Driving Rules

Jon's Driving Academy Requirements

The State of Wisconsin requires students be 14½ years of age or older when beginning the classroom portion of drivers education for retention purposes. Students must be 16 years of age and hold their instruction permit for 6 months to be eligible for their license.

  • You only need to be 14½ years old to sign up for the classroom portion of driver's ed!
  • All classes are taught by Wisconsin Department of Transportation Certified Instructors
  • We offer the DMV knowledge and signs test (temps test) to our students under 18 years of age at no charge.

The State of Wisconsin requires 30 hours of classroom, 6 hours behind the wheel and 6 hours of car observation.

WI Probationary License Requirements

  1. Be 16 years of age.
  2. Complete an approved driver education class.
  3. Accumulate 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience. (10 of the 30 hours must be at night)
  4. A parent or adult sponsor must certify on the MV3001 form (driver license application) the completion of 30 hours of driving experience. (10 at night)
  5. Hold an instructional permit for a minimum of 6 months.
  6. One of these drive times must occur within the first 60 days of holding a valid Wisconsin instructional permit. There must be a minimum of 19 days between the 1st and 6th driving lessons.
  7. Receive no moving traffic violations resulting in a conviction for the six months prior to the date of application for this license. Including, Seat Belt Violations and Juvenile Alcohol.
  8. Pass a driving skills test.
  9. Pay the required fees.

WI Probationary License Restrictions

If a student is under 18, for the first nine months of holding the probationary license, the student may drive but with the following restrictions:

  1. From 5 AM to midnight, a student may drive alone and travel anywhere. In addition, any number of immediate family members (including legal guardian) and the following people can be passengers:
    • One person who holds a valid regular (non-probationary) license with at least 2 years driving experience and who is a person 21 or older or a qualified instructor or spouse 19 or older, and one other person.
  2. From midnight to 5 AM and if driving between home, school, and/or work, a student may drive alone. In addition, a student can have the same passengers as listed in number one above. If driving anywhere else, students must have one of the following people in the vehicle:
    • a parent or guardian.
    • any number of immediate family members and one other person.
    • one person who holds a valid regular (non-probationary) license with 2 years of licensed driving experience and one person who is a person 21 or older, a spouse 19 or older, or a qualified instructor 19 or older.
  3. Restrictions will be extended 6 months if the student does any of the following:
    • is convicted of a moving traffic violation.
    • violates any of the restrictions.
    • has license revoked or suspended for any reason.

    Note: The terms of the passenger and time-of-day restriction stops while any operating privilege is suspended or revoked. It resumes again when the operating privilege is reinstated.

If you have questions about the Wisconsin Graduated Driver License, check out the Wisconsin DOT website, e-mail the Wisconsin DMV, or call 608-266-2353.