As part of the Wisconsin Legislature's efforts to reduce state revenue, add beaurocratic red tape, and make it more difficult to vote, voters will soon need a voter ID to be able to cast the same votes they have done for decades without. Your WI drivers license will work, but for the many individuals without such a license, you have the right to a FREE state ID card (a mandatory provision required by federal law as the state can not make someone pay for the right to vote). Here is some information concerning the free licenses at DMVs.
Obtaining an identification (ID) card
Any Wisconsin resident who does not hold a valid drivers license from Wisconsin or another jurisdiction may request a photo ID. There is no age limit to apply for an ID card. When applying, it will be necessary to provide:
- Proof of name and date of birth, for example, a certified U.S. birth certificate, valid passport or certificate of naturalization.
- Proof of identity (usually a document with a signature or photo).
- Proof of Wisconsin residency.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship, legal permanent resident status, legal conditional resident status or legal temporary visitor status.
- Your social security number.
Free Wisconsin ID cards for voting
A free ID card is available under Wisconsin law to anyone who:
- will be at least 18 years of age on the date of the next election and;
- requests an ID card for the purpose of voting.
A free ID card is NOT available under the following circumstances:
- If you currently have a valid, unexpired driver license (DL), you are not eligible under Wisconsin law to obtain an ID.
- If you will not be at least 18 years of age on the date of the next election.
- If you already have a Wisconsin ID card that is not eligible for renewal (you may renew your ID card up to one year prior to its expiration date).
- If you are not eligible to vote in Wisconsin.
DMV does not have information regarding voter eligibility, poll locations, voter registration information or other election information. Please contact your local election officials, county clerk or the Government Accountability Board for election information.