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Proof of Residence

Proof of Residence is NOT Photo ID. A Proof of Residence document is a document that proves where you live in Wisconsin and is only used when registering to vote.

When do I have to provide Proof of Residence?

All voters MUST provide a Proof of Residence Document whether you:

  • Register by mail
  • Register in-person in the clerk’s office
  • Register with a Special Registration Deputy
  • Register at the polls on Election Day

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 Wisconsin driver license or identification card.
  • Any other official identification card or license issued by a Wisconsin government body or unit.
  • An official 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, collect, 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 Election Day.
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • A check or other document issued by a unit of government.
  • An affidavit on public or private social service agency letterhead identifying a homeless voter and describing the individual’s residence for voting purposes.
  • Residential lease that is effective on date of registration. (Not valid if registering by mail.)

Will my WI Driver License or WI 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 resident document?

You may present your proof of residence document as a hard copy, paper document or as an electronic document on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. An internet connection may not be available at the polling location.  For more information, please visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website or contact the toll free Voter Help Line at 1-866-VOTE-WIS.