WI DOT Rolls Out 2 New Pilot Programs

The Wisconsin WisDOT announced on Tuesday there are rolling out two pilot programs that will safely address a backlog of demand. Eligible persons with a Wisconsin driver license will be able to renew it online, and those under 18 will be able to receive their probationary drivers license without completing a road test.

Individuals under age 18, who successfully complete their required training, will need the endorsement of a parent or guardian. According to Secretary-designee Craig Thompson, “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. 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. DMV customer service centers will have expanded hours May 11 to May 22, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The goal is to serve as many customers as possible who require an in-person visit while maintaining safe social distances in lobbies. Appointments are recommended. These pilot programs are expected to continue through the 2020 calendar year.