This Step: Practice Driving
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 two 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 or older with at least two years of driving experience.
Get On the Road
You must drive a minimum of 30 hours, 10 of which must occur 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.