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Get a Learner Permit in Wisconsin

WI Get a Learner Permit

If you're older than 15 1/2 years old but younger than 18 years old 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 years old 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:

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 1 year.

Retake the Written Permit Exam

You're allowed only 5 attempts to pass the test per year. If you fail again, you must request special permission from the DMV for another attempt.

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