Application for a driver license

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Steps to get your Wisconsin driver license

1. Meet licensing requirements
2. Pass the knowledge, vision, and driving skills tests

  • New Wisconsin residents with an out-of-state driver license (which is valid or expired less than 8 years) may be able to get a Wisconsin license without taking the knowledge or driving skills tests.
  • CDL license holders with a hazardous materials (H) endorsement must pass the hazardous materials knowledge test and may require fingerprinting.
  • CDL license holders with a school bus (S) endorsement must pass the school bus knowledge test, the pre-trip and a driving skills test.
  • Applicants with an OWI-type conviction in another state will need to provide proof that you have undergone an assessment and completed an alcohol program. This law applies even if you have met all the requirements in the state where you were convicted of OWI.

3. Apply

Online: use the interactive Driver License Guide for a checklist of requirements, pre-fill any required application(s), submit them electronically (if eligible) and schedule an appointment.

Or

In-person and


4. Pay fees
5. Receive your card by mail. Driver licenses and IDs are mailed to your home. See Mailing Wisconsin driver licenses and ID cards​ ("central issuance") for more information.​

​For more information

Email Wisconsin DMV email service​​​
Phone (608) 264-7447
Fax (608) 267-3812