Voter ID

Starting in 2016, nearly all Wisconsin voters must show an acceptable Voter Photo ID in order to cast a vote (see below for some exceptions)

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Photo ID

League Pamphlet, Making It Clear is a tool for community members helping citizens navigate requirements for registering and voting in Wisconsin. It clarifies many of the ambiguities surrounding proof of residence and voter photo IDs.

Making It Clear

The League of Women Voters has prepared a poster to help voters understand whether they are ready to vote. It is available in two languages: English poster or Spanish poster

The Wisconsin Elections Commission explains Voter Photo IDs here: Acceptable Photo IDs

You can call the Wisconsin Elections Commission to ask questions at: 1-866-VOTE-WIS

Wisconsin state law requires voters to provide a voter photo ID to receive a ballot on election day or to vote absentee. The Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC) provides extensive information on this topic on its website, including descriptions of documents that are acceptable as voter photo IDs.

Acceptable Photo IDs for Voting in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Elections Commission explains

Military and Overseas Voters

For voters who do not have an acceptable voter photo ID, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website provides detailed information about how to obtain a free voter photo ID for voting purposes.

Obtaining an ID Card

Questions? Call the DMV Voter ID Hotline at 608-266-1069

Acceptable Documents for a Wis driver license or ID card application.

English language Spanish language


The Wisconsin Elections Commission has prepared a helpful explanation of the proof of residency rules when registering to vote.

Proof of Residency Guide

The DMV also offers guidance on what documents will be accepted to prove Wisconsin residency when obtaining a voter photo ID.

Proof of Wisconsin Residency

Proof of Residency can often be looked up online. Here is a handy list of websites:

Proof of Residency

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