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NEW DRIVERS AND FIRST TIME APPLICANTS
Following are the basic requirements for applying for a Wisconsin driver's license:
- Applicants must be 15Â½ years or older.
- Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the graduated driver licensing process. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
- Everyone must pass the written, and driving skill tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
- Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification.
- Applicants must provide acceptable proof of name and date of birth.
- Applicants must provide proof of Wisconsin residency.
The application for obtaining a new driver's license, form MV3001, can be downloaded here.
Wisconsin residents holding a driver's license from another state may also need to pass the tests. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification, date of birth and residency.
Non-US citizens residing in Wisconsin may apply for a Wisconsin driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. Note that a Wisconsin driver's license issued to a foreign national will expire no later than the last date on which they are authorized to be in the United States by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. For a stay under 12 consecutive months a valid driver's license from the country of their citizenship will be acceptable, provided their country is part of the UN Convention on Road Traffic.
The cost for a non-commercial (Class D) Wisconsin driver's license and allied services are as follows:
- Regular Class D: $28
- Probationary License: $28
- Instruction Permit: $35
- Driving Skills exam: $15
The validity of a Wisconsin driver's license is based on the driver's age at the time the license was issued.
- For drivers below 21, the license is valid until their 21st birthday, after which it may be renewed.
- For other drivers, the license is valid for three years from next birthday.
With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Wisconsin with a learner's license. See more information on learner's permits here.
- See also Renewing Your License.
- For information on other types of licenses, see Commercial Driver's Licenses, Motorcycle Licenses.
- It is necessary to have active Auto Insurance in order to drive legally in Wisconsin.
- New drivers see our Driver Education, Driving Schools, Beginner Drivers and Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers sections.