- Certified birth certificate from Wisconsin
- Certified birth certificate from another State or Territory of the United States, or a certificate of birth abroad issued by the U.S. Dept. of State (federal forms FS-545 or DS-1350). In line with Puerto Rico's law, as of October 31, 2010, Wisconsin will not accept any Puerto Rican birth certificate certified before July 1, 2010. More information at www.pr.gov.
- Current (non-expired) U.S. passport.
- Valid foreign passport with federal I-551 or I-94, arrival and departure record.
- Valid Wisconsin driver license/DOT issued ID card, with your photograph and signature.
- Federal I-551 Alien Registration Receipt Card.
- Federal I-94 Arrival-Departure Record (Parole or Refugees Version), a reception and placement program assurance form plus a letter from sponsoring agency and MV3002.
- U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570).
- U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561).
- Federal temporary resident card or employment authorization card (I-688, I-688B or I-766).
- Native American Identification Card issued in Wisconsin by a federally recognized tribe.
- Court order with court seal related to the adoption or divorce of the individual or to a name or gender change that includes the person's current full legal name, date of birth and the person's prior name. This does not include an abstract of criminal or civil conviction.
- Armed Forces of the U.S. ID Card; Common Access Card or DD Form 2.
- TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card).
How do I get a free state ID card?
YOU CAN GET A WISCONSIN STATE ID CARD FOR FREE.
If you do not have a copy of your birth certificate, the Wisconsin DMV has a new process for people who need to get an ID. More information is available here.
To get a free ID card, you will need to take a few documents to your Division of Motor Vehicles office.
There's a long list of documents you can use below, but most people will be fine with a certified birth certificate, a Social Security card and a utility bill or cell phone bill. You'll notice that some records, like a certified birth certificate, satisfy more than one category.
Just be sure to bring originals — photocopies don’t work — and check the box that says “ID for Free” on your application. Once it’s complete, you’ll get a receipt (valid for 45 days) that you can use at the polls until your state ID arrives by mail.
The documents required by the DMV to get a state ID card fall into four categories: