pop up ads that look and read similar to the actual site, so that you actually believe it is the official site.

You might want to read the site BEFORE you click on the BUY button. And exactly how did you get "ripped off"? Other than by your stupidity, i mean.

I want to make a check out before I get to the DMV office. To whom should this check be made out to? (I am renewing my license - $34.00)

renewed my d.l. last week and took a horrible picture! Do not want to look at this for the next 8 years!!:) Paid $34 and asked to have it retaken and I would need to pay $14 more dollars. This isn't right!! Why wouldn't it be possible to have the photo approved by the payee before it is printed?

Because they get a huge kick out of making you look stupid!


As soon as you learn how to spell. Or get past the 3rd grade, whichever comes first.