MILWAUKEE –The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced Tuesday, May 5 that they will be temporarily waiving road test requirements for individuals under 18 who has who successfully complete their required training.
This is one of two pilot programs the DMV has launched that will safely address a backlog of demand:
- Eligible persons with a Wisconsin driver license will be able to renew it online
- Individuals under age 18, who successfully complete their required training and have the endorsement of a parent or guardian will be able to get their probationary driver license without completing a road test
“The Division of Motor Vehicles has been at the forefront of making changes to protect the public and our associates during the public health emergency, while continuing to provide vital public services,” Secretary-designee Craig Thompson said. “These pilot programs represent innovative solutions to help Wisconsin address challenges created by the pandemic.”
The pilot programs begin May 11. Each program eliminates the need for in-person visits to a DMV service center by enabling drivers to complete the tasks online. The pilots allow the public to get service more quickly while maintaining safety.
Road test waivers for 16- and 17-year-olds
DMV typically conducts approximately 2,100 road tests per week. Nearly 65 percent of these tests are for people under the age of 18, with 98 percent passing their road test on their first or second attempt. Wisconsin also has a Graduated Driver License (GDL) law that places strict expectations on drivers under 18. The GDL requirements have improved safety and will remain in place.
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