How to get a Wisconsin Instruction Permit

Getting Your Wisconsin Instruction Permit: A Complete Guide

by Zutobi · Updated Dec 09, 2021

A Wisconsin instruction permit, or learners permit, will allow you to drive under the supervision of a licensed driver. If you’re at least 15 years old and 6 months, you can start the process of applying for your permit as part of the Graduated License Program. We will go through everything you need to know about requirements and the process in this article.

Wisconsin Instruction Permit Requirements

If you are under 18, you will have to satisfy the following requirements to be eligible to apply for your instruction permit.

  • Must be at least 15 years old and 6 months
  • Must be enrolled in driver education (30 hours classroom education, 6 hours of behind the wheel training, and 6 hours in-car observation)
  • Must have adult sponsor
  • Must be currently in high school or graduated with diploma or GED

How to Get an Instruction Permit in Wisconsin

  1. Visit your local Wisconsin DMV service center. You’ll need to schedule an appointment here.
  2. Fill Permit Application. Driver license form MV3001 will need to be completed and handed over to the DMV agent you meet with. You can fill it out online and print it, or you can grab a copy at the DMV.
  3. Provide documentation:
  • Proof of name
  • Proof of birthdate
  • Proof of residency (if over 18)
  • Verification of high school enrollment (if under 18)
  • Social security number
  1. Pass knowledge and sign tests. The knowledge and sign test is one of the hardest parts of getting your Wisconsin permit. There are 50 questions on the exam. You must score an 80%, or answer 40 questions correctly, to pass. While it can be intimidating, there’s no reason to fail. Zutobi has tons of permit practice tests, interactive modules, and study guides to help you pass with flying colors!
  2. Pass vision test. The vision test examines your ability to see properly while operating a motor vehicle. You will need to establish an eyesight of 20/40 or better and a 70-degree field of vision to pass.
  3. Pay permit fee. The learner’s permit fee in Wisconsin is $35 at the time of writing. The DMV accepts cash, checks, debit card, and credit cards. Your permit will be valid for one year.

What are the Permit Restrictions?

Wisconsin has certain restrictions for learner drivers with an instruction permit:

  • Must be accompanied by a qualified instructor, parent, guardian, or spouse that is 19 years or older in the passenger seat. You may also drive with a licensed adult who is 21 years or older.
  • Must maintain sobriety at all times
  • Must always wear a seat belt

How to Progress to Probationary License

To progress from an instruction permit, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Hold your permit for at least six months (7 days if over 18 years old)
  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Have an adult sponsor (if under 18)
  • Successfully complete a driver education course
  • 30 hours of behind the wheel experience (10 of those occurring at night)
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