Wisconsin DMV Practice Tests

Are you ready for your Wisconsin driver’s license? No? You'll need practice tests like the Wisconsin permit practice test and the Wisconsin driver’s license renewal test. These tests prepare you for the exam that is administered by the Wisconsin DOT.

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Your Wisconsin DMV Handbooks

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Wisconsin Driver's License Resources

Whether you’re getting ready to take your learner’s permit written test for the first time, studying to get a motorcycle endorsement so you can ride your new bike, or preparing for your CDL exam to drive a commercial vehicle, we’ve gathered a wealth of resources and knowledge to help you obtain your driving credentials.

All Drivers

If you’re renewing a license that has been expired for longer than a year, or if you’re applying for reinstatement after a suspension, you may have to retake the written exam in order to obtain your license.

Free Practice Tests

Driver's License practice tests
Learner's Permit practice tests
Motorcycle Endorsement practice tests
CDL practice tests
Road Signs and Signals practice tests

Resources for all drivers

Read the official Wisconsin driver’s manual
Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license renewal test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Read our driving safety articles

Wisconsin DMV quick links for all drivers

Wisconsin DMV home page
Driver’s license renewal information
DMV locations and hours
Identification requirements
License and permit fees

New & Teen Drivers

Teens age 15 ½ to age 18 are required to have a graduated driver license (instruction permit) in order to drive in Wisconsin before they have obtained a probationary license. All first-time licenses issued, regardless of the applicant’s age, are probationary licenses with certain restrictions and limitations. Your probationary license will be converted to a regular license when you complete your first renewal, usually two to three years after your probationary license is issued.

Resources for new & teen drivers

Read the official Wisconsin driver’s manual
Take one of our free learner’s permit practice tests
Check out our new & teen driver frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a learner’s permit test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Wisconsin DMV quick links for new & teen drivers

Graduated driver’s license information
Graduated driver’s license FAQ
Probationary driver license information
Young driver sponsorship
Driver training school locations
Road test checklist
Schedule a road test online

New-to-State Drivers

New Wisconsin residents are required to obtain a Wisconsin driver license within 60 days of establishing Wisconsin residency. If you have not held a valid driver license in more than 8 years or if there is a question as far as your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, you may be required to take the written, road, or vision tests. If you are at least 21 years of age, have held a valid out-of-state license for at least six months, and have at least three years of driving experience, you may get a regular driver license; if you do not meet these requirements, you are required to apply for a probationary license.

Resources for new-to-state drivers

Read the official Wisconsin driver’s manual
Take one of our free driver’s license practice tests
Check out our new-to-state frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a new-to-state driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Wisconsin DMV quick links for new-to-state drivers

New resident information
Foreign license information

Motorcycles

Wisconsin requires anyone who drives a motorcycle to have a Class M motorcycle license or motorcycle instruction permit. In order to obtain an instruction permit, applicants must pass a knowledge test, a signage test, and a vision screening; any applicant between the ages of 16 and 18 must also have a sponsor, provide proof of driver education completion, and proof of enrollment or completion of a Basic Motorcycle Rider Course (BRC). In order to receive a Class M license, applicants must successfully complete a Wisconsin DMV-approved BRC or pass a Wisconsin DMV-administered motorcycle driving skills test.

Resources for motorcyclists

Read the official Wisconsin motorcycle manual
Take one of our free motorcycle endorsement practice tests
Check out our motorcycle endorsement frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a motorcycle endorsement test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
New-to-state motorcycle insurance

Wisconsin DMV quick links for motorcycles

Motorcycle instruction permit information
Rider training course information
Training sponsors and locations
Motorcycle testing information
Schedule a motorcycle road test online

CDL

You must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid commercial driver license in order to operate a commercial vehicle in Wisconsin. New CDL drivers are required to pass a knowledge test and apply for a commercial learner’s permit (CLP). After holding a CLP for a minimum of 14 days, you may then schedule the CDL skills exam with a third party tester. Upon successful completion of the CDL skills exam, the appropriate commercial classes and endorsements may be added to your driver license.

Resources for CDL

Read the official Wisconsin CDL manual
Take one of our free CDL practice tests
Buy a CDL test paid cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy CDL insurance

Wisconsin DMV quick links for CDL

CDL information
CDL knowledge test information

Wisconsin DMV Driving Test Info

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 50 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 40 questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

Who has to take the written test? Teens of what ages?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass the written test. Teens can take the test if they are at least 16 years old. If they’re under 18 years of age they must provide proof of successfully completing a state-approved driver’s education course and will also need parental consent.

Are you required to take the written test when renewing, and if so every time you renew or just sometimes? What are the conditions if just sometimes?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license.

If you’re new to state are you required to take the written test?

If you hold a valid driver’s license from another state, or a license that has not been expired for more than 8 years, then you are not required to take either part (written or on-road) of the driver’s examination.

Who has to take the behind the wheel / on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you will also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver’s license has expired and you want to renew it.

Wisconsin DMV Motorcycle Permit Test Info

How old must you be to take the written test?

You must be at least 16 years old and be enrolled in a basic rider course before you can take the test. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental consent.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 20 questions correctly in order to pass.

What are the permit restrictions for motorcycles?

You cannot drive on highways, drive during hours of darkness, or carry any passengers, and you must wear a protective helmet at all times regardless of your age.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle driving test?

Yes, you are required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test in order to get your motorcycle license.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

If you are 18 or older then you can waive the on-road test if you take and pass a Basic Motorcycle Training Course.

What is the helmet law is this state?

Any operator or passenger of a motorcycle who is under 18 or holds a motorcycle learner’s permit is required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle.

Wisconsin Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Is there such a test in the state?

Yes; boaters of a certain age in Wisconsin are required to have a boater safety certificate and must complete a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) approved boating safety education course. Boaters also have the option of taking an online safety course offered by sites such as Boat-Ed.com or BoaterExam.com.

Who has to take the test?

All boaters born after January 1, 1989 must complete a certified boating safety course in order to operate motorized boat or personal watercraft on Wisconsin waterways.

How many questions are on the test?

Wisconsin boating safety courses are administered by a variety of different organizations and testing requirements may vary for each one. You can find a list of all approved safety courses on the Boat Wisconsin website organized by county, which you may use to contact the instructor of a course near you for more specific information regarding testing requirements.

The online safety courses generally have 60 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 70% (42 questions) correctly on the online test in order to pass.