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

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


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 3, 2020:

  • 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 (see first FAQ below)

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.

The petition process for the Wisconsin ID card for voting purposes can be found here.

The Department of Transportation will mail your temporary identification card receipt, marked “FOR VOTING PURPOSES ONLY,” by the sixth working day after you file the petition.

BUT: If you file your petition at the DMV within 7 days before or 2 days after a statewide election, the department will issue your receipt not later than 24 hours after the petition is filed and deliver the receipt by overnight or next-day mail.

You can use the receipt for voting up to 60 days from the date of issuance and can renew the receipt for 60-day periods up to 180 days. Note that such receipt renewal must occur not later than 10 days before the expiration date of the prior receipt.

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

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

If you are a registered voter but do not present a valid ID at 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. Find your local 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.

You may register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day only on Election Day at your local polling place.

You must present a Proof of Residence Document, which includes your name and address such as the following in order to register to vote:

  • A current and valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State ID card or other official ID card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body
  • Any ID card (though not a a business card) issued by your employer in the normal course of business and showing your photo
  • A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election
  • A university, college, or technical college ID card (must include photo) ONLY if you provide a fee receipt dated within the last 9 months or the institution provides a certified housing list to the municipal clerk
  • A gas, electric, or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period starting no earlier than 90 days before Election Day
  • Bank or credit card statement
  • Paycheck or paystub
  • A check or other document issued by a unit of government
  • If you are experiencing homelessness, a letter on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying you and describing your residence for voting purposes
  • Residential lease that is effective on date of registration
  • An intake document from a residential care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living facility

You must also show acceptable photo ID to vote.

Wisconsin ID Requirements for Voting By Mail

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.

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.

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

Wisconsin clerks are not required to contact voters who have sent defective absentee ballots, but clerks have the discretion to do so.

You should check the My Vote Wisconsin website for the status of your ballot. Replacement ballots must be received by 8 pm on Election Day to be counted.