How do I update my Wisconsin driver license if I currently have an expired license? Wisconsin

License Renewal for an Expired License

An expired license can earn you a traffic ticket and possibly additional fines; renew as soon as possible.

Expired License for Less than One Year


If your WI drivers license is expired for less than one year, you can renew it without additional testing. The license renewal process is straightforward, requiring visiting your local DMV office with:

  • Your current drivers license.
  • Your Social Security number.
  • Your renewal notice. If you don't have this, bring a completed Wisconsin Driver License (DL)/Identification Card application (Form MV3001).
  • Cash or a check to pay all applicable fees, including a $5 driver license late fee.
You will also be required to pass a vision screening. The DMV offers this for free. Or, if you prefer, you can be tested by your own eye specialist. If you choose this option, the vision test must be completed within three months of reapplying and the results must be posted on form MV3001.  

Expired License for More than One Year


You will need to follow the same reinstate license steps as described above; but, in addition to the vision test, you'll also need to pass knowledge and driving tests.

You will need to study the state's drivers handbook to pass the knowledge test. All test questions are directly based on information covered in the handbook, including night driving, space management, and road sign identification. You can grab a handbook from any DMV office, or by downloading from the DMV website.

After studying the handbook, you'll next want to take at least one practice test. These can be found online and feature questions similar to those on the actual exam, allowing you to accurately gauge if you're test-ready.

If you pass, you'll then need to make an appointment for a license test with a DMV service center. When you arrive for your scheduled test, you'll be required to provide a vehicle in good working condition and another licensed driver.

If you pass, you'll receive a temporary drivers license. Use while driving until your permanent driver license arrives in the mail in about two weeks.

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