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Acceptable documents for proof of Social Security Number

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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.

When applying for a driver license or ID card you must provide proof of your Social Security Number (SSN). Your name and SSN provided will be verified with the Social Security Administration. See Social Security Online Verification (SSOLV). A driver license or ID card will only be issued if the SSN that you have provided can be verified using SSOLV.

The following documents are acceptable proof of a Social Security Number. Documents presented must be original. Photocopies are not acceptable.

For REAL ID compliant cards

  • Social Security Card issued by the Social Security Administration.
  • W-2 form including your name, address and SSN.
  • SSA-1099 form.
  • Non SSA-1099 form.
  • Paystub with your name and entire Social Security Number listed.
  • If not a U.S. citizen provide both:
    • An unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. Visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form documenting the applicant's most recent admittance into the United States.
    • A document to demonstrate a non-work authorized status.

Additional acceptable documents for non-compliant cards

Everything from the above list: or,

  • Provide your Social Security Number.
  • If you are not eligible for a Social Security Number you must sign form MV3741 (SSN non-eligibility certification statement).

The department will decline to accept 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

Last modified: January 14, 2013

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