Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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Acceptable documents for proof of Wisconsin residency

The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is issuing driver licenses and ID cards that meet new federal REAL ID requirements. While all Wisconsin licenses and ID cards are valid for federal uses for the next few years, at some point a REAL ID license or ID card will be required for identification at airports and federal buildings.

The following documents are acceptable proof of Wisconsin residency when they include your name and current Wisconsin residence street address. Documents listing a post office box or commercial receiving agency as the mailing address are not acceptable. The department will decline to accept any document presented if it does not provide conclusive proof of residency. Additional verification may be requested.

For REAL ID compliant and non-compliant cards

All documents below must contain customer’s name and current Wisconsin address.

  • Printed electronic copies are acceptable for the following items:
    • Paycheck, stub or earning statement with your employer's name and address issued within the last 90 days.
    • A utility bill for water, gas, electricity or land-line telephone service issued within the last 90 days. Includes cable and internet services.
    • Mobile phone bills issued in the last 90 days.
    • An account statement from a bank/financial institution or brokerage house issued within the last 90 days. Includes savings, checking, money market and brokerage accounts.
  • The following documents must be originals (no electronic copies):
    • Deed/title, mortgage, rental/lease agreement for Wisconsin property (lease must include landlord's name and phone number).
    • Current valid homeowner's, renter's or motor vehicle insurance policy dated within one year of application.
    • Government-issued correspondence or product issued from a federal, state, county or city agency (original or certified copy issued within the last year). Not acceptable are the Quest and Forward card.
    • Valid Wisconsin hunting or fishing license.
    • Department of Corrections documentation: Letters from probation/parole agents on letterhead issued within the last 90 days.
    • Certified school record or transcript identifying the person by name and current address and issued within the last 90 days (and for most recent school period).
    • College enrollment documentation or Form 2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J-1) Status) with a current Wisconsin address.
    • A photo identification card issued by a Wisconsin accredited university, college or technical college that contains the following:
      • Date of issuance
      • Photo and address of student
      • Expiration date no later than two years after date of issuance
    • Employee photo ID card issued by current employer.
    • Homeless shelter documentation.
    • Wisconsin driver license or ID card (can be expired) with current Wisconsin residence address printed on product.
    • Parent or guardian may present their Wisconsin driver license or ID. Address on record must match with the child’s current address on record for people under age 26.

The department will decline any document presented if it has reason to suspect its authenticity. Questionable documents may require additional review.

Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service
Call: (608) 266-2353

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Last modified: January 14, 2013
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