Voter Photo ID

To learn more about the Wisconsin Voter Photo ID Law, including information on obtaining a free state ID, please visit the Bring it to the Ballot website. 

At the Polls

On Election Day, voters must show proof of identification at the polling locations prior to voting.

Absentee Voting 

Voters (some exceptions apply) requesting an absentee ballot by mail must provide a copy of their proof of identification along with the absentee ballot request. Voters voting absentee ballots in the Clerk's office will be asked to provide proof of identification prior to receiving a ballot. Please visit the Absentee Voting page for more information.

Valid Voter Photo ID Must Contain 

  • Elector's Photograph - The photograph must reasonable resemble the elector.
  • Elector's Name - The elector's name must conform to the name on the voter registration; conform does not mean that the name must be identical to the name on the voter registration
  • An Expiration - If the ID has an expiration date, it must meet the expiration requirements listed below.

Acceptable Forms of Voter Photo ID

Acceptable forms expired or unexpired

after the date of the most recent general 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 the U.S. Uniformed Services
  • A U.S. passport book or card 

Acceptable forms but must be unexpired: 

  • A certificate of naturalization (that was issued not earlier than two years before the date of the election)
  • An identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in Wisconsin
  • A driver license receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days from date issued)
  • An identification card receipt issued by Wisconsin DOT (valid for 45 days from date issued)
  • A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university or college, or technical college that contains the following:
    • Date the card was issued
    • Signature of Student
    • 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 enrollment, such as a tuition fee receipt, enrollment verification letter, or class schedule

Photo IDs Not Acceptable for Voting Purposes 

  • A Military Veteran Affairs ID
  • A State or Federal government employee ID
  • An out-of-state driver license or identification card
  • An employment ID
  • A membership or organization ID
  • A Certificate of Citizenship