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Old 03-24-2013, 03:25 PM
 
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Hi everyone, I'm just looking for some advice on this and can't seem to find it anywhere. I've recently moved to WI (have already registered my vehicle in WI) but did not get a new ID as I needed a photo ID for vacation but didn't want to risk losing my passport. Well my wallet was stolen while on vacation and now I'm not sure what to do as I'm pretty sure you need to surrender your old licence to get a new one.

Ordinarily I would just drive home (from MN) and get a new one, but due to work and a work trip later this week (need ID to rent a vehicle) I am not sure what to do. Any advice on this situation? I have all the neccessary identification but don't have the time to either go to MN or go through the another driver's test.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Bristol, WI
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I just moved to Wisconsin from Illinois. I can tell you Wisconsin is VERY particular about the documentation required for a driver's license. You need to present an ORIGINAL (raised seal) birth certificate. The fancy certificate the hospital gave your mother, the family Bible, etc. will not cut it. You also need something official with your new Wisconsin home address, like a utility bill or lease. To meet the federal REAL ID requirements you need an original Social Security card (if you lost it, the SSA office can get you a replacement. The REAL ID compliant licenses have a gold star, and are a legally superior proof of identity for various purposes. Google Wisconsin DMV to find your local DMV service center. Note: They do NOT have Saturday hours. If you have a 9-5 weekday job you will need to take a day off to get it done.
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:08 AM
 
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I just moved to Wisconsin from Illinois. I can tell you Wisconsin is VERY particular about the documentation required for a driver's license. You need to present an ORIGINAL (raised seal) birth certificate. The fancy certificate the hospital gave your mother, the family Bible, etc. will not cut it. You also need something official with your new Wisconsin home address, like a utility bill or lease. To meet the federal REAL ID requirements you need an original Social Security card (if you lost it, the SSA office can get you a replacement. The REAL ID compliant licenses have a gold star, and are a legally superior proof of identity for various purposes. Google Wisconsin DMV to find your local DMV service center. Note: They do NOT have Saturday hours. If you have a 9-5 weekday job you will need to take a day off to get it done.
This is indeed true, and every state will have different ways of getting licenses for that state. Some are really easy, some are expensive, and some require your entire life story, lol.
When I moved here from Calif, I had to provide a certified birth certificate, social sec card, old marriage and divorce documentations which indicated why my name was not the one on my birth certificate, it was a mess, but I called the dmv prior to moving out here, knowing every state is different, to see what all was going to be needed, ahead of time.
At least its not like Calif, where regardless what class license you need, you have to take the testing all over again. If you have a commercial license (like I do, class A,B, C and D) youre looking at a couple hundred bucks just to transfer over. At least about 4 years ago it was, dont know if thats changed...).
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Old 03-26-2013, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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This is indeed true, and every state will have different ways of getting licenses for that state. Some are really easy, some are expensive, and some require your entire life story, lol.
When I moved here from Calif, I had to provide a certified birth certificate, social sec card, old marriage and divorce documentations which indicated why my name was not the one on my birth certificate, it was a mess, but I called the dmv prior to moving out here, knowing every state is different, to see what all was going to be needed, ahead of time.
At least its not like Calif, where regardless what class license you need, you have to take the testing all over again. If you have a commercial license (like I do, class A,B, C and D) youre looking at a couple hundred bucks just to transfer over. At least about 4 years ago it was, dont know if thats changed...).

-2 pts for writing in pink.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:42 AM
 
Location: somewhere in the woods
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I just moved to Wisconsin from Illinois. I can tell you Wisconsin is VERY particular about the documentation required for a driver's license. You need to present an ORIGINAL (raised seal) birth certificate. The fancy certificate the hospital gave your mother, the family Bible, etc. will not cut it. You also need something official with your new Wisconsin home address, like a utility bill or lease. To meet the federal REAL ID requirements you need an original Social Security card (if you lost it, the SSA office can get you a replacement. The REAL ID compliant licenses have a gold star, and are a legally superior proof of identity for various purposes. Google Wisconsin DMV to find your local DMV service center. Note: They do NOT have Saturday hours. If you have a 9-5 weekday job you will need to take a day off to get it done.


a ssn is not always required if you claim a religious exemption. I did and did not have to give my ssn. I got my license last year in October.
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Old 04-13-2013, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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-2 pts for writing in pink.
Right, -- it saved me about a minute, since I just skipped it and didn't read it at all.
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Old 12-13-2013, 03:59 PM
 
Location: Bristol, WI
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At least its not like Calif, where regardless what class license you need, you have to take the testing all over again. If you have a commercial license (like I do, class A,B, C and D) youre looking at a couple hundred bucks just to transfer over. At least about 4 years ago it was, dont know if thats changed...).
I am originally from California. The DMV visit is an all-day affair. I was astounded when I discovered other states do not require the written test with every renewal. Then there is the fact that San Francisco has one DMV office for the whole city. The license procedure alone made the move worth while.
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