Driver's Education in Wisconsin
Most new drivers in Wisconsin are required to successfully complete a State-approved driver's education program in order to obtain a Wisconsin driver's license. In fact, for many applicants, the driver's education certificate of completion is part of the actual driver's license application.
WHO MUST TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATION
- Wisconsin residents under the age of 18 must complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for learner's permit.
- Wisconsin residents under the age of 18 must hold a learner's permit for a minimum of six months, and also complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a probationary license.
WHERE TO TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATIONDriver's education courses are offered through both public and private school programs, all of which must be approved by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Driving schools, licensed by the Division of Motor Vehicles, cover the same course content.
WHAT'S COVERED IN A DRIVER'S EDUCATION COURSEWhile driver's education courses vary from one school to another, all licensed programs must include the following components:
- Classroom periods, focusing on issues including alcohol safety and drug abuse awareness, defensive driving, motorcycle awareness and organ and tissue donation.
- In-car instruction sessions, divided into periods of actual driving and periods of observation time.