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Information on Photo ID Requirement for Voting

Los Hechos sobre Identificación del Elector e Inscripción Electoral

Wisconsin Requires a Photo ID to Vote

Here are a few FAQs:

Learn more at bringit.wisconsin.gov

The Facts on Photo Identification (ID) Requirements

All Wisconsin voters must show an acceptable photo ID before voting. This includes voters at polling places and early voting locations. Voters who wish to vote by mail must have a valid photo ID on file (unless the voter is indefinitely confined due to age, illness, disability or infirmity or active military). 

  • The address on your photo ID does NOT have to be your current address.
  • The name on your photo ID does NOT need to be an exact match to your name in the poll book (for example, “Rob" versus “Robert,” or “Sue” instead of “Susan”).  
  • You will need to show one of the photo ID types listed below.  Please note that there is no such thing as a "Voter ID Card" in Wisconsin.

The following photo IDs are acceptable, even if they are recently expired (as long the ID did not expire before the last Fall General Election): 

  • A Wisconsin Driver License, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
  • A Wisconsin Identification Card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (available for free)
  • A Military ID or Veteran's ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
  • A U.S. Passport
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (can be used even if expired, regardless of expiration date)

The following IDs are also acceptable, but cannot be expired:

  • A Wisconsin Driver License receipt or Wisconsin Identification Card receipt issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (valid for 45 days after it is issued)
  • A Certificate of Naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of the election
  • A photo ID card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance and the signature of student.  If  the university or college ID is expired it must be accompanied by a separate document that proves current enrollment, such as a tuition fee receipt, enrollment verification letter or class schedule.
  • A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin Driver License that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.
  • A State of Wisconsin, DOT issued, identification card without a photo, issued to those electors with a religious objection to being photographed


Claire Woodall-Vogg, Executive Director 

Claire Woodall, Executive Director



 [email protected]

 City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 501, Milwaukee, WI 53202 

City Hall Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm


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