✅ Updated November 2020

Ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state driver's license to Wisconsin

Here's the ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state license to Wisconsin. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time. This page is geared toward people who've moved to Pennsylvania but have a driver license from another US state. If you have an international license, visit our Wisconsin driver's license page.

What You’ll Need to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to Wisconsin

  • If under 18 years of age: 
    • You must have held an instruction permit or previous license for at least six months and been violation free for the 6 months prior to applying for your Wisconsin license.
    • You must prove that you have completed an approved driver education course which includes classroom and behind the wheel training.
  • Driver License ApplicationMV3001
  • Vision and hearing test
  • A written and/or driving exam
  • Existing medical conditions may require a Medical Examination Report
  • A valid out-of-state driver’s license 
  • Proof of Insurance

What You’ll Do to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to Wisconsin

  • Step 1: You must appear in person at a Wisconsin DMV customer service center.
  • Step 2: When you appear at a Wisconsin DMV customer service center, you will:
    • Have your photo taken
    • Present a completed Driver License ApplicationMV3001
      • The MV3001 is available at all DMV Customer Service Centers
      • You may complete the MV3001 online, print and take it to a DMV Customer Service Center
    • Pass a vision and hearing screening
    • A written and/or driving exam may be required (see Tests Required below/driving with a disability​).
    • Existing medical conditions may require a Medical Examination Report
    • Surrender your out-of-state driver license and/or identification card
    • Pay the appropriate fee
  • Step 3: If you have not held a valid driver license in more than 8 years, you will need to pass a knowledge test, highway sign recognition test and a driving skills test.
  • Step 4: The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) mails all driver license and identification (ID) cards from one production facility. You will leave the DMV customer service center with a paper receipt valid for 45 days. The photo receipt is acceptable photo identification for voting and serves as your license or ID until your card arrives in the mail.  You should receive your driver license or ID card within 10 business days. Mail cannot be forwarded to an address that was not on your application form. All undeliverable mail is returned to DMV.

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