Obtaining A New Wisconsin Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Wisconsin? The Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started. 

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance services in Wisconsin can facilitate the processes involved in many DMV related services by providing invaluable information and step-by-step instruction on how best to proceed. Whether you are looking to renew, replace or get a new WI drivers license or ID card, online application assistance services can help with these and many more. Other benefits include one-click access to an entire inventory of official Wisconsin forms and publications, as well as other useful Wisconsin resources.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Before you can drive you’ll need a drivers license. Click here to receive your checklist and appropriate forms. When visiting the DMV to obtain your new license, you will need:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Show completion of drivers education program, if under 18
  • Answer medical questionnaire 
  • Provide proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Provide proof of name and date of birth
  • Provide proof of identity
  • Provide proof of Wisconsin residency, if over 18
  • Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the graduated driver licensing process.

Use this list to determine what documents you will need.

You will also have to:

  • Take written test
  • Take vision test
  • Pass road test

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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