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Practice Driving in Wisconsin

A learner's permit allows you to practice driving in preparation for the road test. But before you reach this stage, you must hold your permit for a minimum of 6 months. During this time you will be required to obey specific driving restrictions.

Know Your Learner's Permit Restrictions

With a Wisconsin learner's permit you can only drive when accompanied in the front seat by a licensed driver with 2 years driving experience. This driver must fall into one of the following categories:

  • A certified instructor 19 years old or older
  • A parent, guardian or spouse 19 years old or older (immediate family members allowed in the back seat)
  • A person 21 years old or older (if you're under 18 years old, your parent or guardian must give their written okay for this person)

NOTE: Driving at night requires being accompanied in the front seat by either a qualified instructor or licensed driver 25 years old or older with at least 2 years of driving experience.

Get On the Road

You must drive a minimum of 30 hours, 10 hours at night. Each hour spent behind-the-wheel with a certified driving instructor qualifies as 2 hours. This loophole, however, is limited to 5 hours. Be sure, after each driving session, to have the supervising rider initial your driving log.

Get Proof of Practice Hours

Use the Wisconsin Graduated Driver Licensing Supervised Driving Log (Form HS-303) to track your driving hours. You will need this form when applying for a probationary license.

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