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Getting a Wisconsin Learners Permit

A Wisconsin learners permit is a type of driving credential residents may use to practice driving with restrictions and supervision. To obtain a drivers permit, applicants must be at least 16 years of age. With this state learners license, drivers can practice their physical driving skills and understand road rules and regulations identified by the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles. Depending on the age of the applicant, requirements for a learners permit can include drivers ed courses and approval from a parent or guardian. Residents may continue reading below for more information on WI learners permits.

A Wisconsin learners permit is a type of driving credential residents may use to practice driving with restrictions and supervision. To obtain a drivers permit, applicants must be at least 16 years of age. With this state learners license, drivers can practice their physical driving skills and understand road rules and regulations identified by the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles. Depending on the age of the applicant, requirements for a learners permit can include drivers ed courses and approval from a parent or guardian. Residents may continue reading below for more information on WI learners permits.

Requirements for a Learners Permit

To complete a drivers permit application in Wisconsin, you must visit a DMV customer service center. But, first, you are responsible to take care of the following requirements before you leave with your learners permit in-hand:

  • You must be 15-and-a-half years of age
  • You must take a photo at the DMV
  • Complete MV3001 Drivers License Application
  • Provide proof of identity
  • Provide your Social Security Number
  • Provide proof of U.S. citizenship or your legal status in the country
  • Provide proof of name and date of birth
  • Provide proof of residency (if you are 18 or older)
  • Passage of DMV tests
    • Knowledge test
    • Vision test
    • Sign test
  • Payment for the $35 instructional permit (Class D license or renewal)

Along with the above, the following list of requirements pertain to those learners permit applicants under 18:

  • Proof of enrollment in drivers ed
  • A parental or adult sponsor’s signature
  • Proof of auto insurance
  • Proof of school enrollment (or high school education equivalent)

If you are under 18 when you apply for your Wisconsin drivers permit, your first drivers ed lesson must take place within 60 days of the date signed on your drivers license application.

Note: Your driving permit will be valid of a period of one year. You are able to renew your drivers permit if you have not completed the required driving education class within eight years.

Restrictions Enforced with a WI Learners Permit

There are several restrictions that you must abide by as a driver with a Wisconsin driving permit. Take note of the following before you engage in driving with your learners license:

  • You must be accompanied by a driver that has held a drivers license for two years
    • A parent or guardian 19 or older
    • A driving instructor that is age 19 or older
    • An adult 21 or older (with a note stating permission from a parent or guardian)
  • If driving in the dark, you must be accompanied by a qualified instructor, or a driver 25 and older

Note: If you are under 18 years old, the DOT requires you to have at least 30 hours of driving experience (10 of which include driving in nighttime hours) before you can obtain a probationary drivers license.

How to Get Your Driving Permit

In the state of Wisconsin, the issuance of all drivers licenses and learning permits is by mail. However, you are still permitted to driver under these circumstances, as you will be given a photo receipt from the DMV service center, which will serve as your temporary drivers permit, your WI ID card and your proof of identity if an election occurs. This driving permit receipt is valid for a period of 45 days.