Getting your Wisconsin driver’s license is fairly simple – as long as you know what you’re doing. You must be at least 15 years and 6 months old to begin the process. Like many states, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has implemented the Graduated License Program to keep young drivers safe. All drivers are required to complete the GDL to get their license, regardless of age.
If you’re under 18 years old, you’ll need to satisfy the following requirements to start the process of applying for your permit:
When ready, you’ll need to complete the following steps:
After you’ve received your permit, you will be subject to the following restrictions:
To gain your probationary license in Wisconsin, you must be at least 16 years old and have completed the following requirements:
A probationary license serves as a limited license, allowing you to operate a motor vehicle within and outside of Wisconsin. Obtaining your probationary driver’s license is similar to getting your permit. You’ll be required to visit the DMV with proper documentation and proof that you’ve completed the criteria above. Afterwards, you’ll be asked to pay the license fee. It will expire two years from your next birthday.
Once you receive your probationary license, you’ll be allowed a bit more freedom on the road. However, there will still be quite a few restrictions placed that will be mandatory for you to follow. After nine months of violation-free driving, these restrictions will be lifted.
Once you turn 18, you’ll be eligible for your full Wisconsin driver’s license. If you started the GDL while you were over the age of 18, you’ll be eligible once your probationary license expires. You’ll just need to maintain a clean driving record. At this point, you’ll be completely free of restrictions and allowed to operate your motor vehicle without limitations.
To upgrade to an unrestricted license, visit your local Wisconsin DMV with proof of name, birthdate, and identity. Then you’ll be prompted to pay the driver’s license fee.
That’s all there is when it comes to getting your driver’s license in Wisconsin. While you’re on your path to gaining full driving privileges, be sure to check our guide early and often to avoid mistakes throughout the process.
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