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State officials: If you need an ID to vote, start the process now

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The Wisconsin 2019 Spring Election is weeks away and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants to be sure people know how to obtain identification, free of charge, that is valid for voting.

Most residents already have valid identification for voting purposes, which can include a driver license, identification card, military or student ID card. There is no separate “voter ID.” Anyone unsure if their identification meets the requirements should visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website to check.

For persons who need identification to show at the polls for voting, DMV offers free Wisconsin IDs. The DMV also offers a process called the Voter ID Petition Process if the required documents needed for an ID are not readily available. This process, available free of charge, can be used to quickly obtain a receipt valid to take to the polls for voting while the remaining documents or verifications are obtained. A list of the required documents to get an ID, such as a birth certificate, is available at wisconsindmv.gov.

Anyone with questions related to obtaining an ID to vote should call DMV’s Voter ID hotline at (844) 588-1069. Questions regarding voter eligibility, poll locations, voter registration information or other election information, can be directed to the Wisconsin Elections Commission at http://elections.wi.gov/

Start your application at wisconsindmv.gov or at a local DMV Customer Service Center. To find a DMV, check hours, services and wait times, visit wisconsindmv.gov\centers.

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