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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying For Your Wisconsin Driver's License
  • Preparing For Your WI Written Test
  • Taking Your WI Written Test
  • Preparing For Your WI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your WI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed The WI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Renewing Your WI Driver's License
  • What If You're Moving To WI Or Just Visiting
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Applying For Your Wisconsin Driver's License
When am I eligible to apply for my WI license?
In WI, the minimum age requirement to begin the licensing process is 15 1/2 years old.
What documents do I need to take with me when I apply for my WI Learner's Permit?
When you apply for your WI Learner's Permit, you will need to bring proof of your identity, your U.S. citizenship, your residency in Wisconsin and your insurance. If you are under 18, you will also need to provide proof of your enrollment and attendance in a Driver's Education course.
Where should I go to apply for my WI license?
You are able to apply at any local DMV office. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/about/locate/dmv/index.htm
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my WI Written Test if I am under 18?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you to your WI Written Test.
Do I need to my eyes checked before I can obtain a WI Driver's license?
Yes. You do have to complete and pass a vision test in order to get your WI license.
Where do I take my WI Driver's License photo?
You must take your WI Driver's license photo at your local DMV office when you go in to take your exam. When you take your photo, you should make sure that you wear what you would wear normally. It's extremely important that your face is clearly shown and recognizable. Look straight at the camera and do not smile, as a resting face is easier to identify.
Preparing For Your WI Written Test
What should I use to study for my WI Written Test?
The best way to study for the WI Written Test is to read the entire Wisconsin Driver's Manual. Additionally, you can find quiz questions on our website [link] that can act as a study supplement to the WI Driver's Manual.
Do I have to enroll into a Driver's Ed. Class if I am under 18?
Yes. You will need to attend and complete a Driver's Education course that is approved by the state of Wisconsin. You will need to complete 30 hours of classroom instruction, 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel observation.
Where can I find a copy of the WI Driver's Manual?
You can find a copy of the WI Driver's Manual by visiting this website and downloading a PDF version: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/docs/e-handbook.pdf
Are there any chapters of the WI Driver's Manual that I can skip?
To have the best chance of passing your WI Written Test, you should read the entire Manual. The Written Test will test your knowledge of traffic safety laws, traffic signs, speed limits and many more topics that are covered in the WI Driver's Manual.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the WI Written Test to pass?
The WI Written Test consists of 50 questions. You will need to answer 40 of those 50 questions correctly in order to pass.
Where can I go to take my WI Written Test?
You will need to take your WI Written Test at a local DMV office. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/about/locate/dmv/index.htm
Is there anything I should do the night before my WI Written Test?
Don't cram the night before your exam. Instead, you should review the notes and information you have already studied. If you've done a thorough job studying, the night before should be a quiet review session. It's also a good idea to take a few practice questions on our website [link]. Get a good night's rest as well.
What should I do when I am ready to take my WI Written Test?
Once you have studied thoroughly for your WI Written Test, you should gather the necessary documents and visit your local DMV office to take your Permit Test.
Taking Your WI Written Test
At what age am I eligible to take the WI Written Test?
In WI, the minimum age requirement to begin the licensing process is 15 1/2 years old.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I take my WI Written Test?
On the day you take your WI Permit Test, you will need to bring proof of your identity, your U.S. citizenship, your residency in Wisconsin and your insurance. If you are under 18, you will also need to provide proof of your enrollment and attendance in a Driver's Education course.
How much does a WI Permit cost?
A WI Permit cost $35.
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my WI Written Test?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you to your WI Written Test.
What do I need to know to pass my WI Written Test?
To give yourself the best chance of passing your WI Written Test you should study all chapters and sections of the WI Driver's Manual. The exam will test your knowledge of speed limits, pavement markings, traffic signs, defensive driving, parking situations, intersections and many more basic rules of the road.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the WI Written Test to pass?
The WI Written Test consists of 50 questions. You will need to answer 40 of those 50 questions correctly in order to pass.
Is the WI Written Test open book?
No. You are not allowed to use your WI Driver's Manual or any other study materials while you take your WI Written Test.
Do I have to take a drug test to be able to take my WI Written Test?
No. You do not have to take or pass a drug test to be able to apply or receive an WI Driver's License.
What happens if I fail my WI Written Test?
There are a few reasons test takers fail their WI Written Test. A test taker who failed may not have studied thoroughly or he or she may have been nervous, anxious and/or distracted on the day of the test. If you fail your WI Written Test, you will not receive your WI Learner's Permit, and you will need to retake the exam. You are able to do so as early as the next business day. You will have five opportunities to take the WI Written Test within a year before you will need the DMV's approval to be able to take the written test again. Do not rush retaking the exam. Take your time. Read the entire WI Driver's Manual again and answer test questions on our website [link] so that the next time you take the WI Written Test you have the best chance of passing.
What happens after I pass my WI Written Test?
If you pass your WI Written Test, you will receive your WI Learner's Permit. If you are under 18, you will need to maintain your permit for 6 months. During this time, you should keep a good driving record, attend and complete a state-approved Driver's Education course and complete 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training, at minimum. If you are older than 18, you need only maintain your WI Learner's Permit for a week before you can take the WI Road Test.
Preparing For Your WI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
How should I practice driving for my WI Driving Exam?
You should practice and develop a number of safe driving skills. By the time you schedule your WI Driving Exam, you should feel comfortable accelerating smoothly and gradually, passing through intersections safely, changing lanes effectively, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic signals, parking, maintaining the speed limit, staying in the correct lane and more. Remember during your exam, your primary responsibility is to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to drive safely and effectively.
Where can I practice driving for my WI Driving Exam?
Anywhere in Wisconsin as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older, whenever you are behind the wheel. You should begin practicing in familiar areas then progress to different areas that will test your driving knowledge and your adaptability to different driving situations.
How can I schedule my WI Road Test?
You can schedule your WI Driving Exam by visiting this website: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/drivers/schedule.htm
Where do I take my WI Driving Exam?
You will take your exam at your local DMV office. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/about/locate/dmv/index.htm
What should I expect on my WI Driving Exam?
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your WI Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You should also know what various street signs and traffic signals mean.
Do I have to learn how parallel park for my WI Driving Exam?
Yes. You will need to learn how to parallel park.
Is there anything I should do the night before my WI Driving Exam?
The night before your WI Driving Exam, you should practice driving with a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older, and you should make sure you get a good night's rest.
Do I need to supply my own car for my WI Driving Exam?
Yes. You must supply a vehicle for your WI Driving Exam that is in good working condition. The vehicle should be properly registered and insured. You may rent a car if necessary.
Taking Your WI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Does anyone need to accompany me to my WI Driving Exam?
A licensed driver should accompany you. If you are under 18 just be sure to bring proof of sponsorship and that you have completed a Driver's Education course.
What documents do I need to bring with me on the day of my WI Road Test if am under 18?
If you are under 18, you will need to bring your WI Learner's Permit, a driving log sheet that proves the hours of behind-the-wheel training that you completed and a document proving that you have attended and completed a Driver's Education course. You will also need to bring the WI Driving Exam's $15 fee.
Are there any tips that I should follow to help me pass my WI Driving Exam?
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your WI Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You should also know what various street signs and traffic signals indicate to drivers on the road.
Are there any common mistakes that I should avoid making?
You should avoid driving dangerously, driving too quickly, hitting other objects, forgetting to signal, rolling stops and parking incorrectly. Always maintain good posture and signal well in advance.
Am I allowed to wear my contacts or glasses?
If you wear contacts or glasses regularly to be able to see clearly, you should absolutely wear your corrective lenses during your exam.
Who is allowed to be in the car with me during my WI Driving Exam?
Only you and your examiner are allowed in the car during your WI Driving Exam. The only exception to this rule is if you need a foreign language interpreter.
What happens if I fail my WI Driving Exam?
If you fail the WI Driving Exam, you will not receive your WI Driver's License. You will be able to retake the test, but the wait time in between road tests vary depending on the errors you made during the exam. You have five opportunities to take the WI Driving Exam within a year. If you fail the WI Road Test five times within a year, you will need to receive additional driving instruction and demonstrate proof of that instruction. You should not rush retaking the WI Driving Exam after you have failed. You should pay attention to what your examiner indicates as your weaknesses, and you should work upon improving your weaknesses.
After You Have Passed The WI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What happens after I pass my WI Driving Exam?
After you pass your WI Driving Exam, you will receive your WI Driver's License in the mail.
If I am under 18 will there be any limitations on my license?
There are limitations on your license after you receive it initially. For the first nine months, you are only allowed to drive with one passenger that is not a family member and you are not allowed to drive between the hours of 12 AM and 5 AM.
Do I need to get car insurance?
Yes. You must carry car insurance. The state of Wisconsin requires that drivers carry liability insurance of $25,000 minimum, $50,000 for accidents involving injuries/deaths of more than one person and $10,000 for property damage per accident.
What documents do I need to apply for WI car insurance?
The documents that you will need vary depending on the insurance company to which you apply. Generally, insurance companies want you to submit proof of your identity, your driving record and information about the vehicle you would like to insure.
How much does WI car insurance cost?
The price varies depending on your age, your driving history, your car class and other factors. Typically, WI residents pay $1,200 annually.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers in WI?
New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Renewing Your WI Driver's License
How do I renew my WI Driver's license once it has expired?
You may renew your license in person at a DMV location.
Do I have to complete another vision test before I can renew my WI Driver's License?
You will have to complete another vision test when you renew your WI License.
What If You're Moving To WI Or Just Visiting
Do I have to pass the WI road test when I move to WI from another state?
If your license is still valid, you do not have to take the WI Driving Exam. After you have moved to Wisconsin, you will need to replace your out-of-state license with a WI Driver's License.
How long can I drive in WI with my out-of-state license?
As long as you do not become a WI resident, you are allowed to drive with a valid out-of-state license for as long as you like.
Am I allowed to drive in WI with my out-of-country license?
Yes. You are allowed to drive in WI with your valid out-of-country license for up to 1 year.Question Category