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Global Education: Driver's License

Nearest DMV Location

Waukesha County Service Center

2019 Golf Road, Pewaukee, WI 53072

Monday: 8:30am – 4:45pm

Tuesday: 8:30am – 4:45pm

Wednesday: 8:30am – 4:45pm

Thursday: 8:30am – 4:45pm

Friday: 8:30am – 4:15pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed


Motorist Requirements

If you own a car in Wisconsin, you are required to do the following:

New residents are required to transfer their license within 60 days of establishing residency in Wisconsin.

Driver's License Information

Initial Driver's License / State ID Application

 International students who have never had a driver's license or state ID from any state in the United States must provide the following:

  1. Passport with visa: Your passport must be valid, although your visa can be expired
  2. I-94
    1. If your last entry into the U.S. was before May 21, 2013, you may provide the paper I-94 inside of your passport
    2. If your last entry into the U.S. was after May 21, 2013, you will need to retrieve and print out your I-94 number online at
  3. Valid I-20: Students and spouses must have at least 6 months (preferably more) remaining before the completion date. If your I-20 says “transfer pending” you will need a new I-20. Please request a new I-20 at the same time as the letter.
  4. Proof of residence in Wisconsin: Two documents showing where you live.
    1. Printed or electronic documents may include (must be no older than 90 days): Paycheck issued, utility bill, mobile phone bill, bank statement
    2. Original Copies: Lease, mortgage, renters or car insurance policy valid at least 1 year into the future
  5. Social Security Card or Denial Letter:
    1. If you have a Social Security Number [SSN], bring your Social Security card with you.
    2. If you not have an SSN, you must obtain a letter from the Social Security Office, stating that you are not eligible for an SSN. (See Social Security Information Handout)
  6. Complete required tests:
    1. Knowledge test
    2. Sign test
    3. Vision test
  7. Appropriate form and fee:
    1. Complete MV3001 (online or pick up at DMV)
    2. Driver license fees (typically $35, DMV accepts check, cash, credit or debit cards)

Wisconsin License Renewals

A Wisconsin Driver's license can be renewed until the end date on the I-20 even if it is less than one year. The Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles will include the grace period (60 days). Take items 1 - 3 to the Department of Motor Vehicles [DMV].

Transfer of another State License to a Wisconsin License or ID

Students or spouses must take items 1 – 7 above to the DMV in addition to your previous license.

Optional Practical Training [OPT]

Students on Optional Practical Training [OPT] must present the Employment Authorization Document [EAD] and the applicant cannot go before the start date on the EAD. For new licenses, take items 1 – 6.

For transferring from another state license to a Wisconsin license, take items 1 – 7.
For renewing the Wisconsin license, take items 1 – 3, 7.

International Driving Permit

Students who do not qualify for a Wisconsin Driver's license can drive for one year if they have a valid foreign driver's license and an international driving permit.