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Drivers Test in Wisconsin

A Wisconsin drivers test is necessary for most drivers license applicants within the state. Drivers tests can include a driving skills exam, a road knowledge test and a vision screening test. Some applicants may not need to take all drivers tests depending on their residency status or their previous status as a license holder. Residents may take their drivers license tests in person at a Division of Motor Vehicles office. Driving exams are necessary for standard vehicle licenses and learners permits, but other types of licenses require specific test subjects. Residents can continue reading below for more information.

A Wisconsin drivers test is necessary for most drivers license applicants within the state. Drivers tests can include a driving skills exam, a road knowledge test and a vision screening test. Some applicants may not need to take all drivers tests depending on their residency status or their previous status as a license holder. Residents may take their drivers license tests in person at a Division of Motor Vehicles office. Driving exams are necessary for standard vehicle licenses and learners permits, but other types of licenses require specific test subjects. Residents can continue reading below for more information.

Vision Screening at the DMV

In order to drive legally in Wisconsin, your vision must be up to the standards of the Department of Transportation. That standard requires that you have 20/40 vision with a 70-degree field of vision in order to hold an unrestricted Class D regular drivers license. When you visit the DMV customer service center to take your driving test, an agent will perform an eye test to confirm your vision is suitable to drive.

If you choose to have a laser corrective surgery like LASIK, once your visual acuity is up to the 20/40 standard, you can have the restriction for “corrective lenses” removed from your drivers license. For this vision restriction or any others, you must fill out a Certificate of Vision Examination – MV3030V, or provide a note from your eye doctor with confirmed vision readings, the date of the eye exam and the signature of the specialist.

Knowledge Exam for Drivers

After you have passed your eye screening at the DMV, you must then proceed to take your drivers license test. The driving knowledge portion of the new driver application process is meant for:

  • First-time drivers applying for an instructional driving permit.
  • Current and new residents of Wisconsin with licenses expired eight years or more.
  • Those drivers interested in adding a new class or endorsement to a WI license.
  • Drivers with a license from a country other than the U.S.
  • The renewal of a school bus endorsement (S) or a hazmat endorsement (H).
  • CDL drivers interested in renewal.
  • Re-testing for a commercial learners permit.

The automated knowledge test is administered by touch-screen computer. Audio assistance is available upon request. You can take your WI drivers exam up to five within a one-year period. Only with special permission granted by the DMV will you be able to take the driving test additional times.

The DMV drivers test is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Polish
  • Hmong
  • Somali
  • Serbo-Croatian

Driver Road Skills Test

Although your DMV application, your vision test and your driving knowledge are central entities as a new driver, mastering your road skills is of utmost importance. As you arrive for your driving test appointment, be sure to know the ins and outs of your vehicle and how everything works.

In preparation for your road skills examination, be sure to learn how to:

  • Turn your vehicle.
  • Park your car.
  • Perform a Y-turn.
  • Approach an intersection
  • Change lanes.
  • Road stop and start.
  • Back up your vehicle.

Once you have finished your DMV drivers exam, your test administer will discuss the results of your performance, including an explanation of any driving errors and proper suggestions on how to fix them.