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    Driver License Suspension in Wisconsin

    There are a number of ways to lose the privilege to drive in Wisconsin, and a number of ways to regain your privileges. In some cases, if you have been convicted of an infraction that requires a temporary loss of driving privileges, you may apply for a limited license to drive to and from home and work or to and from home and school.

    Read more to learn about Wisconsin driver’s license suspensions, reinstatements, restricted licenses, and fees.

    About Your Suspended License in WI

    There are a number of reasons that your WI driver’s license can be suspended or revoked, including the following:

    • DUI incidents.
    • Leaving the scene of an accident.
    • Refusing to test for blood alcohol concentration when asked.
    • Failing to notify the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of an accident in which you were involved.
    • Failure to settle a financial judgment for damages with another party if the damages were related to a motor vehicle accident.
    • Giving false information to the DMV or using someone else's driver's license.
    • Allowing another person to use your driver's license.

    Driving Record Points

    An excess of points on your driving record can lead to the suspension of your Wisconsin driver’s license.

    You gain points on your driving record for each conviction you get for a moving violation.

    If you accumulate 12 points or more within 12 months, you will receive a minimum license suspension of 2 months.

    Most convictions stay on your record 5 years from the date of the conviction; however, serious offenses (including those involving alcohol-related convictions) stay on your record for 55 years.

    For more information, read our Wisconsin DMV Points page.

    Check Your Driver's License Status

    Concerned about your license status? Check your WI driving record. This record will tell you if your driver’s license is currently valid.

    You’ll also find any points against your license and information on any accidents you have had. Your driving record can impact your car insurance rates, so checking what’s on your record and making sure it’s correct is essential.

    DUI and Alcohol-Related Offenses

    In Wisconsin, conviction of DUI (or OWI) will result in a revoked driver’s license. A revocation of your license is an indefinite loss of your license that may require you to apply for your WI driver’s license again.

    If you are pulled over by a police officer for suspicion of OWI, Wisconsin law considers that you have given implied consent to test for blood alcohol concentration.

    The DMV will issue an administrative suspension on your driver’s license, regardless of a court conviction of OWI if you:

    • Violate implied consent laws by refusing to submit to alcohol testing.
    • Test over the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC).

    If you are given an administrative suspension, you have the right to a hearing to contest your suspension.

    Information on how to request your hearing will be included in your suspension notice.

    Reinstate Your WI Driver’s License

    To reinstate your suspended license, you must meet requirements issued to you by the DMV and/or the court.

    If you are unsure about your reinstatement requirements, the Wisconsin DMV offers an online avenue for you to check your eligibility and requirements for reinstatement.

    Once eligible, you can reinstate your license at your local DMV office. Make sure to arrive at least 90 minutes before the DMV office closes.

    If your license has not expired and it’s still in your possession, you may be eligible to reinstate your license:

    • By mail to:
      Wisconsin Department of Transportation
      Driver Information Section
      4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 301
      P.O. Box 7983
      Madison, WI 53707-7983
      • Be sure to include your:
        • Name.
        • Date of birth.
        • Driver’s license number.
        • Social security number.
        • Your current address.
        • Check or money order made out to “Registration Fee Trust” for your reinstatement fee payment. (See “Fees for Suspended WI Driver’s Licenses” below.)
    • Online:
      • You’ll need your:
        • Driver’s license number or WI driver ID number.
        • Social Security number.
        • Birth date.
        • Name.
        • Gender.

    NOTE: You may be required to provide proof of SR22 insurance if this was part of your reinstatement requirements. Learn more about SR22 insurance on our WI Car Insurance page.

    If your driver's license is still in your possession and you reinstate your license by mail or online, you may call (608) 264-7133 to check the status of your reinstatement.

    Obtain a Restricted WI License

    If your driver's license has been suspended or revoked, you may be eligible for a restricted license in the form of an occupational license.

    An occupational license allows you to drive for specific reasons. The most common use of an occupational license is for driving to and from work.

    You can check your eligibility status online to see if you have become eligible for application.

    To apply for an occupational driver’s license, you must:

    NOTE: You may get your photo occupational license the same day you apply; however, in some cases you may need to return the next time the office is open to retrieve it.

    Fees to Reinstate Your WI License

    When you reinstate your suspended Wisconsin drivers license, you will have to pay a reinstatement fee.

    Reinstatement fees in Wisconsin are as follows:

    • $60 fee for most reinstatements.
    • $200 fee for reinstatements involving OWI-related offenses.

    Accepted Payment Methods

    The accepted payment methods vary based on which method of reinstatement you use:

    • Online: Major debit or credit card.
      • Expect to pay a small convenience fee.
    • In person: Cash, check, or major credit/debit card.
    • By mail: Check or money order payable to “Registration Fee Trust.”
      • (See “Reinstate Your WI Driver’s License” above.)

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