License Requirements

To get a Wisconsin driver’s license you must first get an instruction permit at a DMV Service Center.  Commonly referred to as a “Temps” license, the following requirements must be met in order to attain your instruction permit.  (May start classroom instruction no sooner than 14 1/2)

  • Be at least 15 years of age
  • Pass the knowledge and highway signs tests and vision screening.

If you are under 18, additional requirements must be met.  You must have completed or be enrolled in a state approved driver education and training course.  An adult sponsor (typically a parent or guardian) must authorize the license application.  Proof of citizenship or other authorized status is also required.  Click here to view detailed documentation requirements: Wisconsin driver’s license documentation requirements

Your instruction permit is valid for 18 months. Within this period of time you must complete the behind the wheel training portion of the driver education program.  One-time renewal of a “Temps” is possible if necessary. 

If you are under 18, you must complete both parts of the driver education and training program before taking your road test at the DMV.  When you pass your road test, you will receive a Probationary License.  This is the first license issued to new drivers regardless of age.  It is valid for two years from your next birthday. This license allows you to drive alone, without supervision.  In addition to completing a driver education and training program, you must also meet the following requirements prior to taking your road test:

  • Be 16 years of age
  • Have your Instruction Permit for a minimum of six months
  • Have accumulated 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience (10 of the 50 hours must be at night). Note: Adult sponsor must certify this requirement at application time.

 View detailed Wisconsin teen driver requirements

View the Wisconsin Driver Education and Training Handbook