Photo ID is required before you may vote.

The following types of photo ID are acceptable and may be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election:

  • A Wisconsin DOT issued drivers license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended, with or without a star in the right-hand corner
  • A Wisconsin DOT issued ID card, with or without a star in the right-hand corner
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued ID card or drivers license without a photo issued under the religious exemption
  • Military ID card issued by a US uniformed service
  • US Passport (booklet or card)
  • A photo ID card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains date of issuance, signature of student and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance.
  • A photo ID card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that has expired, when shown along with proof of enrollment (like a tuition fee receipt or course schedule)
  • An ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin (may be used even if expired before the most recent General Election)

The following types of ID are acceptable if they are unexpired:

  • Certificate of naturalization that was issued no earlier than two years before the date of the election
  • Driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
  • ID card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
  • Citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT issued drivers license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.
  • Veteran's photo ID card issued by the Veterans Health Administration of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Temporary ID card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT through the Identification Petition Process (IDPP) (valid for 180 days)

You may show an ID card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin as well, if it is expired or unexpired.

The address on your photo ID card does not have to be current. The name on your photo ID card does not need to be an exact match for your name in the poll book.

If you are an absentee voter or have a sincere religious belief against being photographed, you may not need to show a photo ID in order to vote.

If you're in the military, live permanently overseas or are classified as a confidential elector, you do NOT need a photo ID to cast your absentee ballot.

If you are indefinitely confined (have difficulty traveling to the polling place due to age, physical illness, infirmity or disability), or live in a nursing home or care facility, you do NOT need to show your photo ID to vote.

For more information about photo ID please view your state's resource.

Free photo ID cards available.

If you need a photo ID card in order to vote, the DMV can help you get a free ID card. For more information on the process, please contact the DMV

If you wish to obtain an ID for voting purposes, but have spiritual beliefs which prevent you from being photographed, you can receive a State ID card without a photo at any DMV office.

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