Occupational license

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An occupational license is a restricted driver license that may be available to you if your privilege to operate a motor vehicle is suspended or revoked. An occupational license enables you to maintain your employment and household. Unlike a regular license, an occupational license limits when, where and what type of vehicle you may drive (stat. chapter 343.10(1)(a)). 

Important:  You must have an SR22 Insurance Certificate on file with the DMV to qualify for an occupational license.​

​With an occupational license, you may drive:

  • to and from work 
  • to and from school, college or university
  • to and from places that you need to visit to maintain your household such as:
    • ​grocery store or market
    • pharmacy
    • laundromat
    • gas station
  • to and from your church or place of worship
  • to attend to necessary family needs such as medical appointments and Driver Safety Plan

You may not use an occupational license for: 

  • recreational purposes such as 
    • visiting family or friends
    • attending a social or sporting event
  • operation of a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999

A partial list of driving events and their Occupational license use types is available at: 

Occupational License Requested Use Types

Your occupational license will specifically state the hours you will be permitted to operate a motor vehicle.  Your total driving time is limited to: 

  • 12 hours driving per day (need not be consecutive hours)
  • 60 hours total driving for the week

Your occupational license will limit where you may drive. On your application, you will list:

  • Wisconsin counties in which you need to drive
  • other states in which you need to drive
    • ​If you need to drive in another state, you must check with that state to see if they allow you to drive in that state with a Wisconsin occupational license

If you operate a motor vehicle outside the specified hours or for a purpose not specified on the occupational license, you can be cited for operating after suspension or revocation.​

How to apply for an occupational license

You can use our online application to check your eligibility for an occupational license

Driver Information Section
P.O. Box 7983
Madison, WI 53707-7983
Email Wisconsin DMV email service​​​
Phone (608) 264-7447
Fax (608) 267-3812