This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Wisconsin
If you're older than 15 ½ but younger than 18 you're eligible to apply for an instruction permit provided you have completed or are enrolled in a state-approved driver education course and your first behind-the-wheel driving lesson occurs within 60 days of receiving your permit. If you are 18 or older you are exempt from driver ed, but will otherwise follow the same steps described below.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Tests
Each one mirrors the actual written test you’ll need to pass to obtain your permit. All questions are directly based on information contained in Wisconsin's Motorists' Handbook.
B) Gather Required Documents and Wisconsin Permit Fees
Before taking the permit test, you must first provide:
- Proof of US citizenship, legal permanent status, conditional resident status or temporary visitor status
- Proof of name and date of birth
- Proof of Wisconsin residency
- Proof of identity
- Social Security number
- A completed driver license application; if under 18 it must be signed by your driver education instructor and by your parent, legal guardian or sponsor
- Payment for all applicable fees
All documents must be original. Photocopies will not be accepted.
C) Take the Written Permit Test
Visit any DMV service center to take the permit test. No appointment necessary. Tests are given on a walk-in basis only.
While at the driver exam office you will also be required to pass a vision test. Pass both and you'll earn an instruction permit, valid for one year.
Retake the Written Permit Exam
You're allowed only five test attempts per year. If you fail a fifth time, you must request special permission from the DMV for a sixth attempt.