Alert: The following services will be unavailable on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 12 a.m. (midnight) to 6 a.m. CST due to system maintenance.
Out-of-state driver license and ID card renewals
If you are a Wisconsin resident, temporarily out of state, and need to renew your driver license or identification card, you may do so by mail. You must be a U.S. citizen who has a valid Social Security number on file with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Non-U.S. citizens cannot apply by mail and MUST appear at a DMV service center to apply.
You can renew your regular license up to one (1) year prior to its expiration date. You can renew your probationary license up to 90 days prior to its expiration date. Your license cannot be expired for more than eight (8) years and cannot be a Commercial Driver License (CDL) with a Hazardous (H) or School Bus (S) endorsement.
You can renew your identification (ID) card up to one year prior to its expiration date.
We cannot process your renewal request if:
- Your most recent Wisconsin license was "Valid Without Photo."
- A prior license or ID card renewal has been processed for you through the mail or using our online service.
Driver license renewal
Complete a Wisconsin Driver License application (form MV3001). Record your temporary out-of-state address in the field labeled “Mailing address.” You must also have a vision exam completed within the last 90 days. Results can be recorded either on the MV3001 or on the Certificate of Vision Examination by Competent Authority (form MV3030V). Incomplete forms will be returned; note that the "temporal field of vision in degrees" portion of the MV3030V must be completed.
If you are renewing a CDL, you will also have to comply with the new self-certification requirements. If you have not already self certified to the DMV where you operate commercially, you can easily do this online. If you want to print a form and include it with your application materials instead of certifying online, complete form MV3230 and include it with the other documentation. If you have a Federal Medical Examiner Certificate (Fed Med card), include a copy of it with your application materials.
Identification card renewal
Complete a Wisconsin Identification Card application (form MV3004). Record your temporary out-of-state address in the field labeled "Mailing address."
Additional information for all out-of-state applicants
Fill out all sections of the application completely or it will be returned to you, and we will be unable to complete your renewal.
Do not send original documents-photo copies are acceptable. If the following documentation is not included with your application, we will be unable to complete your renewal.
- A letter stating when you left Wisconsin, when you will return to Wisconsin and why you are temporarily out of state. Also include in the letter your temporary, out-of-state mailing address and your telephone number or email address, should we need to contact you.
- A photo copy of a document (other than your driver license), listing your name and current
Wisconsin address, to provide proof of your residency, such as:
- A utility bill for water, gas, electricity or landline telephone service issued within the last 90 days. Cable or similar bundles of services that include landline telephone service is included in this category.
- Cell 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. This includes savings, checking, money market and brokerage accounts.
- 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 (issued within the last year). Not acceptable are the Quest and Forward card.
- Valid Wisconsin hunting or fishing license.
- A photo copy of a document to provide
proof of your identity, such as:
- A valid (or expired less than eight years) WI driver license.
- A valid (or expired less than eight years) WI ID card.
- Certified copy of a Marriage Certificate or Judgment of Divorce.
- Social Security Card issued by the Social Security Administration.
- TSA Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC card).
- A valid photo college ID card from any U.S. university, college or technical college. (must contain student’s name and photograph).
- If you renew your driver license after its expiration date, add a $5 late fee to your renewal.
- Mail the completed forms, documentation and a check or money order made payable to "Registration Fee Trust" for the appropriate renewal fee, to the chosen delivery option below. Note that if you want to get your renewal as soon as possible, send your application materials using overnight or priority delivery.
Regular first class delivery:
Qualification and Issuance Section
P.O. Box 7995
Madison, WI 53707-7995
For faster delivery, overnight or priority delivery:
Qualification and Issuance Section
4802 Sheboygan Ave., Room 809
Madison, WI 53702
Once processed, your renewal will be sent to you by first class mail delivery to the out-of-state address indicated on your application.
Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service
Call: (608) 264-7049
Last modified: January 23, 2013
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