Wisconsin Driver's License Info, Driver's License Handbook, DMV Test

Obtaining A Wisconsin Driver’s License

You must be 18 years old to get a non-provisional Wisconsin driver’s license. If you are moving from out-of-state with a valid driver’s license, you have 30 days after becoming a resident to get a WI license. You will need to provide proof of US Citizenship, proof of name and birth, proof of identity and proof of residency to get your license. You may also need to take a vision, written and road test.

Applying For a Wisconsin License

After you meet the requirements, you will need to complete form MV3001. You must then present your social security number and, if you are under 18, complete Section D of the form and bring your driver education completion certificate. You must also bring proof of citizenship, name, birth, identity and residency. A complete list of all acceptable documents can be found here or within the $CSLINK.

The Wisconsin Written Test

The WI knowledge test is required for new drivers getting their first permit, new residents to WI from out of the country, new residents with an out-of-state license that has expired over 8 years ago or those wanting to add a new class to their license.

The test is given at most service centers on a computer. It uses a touch screen and immediately tells you what you get right and wrong. There are also audio assist options if needed, as well as tests in other languages. You will need to pass a sign test and a knowledge test.

You may only take the same test five (5) times within one year. Make sure to study the $CSLINK before taking your test to ensure you pass. The test should take about 45 minutes to complete.


An original, Class D license costs $28 and lasts 3 years. A renewal costs $34 and lasts 8 years. The fee do for the skills test is $15.

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