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Election Notice - Photo ID Law Implementation
Author Trish Hayden
Friday - March 25, 2016 2:21 pm

As of May 2015, Photo ID's are required to vote. More information can be found on the GAB website.
The following applies to all elections:



1.    Most people already have the photo ID they need to vote.

You can use any of these five IDs, even if they expired after November 4, 2014:

  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card or driver license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
  • Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
  • A U.S. passport book or card

You can use any of these IDs, but they must be unexpired:

  • 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)
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
  • A photo identification card issued by an accredited university, college or technical college in Wisconsin that contains the signature of student, the date the card was issued, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance.  Also, the university, college or technical college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves current enrollment such as an enrollment verification letter, class schedule, or tuition fee receipt.
  • 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.

2.    If you don’t have one of these IDs, you can get a free state ID card to vote even if you don’t have your birth certificate.

In 2014, the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles started a new program to help people who don’t have copies of their birth certificates to get a state ID card.  Just bring the documents you have to your local DMV office.  They can track down your birth records in Wisconsin or another state, but it may take some time so don’t wait until the last minute.

3.    Your photo ID doesn’t need to have your current address.

Some people think they need to get a new driver license or state ID card to vote if it has an old address, but that’s not correct.  The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles doesn’t require drivers to get a new license every time they move, and neither does state elections law.  The photo ID law requires registered voters to prove their identity before getting a ballot.  Anyone registered to vote has already proved Wisconsin residency.