If your drivers license has been lost, damaged, destroyed or stolen, then you must apply for a drivers license replacement from the WI DMV. Fortunately, you have a few options that you can choose from, including applying in person and by mail. However, before you take the steps to replace drivers license documentation, report the theft of any stolen driving documents.
Report a Stolen Drivers License
In the unfortunate circumstance that your drivers license is lost or stolen, you will have to get a duplicate. But before doing so, be sure to file a police report in order to protect yourself and fight against identity theft. If you are unsure of what to do, you can find more information about this subject and what you can do to stay safe by visiting the Wisconsin Office of Privacy Protection webpage.
To be extra safe, the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles can also place a notation on your record that will require additional information anytime you are in need of one of their services. The notation will make mention of verifying identification documents and will ask you (or any person pretending to be you) to present one of the following:
- A certified birth certificate
- A certified passport
- A certified document with proof of name and birthday
- Two forms of identification with your name or picture
Replace a Drivers License in Person
The first option for obtaining a duplicate drivers license in Wisconsin is to apply in person at a local DMV customer service center. To replace drivers license documents with this method, you will need to supply proof of identity, such as college ID card or Social Security card, your Social Security Number and a completed Wisconsin Driver License Application. Additionally, non-US citizens will also be asked to show proof of their legal presence in the country.
Once all paperwork is submitted, you will be asked to pay the Wisconsin duplicate drivers license fee. Concerning DMV transaction costs, you can visit the Fees page for more information. But keep in mind that the fees may change without any prior notice. Also, be sure to contact the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles customer service center ahead of time for the most updated fee.
Replace a Drivers License Online
The state of Wisconsin also allows drivers to request an official drivers license copy online. However, in order to be able to use this online feature, there are a few requirements they must meet. For example, drivers will not be allowed to use this online system if:
- They don't have their pictures on file with the DMV.
- They have ordered duplicate drivers licenses online before and are between the ages of 18 and 25.
- They are under the age of 18.
- They are not US citizens.
- They have revoked, canceled or suspended drivers licenses.
- They have expired drivers licenses or driving licenses that are set to expired within a month.
- They are out-of-state.
- They have out-of-state mailing addresses.
- They want first-time, original REAL ID-compliant driver licenses.
- They need to perform name changes.
- They need to change contact lens/glasses restrictions.
- They need a motorcycle permit duplicate or a duplicate Wisconsin CDL license.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can visit the Duplicate Driver's License page and follow the simple prompts. Once you have finished, you will receive a photo driver license receipt that you can print out and use as a temporary driving license until your permanent document arrives in the mail.
Typically, it will take roughly up to 10 business days in order for your new WI drivers license replacement to arrive in the mail. It will arrive at your door through the United States Postal Service in first class mail. If more than 10 business days have passed since your duplicate drivers license request, feel free to contact the Qualification and Issuance Section of the Wisconsin DMV at 608-264-7049. For more information, you can also email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep in mind that the online feature is not available from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. when the system is experiencing updates. Do not hesitate to contact the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles customer service if you have any specific questions.