Lost or stolen driver license or identification (ID) card

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​​When to obtain a replacement (duplicate) driver license, instruction permit or ID card:

  • Your license, permit or ID card is lost or stolen.
  • You have a commercial driver license (CDL) and your address has changed.
    • You may be eligible to apply for a replacement license and update your address online.
    • If you are not eligible to apply online, you must visit a DMV customer service center to apply for a duplicate card that lists your current address within 10 days.
  • You have changed y​our name.
  • You have changed your gender.
    • Visit a DMV customer service center and provide proof by court order or physician's note.

Expired:

  • ​If your driver license, permit or ID card is expired, or is about to expire, you may not obtain a duplicate. You are required to renew it.
  • Probationary driver license or regular instruction permit that is expired may be eligible to renew online.

Use the interactive Driver Licensing Guide for information on driver licensing, commercial driver licensing or Identification (ID card) requirements. The guide will provide you with a checklist of requirements, and allow you to pre-fill any required application(s). Depending on your eligibility you may also be able to use the guide to electronically submit your application and schedule an appointment with the DMV for expedited service.

Out of State

See information on out-of-state driver license and ID card renewal and replacement.

  • Note: If you are a Wisconsin resident temporarily out of Wisconsin, you may be eligible to apply for a​ replacement online and have it mailed to your temporary out-of-state address. If you are not eligible to apply online, you may be eligible to apply for a replacement by mail (see "Lost or stolen driver license or ID card while out of state" below).
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Online:

  • ​If you are a U.S. citizen and hold a valid driver license or ID card, you may apply for a duplicate driver license or ID card online. Non-U.S. citizens must appear at a DMV service center and provide proof of legal status.
  • You will be asked to verify or change your residence and/or mailing address within the online application.
  • The duplicate license or ID card will be mailed to you.

At a DMV customer service center:

  1. ​Complete the application online, print and bring with your or complete at the DMV.
    • Wisconsin Driver License Application form MV3001 ​or
    • Wisconsin Identification Card (ID) Application form MV3004
  2. Show proof of identity
  3. Present your Social Security number. It is recommended that you bring your Social Security card with you.
  4. If you are not a U.S. citizen, present an acceptable document for proof of legal presence status in the U.S.
  5. Pay the fee​ for a duplicate driver license, instruction permit or ID card.

If you are under 18 years of age and applying for a duplicate driver license or instruction permit, you must also provide:

  • ​​Sponsorship by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Proof of Driver Education course completion (submitted electronically by your school) or proof of current enrollment in the behind-the-wheel portion of an approved driver education course.​​​

Note: ID cards needed for voting purposes are free. If you are a U.S. citizen, will be at least 18 years of age by the next election, and require a Wisconsin ID card for voting purposes, check the ID for FREE box on the application.

By mail (available for a duplicate ID only):​

  1. ​Complete the Wisconsin identification (ID) card application (form MV3004)
  2. Pay the fee. Make check or money order payable to "Registration Fee Trust" (do not send cash)
  3. Mail to: WisDOT - Division of Motor Vehicles
    P.O. Box 7995
    Madison, WI 53707-7995

​Note:

  • ​U.S. citizens may apply for a duplicate ID card one time by mail. Future applications will require you to visit a DMV Customer Service Center to have an updated photo taken.
  • Send your application materials using overnight or priority delivery to the DMV for faster service. Overnight requests for duplicates should be directed to WisDOT - Division of Motor Vehicles, Driver Eligibility Unit, 4822 Madison Yards Way, Room 225, Madison, WI 53705

​Once processed, your duplicate driver license or ID card will be sent to you by first class mail delivery to the address indicated on your application.

REAL ID and duplicate cards

If you do not currently hold a driver license or identification card that is REAL ID-compliant, you may apply when getting a duplicate but you must visit a DMV customer service center. See REAL ID for what you should to bring to DMV.​ ​

If you have reason to believe your identity has been stolen, contact your local law enforcement agency immediately!

You can also ask the DMV to place a notation on your driving record:

  • ​The notation will say, “Verify identification documents.”
    • This will require DMV and law enforcement to require additional identification documents from you when you conduct business with them.
  • ​The following documents are acceptable to verify your identity:
  • If you want this statement added to your driver record, contact the DMV Qualifications and Issuance Section by email at dre.dmv@dot.wi.gov or (608) 264-7447.​

If you are a Wisconsin resident temporarily out of state and your license or ID card has been lost or stolen, you may be eligible to apply for a replacement driver license or ID card online and have it mailed to your temporary out-of-state address. If you are not eligible to apply online, you may be eligible to apply by mail. Follow the process noted above.

  • ​We cannot process your request if:
    • Your most recent Wisconsin license or ID card was issued "Valid Without Photo"
      or
    • A prior duplicate license or ID card was processed for you through the mail within the past 12 months.
    • You are not a U.S. citizen and/or do not have a valid photo or Social Security number on file with the Wisconsin DMV​.

Here is more information about applying for a card out of state.​​​

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Email Wisconsin DMV email service​​​
Phone (608) 264-7447
Fax (608) 267-3812