In this article, we cover the essential details about the Knowledge Test / Written test that is required to be completed by all eligible persons applying for a Drivers Licence or Permit in the state of Wisconsin
The authority conducting the required assessments and issuing the driving license is the Division of Motor Vehicles (Division of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation)
Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles 
Is ‘Hardship Licence’ available for eligible minors in this state ?
Yes, see notes.
Minimum age for learner’s permit
15 years, 6 months
Minimum Age for Restricted Licence
Minimum Age for Full Unrestricted Licence
16 years, 9 months
Validity period of the full (unrestricted) license
8 years from the date of issue. Refer to the official manual for any exceptions where the validity period may be shorter.
Notes / Comments
Learner must hold permit for six months and log 30 hours of practice. Passenger and nighttime driving restrictions removed after nine months, or upon reaching the age of 18 whichever is sooner. All first license holders, regardless of age, and out-of-state transfers under 21 or with less than three years’ experience are initially issued probationary licenses valid for a three-year period and are subject to enhanced penalties after the first moving violation.
Note: In Wisconsin, to obtain a hardship license for a minor, the minor must be at least 14 years of age, but under the age of 18; must appear in person, accompanied by his or her parent or legal guardian, before an examining officer with a birth certificate showing the minor is at least 14 years old; must have the usage of an automobile, farm truck, dual purpose farm truck, motorcycle with an engine of no more than 125 cc, moped, or motor bicycle owned and registered by the applicant’s parent or guardian, or a farm truck leased to the applicant’s parent or guardian; must pass an examination, including a test of the applicant’s ability to safely operate the type of vehicle for which the minor is requesting the ability to use.
The hardship license is valid only until the minor secures a full (unrestricted) driver’s license or reaches the age of 18, whichever comes first. The minor is not permitted to drive in hours of darkness or in a city of more than 500,000 people; operate either a commercial vehicle or vehicle for hire (e.g. a taxicab). These restrictions are provided in Section 343.08 of the Wisconsin Statutes & Annotations.
The complete and official details about the procedure to obtain a Learner’s permit and various classes of driving licences Wisconsin State are available on the official website. You can also download or fill online the required forms and understand the procedure for scheduling your essential written / knowledge tests.
Link to the official DOT / MOT / DMV website
Click on this link to access the official DOT / MOT / DMV website for the information and documents required for applying for a new Learner’s Permit, Driver’s License or renewal / reissue of current or expired Licences. Wisconsin
2020 Wisconsin State Drivers Manual
The questions in the Wisconsin state Drivers Knowledge Test / Written test are derived from the official drivers manual. You should be thoroughly familiar with various aspects including highway signs, traffic signals and pavement markings, vehicle safety responsibility, right-of-way, signals, signs and markers, rules about parking, stopping, and standing, alcohol and drug impact on the driving ability (DUI rules) as applicable in the state.
You can download a soft copy (PDF) of the manual from this link : Wisconsin State Driver’s Manual Download Link (PDF)
2020 Wisconsin State Drivers Written Test / Knowledge Test
Before being permitted to drive / learn driving in a motor vehicle, one of the first steps is to clear a written / knowledge test that assesses your theoretical knowledge of the driving rules in the state. The test may be conducted in a Paper / Pen or a Computer based Testing mode. (A normal computer terminal or a touch screen device.) Pass the knowledge and highway signs tests..
Knowledge tests administered at most DMV customer service centers? are given on a computerized system. The system uses touch screens and provides instant feedback about whether an answer is correct or not. In situations where multiple tests are required, the system will automatically advance to the next test in the session. For those with limited reading proficiency all tests can be administered with an audio assist option. (An examiner will add the audio assist option upon request.)
Knowledge tests for Class D (regular license) and Class M (motorcycle license) each take about 45 minutes to complete. The tests are conducted on a walk-in basis.
Total number of questions in the 2020 Knowledge test
50 Objective Type Questions
Minimum number of questions to be answered correctly to pass
Minimum number of questions to be answered correctly to pass the DMV / MOT / DOT Knowledge Test (in terms of % of total questions)
80% of the questions have to be answered correctly in total
Maximum Errors allowed in the Written / Knowledge test
Up to 10 errors in total
There is no negative marking in the Drivers Permit / License Written or Knowledge Test 2020.
Retaking the DMV / MOT / DOT Licence or Permit Written or Knowledge Test
Refer to the Driver’s Manual for details on the re-test procedure if you do not clear the Knowledge test in the first attempt. In general, you are allowed to retake the test with a reasonable time gap between each attempt.
You may have to pay the full testing fees for every attempt. In some cases, a longer time period may be required after a series of unsuccessful attempts, to ensure that the applicant has enough time to practice adequately for the next attempt.
MagicExam Practice tests 2020
Why should you use the MagicExam Practice tests to prepare for the Wisconsin DMV / MOT / DOT 2020 Knowledge Written test ?
Less then 50% of the first time test takers clear the Knowledge test. Though all the questions are based on the Driver’s Manual, the document may be a little too extensive, preventing effective preparation.
Our Practice Test Question bank consists of all the important aspects from the manual in an easy to understand and remember Objective Questions format. With our online practice tests, the questions and answer choices are shuffled with every attempt and you can practice each test unlimited number of times till you consistently score higher than the minimum pass percentage.
When you take the real test, you will have already practiced enough questions and you should be able to complete the test within the limited time. Our tests are based on a question bank of more than 700 state-specific questions that cover every topic you’ll be tested on.
By practicing with our mock tests, you save money in retest costs, save time and effort.