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 three categories:
- A certified instructor 19 or older (three other passengers allowed if vehicle is equipped with dual controls)
- A parent, guardian or spouse 19 or older (immediate family members allowed in the back seat)
- A person 21 or older (if you're under 18, 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 two hours. This loophole, however, is limited to five 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 to track your driving hours. You will need this form when applying for a probationary license.