Wisconsin knowledge tests

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Knowledge tests are conducted on a walk-in basis. The DMV does not schedule appointments for knowledge tests.​

Knowledge tests are administered via touch screen computer at most DMV customer service centers. This provides instant feedback on answers. An audio assist is an available option upon request. Tests may also be given on paper.

Wisconsin knowledge test stations​​   
Wisconsin knowledge test stations

​A knowledge test is required for:

  • New drivers getting their first driver license/instruction permit (temps)
  • New Wisconsin residents with a license from certain countries
  • Drivers with a license expired more than eight years (both in state or out of state)
  • Drivers wanting to add the following to their existing driver license:
    • Commercial driver license (CDL) and endorsements
    • Motorcycle driver license
  • Renewal of a school bus (S) and/or hazardous materials (H) endorsement
  • Drivers wanting to renew their Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) a second time and every alternate time.
  • A motor vehicle salesperson license
  • A commercial driving school instructor license​

Knowledge and signs tests for Class D license are available (computer and written) in the following languages:

  • English
  • American Sign Language
  • Burmese
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Hmong
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Somali
  • Spanish

​​Motorcycle test is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish

​Hazmat and school bus tests are available in English (use of translator and audio assist is prohibited).

All other CDL tests are available​ (use of translator and audio assist is prohibited) in the following languages:

  • ​English
  • American Sign Language (video included)
  • Burmese
  • Croatian
  • Polish
  • Russian
  • Serbian
  • Spanish
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Tools to help

Allow​ enough time for testing

​​Knowledge tests for Class D (regular license) and Class M (motorcycle license) each take about 45 minutes to complete. CDL knowledge tests typically take more than one hour to complete. Allow enough time to complete tests prior to when the DMV customer service center is scheduled to close.​

Test retakes

Individuals who do not pass the test may retake the test no sooner than the next day. You are only allowed to take the same test five times within a one-year period. If you do not pass the required test(s) in five attempts, you must get special permission from DMV staff prior to taking the test again.​

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