Except as provided in this section, no
license or identification card, including duplicates, shall be issued unless
the person appears in person at a motor vehicle service center and is
Note: See s.
A license may be
issued without a photograph or with a prior photograph on file with the
department to any of the following:
Wisconsin resident who is out of state and is not able to return to Wisconsin
for a renewal or duplicate license.
Note: See s.
Stats., and sub. (3).
Wisconsin resident who has seriously held religious convictions that do not
allow the resident to be photographed. To qualify for this exemption, the
person shall complete, sign and date a statement, on a form provided by the
department, certifying that the person objects to being photographed due to a
seriously held religious conviction.
A Wisconsin resident who requests a
photograph exemption on the grounds that a photograph would not accurately
reflect the person's appearance because of the person's temporary
disfigurement, and the department finds that an exemption should be granted. In
cases where an exemption is granted, the person shall apply for a duplicate
operator's license with photograph when the reason for the exemption no longer
Note: The fee for a duplicate license may be found in s.
(L), Stats. Wisconsin law does not permit the
department to issue an ID without a photograph.
(2m) The department may waive the requirement
that a person appear at a motor vehicle service center if the department has
entered into an agreement with the department of corrections under which that
agency will accept application materials or take photographs for the
department, the person is an inmate at a department of corrections facility,
and the department receives all required photographs or application materials
for the person from the department of corrections.
A person who is issued a license without
a photograph under sub. (2) (a) may be excused from the requirement of
appearing in person at a motor vehicle service center at the time the duplicate
or renewal license is issued. Within 30 days of return to Wisconsin, the person
shall appear at a motor vehicle service center and obtain a license containing
Note: See s.
343.21, Stats., for
fees on duplicate licenses. Form MV3415 religious conviction exemption request
is provided upon request at a department motor vehicle services center or from
Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Bureau of Driver Services, License
Issuance Unit, P.O. Box 7918, Madison, Wisconsin 53707.
No photograph shall be required for
temporary licenses or driving receipts.
Note: Authority for this provision may be found at s.
Stats. See s.
Stats., regarding instruction permits, and ss.
Stats., and s. Trans.
regarding temporary licenses or driving receipts.
(5) A photograph may be required for
department may issue a license to a person without requiring that person's
appearance if the department is able to produce a photograph from its
Wis. Admin. Code Department of Transportation § Trans 102.03
Cr. Register, September,
1982, No. 321, eff. 10-1-82; am. (1) (b), Register, January, 1984, No. 337,
eff. 2-1-84; renum. (1) and (2) to be (2) and (3) and am., cr. (1), (2) (c),
(4) to (6), Register, December, 1990, No. 420, eff. 1-1-91; am. (2) and (3),
Register, December, 1999, No. 528, eff. 1-1-00; CR 04-100: cr. (2m), Register
June 2005 No. 594, eff. 7-1-05.