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Getting drivers licenses in Wisconsin is a privilege available only to eligible residents, if they want to legally operate motor vehicles on public roads in the state. New drivers license applicants must provide necessary documentation and pay applicable fees. Additionally, applicants have to pass a series of exams: vision test, written drivers test and a road test.

Did you know? Beginner drivers license applicants usually fail the written test on their first try. Therefore, they should get prepared by taking our practice driving tests.

How to Apply for a Wisconsin Driver's License:

  • Visit a WI DOT location.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pass the written drivers test.
  • Pass a road test.
  • Pay the WI drivers license fees.

Continue reviewing the sections below for further information on getting drivers license in Wisconsin.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Wisconsin

Before applying for drivers licenses in Wisconsin, driving applicants should familiarize themselves with the different types of licenses they can apply for. Several drivers licenses are issued to qualified applicants, including the following:

  • Class A, B and C Commercial Drivers License (CDL) - Issued to drivers who operate commercial motor vehicles.
  • Class D drivers license - Issued to drivers who operate regular motor vehicles.
  • Class M motorcycle license - Issued to drivers who operate motorcycles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Wisconsin

First-time Wisconsin drivers license applicants who are 15-and-a-half years of age need to begin by applying for the first stage of the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program - the instruction permit for driving. To go through the DMV drivers license program, minors need to meet the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's (DOT) requirements at every stage, which will vary for each driving credential.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Wisconsin New Drivers (Over 18)

Getting a regular Class D drivers license in Wisconsin requires applicants to be at least 16 years of age, pass a series of exams, provide the necessary documents and pay the applicable fees.

WI Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Wisconsin drivers license applicants must pass a written drivers test in order to obtain driving privileges. To do so, they may study from the Motorists' Handbook and practice their knowledge with our driving practice tests. These DMV license tests offer the chance to preview the type of questions they will have to answer on the official Wisconsin written test.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in WI

Getting drivers licenses in Wisconsin is a process that must be conducted at a WI DOT office. New drivers license applicants will have to gather and provide the following documentation:

  • Proof of U.S. citizenship.
  • Proof of name and date of birth.
  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Wisconsin residency.
  • Proof of Social Security Number.

WI Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

Wisconsin residents who want to apply for drivers licenses must be at least 15-and-a-half years of age and meet the other WI DOT requirements, such as: present the required documentation and pay the applicable fees. Additionally, state drivers license applicants will have to pass three examinations: vision, written and road skills. Fulfilling these requirements will certify that the applicant is a safe and responsible driver.

WI Written/Driving Test

A crucial part of the drivers license application process is the Wisconsin written test. The driving license written test consists of questions taken from the Wisconsin Driver Handbook's sections on traffic laws and road rules. Get prepared for the written knowledge exam by taking our practice driving tests, which contain questions similar to those you will have to answer.

WI Driving Test

The Wisconsin road skills test examines the drivers license applicant's ability to operate a motor vehicle safely and responsibly. This DMV drivers license test includes the following select maneuvers:

  • Following other traffic.
  • Changing lanes.
  • Passing other vehicles.
  • Backing up the motor vehicle.
  • Knowing how to parallel park.
  • Making a U-turn.
  • Stopping the vehicle and pulling it over to the side of the road.
  • Turning left or right.
  • Moving from a parked position onto a roadway.

New Wisconsin Resident

New Wisconsin residents need to apply for drivers license privileges at a WI DOT office within 60 days of establishing residency if they want to drive within the state. Applicants who have either a valid or expired out-of-state license to drive need to surrender it and take a vision exam. They also need to retake the written and driving exams if their out-of-state drivers license has been expired for more than eight years.

Once you establish Wisconsin residency, you need to title and register your vehicle at the nearest WI DOT office. If you already had an out-of-state auto registration, you need to present it the moment you apply for one in Wisconsin.

Replace Drivers License in Wisconsin

If you have a damaged, stolen or lost drivers license, you need to apply for a drivers license replacement at the nearest WI DOT office. Find out how to replace drivers licenses by following this link.

Locate a DMV in Wisconsin

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has its own branches throughout the state where you can resolve your driving issues. Search through our WI DOT locations page to find phone numbers, addresses and working hours.

Submitted by agal98 on 16th Mar 2015

You can find the driver's

You can find the driver's test sign up for Wisconsin Drivers at www. dot .wisconsin. gov /drivers /drivers /schedule .htm (Just take out the spaces of the link so that it will work..)

Submitted by KMojica (not verified) on 14th Feb 2013

How do i sign up for a

How do i sign up for a drivers test online? And what is all on the road test now? I know a lot of people who have taken the test in last 3 years and none have had to parallel park but the sheet says i have to know how to.

Submitted by PatrickH (not verified) on 9th Jan 2013

I spoke with a rep. I'm a new

I spoke with a rep. I'm a new wisconsin resident. My out of state dl expires in 2days. So i was glad to find out that even if i wait till after it expires the process is still the same. No new written or driving tests for 8yrs after expiration.

Submitted by Toothman (not verified) on 10th Nov 2011

Im 18 and my temps exparied 6

Im 18 and my temps exparied 6 months ago. I want to go and get them again to do so do I have to retake the writing text. And if so does taking the writing text cost money?

Submitted by SKZ (not verified) on 6th Jul 2011

Im confused, Im relocating to

Im confused, Im relocating to WI this month and the DMV in Madison told me all thats needed to transfer my cdl, is to bring proof of my new residency and my old license, but someone else told me I'll need to take the tests. Which is it? I need to know what kind of expenses to be prepared for.

Submitted by zackgraves94 (not verified) on 5th Jul 2010

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i completely agree with everything all the restictions should most definitely be followed. driving under age is a priveledge so everyone needs to follow the rules

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I was wondering if I could take the test at home or do I need to take it at the dmv?

Submitted by RachelM (not verified) on 4th Apr 2012

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Submitted by Vernon Roberts (not verified) on 3rd Feb 2012

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Submitted by danette-45 (not verified) on 14th Mar 2012

I have my drivers permit now

I have my drivers permit now i wanna sign up for a road test to get my license

Submitted by Akenya Aman (not verified) on 9th Feb 2013

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I haved schdule a road text and i like to check the date and time

Submitted by Jamaal2023 (not verified) on 13th Apr 2012

I Have My Drivers Permit Now

I Have My Drivers Permit Now I Wanna Sign Up For A Road Test To Get My License

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i need my license so i can drive my mother around legally

Submitted by soap2truck (not verified) on 23rd Mar 2010

what is it like to get the

what is it like to get the road test. im 18 going for the road test. could someone fill me in how far and where we have to drive to? what do they check/look for?

Submitted by Teresa2 (not verified) on 17th Mar 2010

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How do you take the practice test online ?

Submitted by tobytoby2 (not verified) on 31st Oct 2009

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how do i sign up for the driving test online???

Submitted by stephanie owen (not verified) on 12th Sep 2012

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How do I sign up for the driving test online?

Submitted by London Groce (not verified) on 6th Oct 2009

Scheduling For Road Test

Scheduling For Road Test

Submitted by vanieshamccullum@yahoo.com (not verified) on 11th Aug 2011

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i would like to schedule my road test

Submitted by Vivian Hanner on 27th Mar 2015

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My son is 23 years of age and needing to get my Driving License How do I schedule my road test

Submitted by danette-45 (not verified) on 14th Mar 2012

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i would like to schedule my road test.

Submitted by cjohnson18 (not verified) on 1st Jun 2011

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I want to schedule a drivers test July 5-15, 2011

Submitted by blackdiva71 (not verified) on 17th Dec 2009

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how to schedule a road test

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I want to take my road test on 12/11/13

Submitted by ERIC WATKINS (not verified) on 8th Sep 2009

HOW DO I SET UP A ROAD TEST

HOW DO I SET UP A ROAD TEST OVER THE INTERNET

Submitted by cantseeme06 (not verified) on 4th Aug 2009

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all i want is to set up a road test

Submitted by terrell brown (not verified) on 21st Dec 2011

Terrell Brown

Terrell Brown

Submitted by tashina (not verified) on 3rd Jun 2009

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how to view the up coming road test

Submitted by melody lopez wagner (not verified) on 6th Apr 2009

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how do i get appt. for driving skills exam

Submitted by lizzy_imme (not verified) on 16th Feb 2009

im just tryin to see how do

im just tryin to see how do take the behind the wheel because i already did the classes and the premit so im trying to do the behind the wheel

Submitted by kiramck (not verified) on 16th Feb 2009

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How can I schedule a road test

Submitted by stephanie owen (not verified) on 12th Sep 2012

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How do I schedule a road test?

Submitted by Littlewitz607 (not verified) on 9th Mar 2009

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I need to set up a appt. for a road test, How do I do that?

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Submitted by doodlez (not verified) on 5th Feb 2009

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How can I schedule a road test?

Submitted by Anonymous on 22nd Apr 2011

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what is the number to schedule a road test?

Submitted by stephanie owen (not verified) on 12th Sep 2012

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what is the phone number to schedule a road test?

Submitted by Algre Witherspoon (not verified) on 6th Jan 2009

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How to get ur permit

Submitted by Chasity (not verified) on 27th Jul 2011

Study the book carefully and

Study the book carefully and take the test online at the dmv place.