Registered voters in Wisconsin need to show a photo ID to confirm their identity at the polls.


Is out-of-state ID accepted?

You cannot use an ID issued by another state.

Is student ID accepted?

You can use a student ID if meets the state's requirements. Find more info below.

Is an expired ID accepted?

You can use certain IDs even if they are expired. Find more info below.

Wisconsin ID Requirements for Voting In Person


You can use the following IDs if they show your name and photo.

OK if expired after November 6, 2018:

  • Wisconsin driver’s license
  • Wisconsin state ID
  • Military ID
  • US Passport

Other forms of acceptable ID:

  • Veterans Affairs Card (can be unexpired or without expiration date)
  • Wisconsin Tribal ID card (can be unexpired or expired)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (issued within 2 years of voting)
  • Wisconsin DMV ID Petition Process Photo Receipt (as of 8/17/20: valid for 60 days from date issued)


Student ID:

  • Must be from university, college, technical college accredited by Wisconsin
  • Must show your signature
  • Must show date of issuance and expiration date
  • Must expire within 2 years of issuance date
  • IF CARD IS EXPIRED: you must also show proof of enrollment (examples: tuition fee receipt, course schedule)

If you are a registered voter and do not have one of the IDs listed above,  you are eligible to receive a free Wisconsin state ID card to vote.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not have a photo ID that is acceptable for voting, are a U.S. citizen, will be at least 18 years of age by the next election, and would like a Wisconsin state ID card to vote – please check the “ID for FREE” box when completing the Wisconsin Identification Card application (MV3004).

To get a free ID card, you will need to take a few documents to your nearest Division of Motor Vehicles office.

Once your application is complete, you will receive a receipt that you can use at the polls until your state ID arrives by mail.

VoteRiders can help you apply for a free ID and secure any documents that you need. Get free help now!

If you are a registered voter but didn’t bring your ID to the polling place, you may cast a provisional ballot.

In order for your ballot to be counted, you must provide acceptable ID before the polls close on Election Day, or by 4:00 pm on the Friday following the election at the municipal clerk’s office.

You do not need a “REAL ID” to vote in Wisconsin.

Your driver’s license or state ID card will show a gold star if it meets REAL ID requirements under federal law.

Get in touch with VoteRiders if you have questions or need free help securing ID.

Wisconsin ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

COVID-19 Advisory: 

All registered voters who have not already requested an absentee ballot will receive absentee ballot applications for the upcoming elections. Voters who have moved and not updated their address should do so here. You may also request a ballot online.

Any registered Wisconsin voter can vote absentee. A copy of your photo ID must accompany your first absentee ballot request.

Frequently Asked Questions

Any registered Wisconsin voter can vote absentee. No excuse is required but you must request your ballot.

If you have not previously provided a copy of your acceptable photo ID with a prior absentee ballot application, a copy of your photo ID must accompany your first absentee ballot request.

Indefinitely confined voters, confidential voters, and military and permanent overseas voters do not need to provide a photo ID with their absentee ballot request.

Any form of ID that works for voting in person will be accepted. Here’s the list.

If you need a copy and don’t have the means to print one: Get free help printing a copy of your ID

No, but one adult witness must sign the absentee certificate envelope and provide their address.