Release date: March 16, 2020
As the spread of COVID-19 puts businesses on alert, Wisconsin DMV reminds customers that the majority of people do not need to visit a DMV for vehicle services. Renewing license plates, changing address, titling a new vehicle, ordering a duplicate driver license or ID card and more can all be done online at wisconsindmv.gov.
“Our robust website manages nearly all DMV tasks. Wisconsin customers need only visit a DMV once every eight years to renew their driver license or ID,” said Wisconsin DMV Administrator Kristina Boardman. “All vehicle services can be done online.”
For those who must visit their local DMV, local DMVs are open and staff are taking steps to reduce the spread of this virus.
"We understand that people who are renewing their driver license or ID need to come in but they can reduce their time by starting online. The Driver License Guide will walk the customer through the application(s) they need, they can fill it in online and submit it electronically. In some cases, they can make an appointment. All these steps will help shorten their time in the DMV,” Boardman said.
With the deadline for the REAL ID coming October 1, many travelers have questions about the status of their identification. “If you already have a passport or don’t plan to fly before your driver license or ID needs to be renewed, you may not need to rush in the DMV,” Boardman explains. “The card you have is still useful for voting and other purposes. Wisconsin issues both REAL ID compliant and non-compliant cards. The question is whether you will need it to fly after October 1 and before your next renewal.”
Customers can reduce their time in a DMV by starting online with the Driver License Guide. This app can pre-fill any required application(s) and provide a checklist of requirements and documents. If eligible, the customer may submit paperwork electronically and make an appointment for faster service.
For more information, contact:
WisDOT Office of Public Affairs