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Voter ID required

Voter ID Required

Post Date:09/23/2015

vote image_resized70X56    The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the photo ID provisions of 2011 Wisconsin Act 23. A photo ID is now required to receive a ballot in all special and regular elections.

These are acceptable for voting purposes, and can be unexpired or expired after the date of the most recent general election (currently, the November 4, 2014 election):

  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license, even if driving privileges are revoked or suspended
  • A Wisconsin DOT-issued identification card
  • Military ID card issued by a U.S. uniformed service
  • A U.S. passport

These photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes, but must be unexpired:

  • A certificate of naturalization that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of an election at which it is presented
  • A driving receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
  • An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days)
  • A photo identification 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.  Also, the university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves enrollment.
  • A citation or notice of intent to revoke or suspend a Wisconsin DOT-issued driver license that is dated within 60 days of the date of the election.

These photo IDs are also acceptable for voting purposes whether they are expired or unexpired:

  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin.

Important things to know:

  • There is no such thing as a "Wisconsin Voter ID Card."  The new Voter Photo ID Law uses existing photo IDs for people to prove their identity before voting.
  • The address on your ID doesn’t have to be current. And the name on your ID doesn’t need to be an exact match for your name in the poll book. (So, Richards who go by Rich, Bobs who are also Roberts and Susans with IDs for Sue can all relax.)
  • Of course, there are certain requirements. Your ID should look like you.  Even if you’ve colored your hair, shaved your beard or lost some weight, as long as your photo ID reasonably resembles you, it should be accepted. 

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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 fall into four categories:

PROOF OF NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH

  • 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).

PROOF OF IDENTITY

  • A valid WI or out-of-state driver license (not a Canadian driver license) with your photograph. Note: Temporary out-of-state driving receipts are not acceptable.
  • Military discharge papers, including Federal DD-214.
  • U.S. Government and Military Dependent ID Card.
  • A valid WI or out-of-state ID card (not a Canadian ID card) with your photograph.
  • Certified copy of a Marriage Certificate or Judgment of Divorce.
  • Social Security Card issued by the Social Security Administration.
  • If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian can show a valid Wisconsin driver license or ID card and confirm your identity.
  • TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card).

PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP OR LEGAL STATUS

  • U.S. state or local government-issued certificate of birth (certified copy - birth registration and hospital certificates are not acceptable).
  • Valid U.S. passport.
  • U.S. Certificate of Citizenship (federal form N-560 or N-561).
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization (federal form N-550 or N-570).
  • DHS/Transportation Security Administration (TSA) transportation worker identification credential.

PROOF OF WISCONSIN RESIDENCY

  • Employee photo identification card issued by your current employer, containing your employer's name and address. Your employer's telephone number may be required for verification.
  • Pay check or stub or earning statement with your name and Wisconsin address, and your employer's name and address, issued within the last 90 days. Your employer's telephone number may be required for verification.
  • A utility bill for water, gas, electricity or landline telephone service issued within the last 90 days. Cable or similar bundles of services that include landline telephone service is included in this category. Electronic copies are acceptable.
  • Cell phone bills. Electronic copies are acceptable.
  • An account statement from a Wisconsin bank/financial institution issued within the last 90 days. This includes savings, checking or money market accounts held in banks or credit unions. Electronic copies are acceptable.
  • Certified school record or transcript that identifies you by name, shows your current address and is issued within the last 90 days for the most recent school period.
  • Mortgage documents for a residential property located in Wisconsin.
  • Community based/assisted living residential contracts.
  • Your current valid homeowner, renter or motor vehicle insurance policy dated within one year of application.
  • Government-issued correspondence or product issued within the last 90 days from a federal, state, county or city agency.
  • Department of Corrections documentation: Letters from probation/parole agents on letterhead issued within the last 90 days.
  • Your college enrollment documentation or Form 2019, Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status with your current Wisconsin address.
  • A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college that contains the following: date of issuance, signature of student, and an expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance. The university or college ID must be accompanied by a separate document that proves student’s current address (housing contract or lease).
  • Valid Wisconsin hunting or fishing license.

For more information about getting a free state ID card, visit the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles website.

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