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Wisconsin DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Wisconsin?

    You can apply at age 15 years and 6 months for a Learner’s Permit in Wisconsin.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    You will need to enroll in an approved driver education program. You will also need to pass a written knowledge test and a vision test. Once you have your Learner’s Permit, you will only be allowed to drive with a licensed parent, guardian or spouse who is 19 or older in the front seat with you.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    The written knowledge test has 50 questions.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 40 questions correctly to pass the test.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    One of the best and most effective ways to prepare for the test is to take online practice exams that include real sample questions from the actual exam. To see such a test and assess your current driving knowledge, click on the following link to take a Wisconsin practice permit test.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Seven out of 10 first-time test takers fail the exam, according to statistics. Also, many states require you to wait at least a day to retake the exam and you may charge a re-examination fee. To help ensure you pass on your first attempt, take multiple practice exams.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    There is a $35 fee.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) licenses drivers. Visit http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/index.htm to find an office nearby.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    Go to the local DMV office with a parent or guardian who will be required to sign your application. Then you will need to pass both the written knowledge test and a vision test to receive your Learner’s Permit. The permit will be valid for one year.

The Wisconsin DMV Permit Test — What You Need to Know

Let’s talk about why you need your learner’s permit. Freedom, independence, travel, work, school, and family are all great reasons to get your permit and get mobile.   But before you can experience all the benefits that come with a permit, you’ll need to pass the Wisconsin permit test.  The written permit test is administered by Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation (DOT) and has questions designed to evaluate your knowledge of important traffic laws, traffic and road signs, and safe driving practices.

Prepare at Your Own Pace With WI DMV Practice Permit Tests

Unfortunately, statistics tell us that the majority of test-takers fail the written test, year after year. A failed test means having to not only retake the exam but in some cases paying a retesting fee.  With the right study tools and a little of bit of effort you can set yourself apart and pass the exam the first time.

You’ll find that we’ve put together a valuable list of study material to help you do just that.  Our interactive Wisconsin practice permit tests are great way to get a feel for what the real test is like.  You’ll also find a copy of the official Wisconsin Driver’s Handbook if you need a quick reference.  Need a motorcycle permit?  We have resources that cover that exam too.  Everything you need to get started is here.   Begin preparing for your Wisconsin permit test now!