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How to Replace a Wisconsin Drivers License

Your license to drive is an essential credential in the state of Wisconsin. Along with providing legal access to drive the state roadways, your drivers license also serves as a primary form of identification. If you lose or damage your Wisconsin drivers license, you must take steps to replace the credentials with the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles. Additionally, you must replace your drivers license documents if you make any changes to your name or address. The DMV offers online and in-person drivers license replacement services for most replacement requests. Continue reading below for more information.

Your license to drive is an essential credential in the state of Wisconsin. Along with providing legal access to drive the state roadways, your drivers license also serves as a primary form of identification. If you lose or damage your Wisconsin drivers license, you must take steps to replace the credentials with the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles. Additionally, you must replace your drivers license documents if you make any changes to your name or address. The DMV offers online and in-person drivers license replacement services for most replacement requests. Continue reading below for more information.

How to Replace Your Driving License in Person

Once you are ready to replace drivers licenses in Wisconsin, you can plan a visit to your local DMV customer service center. Dealing with a lost drivers license or a stolen drivers license can be easily remedied, as long as you bring the necessary documents on your person, including:

  • A complete MV3001 form – Wisconsin Driver License Application
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of legal presence status (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

Note that if you are under the age of 18, you are required to provide parental/guardian sponsorship and proof of your completion of a driver education course, or proof of your current enrolment in behind-the-wheel driver training.

In addition to the aforementioned documents, be prepared to pay the $14 duplicate license fee.

How to Replace Your Drivers License Online

For your convenience, the Wisconsin DOT provides DMV Online Services to order a drivers license replacement. To replace DMV drivers licenses online, have the below items ready in order to complete your transaction:

  • Your Wisconsin drivers license number
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your current ZIP code
  • Your date of birth
  • A valid form of electronic payment for the $14 duplicate license fee
    • Credit card or debit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express)
    • ACH (payment through your bank’s checking or savings account)

Note: If you also need to change address on drivers licenses, you should do so prior to ordering a replacement drivers license.

Your duplicate Wisconsin drivers license will arrive in the mail within 10 days. In the meantime, make sure to print a driving receipt to carry in your vehicle until your new drivers license arrives.

How do I know if I am eligible to order a WI drivers license replacement online?

In the state of Wisconsin, there are several instances that may impede you from replacing a drivers license online, including:

  • If you previously ordered a duplicate driver license online and are between 18 and 25 years of age.
  • If you are older than 25 and have ordered a replacement license online within the past two years.
  • If your drivers license is expired, or is up for expiration within 30 days (take the steps to renew drivers licenses, instead).
  • If you are located out-of-state temporarily (your replacement license will only be sent to the address listed on your driving credential).
  • If you are interested in applying for a first-time, driver license-compliant REAL ID (visit the DMV in person).
  • If you need to change your vision restrictions.
  • If you processed a legal change of name since your license to drive was last issued.
  • If your license to drive has been canceled, revoked or suspended.
  • If you need a CDL duplicate or a motorcycle license replacement.
  • If you are not a citizen of the U.S.
  • If you are younger than 18.
  • If your photo is not on file at a DMV in Wisconsin.