Wisconsin Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?

Wisconsin residents looking to obtain a Class M motorcycle license must first possess a motorcycle instruction permit. To graduate from a motorcycle instruction permit to a full Class M motorcycle license, drivers must pass a motorcycle skills test. However, drivers may get a waiver to skip the motorcycle skills test by showing a certificate of completion from an approved Wisconsin Department of Transportation Basic Motorcycle Rider Course, Scooter Basic Rider Course or 2-Wheel Basic Rider Course.

Drivers over 16 but under 18 must provide proof of enrollment in one of these courses before they can obtain a motorcycle instruction permit. Drivers Ed courses are offered at many different locations throughout the state.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?

Wisconsin residents in possession of a Class M motorcycle license should be aware of local motorcycle helmet laws. Wisconsin state law requires all motorists under 18 as well as those in possession of a motorcycle instruction permit to be wearing a motorcycle helmet when driving both on- and off-road.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?

Most vehicles are eligible for online car registration renewal through the Wisconsin DOT. However, there are certain instances when car registration renewal can be held up by extenuating circumstances. Residents who receive car registration renewal notices stating their vehicles need an emissions test must perform the emissions test at an authorized Wisconsin Vehicle Inspection Program facility.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?

Wisconsin residentsaddress changing should update their driving records by submitting an address change request to the Wisconsin DMV. To do so, residents can either fill out the Wisconsin Residence Address Change Forms.

However, once a DMV record has been changed and the drivers license has been updated with the address changing, a corrected car registration is not required. Residents can still apply for a corrected car registration with the address changing byvisitinga local WI DMV office and paying the $5 fee. Address change requests for registration can also be made for no charge by mail.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Wisconsin

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?

Recently transplanted Wisconsin residents with car insurance from another state will wonder whether or not they can keep their car insurance. Depending on the car insurance company and whether or not their coverage area includes Wisconsin, drivers may be able to keep their current policy. Contact the insurance company to ask about coverage areas and if the policy can be transferred to Wisconsin or if the driver needs to get a whole new policy.

For more information: Wisconsin Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?

No, Wisconsin CDL license holders cannot renew commercial drivers licenses online. To renew, CDL license drivers must report to a local WI DMV office with the following items:

  • Expired CDL license
  • CDL license renewal notice
  • CDL license renewal fee (fees vary based on CDL endorsement)

Drivers must also pass a vision test.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application.

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?

Wisconsin residents looking to request a certified copy of their driving record cannot do so online. To request a certified copy of a driving record, print and complete a Driver Record Information Request form and mail it along with the appropriate fee to:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

PO Box 8070

Madison, WI 53708-8070

The fee for certified copy of driving records is $12 per copy.

For more information: Your Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?

No, Wisconsin residents do not have the option of taking the tests for a drivers permit online. Residents who would like to complete a drivers permit applicationmust visit a local WI DMV Service facility to take the computerized written, road sign and vision tests.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Wisconsin

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?

Wisconsin residents applying for a CDL license must fill out a Tier of Operation form at a local WI DMV office at the time of application. The tier of operation a CDL license holder chooses will dictate whether or not they can drive interstate (between state lines) or only intrastate (within Wisconsin state lines). The different choices for tier are as follows:

  • Tier 1: non-excepted interstate commerce (requires Fed Med card)
  • Tier 2: excepted interstate commerce
  • Tier 3: non-excepted intrastate commerce (requires Fed Med card)
  • Tier 4: excepted intrastate commerce

Drivers can also visit a local WI DMV office to change their various tiers of operation.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application.

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?

If you are unable to renew car registrations on your own, you may have a third party renew car registrations for you by submitting a car registration replacement application online.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

Do boats need to be registered?

Wisconsin residents register boats through the Department of Natural Resources. There are three options to register a boat in Wisconsin:

  • Online through the Recreational Vehicle Registration process
  • At a Department of Natural Resources Service location
  • By filling out a Boat Registration Application and mailing it (along with supporting documents) to:
    • Registration Processing Center

PO Box 78701

Milwaukee WI 53278-0701

Boat registration fees are dependent on the length of the boat and whether or not the boat is motorized. Check the fee schedule on the Boat Registration Application for specific fee details.

For more information: How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Wisconsin

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?

All Wisconsin residents who drive motorcycles within the state must possess a Class M Motorcycle License. However, residents riding a moped do not need to have a motorcycle drivers license to operate the vehicle. Moped drivers will still need to have a Class D drivers license to operate the vehicle though.

In Wisconsin, mopeds are classified as weighing 150 pounds or more on a dry, level and hard surface with a limit of30 mph. Mopeds fit into two categories:

  • Electric bicycles with operative pedals and an engine less than 130cc
  • Type 1 automatic-transmission motorcycle and engine less than 50cc

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?

Wisconsin residents who have to pay speeding ticket fines are typically not required to attend traffic school, though certain courts may make traffic school mandatory depending on the offense. However, attending traffic school in Wisconsin does have the added benefit of removing three demerit points off a driver s license upon completion. Drivers may only elect to use traffic school for point reduction once every three years.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Wisconsin

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?

Wisconsin residents with car insurance in Wisconsin who are moving to another state will need to either transfer their policy to the new state or cancel their policy and obtain a new car insurance plan in the new state. Depending on the car insurance company and whether or not the company has branches in the destination state, they may work with drivers to transfer car insurance. Drivers should contact their car insurance company for more details.

For more information: Wisconsin Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?

Wisconsin residents who have dealt with a stolen drivers license should be concerned about potential identity theft or fraud. In the event of a stolen drivers license, drivers should report the theft to local law enforcement. Make sure to also receive a copy of the police report, as the Wisconsin DMV may ask to see it and may also waive the drivers license replacement fee. Wisconsin residents who have had their drivers licenses stolen can also request that the local DMV put a notation on the driver s record indicating the heightened potential for identity theft. The notation will then force anyone using the resident s identity (including the actual resident) to provide additional documents to verify their identities.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Wisconsin Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?

Wisconsin residents are not required to file police reports for lost or stolen car registrations. However, Wisconsin officials urge residents to file a police report in the event of a lost or stolen car registration. To file a police report, visit a local law enforcement agency. After filing the report, residents must take a copy to a local Wisconsin DMV agency to make a note on their driving record for identity theft prevention purposes.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?

No, Wisconsin DOT does not require residents to surrender their license plates upon moving out of Wisconsin. Keep the plates on the vehicle until the car registration has been transferred to the new state. From there, the license plate can be kept as a souvenir, discarded or possibly recycled if the new state has a license plate recycling program.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Wisconsin

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?

Wisconsin residents under 18 looking to purchase a drivers permit must be enrolled in a certified driver education program before they are allowed to obtain a learners permit. In this case, the drivers permit application must be signed by the course instructor before the driver can purchase the learners permit.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Wisconsin

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?

Wisconsin residents requested a car title replacement due to a damaged car title will receive the duplicate car title either immediately (if applying in person) or within 10 business days (if applying online or by mail). Residents with a damaged car title should take care when discarding the document to avoid any potential identity theft issues.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Wisconsin

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?

Wisconsin residents with a damaged registration do not need to surrender it to the Wisconsin DMV. To replace car registrations, residents can submit a duplicate car registrationeither online or by mail. Once a duplicate car registration is obtained, residents can destroy the damaged copy.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?

In Wisconsin, a motorized scooter is considered to be a traditional scooter with an electric motor or gasoline engine attached. Motorized scooters are not allowed to be operated legally on public roads in Wisconsin, as they do not meet federal safety requirements for road operation. Therefore, motorized scooters do not need to be registered with the state. However, mopeds are considered to be motor vehicles with an engine that does not exceed 50 CCs if automatic, or 150 CCs if operated by foot pedals. Mopeds must be registered with Wisconsin DOT. The owner must also obtain a title.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Wisconsin

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?

Wisconsin driversregistering cars must undergo a vehicle emissions test before receiving their car registration. All vehicles getting car registration in Wisconsin for the first time must go through an emissions inspection before being issued license plates. Additionally, all vehicles in Wisconsin must have an emissions test done every two years (or every other registration renewal). Vehicle emission standards in Wisconsin are set by the Department of Natural Resources. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has contracted Systech International to carry out vehicle emissions tests in the state.

For more information: Vehicle Emissions Testing in Wisconsin

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?

Drivers in Wisconsin without proper car insurance for their vehicle will have their licenses suspended if they are not able to provide proof of car insurance to a police officer at a traffic stop or accident. Violators will also be required to pay a $500 fine and file a Financial Responsibility Insurance Certificate SR-22 form with the Wisconsin DMV for three years. Drivers will also have to pay a reinstatement fee to get their license back.

Wisconsin residents who would like to avoid filing for insurance can do so and avoid a drivers license reinstatement fee by surrendering their driver s license to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

For more information: Wisconsin Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?

Wisconsin military veterans looking to get ID cards with a veteran identifier must first verify their veteran eligibility with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. To contact the Veterans Center, dial 1-800-WIS-VETS or visit the VetExpress website. Veterans can contact their local County Veterans Service Officer for certification as well. Once eligibility has been established, veterans cango to a local WI DMV office to apply for a new ID card or an ID card renewal. ID card replacements can be obtained through the online Wisconsin ID card renewal/duplicate service.

For more information: How to Apply for a Wisconsin Identification Card.

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has provided residents with a comprehensive Motorists Handbook with all the information necessary to know how to apply for drivers licenses. Additional information includes Wisconsin driving rules and regulations, as well as a study guide for the written drivers license test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Wisconsin

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?

Wisconsin residents who have received parking or traffic ticket fines can typically choose between paying the fine or taking the ticket to court. Residents who would like to pay the ticket without going to court can do so by following the directions to pay traffic fines found on the ticket itself. If the ticket was issued while the driver was in a different county, the ticket must be paid in the county it was issued. Paying traffic tickets without disputing the case may cause an accumulation of points on Wisconsin drivers licenses, which can lead to higher insurance premiums and potential license suspension if too many points are accrued in a short period of time.

Drivers have a few options to pay traffic tickets, including:

  • Online through the Wisconsin Court System
    • Must provide traffic fines citation number
    • Convenience fee for Mastercard: 2.75 percent
    • Convenience fee for electronic check: $2.50 (fees may vary)
  • Mail
    • Read the instructions on the pamphlet for mailing in payment to specific county
  • In person
    • Pay at either a police department or county clerk in the county where the ticket was issued

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Wisconsin

How can I renew my drivers license?

Wisconsin residents looking to renew expired drivers licenses can do so in person at a local WI DMV office. At the DMV office, residents will need to have a completed Wisconsin Driver s License Form MV3001. Present it to the official along with the drivers license renewal notice received in the mail (if applicable) and pay the $34 drivers license renewal fee (fees may vary). Drivers will also need to present proof of identity, proof of legal status in the United States (if not a U.S. citizen) and proof of name change (if applicable). Drivers will be issued a photo receipt which will serve as a temporary drivers license renewal until the permanent drivers license renewal arrives in the mail.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Wisconsin

How can I renew my vehicle registration?

Wisconsin residents who would like to renew car registrations can do so online, by mail or in person. To renew car registrations online, refer to the car registration renewal notice mailed out to your earlier. Notices will include a Renewal Reference Number (RRN) that can be used to renew car registration. If no license plate renewal notice has been received, the RRN can be found using Wisconsin s DMV license plate lookup service. From there, residents can use the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) Online License Plate Renewal service to renew car registrations and license plates online. Residents will have to use a credit or debit card to pay the $75 car registration renewal fee, along with a convenience fee for using the card (fees may vary).

To renew car registrations by mail, Wisconsin drivers must send the pre-printed license plate renewal notice along with the $75 car registration renewal fee to:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

P.O. Box 3279

Milwaukee, WI 53201-3279

To renew car registrations in person, visit a local WI DMV office or authorized agent.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

How can I transfer my registration to another state?

The Wisconsin DOT serves residents of Wisconsin by registering cars within the state. Residents leaving the state may elect to keep their Wisconsin plates if they plan on coming back to Wisconsin. However, residents who are leaving permanently should transfer their car registration over to the state they will be living in permanently. To do so, contact the local Department of Transportation office in the destination state and ask about the car registration transfer process.

For more information: Wisconsin State-to-State Transfer of Title

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?

Wisconsin residents looking to obtain a commercial drivers license (CDL) must go through the CDL application process. To apply for a CDL, drivers must:

  • Study the appropriate section in the Wisconsin Commercial Driver s License Manual
  • Take the corresponding knowledge exam or exams for the vehicle that will be driven
  • Obtain a commercial drivers license learning permit
  • Pass the following tests
    • Pre-trip
    • Backing out
    • Driving skills
  • Add CDL license classes and endorsements to the driver s class D license

The fee for an original class A, B or C commercial drivers license is $74, and it costs $30 for a commercial drivers license learning permit (fees may vary).

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application.

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?

Wisconsin residents getting car registrations who have been certified by an authorized health care professional as permanently disabled individuals are eligible for disabled parking license plates. Recipients of disabled parking plates must meet one of the following requirements:

  • Own the car the license plate is issued to
  • Lessee of the car
  • Regularly transported by the owner or lessee of the vehicle
  • Employee provided a car by their employer
  • Beneficiary of a trust that owns the car

Completea Disabled Parking License Plates Application and have your physician fill out the section marked Health Care Certification. Residents have the option of getting one permanent Disabled ID permit, as well as personalizing their license plates. Applications can be submitted along with the following documents:

  • Copy of car registration
  • Annual car registration fee of $75 (if initial registration, or car registration is set to expire in next three months)
  • Additional $15 for personalized plates (if applicable; fees may vary)

Make checks or money orders out to Registration Fee Trust, then mail the application and supporting materials to:

WisDOT

Special Plates Unit – DIS

P.O. Box 7306

Madison, WI 53707-7306

For more information: Information for Disabled Drivers in Wisconsin

How do I apply for a drivers license?

Applying for drivers licenses is dependent on meeting the below requirements:

  • Be 16 years old or older
  • Have passed an approved driver education course
  • Provide proof of U.S. citizenship, legal permanent residency, conditional residency or temporary visiting status
  • Provide proof of name and date of birth
  • Provide proof of identity
  • Provide proof of Wisconsin residency
  • Hold an Instruction Permit for at least seven days
  • Pass the driving skills test
  • Complete Drivers License Application (form MV 3001)
  • Pay the $28 fee (fees may vary)

Additionally, residents under 18applying for drivers licenses in Wisconsin must also have an adult sponsor and hold an Instruction Permit for at least six months.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Wisconsin

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?

Wisconsin residents seeking learners permits can fill out a drivers permit application at a local WI DMV Service Center. To be eligible to purchase a learning permit, drivers must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 15 years and six months old, or older
  • Show proof of U.S. citizenship, legal permanent resident status, conditional resident status or temporary visitor status (valid U.S. passport, certificate of U.S. naturalization or consular report of birth abroad)
  • Show proof of name and date of birth(valid U.S. passport, certified birth certificate or certificate of U.S. naturalization)
  • Show proof of identity (valid photo driver s license or photo ID, valid U.S. passport or photo college ID)
  • Show proof of Wisconsin residency (printed paycheck stub, utility bill, current valid homeowner s, renter s or motor vehicle insurance policy)
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of enrollment in certified driver education program (if under 18)
  • Signature of parent or adult sponsor (if under 18)
  • Must be enrolled in high school or high school equivalency program, or have already graduated (if under 18)
  • Pass knowledge, vision and sign tests
  • Pay $35 Class D learner s permit fee (fees may vary)
  • Complete Wisconsin Driver s License Application

Once all the requirements have been met and fees are paid, the Wisconsin DMV will issue drivers a receipt with their photo on it that will serve as a valid driving permit for 45 days until the official learners permit arrives.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Wisconsin

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?

In Wisconsin, motorists seeking a Class M motorcycle license must first possess either a motorbike instruction permit or a valid motorcycle license from another state. Residents looking to obtain an instruction permit to get a motorcycle drivers license must pass a motorcycle knowledge test, sign test and vision test. The minimum age to receive a motorcycle license is 16. Visit a local WI DMV office to apply in person.

To get a motorcycle license, drivers under 18 must have a sponsor, provide proof of Drivers Ed and Basic Motorcycle Rider Course completion. Motorcycle license instruction permits are valid for six months, and can be renewed multiple times.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

How do I change my address on my car insurance?

Wisconsin drivers have many different car insurance companies to choose from when meeting the minimum car insurance standards for the state. Once a Wisconsin resident has moved to a new address, they should update their insurance card to make sure their card and records reflect the address changing. To submit a change of address request to insurance companies, check the contact information on the car insurance documentation.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Wisconsin

How do I change my address on my car registration?

Wisconsin residents who would like to make an address change request for their car registration must first notify the Wisconsin DMV of their legal address change. To do so, residents can make an address change request online through the Wisconsin Residence Address Change Forms.

After an official address change has been made, residents can then submit an address change request for their car license plate and registration through Wisconsin s Online License Plate Renewal service. Residents can also request a corrected registration by mailing an official address change request to:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

P.O. Box 3279

Milwaukee, WI 53201-3279

Residents will receive their license plate sticker and registration with the official address change within 10 business days.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Wisconsin

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?

Wisconsin residents in possession of a Commercial Drivers License who have moved to a new residence must notify the Wisconsin DMV of their address changing within 10 days of moving. Residents can make this address change request either by filling out the Wisconsin Residence Address Change Forms.

After an official address change request has been made, commercial drivers license holders must then visit a local WI DMV office to show officials their Social Security card and pay the $14 replacement commercial drivers license fee (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Wisconsin

How do I change my address on my drivers license?

Wisconsin residents who have moved from one Wisconsin address to another must submit an address change request with the DMV. Residents can make an official address change through the Wisconsin Residence Address Change Forms.

Once the address change has been recorded with the Wisconsin DMV, residents can use the Online Duplicate License Request form to ask for a corrected drivers license with their official address change listed. Otherwise, residents can visit a local WI DMV office.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Wisconsin

How do I change my address on my ID card?

Wisconsin residents who have moved to a new address must submit an address change request with the Wisconsin DMV. Address change requests can be made online with the Wisconsin Residence Address Change Forms.

After the official address change has been made, residents can then order a corrected ID card with the official address change either through the Online Duplicate ID Card form or by visitinga local WI DMV office.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Wisconsin

How do I change my name on my car insurance?

Wisconsin drivers who have submitted a name change request should also submit name change forms to insurance companies they have a plan with. In Wisconsin, there are voluntary insurance plans and the high-risk driver coverage known as the Wisconsin Automobile Insurance Plan (WAIP). Residents can request a name change with their insurance company by calling the customer service number on the back of their insurance card.

How do I change my name on my car registration?

Residents of Wisconsin who have a legal name change can request a corrected car registration with the Wisconsin DMV. The fee for a registration name change is $5 when the car owner submits the name change request at a local WI DMV office. Drivers who submit the request through the mail are not charged a fee.

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?

Wisconsin drivers who request a name change must update the Wisconsin DMV of the legal name change. In the event of a legal name change, visit a local WI DMV office to fill out a replacement drivers license application. Drivers must surrender the Wisconsin drivers license with their former name. Duplicate drivers licenses are subject to a fee of $14 (fees may vary).

How do I change my name on my ID card?

Wisconsin residents who possess a Wisconsin ID card and have submitted a name change request must notify the Wisconsin DMV of the official name change. Wisconsin residents with a legal name change should visit a local WI DMV office to fill out a duplicate ID card application. Residents must surrender the ID card with their former name. Residents can purchase duplicate ID cards for a fee of $16 (fees may vary).

How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?

Wisconsin residents who would like to submit a name change request for their Social Security card must first fill out an Application for a Social Security Card. From there, you must compile a few documents to support the name change request, including:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of citizenship (if citizenship not already established)
  • Proof of legal name change

Residents can choose to either take in person or mail the application and supporting documents to a local SSA office.

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?

In Wisconsin, anybody with a drivers license number can request a drivers record through the Wisconsin DMV. However, driving record abstracts only include certain types of non-confidential information when acquired through typical means. To obtain a drivers record with confidential information, Wisconsin drivers must provide the DMV office with the following information:

  • Wisconsin drivers license number or Wisconsin ID card number
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Product ID number found on the back of Wisconsin IDs and/or drivers licenses

If a confidential drivers record has been accessed illegally, the driver may be a victim of identity fraud and should report the incident to local law enforcement.

For more information: Your Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?

For residents of Wisconsin dealing with stolen car registrations, the theft should be reported to a local law enforcement agency. Once a report is filed at the police station, the resident should keep a copy and show it to officials at Wisconsin DMV when applying for the duplicate car registration so they can make a note on the driver s record.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?

Wisconsin residents dealing with a stolen car title are urged to file a police report at a local law enforcement agency. Filing a police report gives residents a record of the theft, which can be used in the event that an ownership dispute arises due to the stolen car title. Additionally, presenting the police report gives DMV officials the chance to make note of the theft.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Wisconsin

How do I get a copy of my driving record?

Wisconsin residents looking to check driving records in the state can do so through the Wisconsin DMV. Also known as driving abstracts, driving abstracts are a detailed history of a driver s recorded driving incidents, including traffic tickets, parking tickets and accidents. To request an online driving record, residents should fill out the Online Driver Record form. Here, the DMV driving record will be available as a PDF. Drivers will be charged $5 for each drivers record request. To request a DMV driving record through the online system, residents must possess or have previously possessed a Wisconsin drivers license or ID card.

Wisconsin drivers may also request driving records by mail. To do so, print and complete a Driver Record Information Request form and send it along with the appropriate fee to:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

PO Box 8070

Madison, WI 53708-8070

Fees for mail in driving record requests are $7 for a non-certified copy and $12 for a certified copy (fees may vary).

For more information: Your Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?

Wisconsin residents looking to replace ID cards that have been lost, stolen or damaged can do so in person at a local WI DMV office. Residents seeking to replace ID cards will be asked to present a few documents, including:

  • Two forms of primary identification
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of Wisconsin residence
  • $16ID card renewal fee (fees may vary)

Residents can also apply to replace ID cards through the Wisconsin ID card renewal/duplicate service. For residents who wish to apply through the mail, fill out an ID Card Application Form MV3004 and mail it and the ID card replacement fee to:

WisDOT PO Box 7995 Madison, WI 53707-7995

For more information: How to Apply for a Wisconsin Identification Card

How do I get a hardship license?

Wisconsin residents with suspended drivers licenses (or revoked drivers licenses) may be eligible to receive an occupational (restricted) drivers license depending on the reason for their drivers license suspension. Occupational drivers licenses allow the driver to use a vehicle for a maximum of 12 hours a day and 60 hours a week to go to and from home, work or church. To find an occupational drivers license eligibility, Wisconsin residents can fill out the Occupational License Eligibility Check form.

For more information:Suspended License Information for Wisconsin

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?

Wisconsin residents who are active military members stationed out of state and have a lost or stolen drivers licensecan apply for a drivers license replacement by mail or online.

Visit the WI DMV s website to order a drivers license copy.

To apply for a duplicate drivers license by mail, send a Wisconsin Drivers License Application Form MV3001 along with the application fee of $14 (fees may vary) to:

WisDOT

Qualification and Issuance Section

P.O. Box 7995

Madison, WI 53707-7995

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Wisconsin Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?

Wisconsin residents electing not to pay traffic tickets can instead dispute the ticket in court. Drivers who elect to take the ticket to court must appear in court on the assigned date and enter a plea of “not guilty” for the violation. At this point, the judge has the right to dismiss the ticket at their discretion. If they do not and there is no agreement reached, the ticket will go to trial in front of a jury.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Wisconsin

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?

Under the Federal Driver Privacy Protection Act, only certain individuals and organizations are allowed to access a driver s official driving record. These organizations include:

• Government agencies

• Employers

• Insurance companies

• Law enforcement

Individuals who wish to obtain a driving record for a Wisconsin resident can do so by filling out the Online Driver Record form. Applicants must have either the drivers license number or name and Social Security number of the individual whose drivers record they are requesting. The fee for online drivers record requests is $5 (fees may vary).

A drivers record can also be obtained through the mail by printing and completing a Driver Record Information Request form and sending it to:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

PO Box 8070

Madison, WI 53708-8070

For more information: Your Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?

Wisconsin residents dealing with lost or stolen car registrations can apply for a duplicate car registration through the Wisconsin online Duplicate Car Registration Request form. A resident using the online request form must be an individual and the registered owner, lessee or driver of the requested vehicle. Residents should also have the following

  • A printer (registration certificate will be available to print after application process)
  • $2 application fee (fees may vary)
  • Valid email address
  • Wisconsin driver license/ID card number
  • Last four digits of Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Residents who do not wish to use the online application can also print, complete and submit a Duplicate Certificate of Registration Application to the following address:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

PO Box 7911

Madison, WI 53707-7911

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?

Wisconsin residents with lost or stolen car titles can obtain a duplicate car title through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT). Drivers wishing to purchase a duplicate car title can do so either online, by mail or in person at a local WI DMV office.

To apply for a duplicate car title online, visit the Online Replacement Tile Application. The duplicate title application fee is $20 (fees may vary). There is also an added convenience fee for credit card transactions.

To apply for a duplicate car title by mail or in person, Wisconsin drivers must obtain a Car Title Replacement Application, print and fill it out. From there, drivers who wish to apply in person can bring the application and $20 application fee and $5 counter service fee to a local WI DMV office. Credit and debit cards will be charged a convenience fee.

The Car Title Replacement Application can also be mailed with a check or money order for $20 to:

WI Dept. of Transportation

PO Box 7949

Madison, WI 53707-7949

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Wisconsin

How do I obtain a duplicate license?

Wisconsin residents with lost or stolen drivers licenses should obtain a drivers license replacement as soon as possible. To get a duplicate drivers license, residents can apply in person at a local WI DMV office. Residents can also apply to replace licenses online. Duplicate drivers licenses applied for online are mailed out to residents at their Wisconsin address and cannot be forwarded. Residents with stolen drivers licenses are urged to report the theft to law enforcement to deter identity theft.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Wisconsin Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?

Wisconsin residents with a salvaged vehicle who would like to obtain a salvaged car title must have the vehicle inspected before a title is issued. Vehicle inspections are made to ensure that the vehicle and all its parts were obtained legally and are safe to operate. To find the closest vehicle inspection agency, check the Salvage Vehicle Inspecting Agency List.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Wisconsin

How do I obtain car registration?

To get newcar registrationin Wisconsin, you must choose to receive either a quarterly, consecutive monthly or yearly car registration. To get car registrations, Wisconsin residents need to fill out a License Plate Application and submit it with the car title and appropriate car registration fee to a local WI DMV office.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Wisconsin

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?

In Wisconsin, a Habitual Traffic Offender is a person who has had at least four major traffic convictions (or 12 minor and major convictions) in a five-year time period. The offenses Wisconsin DOT considers major include:

  • DUI/DWI
  • Eluding an officer
  • Reckless driving

Habitual traffic offenders will receive a revoked drivers license for a five-year period. After two years drivers are eligible for an occupational (restricted) drivers license, and can reinstate revoked drivers licenses at the end of the revocation period.

For more information:Suspended License Information for Wisconsin

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?

Wisconsin residents who have had their license suspended after refusing to submit to an alcohol test while receiving a DUI or DWI citation must wait a year for license reinstatement. For a second refusal to take an alcohol test within 10 years, a drivers license is suspended for two years. For three or more refusals, the license is suspended three years for each offense.

Once the suspension period is over, drivers should visit a local WI DMV office to check the reinstatement requirements, which will include a number of fees and driving tests.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Wisconsin

How do I reinstate my suspended license?

To reinstate suspended drivers licenses, check first reinstatement eligibilities by visiting the Wisconsin DOT Reinstatement Eligibility Inquiry page. There, drivers can find out all the requirements to reinstate their specific suspended drivers license.

The online inquiry will also inform drivers whether or not they can reinstate suspended drivers license online or will have to visit a local WI DMV office. In some cases, drivers will have to provide Proof of Insurance. Once the requirements are met, residents should pay the associated suspended drivers license reinstatement fees to receive their new license.

For more information:Suspended License Information for Wisconsin

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?

Drivers are encouraged to first check the Driver Licensing Abbreviation Codes with Charge Points to see how many points were accumulated for violation and under which category the violation(s) fell under:

  • Violations in the A, B, C or D categories will have one point removed from a driver s license every five years
  • Traffic Safety School will allow Wisconsin drivers to remove up to three points from their license every three years

Points are not assessed on a Wisconsin driver s license for parking or non-moving violations.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Wisconsin

How do I renew my driving permit?

Wisconsin residents who would like to renew a learners permit can do so by bringing their expired learners permit to a local WI DMV Service facility. At the facility, learners permit applicants can purchase a renewal drivers permit for $35. Re-testing is not required for learners permit renewals, though drivers under 18 must show either proof of enrollment in a certified driver education course or proof of course completion.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Wisconsin

How do I renew my ID card?

Wisconsin residents looking to renew ID cards can do so in person ata local WI DMV office. Residents will be asked to present a few documents for ID card renewal, including:

  • Two forms of primary identification (of which one can be a not-yet-expired ID card)
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of Wisconsin residence
  • $28 ID card renewal fee (fees may vary)

Residents can also apply for ID card renewal through the Wisconsin ID card renewal/duplicate service. For residents who wish to apply through the mail, fill out an ID Card Application Form MV3004 and mail it and the ID card renewal fee to:

WisDOT PO Box 7995 Madison, WI 53707-7995

For more information: How to Apply for a Wisconsin Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?

Drivers license renewal requirements are waived for resident active military members and those stationed out ofstate until their service is done. Drivers licenses issued to active military members do not expire until 30 days after the military member returns to Wisconsin or 90 days after discharge. Once military members have returned to Wisconsin, they may apply for a drivers license renewal in person at a local WI DMV office.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Wisconsin

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?

Wisconsin CDL license holders with expired medical examiner s certificates can renew certificates by going in for a new examination. Medical examiners must be licensed and listed on the FMCSA National Registry. Doctors will issue medical examiner s certificates based on the health of the CDL license holder, with certificates valid for up to 24 months.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application.

How do I renew my motorcycle license?

Motorcycle drivers license holders will receive a renewal notice one to two months prior to the license s expiration date. Motorcycle driving licenses are typically valid for eight years and expire on the holder s birthday. For motorcycle license holders under 21, licenses expire on their 21st birthday. Motorcycle driving licenses may be renewed up to a year before the expiration date. A $5 late fee is charged for motorcycle driving licenses renewed after the expiration date (fees may vary).

Drivers looking to renew Class M motorcycle licenses must bring the following to the DMV office:

  • Current expiring Class M motorcycle license
  • Motorcycle license renewal notice (or Driver License application form MV3001 if no renewal notice)
  • Social Security Number
  • Motorcycle license renewal fee of $18 (fees may vary)

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?

You may apply for a WI drivers license replacement by visiting a local WI DMV office and filling out a Wisconsin Drivers License Application Form MV3001. At this time, non-U.S. citizens are not allowed to apply for duplicate drivers licenses by mail or online, as they must provide proof of identity at the DMV office. The fee for drivers license replacements is $14 (fees may vary).

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Wisconsin Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?

Wisconsin residents residing out of state who have a stolen or lost drivers license can apply for a drivers license replacement through the mail. Duplicate drivers license applicants must be U.S. citizens with their photo and Social Security Number on file with the Wisconsin DMV.

Drivers who have received a duplicatedrivers license by mail in the past two years are not eligible for a by-mail drivers license replacement. To apply for a duplicate drivers license while out of state, fill out a Wisconsin Drivers License Application Form MV3001 and write the out-of-state address under “Mailing Address.” Residents thenmail the application along with the $14 duplicate drivers license fee (fees may vary) to:

WisDOT Qualification and Issuance Section P.O. Box 7995 Madison, WI 53707-7995

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Wisconsin Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?

Recently transplanted residents of Wisconsin can request a car title transfer from their previous state to Wisconsin by visiting a local WI DMV office and filling out a License Plate Application. Drivers will also need to provide proof of residency to the local DMV. Car title transfers are required within 30 days of moving to Wisconsin. Vehicles may also require emissions inspections and proof of insurance before a Wisconsin car title transfer and registration can be issued.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Wisconsin

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?

Wisconsin residents who have lost a car title and would like to initiate a car title transfer must first get a replacement car title for their vehicle. To do so, fill out a Replacement Title Request form online. Residents can also print and complete a Replacement Title Application and submit it in person at a local WI DMV office or by mail to:

WI Dept. of Transportation PO Box 7949 Madison, WI 53707-7949

Once a replacement title has been received, residents can go through the car title transfer process using the replacement title as proof of ownership.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Wisconsin

How do I transfer my car title?

Wisconsin residents who would like to transfer car titles must go through the car title transfer process with the Wisconsin DMV. Residents may apply to transfer titles either online or in person. To apply for a car title transfer online, residents should complete the Online Wisconsin Title Application. To apply for a car title transfer in person, residents should print and complete a License Plate Application and bring it to a local WI DMV office. Additionally, residents should bring the following documents:

  • Current identification
  • License plate to transfer
  • $69.50 Car Title Transfer fee (fees may vary) plus sales tax

Transactions made at the local WI DMV office are also subject to a $5 counter service fee.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Wisconsin

How do I transfer the title of my RV?

Wisconsin residents with a recreational vehicle who would like to initiate a car title transfer can do so through the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. To transfer titles of RVs, residents should complete a Wisconsin Manufactured Home Certificate of Title Application. The completed application and $23 transfer title fee should be mailed to the following address (fees may vary):

State of Wisconsin

Department ofSafety & Professional Services- Manufactured Homes

P.O. Box 8935

Madison, WI 53708-8935

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Wisconsin

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?

Wisconsin residents who are also active military members and in possession of a Class M motorcycle licensecan visit a local WI DMV office to fill out a Driver License application form MV3001.

Wisconsin military members with approaching motorcycle licenses while outofstate can also renew their motorcycle drivers licenses by mail. To do so, fill out a Driver License Application and have a vision specialist fill out a Certificate of Vision Examination by Competent Authority. Mail both documents along with the $18 motorcycle drivers license renewal fee (fees may vary):

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Driver Information Section

P.O. Box 7983

Madison, WI 53707-7983

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

How does the DMV check my vision?

Wisconsin residents must meet minimum vision requirements to be eligible to get drivers licenses within the state. The established levels of vision include:

  • 20/40 vision ratio
  • 70 degree field of vision

Residents with vision less than the minimum requirement will be referred to a vision specialist for a corrective lens prescription. Residents are also required to take a driving test. Drivers who are required to wear corrective lenses while driving will receive a restriction code on their drivers license.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Wisconsin

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?

Wisconsin drivers under 18 who would like to upgrade from a learners permit to a regular driver s license must possess a learners permit for at least six months before become eligible for a probationary license. Drivers over 18 are eligible for a probationary license after having a learners permit for seven days. In addition, drivers under 18 must have 30 hours of driving experience (10 hours at night) with a learners permit before they are eligible for a probationary license.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Wisconsin

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?

Wisconsin residents applying for duplicate car titles can do so by visiting the Online Replacement Title Application. Once the application and application fee have been submitted, there are no cancellations or refunds. Duplicate car titles should arrive within ten business days. If the duplicate car title hasn t arrived in that time, residents can check the status by visiting the Title Search application or calling the Wisconsin DMV at 608-266-1466.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Wisconsin

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?

Wisconsin law states that all licensed drivers in the state have given implied consent to take a blood, breath or urine test if they have been arrested for a DUI. Refusing to take a chemical test on a first offense results in a year suspended driving license. For a second refusal in 10 years, the penalty is two years suspended driving license. For third (and any subsequent) offenses the penalty is a three year suspension. If a minor is in the car then the penalty is doubled.

For more information:Suspended License Information for Wisconsin

How long will it take to get my new ID card?

Wisconsin residents who have filled out an ID Card Application at a local WI DMV office will be issued a receipt with their photo after paying the ID card fee. The receipt can be used as a temporary ID card until the official Wisconsin ID card arrives in the mail. Temporary ID cards may also be used for voting. Residents should receive their ID cards within 10 business days of application.

For more information: How to Apply for a Wisconsin Identification Card.

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?

The Wisconsin DMV utilizes a point system to keep track of driving violations that enter a resident s driving record. Depending on the violation, there may be no demerit points added or up to six. Drivers in Wisconsin who accumulate 12 or more points in a single year will have their licenses suspended for two months. Drivers may reduce points on their driving record by attending approved Wisconsin traffic safety courses. However, points on a license can only be reduced by three points every three years.

For more information: Your Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?

Wisconsin DMV utilizes a point system to keep track of the amount and magnitude of each driver s traffic convictions. Points accrued go on residents driving records, and accumulating 12 or more points in a year can lead to a license suspension. Drivers who wish to reduce the total amount of points on their drivers license may elect to attend a traffic safety course. Drivers are allowed to have a total of three points deducted from their driving record every three years using a traffic safety course.

For more information: How To: Handle Suspensions Points Other Problems

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?

Residents of Wisconsin who have a legal name change can request a corrected car registration with the Wisconsin DMV. The fee for a registration name change is $5 when the car owner submits the name change request at a local WI DMV office. Drivers who submit the request through the mail are not charged a fee.

How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?

Wisconsin residents who own a vehicle and have had a legal name change can obtain a corrected car title through the Wisconsin DMV. Wisconsin DMV charges a $5 fee for corrected title requests submitted in person at a local WI DMV office. Name change requests sent by mail are not charged a fee.

How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?

Wisconsin residents who have submitted a name change request must notify the DMV of the legal name change. Once notified, residents should also replace their drivers license or ID card with a duplicate that carries the official name change. A duplicate drivers license can be purchased for $14, while a duplicate ID card can be purchased for $16 (fees may vary).

How often do I need to renew my CDL license?

Wisconsin residents issued commercial drivers licenses will find the expiration date for their CDL license on the license itself. In addition, the state of Wisconsin issues renewal notices to CDL license holders two months prior to the expiration date as a courtesy.

CDL license holders who would like to renew their commercial drivers license must do so in person at a local WI DMV office. At the DMV, CDL license holders must pass a vision test, present their social security card, and pay the CDL license renewal fee (fees vary based on CDL license endorsement).

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application.

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?

Wisconsin residents looking to renew drivers licenses prior to the expiration date may do so up to a year before. To renew drivers licenses in Wisconsin, visit a local WI DMV office to submit an application, required documents and receive a vision test. Drivers license renewals are mailed to residents homes within 10 business days.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Wisconsin

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?

Wisconsin residents who have recently experienced a death in the family may have inherited vehicles as a result. Residents with an inherited vehicle must complete a car title transfer from the original owner s name to their own name. To complete an inherited vehicle car title transfer, residents should submit the following documents either by mail or in person at a local WI DMV office:

Death certificates are only required in the event that the deceased lived in Wisconsin at the time of their death.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Wisconsin

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?

Wisconsin residents are urged to stay on top of their car registration renewal dates. Car registration renewal notices are mailed out by the Wisconsin DOT at least 30 days prior to the expiration date, and there are numerous online services that allow residents to find out their expiration dates as well as renew car registrations online. If a resident has allowed the expiration date to pass without renewing car registrations, a $10 late fee is assessed (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?

As of now, there are no policies within the Wisconsin DMV to waive replacement fees for stolen drivers licenses that are accompanied by a police report. Drivers license replacement fees in Wisconsin are $14, payable by cash or check only (fees may vary). To apply for a drivers license replacement, visit a local WI DMV office.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Wisconsin Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?

Wisconsin residents who have been involved in an accident are required to report the accident under certain circumstances. The following types of accidents must be reported:

  • Accidents involving injury or death
  • Accidents causing property damage amounting to $1,000 or more
  • Accidents causing property damage to government property amounting to $200 or more

Failure to report accidents to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation can result in a license suspension. If the drivers involved in the accident are found to not have had car insurance when the accident occurred, their licenses will also be suspended.

For more information: Wisconsin Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?

Wisconsin residents who live outside of the state for half of the year are still required to have car insurance. All Wisconsin residents operating motor vehicles on Wisconsin roads are required to have a minimum amount of liability car insurance coverage for their vehicles.

For more information: Wisconsin Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?

Wisconsin residents wondering how to pay traffic tickets after they have lost the ticket itself have two options depending on whether or not they have the traffic ticket citation number. Residents with the citation number can find the ticket information through the Wisconsin Court System website. Residents without the ticket citation number must contact the Clerk of Courts in the county where they received the traffic ticket.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Wisconsin

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?

Wisconsin residents who have lost their ID card while out of state can apply for ID card replacements by submitting an ID Card Application Form MV3004 through the mail. On the application, enter under the slot for “Mailing Address” where the out-of-state address the replacement ID card should be mailed to. The fee for a duplicate ID card is $16 (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Apply for a Wisconsin Identification Card.

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?

Wisconsin residents who have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI), and as a result have had their drivers license confiscated, can reinstate their license once all the requirements of their suspension are met.

To check the eligibility for driver s license reinstatement after a DUI or DWI arrest, Wisconsin residents can fill out the online Reinstatement Eligibility Inquiry form. The form will inform residents whether or not they are eligible for license reinstatement. It will also inform residents who are eligible whether or not they can reinstate their driver s license online or have to visit a local WI DMV office. In some instances, a DUI or DWI conviction will require drivers to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) before the drivers license can be reinstated.

The reinstatement fee for alcohol-related offenses is $200 (fees may vary).DUI or DWI offenses also include additional surcharges which can run into the thousands depending on whether or not it is a first offense. Drivers with confiscated licenses must also pay the replacement license fee as well.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Wisconsin

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?

Wisconsin residents who have lost personalized license plates have to go through a slightly different process for replacement. To apply for replacement personalized license plates, residents must print and complete a Replacement License Plate Application. Applications should be mailed to:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Special Plates Unit

PO Box 7911

Madison, WI 53707-7911

Fees for replacement license plates vary between $2 and $6 depending on the type of personalized plate. If the personalized plate has been stolen, check the box on the application labeled “Also notify your local law enforcement agency.”

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?

Wisconsin drivers looking to apply for a CDL license must be 18 years of age or older. CDL license applicants must present a valid Class D drivers license at the time of application and testing, at which point the applicant s age will be verified.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application.

Is there an age limit to renew your license?

There is no age limit for renewing drivers licenses in Wisconsin. However, initial drivers licenses issued to state residents prior to their 21st birthday will expire on the resident s 21st birthday. Residents must be 16 or older to obtain a drivers license or learning permit.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Wisconsin

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?

Wisconsin does not have specific regulations on where a car registration should be kept. However, it is recommended that the car registration be kept in the vehicle to provide easy access in the event that a law enforcement official needs to see it. Typically, motorists keep car registrations in the glove compartment.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Wisconsin

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?

Duplicate drivers licenses are mailed to whichever mailing address the DMV has on file for the resident and cannot be forwarded to other addresses. Drivers who have applied for a drivers license replacement will receive it within 10 business days.The Wisconsin DMV has been mailing out all licenses since 2012 to ensure REAL ID federal regulations are met, as well as to deter identity theft and fraud.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Wisconsin Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?

Seniors in Wisconsin have no special requirement for renewing drivers licenses. However, when applying for drivers license renewal at a local WI DMV service center, individuals will be required to take a vision test. In addition, applicants may also have to take a written knowledge test.

For more information: Senior Drivers in Wisconsin

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?

There are a few situations in which Wisconsin residents will need a car title transfer, namely all instances where the vehicle is changing ownership. Any vehicles purchased either in-state or out-of-state must have a transfer of title from the former owner to the new owner. Likewise, all vehicles received as a gift require a car title transfer. Vehicles inherited after the death of a spouse or family member will also require a car title transfer.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Wisconsin

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?

Drivers in Wisconsin who violate certain laws can be penalized with a drivers license suspension. A few of the more common violations that result in a suspended drivers license are as follows:

  • Failure to pay fines
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • High blood alcohol concentration/Driving While Intoxicated (DWI)
  • Insurance cancelled
  • Failure to pay child support
  • Underage alcohol use
  • Speeding excess

Wisconsin residents can check whether or not they have a suspended driving license by visiting the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) Driver License Status Check page.

For more information:Suspended License Information for Wisconsin

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?

Wisconsin residents looking to get a Class M motorcycle license must meet be of age. To receive a motorcycle instruction permit, drivers must be 16 or older. Drivers with instruction permits who are less than 18 must also be enrolled in an approved Drivers Ed motorcycle course. Permit holders must also be accompanied by a person 25 years old or older who has held a valid Class M motorcycle license for at least two years.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

What are the available commercial license endorsements?

Wisconsin CDL license holders have six different endorsements available to qualify for through the Wisconsin DMV. CDL license endorsements are as follows:

  • Transporting Passengers (P)
  • Doubles and Triples (T)
  • Tank Vehicles (N)
  • Hazardous Materials (H)
  • School Bus (S)
  • Farm Services (F)

Each CDL license endorsement has a corresponding section on the General Knowledge test that must be completed before drivers can qualify for the endorsement.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application.

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?

Wisconsin residents with a suspended drivers license are urged to get a suspended drivers license reinstatement before continuing to operate a vehicle. Wisconsin differentiates between driving with a revoked drivers license and driving with a suspended license. Driving with a revoked drivers license can result in both criminal and civil charges, which can lead to jail time. However, driving with a suspended drivers license is a civil offense and will result in higher fines depending on whether it is a first offense or not. Suspended drivers license reinstatement fees are $60, while renewal fees are $34 (fees may vary).

For more information:Suspended License Information for Wisconsin

What are the different types of driving records?

Wisconsin drivers have a few choices when requesting a driving record. A standard non-certified driving record costs $5 through the online driving record system, and $7 by mail. A certified drivers record costs $12 by mail and cannot be obtained online. Drivers can also choose to receive a driving record with detailed confidential information, including juvenile traffic convictions or withdrawals. To receive this driving record, residents must provide the Wisconsin DMV with the following:

  • Wisconsin driver s license number/ID card number
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Product identification number found on back of driver s license/ID card

For more information: Your Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?

Wisconsin residents looking to get new identification cards or to replace or renew ID cards will have to pay a fee. Residents who would like a new Wisconsin ID card must pay $28. Residents who would like to renew their ID cards will also have to pay $28, while residents who have misplaced, damaged or stolen ID cards must pay $16 for a replacement ID card. Fees may vary.

For more information: How to Apply for a Wisconsin Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?

Wisconsin residents who have lost or stolen drivers licenses must apply for a drivers license replacement either at a local WI DMV office or by mail. Drivers fill out a Wisconsin Drivers License Application Form MV3001 and submit it along with the duplicate drivers license fee. Drivers license replacements cost $14 (fees may vary).

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Wisconsin Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?

Wisconsin drivers in possession of a learners permit have a few restrictions placed on their driving privileges. Learners permit drivers must always be accompanied by a fully-licensed driver who sits in the vehicle s passenger seat and meets the following requirements:

  • At least two years of licensed driving experience
  • Qualified instructor at least 19 years old
  • Parent, guardian or spouse at least 19 years old
  • Person at least 21 years old (along with written authorization from driver s parent or guardian if they are under 18)
  • Person at least 25 years old if driving at night

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Wisconsin

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?

Federal and Wisconsin state regulations require residents with commercial drivers licenses who operate in certain tiers to have a copy of their Fed Med card when they drive. Drivers with CDL licenses who are required to carry a Fed Med card are over 21 and registered as Interstate Fed Med (“Tier 1”) drivers. Drivers who are in Tier 2, 3 or 4 are not required to have a Fed Med card but have less flexible options for driving routes (i.e. not being able to driver interstate).

Fed Med cards can be obtained by a CDL license holder during a Department of Transportation (DOT) examination by a licensed medical examiner. Medical examiners must be listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) National Registry. When the medical examiner issues the driver a Medical Examiner s Certificate, the driver also has the option of purchasing a Federal Medical card (Fed Med card). DOT examinations are valid for up to 24 months, though medical examiners may make certificates valid for less time depending on whether or not the driver has a condition.

Commercial drivers license holders who haven t picked a driving tier of operation must visit a local WI DMV office to select a tier and show the Fed Med card if required.

For more information:CDL Commercial Drivers License Application.

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?

Wisconsin residents should apply for a duplicate car registration in the event of the following:

  • Original vehicle registration has been lost
  • Original vehicle registration has been stolen
  • Original vehicle registration has been damaged beyond legibility

In the event of any of the above, residents should apply for a duplicate car registration either online or by mail.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?

Wisconsin drivers operating with a learner s permit who have received a traffic violation must treat it the same way as a Wisconsin driver with a full license. However, drivers with a learner s permit face double the amount of demerit points for second and subsequent violations under Wisconsin state law. The exception to this rule concerns any violations that fall under Chapter 347 of Wisconsin statutes, which consist mostly of vehicle equipment violations.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Wisconsin

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?

Wisconsin residents convicted of driving under the influence face a number of penalties depending on how severe the conviction is, whether or not anybody was hurt while the driver was intoxicated, and whether or not this is the first offense. DUI convictions come with a drivers license suspension period between six months and three years. Additionally, six points are added to the drivers record. Repeated offenses will also result in jail time anywhere from five days to six years.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Wisconsin

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?

Depending on the length of time a Wisconsin resident has had a suspended drivers license for, he or she may have to pay a number of fees. The suspended drivers license reinstatement fee is $60 and the replacement license fee is $14. Both must be paid before a suspended drivers license can be used. Additionally, if the resident s suspended drivers license also expired during the suspension period, he or she must also pay the drivers license renewal fee of $34 (fees may vary).

For more information:Suspended License Information for Wisconsin

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?

Wisconsin residents who are getting car registration for new vehicles have to pay associated fees. For most residents, the new registration certificate fee will be $75; however, fees may vary depending on the vehicle being registered. For a complete list of fees by vehicle weight, refer to the License Plate Application.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Wisconsin

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?

For every method of getting car title copies, there is the $20 Car Title Replacement application fee (fees may vary). For online and in-person application submissions where the fee is paid by debit or credit card, there is an added convenience fee. Drivers obtaining a duplicate car title in person will also be charged a $5 counter service fee. There are no added fees for mailing in car title replacement applications.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Wisconsin

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?

Residents of Wisconsin who are applying for duplicate car registrations can do so either online or by mail. Duplicate car registration applications require a fee of $2 that must be submitted along with the application and all supporting materials (fees may vary). Payments can be made by debit or credit card, or with a checking account through the Automated Clearing House. Credit and debit card payments are subject to a convenience fee as well.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

What are the required fees to renew my registration?

There are a several fees associated with renewing car registrations in Wisconsin. The largest of them is the annual $75 car registration renewal fee. There is also a convenience fee attached to transactions done by credit card or debit card. Additionally, residents renewing car registrations in person have to pay a maximum service charge of $10.

Certain Wisconsin counties charge a wheel tax on top of normal car registration renewal fees. Lastly, residents who register after the car registration renewal deadline are charged a $10 late fee. Fees may vary.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?

Wisconsin residents who own a three-wheel motorcycle must meet the same requirements as residents owning two-wheel motorcycles. To obtain a Class M motorcycle license, visit a local WI DMV office and fill out a Driver License application form MV3001.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?

In Wisconsin, there are quite a few violations that result in a suspension but leave drivers eligible for an occupational (restricted) drivers license. Occupational licenses limit the driver to operating a vehicle for no more than 12 hours a day (or 60 hours a week) to specific destinations (work, church, and other locations indicated on the occupational license itself). To check eligibility for occupational driving licenses, Wisconsin residents can fill out the Occupational License Eligibility Check form.

For more information:Suspended License Information for Wisconsin

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?

Wisconsin residents looking to get drivers licenses must pass the driving tests before they can receive a drivers license. Residents who fail the driving test can schedule an appointment at a local WI DMV service center to take it again. However, applicants are only allowed to take the same test five times in a single year.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Wisconsin

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?

Wisconsin drivers applying to purchase a beginner s permit for driving need to present a few documents at a local WI DMV Service facilityto be eligible. Required documents include:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, legal permanent resident status, conditional resident status or temporary visitor status (valid U.S. passport, certificate of U.S. naturalization or consular report of birth abroad
  • Proof of name and date of birth (valid U.S. passport, certified birth certificate or certificate of U.S. naturalization)
  • Proof of identity (valid photo driver s license or photo ID, valid U.S. passport or photo college ID)
  • Proof of Wisconsin residency (printed paycheck stub, utility bill, current valid homeowner s, renter s or motor vehicle insurance policy)
  • Proof of enrollment in certified driver education program (if under 18)
  • $35 Class D learners permit fee (fees may vary)
  • Complete Wisconsin Driver s License Application

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Wisconsin

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?

To get a motorcycle driving license, you must bring the following documents with you tothe WI DMV office. Documents include:

  • Complete Class M Motorcycle License Application (Form MV3001)
  • Proof of US citizenship
  • Proof of name and date of birth
  • Proof of Wisconsin residency
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of Drivers Ed completion (if under 16)
  • Proof of enrollment or completion of a Basic Motorcycle Rider Course

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?

Whenapplying for drivers licenses, bring the following documents to a local WI DMV service center when filling out a Drivers License Application:

  • Complete Drivers License Application
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship, legal permanent residency, conditional residency or temporary visiting status
  • Proof of name and date of birth
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Wisconsin residency
  • $28 new drivers license fee (fees may vary)

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Wisconsin

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?

Wisconsin residents applying for car title replacements must provide a few documents to receive their duplicate car title. Required documents include:

  • A completed Car Title Replacement Application
  • Wisconsin drivers license
  • Valid email address
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • $20 application fee (fees may vary; convenience fee added for all debit/credit card transactions)

When applying in person, drivers should also bring proof of identity. If anybody but the owner or lien holder is picking up the duplicate car title, they must also have a complete Permission to Pick Up Title form MV2932 with them.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Wisconsin

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?

Wisconsin residents who are submitting an address change request with the Wisconsin DMV and are requesting a federal REAL ID or License must submit proof of residency with their application. Acceptable documents for proof of residency include (all documents must contain the driver s name and current address):

  • Paycheck stub/earning statement with employer’s name and address no older than 90 days
  • Utility bill no older than 90 days
  • Phone bill no older than 90 days
  • Bank account statementno older than 90 days
  • Government-issued correspondence from a federal, state, county or city agency
  • Deed, title, mortgage statement, rental agreement or lease agreement for Wisconsin property *
  • Current valid homeowner’s, renter’s or motor vehicle insurance policy *
  • Valid Wisconsin hunting or fishing license *
  • Department of Corrections documentation no older than 90 days *
  • Certified school record or transcript no older than 90 days *
  • College enrollment documentation or Form 2019 with current Wisconsin address *
  • Wisconsin accredited university photo ID card. * Must include the following:
    • Issue date
    • Student s photo and address
    • Expiration date no longer than two years after issue date
  • Employee photo ID card issued by current employer *
  • Homeless shelter documentation *
  • Wisconsin driver license or ID card (can be expired) with current Wisconsin residence address *
  • Parent s or guardian s Wisconsin driver license or ID. Address on record must match the child s current address on record if under 26 *

* – must be original copies.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Wisconsin

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?

For residents of Wisconsin who are non-U.S. citizens and need to submit an address change request with the DMV must report to a local WI DMV office. Applicants for address change requests should bring the required documentation for applying to receive a duplicate drivers license or ID card, as well as one of the following documents to establish legal resident status:

  • Valid U.S. passport
  • Valid birth certificate
  • Consular report of birth abroad
  • Valid I-551, permanent resident card (non-expiring I-551 cards are acceptable)
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
  • Unexpired foreign passport with a valid unexpired U.S. visa affixed, along with an approved I-94 form documenting the applicants most recent U.S. visit

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Wisconsin

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?

To get duplicate car registration, vehicles have to acompleted Duplicate Car Registration Application form to the Wisconsin DMV. However, residents will also have to provide the DMV with the following:

  • Valid email address
  • Last four digits of Social Security Number
  • Date of birth
  • Wisconsin drivers license/ID card number
  • VIN

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?

Toget car registrations in WI, you must present the following documents and fees, including:

To submit car registration applications and fees, visit a local WI DMV office.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Wisconsin

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?

Renewing car registrations in Wisconsin does not require many documents. The Wisconsin DMV sends out license plate renewal notices several weeks prior to the car registration renewal date. The notice to renew car registration is all that s necessary for a car registration renewal, along with the $75 renewal fee and any convenience fees charged due to the driver s method of renewal (fees may vary).

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?

Required documents vary depending on whether the driver is getting a regular drivers license renewal or upgrading to a federal REAL drivers license. Federal REAL IDs and drivers licenses will be required in the future to enter any airports or federal buildings. Required documents include:

  • Proof of name and date of birth (for REAL ID)
  • Proof of citizenship (for REAL ID)
  • Proof of legal status in the United States (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Social Security number (for REAL ID)
  • Proof of Wisconsin residency (for REAL ID)
  • Proof of name change (if applicable)

Current Wisconsin residents who have never changed their name may get a REAL ID license with a certified U.S. birth certificate, their Wisconsin drivers license and a Social Security card.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Wisconsin

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?

Wisconsin residents applying for a car title transfer can do so online through the Online Wisconsin Title Application.Residents applying for car title transfers in person are required to have a few documents, including:

  • A completed and signed License Plate Application
  • Current identification
  • License plate to transfer
  • $69.50 Car Title Transfer fee (fees may vary)

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Wisconsin

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?

Residents of Wisconsin looking for a drivers licenses replacement must provide a few documents when applying. Required documents include:

Residents who would like a REAL ID-compliant duplicate drivers license must also provide proof of Wisconsin residency, proof of name and date of birth and proof of a name change (if applicable).

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Wisconsin Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?

Wisconsin residents seeking a Class M motorcycle license must go through the motorcycle license application process. Part of the process includes passing a motorcycle license skills test. Drivers must either pass the skills test or take an approved Drivers Ed motorcycle course.

There are three types of motorcycle Drivers Ed courses available, based on the type of vehicle the driver will be operating:

  • Basic Motorcycle Rider Course (BRC)
  • Scooter Basic Rider Course (SBRC)
  • 3-Wheel Basic Rider Course (3WBRC)

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Wisconsin

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?

The forms necessary to obtain a duplicate car title in Wisconsin depend on the specific circumstances of the driver. All car title replacement inquiries require a completed Car Title Replacement Application, along with the $20 fee (fees may vary). The car title replacement application can be submitted online, by mail or in person at a local WI DMV office. Additionally, if anybody is picking up the title who is not the owner or lien-holder of the vehicle, they must fill out and submit a Permission to Pick Up Title form MV2932.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Wisconsin

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?

Traffic tickets for Wisconsin drivers with Commercial Drivers Licenses are handled the same as traffic violations for regular drivers. However, the penalties for certain violations and guilty pleas are heightened for CDL holders, with many of them carrying mandatory suspension periods. For a complete list of violations that can cause a CDL disqualification, check the Wisconsin General CDL Disqualifications chart.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Wisconsin

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?

Wisconsin residents holding commercial drivers licenses who are convicted of a DUI face CDL license disqualifications based on the type of license they hold. For general CDL license holders who are facing their first conviction, the penalty is a one-year disqualification of the CDL license. For HAZMAT drivers, the disqualification is three years, and for school bus drivers the disqualification is five years. Regardless of commercial drivers license class, all CDL license holders convicted of a second DUI will lose CDL license privileges for life.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application.

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?

If the original lost car title is found, residents should hold on to the original copy as a precautionary measure. It will not be considered the true car title though. Once the request for a car title replacement was made, the original pink slip details were made void. Therefore, you can keep it in for your records, however cannot use it for official motor-vehicle related matters.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Wisconsin

What information does a driving record contain?

Wisconsin residents requesting driving records will receive a copy of theirs after submitting a driving record application with the appropriate fees. Driving records contain the following information about a driver:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Driver s license/ID card number
  • Sex
  • Date of birth
  • Former names
  • Traffic convictions, accidents, restrictions and withdrawals (includes date and type)

For more information: Your Driving Record

What is an ID card?

Wisconsin identification cards are issued by the Department of Transportation to Wisconsin residents who do not have a valid drivers license. Wisconsin ID cards can be used for both personal identification and voting purposes. Wisconsin residents who are also US citizens and at least 18 years of age by the next election are eligible for a free Wisconsin ID card. When filling out the ID Card Application Form MV3004, check the box next to ID for FREE.

For more information: How to Apply for a Wisconsin Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?

Wisconsin drivers given a DUI or DWI citation will eventually have to pay out a number of fees to both satisfy the stipulations of the DUI/DWI conviction and get their license reinstated following the mandatory suspension period:

  • First offenses Fines can range from $150 to $300, and comes with an additional surcharge of $365.
  • Second offenses Results in imprisonment anywhere between five days and six months, along with a $350 to $1,100 fine (in addition to the $365 surcharge).
  • Third offense Results in imprisonment from 30 days to one year, along with a fine ranging from $600 to $2,000 (along with the $365 surcharge).

Drivers convicted of multiple DUIs must also purchase an IID for their vehicle, as well as pay the reinstatement and replacement drivers license fees once their suspension or revocation period is over.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Wisconsin

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?

Wisconsin drivers who would like to pay traffic tickets in the state can find the amount of their particular ticket on the documentation received from law enforcement officials. Traffic ticket fines are based on the severity of the violation, as well as whether or not the drivers pay traffic tickets by the due date.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Wisconsin

What is the cost to get a driver record?

Drivers looking to check driving records in Wisconsin must pay a fee that changes depending on the method the driver used to request the driving record. If the driver request the driving record online, the fee is $5. Drivers requesting a non-certified driving record by mail must pay $7, while drivers requesting certified driving records must pay $12.

For more information: Your Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?

Wisconsin drivers holding a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) who are handed a DUI citation face a number of penalties beyond the typical penalties for non-commercial drivers. All DUI first offenses for CDL holders come with a minimum one-year license suspension. Drivers will lose CDL driving privileges for life if convicted of a second DUI or first controlled-substance felony.

Commercial drivers are also given a fine between $150 and $1,000 and declared out-of-service for 24 hours if any amount of alcohol is detected, even if it is below the legal limit.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Wisconsin

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?

Wisconsin drivers under 21 handed a DUI citation are subject to the same penalties as drivers over 21 who have been convicted of a DUI. In addition, drivers under 21 who test positive for any detectable level of alcohol will be fined $200 and have their CDL license suspended for three months. Minors are eligible for restricted drivers licenses immediately after a DUI conviction.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Wisconsin

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?

Wisconsin residents looking for car insurance must meet certain minimum liability coverage amounts. Minimum car insurance must include the following:

  • $10,000 property damage coverage
  • $25,000 injury and death of one person coverage
  • $50,000 injury and death of more than one person coverage

Most insurance companies in Wisconsin offer minimum car insurancecoverage as outlined by Wisconsin regulations.

For more information: Wisconsin Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?

Wisconsin drivers must take and pass the general knowledge test with a score of 80% to receive a learners permit. Drivers are only allowed to attempt the learners permit written tests five times within a one year period of time. After five attempts in a single year, drivers must get permission from DMV staff for additional attempts.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Wisconsin

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?

Wisconsin residents looking to obtain a title for their motorcyclehave a similar process to obtaining an automobile title. Drivers should first fill out the License Plate Application. Residents can then bring the completed application, the $23 license plate fee and $69.50 title fee to a local WI DMV office. Wisconsin motorcycle license plates are valid for two years and expire in April of even numbered years.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Wisconsin

What languages is the written test available in?

Wisconsin residents filling out Drivers License Applications must take certain tests to receive a drivers license. A couple of these tests are written, and are available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Chinese
  • Hmong
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Serbo-Croatian
  • Somali
  • Spanish

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Wisconsin

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?

Wisconsin drivers who have had their licenses suspended or revoked due to a DUI or DWI citation must wait the required amount of time before applying to reinstate their license (anywhere between six months and three years depending on the offense). Once the suspension period has passed, drivers can visit a local WI DMV officeto check their reinstatement eligibility status. If the suspension was over a year or the license was revoked, residents will also have to take the required driving, vision and knowledge tests again as well.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Wisconsin

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?

Wisconsin residents who have made an official address change recently must make an address change request with the DMV within 10 days of moving. Residents who do not request an address changing on their drivers licenses or ID cards may be cited by law enforcement if stopped.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Wisconsin

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?

Wisconsin residents with expired licenses are urged to visit a local WI DMV office for drivers license renewal as soon as possible. Driving with an expired license can lead to a ticketed violation that can cost anywhere from $30 to $250. In addition, renewing drivers licenses once they have expired costs an extra $5 late fee, in addition to the $34 drivers license renewal fee. To renew expired drivers licenses, visit a local DMV office.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Wisconsin

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?

Wisconsin residents wondering what proof of car insurance to provide when registering their vehicle can find out specifics ata local WI DMV office. Typically, Wisconsin drivers are not required to provide proof of car insurance when getting a drivers license or registering a car. However, drivers attempting to reinstate their licenses after a suspension or revocation may be asked to provide proof of car insurance.

For more information: Wisconsin Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?

Once a Wisconsin resident has completed an online car registration renewal, he or she will receive a confirmation page that can be printed and used as temporary proof that the owner is in the process of renewing car registrations. Residents should receive their new car registration and license plate sticker within 10 business days. If the documents haven t been received within 10 days, contact the Wisconsin DMV at 608-266-1466.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?

Drivers in Wisconsin who have applied for a drivers license renewal should receive their licenses from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation within 10 business days. All undeliverable official mail is returned to the DMV. Drivers who have not received their drivers license renewal after 10 business days should contact the Wisconsin DMV at 608-266-2353.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Wisconsin

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?

Wisconsin residents filling out drivers permit applications must pass a couple of tests to receive their learners permit. The tests include:

  • Knowledge test
  • Road sign test
  • Vision test

Tests can be completed at a local WI DMV Service facility.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Wisconsin

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?

Wisconsin residents looking into how to get a CDL license will have to pass a number of tests to qualify. Initially, CDL license applicants must pass a 50-question general knowledge test. Then, based on the type of endorsement drivers wish to receive, they must pass one or more of the following tests:

  • Endorsement A Combination Vehicles (20 questions)
  • Endorsement P Transporting Passengers (20 questions)
  • Endorsement T Doubles and Triples (20 questions)
  • Endorsement N Tank Vehicles (20 questions)
  • Endorsement H Hazardous Materials (30 questions)
  • Endorsement S School Bus (25 questions)
  • Endorsement F Farm Services (10 questions)

All tests must be passed with a score of 80 percent or better. Additionally, drivers looking to apply for a CDL must also pass the pre-trip, backing and skills tests.

For more information: CDL Commercial Drivers License Application.

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?

Wisconsin residents applying for drivers licenses in the state can do so at a local WI DMV service center. During the Drivers License application process, residents have to complete a driving test to receive their drivers license, as well as a vision test. Additionally, residents receiving a learners permit prior to receiving their full license must pass written knowledge tests and road sign tests.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Wisconsin

What type of car insurance am I required to have?

Wisconsin residents with vehicles are required to havecar insurance to operate on Wisconsin roads. Wisconsin regulations require a minimum coverage that includes bodily injury liability car insurance, property damage liability car insurance, and uninsured or underinsured motorist bodily injury car insurance.

Wisconsin drivers must provide proof of car insurance at all traffic stops and accidents whenever a law enforcement official asks to see it. Residents driving a vehicle without car insurance are subject to a $500 fine. Residents who provide false proof of car insurance are subject to a $5,000 fine.

For more information: Wisconsin Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?

Wisconsin residents applying for drivers licenses will be issued one of two noncommercial drivers licenses: the original probationary class D drivers license, or the original regular class D drivers license. Probationary licenses are issued to:

  • New drivers (regardless of age).
  • Residents with a drivers license from another country who have passed the required Wisconsin driving tests.
  • Residents reinstating a revoked probationary license.

All other residents will receive a regular class D license. Other noncommercial licenses include motorcycle licenses and instruction permits.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Wisconsin

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?

Wisconsin drivers are required to have insurance and provide proof of insurance at all traffic stops and accidents when requested by local law enforcement. Penalties for operating a motor vehicle without car insurance include a $500 fine and potential drivers license suspension. Providing fraudulent proof of car insurance will result in a $5,000 fine and license suspension.

For more information: Wisconsin Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?

The amount of time a Wisconsin resident must wait to reinstate a suspended drivers license depends on the offense that cause the drivers license suspension to begin with. Wisconsin residents must wait until the suspension period has passed before attempting a suspended drivers license reinstatement. To check reinstatement eligibilities, Wisconsin residents can visit the Wisconsin DOT Reinstatement Eligibility Inquiry page. Here, residents can find out exactly what they need to do to reinstate suspended drivers licenses.

For more information:Suspended License Information for Wisconsin

When does my car registration expire?

Wisconsin residents wondering when the car registration renewal date is for their vehicle can check the documentation for their car registration. Additionally, the Wisconsin DOT mails out car registration renewal notices at least 30 days prior to the registration expiration date. Residents may also check the details of their car registration renewal through the Wisconsin online DMV license plate lookup service.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

When does my ID card expire?

Wisconsin identification cards are valid for eight years and usually expire around the ID card holder s birthday. To renew a Wisconsin ID, residents may visit a local WI DMV office in person or fill out an ID card renewal application online with the Wisconsin ID card renewal/duplicate service.

For more information: How to Apply for a Wisconsin Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?

Wisconsin residents who have moved to a new Wisconsin address must notify the Wisconsin DMV of the official address change within 10 days of moving. To submit an address change request with the Wisconsin DMV, residents should fill out the Wisconsin Residence Address Change Forms.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Wisconsin

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?

Wisconsin residents selling a vehicle should complete a Bill of Sale form MV2459 to transfer ownership of a vehicle in certain situations, including:

  • Transfer from a registered owner to a salvage dealer (dealer must be licensed)
  • Transfer from one salvage dealer to another salvage dealer (dealers must be licensed)
  • Transfer from an insurance company after title has been surrendered to Wisconsin DOT

Owners must confirm before completing a bill of sale that there are no outstanding liens against the car, that the owner has the legal right to sell the car and the certificate of title has been lost, destroyed, or the car itself has been labeled “Junked.”

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Wisconsin

When will I need to renew my license?

Wisconsin drivers have valid drivers licenses for eight years from issuance. Expiration dates are typically on the driver s birthday. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation sends out drivers license renewal notices 45 to 60 days before the license expiration date as a courtesy. Licenses should be renewed by the expiration date to avoid extra late fees.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Wisconsin

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?

Since 2012, the Wisconsin DMV has mailed out all new drivers licenses and drivers license replacements from a central production facility. The new policy is meant to keep in line with REAL ID federal requirements, as well as to deter identity fraud and theft. Residents who have applied for a duplicate drivers license will receive it in the mail within 10 business days of application. Drivers licenses marked as undeliverable are returned to the DMV.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Wisconsin Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?

Wisconsin residents who suspect they have suspended drivers licenses or would just like to check the general status of their licenses can do so through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Visit the Wisconsin DOT Driver License Status Check form for more information. Residents with suspended drivers licenses can also find out what their next steps should be.

For more information:Suspended License Information for Wisconsin

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?

Wisconsin residents looking for areas to find out more information about duplicate car registrations can visit a local Wisconsin DMV location. Wisconsin DMV locations are available by county or city. Not all services are available at all DMV locations.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?

In Wisconsin, all vehicle owners convicted of a first offense DUI or DWI with a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.15 or higher must have an IID installed in their vehicle before their license can be reinstated. All drivers with a second or subsequent DUI or DWI conviction must have an IID installed.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Wisconsin

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?

Wisconsin residents who have received parking or traffic ticket fines recently can check the status of their drivers license and whether or not they have unpaid tickets through the Wisconsin DOT website. To check, fill out the Incident Search online form with drivers licensesand other personal information. Residents with the citation number of their tickets can also check the ticket information using the Wisconsin Court System website.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Wisconsin

Where can I get a new drivers license?

Toapply for drivers licenses in Nevada, visit a local WI DMV service center. At the center, residents can fill out Drivers License Applications, as well as take the required tests and pay the drivers license fee. There is currently no option to apply for a new drivers license online.Drivers licenses are mailed to the applicant s home within 10 business days. Residents can use the receipt issued by the Wisconsin DMV at the time of drivers license application and payment as their photo ID and temporary drivers license for 45 days after leaving the service center.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Wisconsin

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?

When applying for car title duplicates by mail, complete a Car Title Replacement Application. Send the completed application and $20 application fee (fees may vary) to:

WI Dept. of Transportation

PO Box 7949

Madison, WI 53707-7949

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Wisconsin

Where can I obtain an ID card?

Wisconsin residents looking for the locations to apply for DMV ID cards have a few options depending on whether or not they are applying for an initial ID card, an ID card renewal or to replace ID cards. For residents looking to obtain their first ID card, ID card applications must be submitted in person at a local WI DMV office. Residents looking to renew ID cards or replace ID cards can also do so in person at a local WI DMV office, as well as online through the Wisconsin ID card renewal/duplicate service. Residents looking to renew ID cards or replace ID cards can also do so by filling out an ID Card Application Form MV3004, then mailing it and the ID card renewal/replacement fee to:

WisDOT PO Box 7995 Madison, WI 53707-7995

For more information: How to Apply for a Wisconsin Identification Card.

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?

Wisconsin drivers are required to have car insurance for most types of vehicles. The only vehicles in Wisconsin that are not required to have proof of car insurance are trailers and semi-trailers. Operating a motor vehicle in Wisconsin without proof of car insurance will result in a $500 fine. Operating a motor vehicle with fraudulent proof of car insurance will result in a $5,000 fine.

For more information: Wisconsin Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?

Wisconsin residents less than 18 looking to obtain a learners permit must get a couple of signatures before they will be issued a beginning drivers permit. It is a requirement for drivers under 18 to be enrolled in a certified driver education program to obtain a learners permit. The drivers permit application must be signed by the driving course instructor. Additionally, the application should also be signed by a parent or other adult sponsor.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Wisconsin

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?

Wisconsin driving records are kept by the DMV as a reference point, and are updated regularly. Occasionally, residents may receive a ticket and request a copy of their driving record and not see a ticket reflected on it. In this case, Wisconsin DMV records may not have been updated with the new ticket information. Drivers who believe there is a mistake on their driving record should contact the Wisconsin DMV at 608-266-2353.

For more information: Your Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?

Wisconsin residents renewing drivers licenses will have to undergo a vision test during each drivers license renewal period. Residents have the option of receiving a free vision screening test from an examiner at a local WI DMV office. Residents may also have the vision screening done with a separate physician who must record the results on the Wisconsin Driver s License Application Form MV3001. Vision screenings must take place no more than 90 days prior to the drivers license renewal application submission.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Wisconsin

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?

Wisconsin Department of Transportation issues courtesy drivers license renewal notices to residents with licenses expiring soon. Drivers license renewal notices are sent out 45 to 60 days prior to the drivers license expiration date, and include all the information necessary to renew drivers licenses.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Wisconsin

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?

Wisconsin residents paying traffic tickets may accrue demerit points on their licenses, depending on the offense. To check the list of potential driving violations and the associated points charge, check the Driver Licensing Abbreviation Codes with Charge Points. Wisconsin drivers who have accumulated 12 or more points in a single year will have their driver licenses suspended for a minimum of two months.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Wisconsin

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?

Wisconsin residents with a suspended or revokeddrivers license due to a DUI or DWI citation may be required by the Wisconsin DMV to go through an alcohol assessment. In the event that an alcohol assessment is ordered, drivers must provide proof that they have attended before their license will be reinstated.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Wisconsin

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?

Yes, Wisconsin residents must fill out a duplicate car registration application to replace a lost, damaged or stolen car registration. Residents can submit a Duplicate Car Registration application online. They may also print out and complete a Duplicate Certificate of Registration Application and submit it to the following address along with the fees and other relevant information:

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

PO Box 7911

Madison, WI 53707-7911

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?

Wisconsin residents applying for a duplicate car title are required to show a few documents during the application process. However, proof of insurance is not necessary. For residents applying for a duplicate car title in person at a local WI DMV office, proof of identity must be provided.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Wisconsin

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?

As a courtesy, the Wisconsin DOT mails out license plate renewal notices to registered addresses of Wisconsin drivers at least 30 days before their car registration renewal date. Wisconsin drivers who have not received a license plate renewal notice can fill out a Substitute Renewal notice, fill it out and mail it to the Wisconsin DOT with the car registration renewal fee. Residents may also use the Wisconsin online DMV license plate lookup service to find their Renewal Reference Number and apply for a car registration renewal online without a license plate renewal notice.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?

Your car registration renewal date will typically be a specific day annually. The date will be one year from the date when your last registration began. There are exceptions to this rule for certain specialized license plates.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Wisconsin