Wisconsin DMV issues REAL ID-compliant products (marked with a
µ) in accordance with the federal
Real ID Act of 2005. If you plan to fly within the U.S., visit a military base or other federal buildings, the Department of Homeland Security will require identification that is REAL ID-compliant (or show another acceptable form of identification, such as a passport) beginning May 7, 2025, the
new deadline for this Federal requirement.
If you do not already have a REAL ID-compliant card and it is time for you to renew your driver license, you can upgrade to a REAL ID-compliant card for no additional fee if the upgrade takes place at the same time as your renewal. If you choose to apply for a REAL ID after your renewal, the cost of a duplicate card will apply.
When applying for a REAL ID driver license or ID for the first time, you must visit a DMV service center.
To obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver license when you renew, you must present additional documentation. One original document or certified copy (not a photocopy, fax or scan) from each category is required. Some documents may be used for more than one category, whereas some will only satisfy the requirements of a single category. The document categories include:
If you are a current Wisconsin resident who has never changed your name, you can get a REAL ID-compliant driver license by presenting:
- Your certified U.S. birth certificate
- Your Wisconsin driver license with your current address
- Your Social Security number
- Your proof of Wisconsin residency
As required by the Real ID Act, applications and documents will be electronically scanned and securely stored to detect and deter fraud and identity theft.