Wisconsin ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Milwaukee officials have announced that they will mail absentee ballot applications to all voters for the election. Other cities/counties are considering similar measures and we will update as they announce.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Wisconsin voter can vote absentee. No excuse is required.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

If you have not previously provided a copy of your acceptable photo ID (see below) 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.

Acceptable photo ID 

  • WI driver’s license*
  • WI state ID card*
  • US military ID card*
  • US Passport*
  • Veterans Affairs Card – Unexpired or no expiration date
  • WI tribal ID card – Can be current or expired
  • Certificate of Naturalization – Issued within 2 years of voting
  • WI-Accredited College ID with signature – Expires within 2 years of issuance date.
  • DMV receipt: ID Petition Process
        *OK if expired after Nov. 6, 2018

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

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

Last update: May 18, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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