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Proof of Residence for Voter Registration

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Date: 
October 5, 2018
Summary: 
Guide that covers what proof of residence documents can be used when registering to vote in Wisconsin.
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WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROOF OF RESIDENCE?

  • Proof of Residence and photo ID are two separate processes. A Proof of Residence document is a document that proves where you live in Wisconsin and is only used when registering to vote.
  • Voters only show photo ID to prove who they are when they request an absentee ballot from the clerk or a regular ballot at the polling place on Election Day.

WHEN DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE PROOF OF RESIDENCE?

You MUST provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote. IF the Proof of Residence document has an expiration date, it  MUST be valid at the time of registration. If you register to vote by mail, in-person in your clerk’s office, or at your polling place on Election Day, you need to provide a Proof of Residence document. If you register online at http://myvote.wi.gov, your valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State of Wisconsin ID card issued by the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) qualifies as a valid Proof of Residence document.

* If you are an active military voter or a permanent overseas voter (with no intent to return to the U.S.), you do not need to provide a Proof of Residence document.

WHAT DOCUMENTS CAN I USE AS PROOF OF RESIDENCE FOR REGISTERING?

All Proof of Residence documents must include the voter’s name and current residential address.

  • A current and valid State of Wisconsin Driver License or State ID card.
  • Any other valid official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin governmental body or unit.
  • Any identification card issued by an employer in the normal course of business and bearing a photo of the card holder, but not including a business card.
  • A real estate tax bill or receipt for the current year or the year preceding the date of the election.
  • A university, college or technical college identification card (must include photo) ONLY if the voter provides a fee receipt dated within the last 9 months or the institution provides a certified housing list to the municipal clerk.
  • A gas, electric or telephone service statement (utility bill) for the period commencing no earlier than 90 days before registration.
  • A bank  or credit card statement.
  • A paycheck or paystub.
  • A check or other document issued by a unit of government.
  • A letter on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual’s residence for voting purposes.
  • A residential lease that is effective on date of registration. (Not valid if registering by mail.)
  • An intake document from a residential care facility such as a nursing home or assisted living facility.

This is not a comprehensive list, but categories of the most common types used by voters.

WILL MY WI DRIVER LICENSE OR WI STATE ID CARD WORK AS PROOF OF RESIDENCE?

Only a current and valid (unexpired and not suspended or revoked) Wisconsin Driver License or Wisconsin state ID card with the voter’s current name and address qualifies as Proof of Residence.

HOW DO I PRESENT MY PROOF OF RESIDENCE DOCUMENT?

You may present your Proof of Residence document as a hard copy, paper document or an electronic document on your smartphone, tablet or computer. An internet connection will not be provided for your use.

WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES WHO CAN ISSUE A PROOF OF RESIDENCE DOCUMENT?

Government agencies can include local, state, or federal units of government.

  • Local units of government include public school district, city, town or village clerk or treasurer’s office, your county clerk or treasurer and many others
  • State units of government include Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV or DOT), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Department of Human Services (DHS) and many others
  • Federal units of government include Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Medicare (not second party vendors), Social Security and many others.

This is not a comprehensive list. These are only examples of units of government.

WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF PROOF OF RESIDENCE DOCUMENTS ISSUED BY A GOVERNMENT AGENCY?

  • Fishing and hunting licenses
  • Vehicle registrations
  • Food stamps, Wisconsin Works, Wisconsin Shares and BadgerCare notices and correspondence
  • Medicare notices and Medicare Explanation of Benefits (not from second party providers or other health insurance providers)
  • Social Security and SSI notices and benefits statements
  • Public high school, technical college, and public university correspondence and documents, including: admissions correspondence, financial aid notices, report cards and schedules
  • Federal student loan correspondence and notices
  • Billing statements and collection notices from a governmental entity
  • Correspondence from a federally recognized Native American Tribe living in Wisconsin

This is not a comprehensive list. These are only examples of proof of residence documents.

WHAT IF I AM UNSURE IF MY DOCUMENT WILL COUNT AS PROOF OF RESIDENCE?

If you are unsure if your document will qualify as acceptable Proof of Residence, please contact: