Important information for all students
Identification, Licenses and Registrations
Social Security Number
You can obtain your social security card at the Social Security
Office, 2213 8th Street South, Wisconsin Rapids. You
must have a passport, a valid student visa and a letter from a campus
employer to be eligible for a social security number. For more
information regarding social security, call 1-800-772-1213.
You can obtain your Wisconsin driver’s license at the Dept. of
Transportation, 1001 Maple Bluff Rd., Stevens Point, 345-5321. You must
possess a valid driver’s license to be eligible to drive a motor
vehicle, motorcycles, motorbikes require a different class of license.
Make sure you take valid photo identification, including your social
Wisconsin Identification card
A Department of Transportation-Wisconsin Identification card can be
obtained at the Dept. of Transportation, 1001 Maple Bluff Rd., Stevens
Point, 345-5321. This card identifies you with a personal picture and
your birth date. You will need a certified birth certificate or passport
and one other form of identification. The card costs $4.
If you own a bike, you must get it registered. You can register
your bike at the Stevens Point Police Dept., 1515 Strongs Ave.,
346-1500. The cost is $3. Unregistered bikes may be fined. Bicyclists
must obey the same traffic regulations as motor vehicle drivers do.
Fishing and Hunting Licenses
Fishing or hunting enthusiasts must purchase licenses or risk hefty
fines. Licenses are available at many local establishments including
Wal-Mart and K-Mart. Fishing licenses are good for one year. Be sure to
fish and hunt only in authorized areas and not on private property.
License plates are required on any automobile or motorcycle. If you
purchase a new or used vehicle, you must buy a new license plate, which
must be renewed yearly. Be sure to keep your title or vehicle
registration in a safe place. License plates also may be obtained at the
Department of Transportation, 345-5321.
It is unlawful in Wisconsin to operate or to allow another to operate your motor vehicle without liability insurance.
If you are involved in an accident, do not move your vehicle until
the police arrive and advise you to do so. Exchange identification and
insurance information with the other parties involved in the accident.
Police will complete an accident report form if property damages of
$1,000 or more are sustained. A copy of the report can be obtained at
the law enforcement agency that responded to the accident.
City Streets-Traffic and Parking
Due to heavy pedestrian traffic, traffic laws are strictly enforced
by police. Please obey all traffic laws and regulations. On-street
parking laws are also enforced by the City Police. Overnight parking
from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. on city streets is prohibited year round. Obey
parking signs and meters on city streets. Failure to do so may result in
a citation and fine.
Parking on campus lots is by permit only, except in metered areas.
Only vehicles with a current and properly displayed permit are
authorized to use campus parking lots. You may purchase a parking permit
at the Parking Office, George Stien building, 346-3900. Please obey
parking regulations and place proper coins in meters in parking lots.
Failure to do so may result in costly fines. Campus parking is enforced
by Parking Services
For more information about different types of prohibited conduct, please see the Information
Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
Wisconsin law prohibits a person from driving while under the
influence of intoxicants or any other substance that may impair a
person’s driving ability. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher is
considered “legally drunk.”
You must be 21 years old or older to legally consume alcohol. A
person may be arrested for any alcohol consumption if under 21. It is
also illegal for a person over age 21 to supply alcohol beverages to
minors. It is unlawful to have an open container of beer, wine or liquor
in any public area such as streets, sidewalks, alleys or parks, or in
any automobiles or public conveyances.
Possession of any type of guns or rifles on University property is
not permitted. If you do have a weapon for hunting and live in a
residential hall, it must be stored at the UWSP Armory. The armory is
located at the Police and Security Services Office, George Stien Building,
Wisconsin law prohibits a person from making an offensive remark or
gesture in a public place, doing or threatening to do physical harm,
using abusive language in a public place, following another person in a
public place, or engaging in conduct that alarms or annoys another
person and serves no legitimate purpose. Wisconsin law also prohibits
making telephone calls with no legitimate purpose of communication.
A person may be arrested and charged with disorderly conduct if he
or she engages in fighting or threatening behavior, or makes
unreasonable noises while in public.
Charges could be filed if an individual knowingly enters or
unlawfully remains in a building or on property on which notice against
trespass is given by fencing or other posting.
It is against the law to unjustifiably deface, destroy, or damage any property.
Hitchhiking is illegal when a person is on the roadway. Hitchhiking at any place or time is strongly discouraged.