✅ Updated October 2020

Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver license at the Wisconsin DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need to Get your Wisconsin DMV Driver License

You'll need the following documents to get your Wisconsin driver's license:

  • Your Social security number (SSN) - if you have one.
  • If you are under age 18, complete the section of the application for applicants under age 18 (applicant, school and sponsorship certifications).
  • Answer the medical questions. For some medical conditions, you will be asked to have your doctor provide medical information.
  • If you are applying for a commercial driver license, complete the section of the application for commercial driver applicants
  • Provide proof of U.S. citizenship, legal permanent resident status, conditional resident status or temporary visitor status.
  • Provide proof of name and date of birth, for example, a certified U.S. birth certificate, valid passport or certificate of naturalization.
  • Provide proof of identity (an acceptable document with your signature or photograph such as an unexpired state ID card or your social security card).
  • Provide proof of Wisconsin residency if over 18.
    • $35 Instruction permit (Class D) 
    • $35 Instruction permit renewal (12 month) 
    • $28 Original probationary (Class D) (expires 2 years from next birthday)
    • $34 Original regular (Class D)(8 year)
    • $15 Skills exam (Class D) – charged for every appointment not cancelled 24 hours in advance

 

Wisconsin DMV Driver License: What You’ll Do

  • Step 3: Visit your nearest DOT office to complete your Learner’s Permit application (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Pass the vision test
    • Have your photo taken
    • Schedule an appointment to complete the written test
    • Submit payment
  • Step 4: Visit the appropriate DOT office on the day of your written test
    • Pass the written test
    • Receive your Learner’s Permit
  • Step 5: Practice driving to prepare for the road test
  • Step 6: Visit the DOT to take the road test (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Pass the road test
    • Submit payment
    • Receive a temporary driver’s license
  • Step 7: Receive your new Class D driver’s license via U.S. mail

Caveats and Exceptions to Getting your Wisconsin Driver License

  • If you have been convicted of an alcohol/drug related offense in another state, you are required to submit proof of compliance of an assessment or program plan when applying for a WI Driver License. Proof of compliance may be required for all offenses that have occurred within the last 3 ½ years. Failure to submit proof of compliance will result in a loss of your WI driving privilege whether or not you have a valid license from another state. You will not be able to reinstate your WI driving privilege until you provide us with proof of your compliance.

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