How to get a Free ID for Voting

The presidential election is just eight weeks away, and the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles wants the public to be clear on how to obtain identification, free of charge, that is valid for voting.

Many ID's already meet the voting requirements including driver license, identification card, military or student ID card, etc. If you are not sure if your identification meets the requirements, please visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website.

For people who need to obtain new identification to show at the polls for voting, the DMV offers free IDs and has a voter ID Petition Process to help if the required documents are not readily available. You can go to or visit a local DMV customer service center. to begin the process. The DMV’s website has a locator to help you find the nearest DMV and check wait times.

To obtain an official ID card, there are documentation requirements such as a birth certificate, but if all documentation is not available, the ID Petition Process (IDPP) can be used to quickly obtain a receipt valid for voting while the remaining documents or verifications are obtained.

DMV offers this IDPP service free of charge if needed for the purpose of voting.

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