Requirements to get an Instruction Permit for an applicant under 18 years of age
- Be at least 15 ½ years old
- Have completed or be enrolled in an approved behind-the-wheel driver education course which begins within 60 days of the date your driver education instructor certifies your driver license application
- Have your adult sponsor sign the driver license application
- Present proof of citizenship or legal immigration status (name, date of birth and identity)
- Pass the knowledge test, highway signs test and vision screening
Restrictions of the instruction permit
A driver under 18 may only drive when accompanied by a person with two years driving experience who holds a valid, regular license (it cannot be a probationary or occupational license) and who sits in the front passenger seat and is one of the following:
- A qualified instructor 19 years old or older. Up to three other people may ride in the vehicle if it is equipped with dual controls.
- A parent, legal guardian or spouse 19 years old or older. Immediate family members may ride in the back seat.
- A person 21 or older. This person must be designated in writing by a parent or legal guardian prior to accompanying the teenage driver.
Requirements to get a Probationary License for an applicant under 18 years of age
- Hold the Instruction Permit for a minimum of six months before applying for a Probationary License
- Be violation free in the six months prior to applying for the Probationary License
- Accumulate a minimum of 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience, 10 of which must be driving experience at night. You may document the hours on a driving log sheet available on the DMV web site and in the Wisconsin Motorists’ Handbook.
- Present proof of completion of an approved driver-education training course
- Have your parent or adult sponsor certify on the driver application the completion of 30 hours of driving experience (10 at night)
- Pass the driving skills test
- Pay the necessary fees
Restrictions of the probationary license
Drivers under 18 have the following restrictions during the first 9 months after obtaining a Probationary License:
From 5 a.m. to midnight, you can drive alone and go anywhere. Any number of immediate family members can ride along as well as the following people:
- One person who holds a valid, regular license with at least 2 years of licensed driving experience and who is:
- a qualified instructor or spouse 19 or older, or
- a person 21 or older
- One other person
From midnight to 5 a.m., you can drive alone only IF driving between home, school and/or work. The same people listed immediately above can ride along, too.
If driving anywhere else, one of the following people must be seated in the front passenger seat:
Restrictions will be extended 6 months if:
- You are convicted of a moving traffic violation, or
- You violate any of the restrictions, or
- Your license is suspended or revoked for any reason