REAL ID in Wisconsin
A REAL ID or other federally accepted ID (such as a passport) will be required in the future to:
- Board a domestic flight.
- Enter nuclear power plants.
- Enter certain federal facilities.
The REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 as a way to ramp up security measures after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
A Wisconsin REAL ID will have a star in the upper-right corner.
WI REAL ID Requirements
Obtaining a REAL ID requires visiting your local DMV office and providing*:
- Proof of identity, name and date of birth, and legal U.S. presence. This may be a:
- U.S. passport.
- U.S. birth certificate.
- Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship.
- Proof of name change (if applicable). Accepted documents include:
- A marriage certificate.
- Divorce decree.
- A court order.
- Your social security number (SSN). The DMV will verify your SSN through the Social Security Administration (SSA).
- Proof of address (2 documents). These may include:
- A utility bill.
- A paystub.
- A deed or mortgage.
- Payment for the applicable fee.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) provides a helpful interactive guide that contains all accepted documents.
REAL ID Fees in Wisconsin
There is no additional fee associated with obtaining a REAL ID when it is time to renew your license or ID. However, you will be charged for a duplicate ID if you wish to obtain a REAL ID if your current ID expires in over 1 year.