DMV explains: It’s not too late to obtain an ID to vote in Tuesday’s General Election

​Release date: November 2, 2020

Voters who don’t already have a Wisconsin driver license, ID or other form of identification to show at the polls November 3 can still get a Wisconsin ID from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The Wisconsin Elections Commission website explains the options for IDs. There is no separate “voter ID” and a federally-compliant REAL ID card is not required for voting purposes.

There are documentation requirements, such as a birth certificate, proof of identity and Wisconsin residency, to obtain an official Wisconsin ID card. If all documentation is not readily available, the ID Petition Process (IDPP) can be used to obtain a receipt valid for voting while the remaining documents or verifications are obtained. DMV’s webpage explains the IDPP process. DMV offers this IDPP service and ID card for voting purposes free of charge.

The voter should bring any documentation available to the DMV and fill out two forms. DMV’s website has a locator to find the nearest DMV. A photo ID document will be sent via overnight that can be used for voting or completing a provisional ballot.

DMV’s toll-free voter ID hotline at (844) 588-1069 is available for questions on obtaining an ID to vote. Questions regarding voter eligibility, poll locations, voter registration information or other election information can be found on the Wisconsin Elections Commission website elections.wi.gov.

For more information, contact:

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