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Wisconsin ID Cards

A Wisconsin identification card is a type of credential that state residents may use instead of a drivers license. An ID card functions as a primary form of identification, but it does not offer driving privileges. A state ID card is ideal for those who are unable or unwilling to apply for a driving license. Residents can use state ID credentials to prove their identity with the Social Security Administration, the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles and other entities that require residents to provide identification. Residents can continue reading the sections below for more information on a state ID card from the DMV.

A Wisconsin identification card is a type of credential that state residents may use instead of a drivers license. An ID card functions as a primary form of identification, but it does not offer driving privileges. A state ID card is ideal for those who are unable or unwilling to apply for a driving license. Residents can use state ID credentials to prove their identity with the Social Security Administration, the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles and other entities that require residents to provide identification. Residents can continue reading the sections below for more information on a state ID card from the DMV.

How to Get a Wisconsin ID Card

If you opt not to drive in the state of Wisconsin, you are eligible to apply for ID cards, instead. Note that you cannot hold both a valid drivers license and an ID card simultaneously. If you would like to apply for a new Wisconsin ID, you are required to surrender your driving license – and driver privileges – at the DMV customer service center.

To apply for a new identification card, you must make an appointment to visit the DMV in person. Prepare the following documents for a more efficient process:

  • A complete Wisconsin ID Card Application form – MV3004
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of name and date of birth
  • Proof of Wisconsin residency
  • Proof of legal U.S. citizenship

Note that if you have/had a drivers license in your possession in the past eight years, you may only be required to present proof of identity during your ID card application process.

The fee to obtain a new identification card in Wisconsin is $28, so be sure to prepare the cost prior to visiting your DMV customer service center.

How to Replace a Wisconsin ID card

If your Wisconsin ID card was lost or stolen, it is important to take the proper measures to replace ID cards as soon as possible. Although you are not subject to the violations and fines set forth by the Department of Transportation regarding a lost or stolen drivers license, you can easily become a victim of identity theft. That said, applying for a duplicate ID card in Wisconsin should be a top priority if misplaced.

The cost of an ID card copy is $16. To get ID cards, you have the option to:

  1. Replace ID card online: Have your ID card number, your Social Security Number, your ZIP code and your date of birth on-hand, along with a valid credit card or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express), or ACH information (an automatic bank account withdrawal). Note that if you are eligible, you may have the option to select a free ID card for voting purposes.
  2. Get a lost ID card in person: Be sure to bring a valid proof of identity and your Social Security Number, along with $16 for the duplicate ID card fee.
  3. Applying for an ID card replacement by mail: Complete the Wisconsin Identification Card application MV3004. Mail the ID card application to:

WisDOT P.O. Box 7995 Madison, WI 53707-7995

Note: ID cards in Wisconsin are mailed to applicants. Your receipt will be available to you as an acceptable form of photo ID and for voting purposes as you wait for your ID card to arrive.