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    SUMMARY: Wisconsin Driver Handbooks

    In Wisconsin, the Department of Transportation (DOT) offers various resources to help you become a safer driver, including the WI motorist handbook, motorcyclists’ handbook, and commercial driver’s manual. For information about Wisconsin traffic and vehicle laws, you can view the Vehicle Code.

    Continue reading this page to find links to all the handbooks you need to get your WI driver’s license.

    Wisconsin Driver’s Manual

    On the WI DOT website, you can access the Wisconsin Motorists’ Handbook (also available in Spanish, Hmong, and other formats), which can help you learn about:

    • Rules of the road.
    • WI driver’s license exams.
    • Traffic signs and signals.
    • Safe driving tips.
    • How to apply for a WI driver’s license.
    • Replacing a lost or stolen driver’s license.
    • Renewing your driver’s license.
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    If you want to pass the written exam on your first attempt, we suggest preparing with an online practice test from our certified partner. Your success is guaranteed. 

    Also included in the Wisconsin DOT driver’s manual are a series of study questions to help you prepare for your knowledge test. For some additional preparation, take an online practice test.

    Commercial Driver's License Manual

    Before getting your commercial driver's license (CDL) in Wisconsin, you’ll need to study for the WI CDL written exam by reading the Commercial Driver’s Manual.

    It includes topics such as:

    • Commercial driver’s license (CDL) requirements and fees.
    • CDL rules.
    • Driving safely.
    • Transporting cargo and passengers.
    • Transporting hazardous materials.
    • Air brakes.
    • Pre-trip vehicle inspections.

    For additional preparation, visit our online CDL practice test page.

    Motorcycle Manual in WI

    If you want to apply for your motorcycle license, you’ll need to read the Wisconsin Motorcyclists' Handbook, which is also available in Spanish. The handbook covers everything you need to know about riding a motorcycle in the state, including:

    • How to obtain your motorcycle license.
    • The motorcycle skills test.
    • Choosing the right gear, including a helmet and eye protection.
    • Motorcycle rider courses.
    • Passing other vehicles safely.
    • Riding in a group.

    You may also find it helpful to take an online Wisconsin motorcycle practice test before taking the DOT written test.

    Other Driver Manuals

    The Wisconsin DOT also provides other manuals online, including the:

    • Motor Vehicle Salesperson Manual.
    • Wisconsin Trucker's Guide.

    Wisconsin Vehicle Code

    You can access the Wisconsin Vehicle Code online if you want to read about the laws concerning vehicles, roads, drivers, pedestrians, motor homes, and more.

    The code may come in handy if you need to fight a traffic ticket. For more information, visit our Traffic Tickets page.

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