WisDOT allows drivers to renew licenses online, bypass road test

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is offering new ways to obtain driver licenses without having to visit the DMV amid the pandemic, including online driver license renewal and road test bypass for first time drivers.

Starting Monday, eligible people with a Wisconsin drover license can renew it online.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen with a regular (Class D) driver license (Commercial Driver Licenses do not qualify)
  • Must be 64 years of age or under
  • No new medical restrictions
  • Has not had a negative change to their vision since the last renewal

Also on Monday, teens who have successfully completed their required training and have the endorsement of a parent or guardian can get their driver's license without completing a road test.

  • They must hold an Instruction Permit (also known as a Learners Permit) violation free for at least six months prior to testing
  • They must have completed driver education classes
  • They have completed behind-the-wheel training with a licensed instructor
  • They have completed at least 30 hours of driving with their parent/sponsor and their sponsor signs the road test waiver

Road test appointments are still being offered and can be made online beginning, Friday, May 8. Testing will begin May 26 with safety precautions in place.

"Examiners will apply a seat cover when entering the driver’s vehicle and wear personal protective equipment (PPE), including a face shield, to protect the driver and themselves. After the exam, novice drivers will order their license online from home and the card will be sent within 10 business days," said a news release.

DMV customer service centers will have expanded hours May 11 to May 22, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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