This Step: Get a Drivers License

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Get a Drivers License in Wisconsin

A) Make a Road Test Appointment With the WI DMV

You must schedule a road test appointment with the DMV either by phone or online.


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B) Gather Required Documents and Wisconsin License Fees

At the test site, have:

  • Your instruction permit
  • Your driver ed completion certificate
  • Your driver log, verifying you've met Wisconsin's driving requirement
  • Payment for all applicable fees
  • Proof that your test vehicle is registered

Make sure your vehicle is in sound working condition. The driver license examiner will inspect the vehicle prior to the exam, checking mirrors, brake lights, taillights and more. The examiner will cancel the test if your vehicle is deemed unsafe.

C) Take the Road Test

Among the skills you will be graded on include:

  • Following other traffic
  • Parallel parking
  • Passing
  • Changing lanes
  • Turning at intersections

Get Your Wisconsin Driver's License

Probationary Driver's License

After acing the road test, you'll graduate to a probationary license, valid for 2 years. During the first 9 months, or until you turn 18 years old, you must obey the following driving restrictions:

  • You may drive with only 1 passenger (immediate family members excluded)
  • You must not drive between midnight and 5 a.m. (restriction waived if driving to and from home, work or school)
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