Wisconsin’s driver license named ‘Best ID’

Release date: May 31, 2024

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has the “Best ID Card,” according to an international association of the global card manufacturing industry. Wisconsin’s REAL ID over 21 driver license received the Élan Award of Excellence from the International Card Manufacturers Association for its incorporation of stunning and familiar imagery, including the Wisconsin State Capitol and State flag, in a highly secure design.

“We’re grateful to receive this international award recognizing the outstanding work our Wisconsin DMV team and partner CBN Secure Technologies Inc. did to integrate advanced security features with beautiful imagery from our state,” DMV Administrator Tommy Winkler said. “Wisconsin residents should be proud of these highly secure cards that deliver a superior user experience.”

Wisconsin DMV debuted this innovative design on driver licenses and ID cards in June 2023. The new cards offer distinctive artistic features, including the hand-crafted artwork of key Wisconsin symbols. Transparent windows, visible on the card’s right edge and back bottom edge, allow the clear ribbon to flow right off the edge of the card. This exclusive design is integrated with cardholder data. Wisconsin was the first state to have this unique security element.

Wisconsin DMV worked with CBN Secure Technologies Inc. to design and integrate the next generation of updated security features with new, custom design elements. Beyond the artistry of the card, the manufacturing process also delivers a card with enhanced security, counterfeit resistance, and easier authentication.


For more information, contact:

WisDOT Office of Public Affairs
(608) 266-3581, opa.exec@dot.wi.gov