Wisconsin Department of Transportation

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Eligibility for an occupational license

Who may be eligible

If you are a Wisconsin resident, you may be eligible to obtain an occupational license if your operating privilege was revoked or suspended under the following circumstances:

Who is not eligible

An occupational license cannot be issued:

  • If you are not a resident of Wisconsin.
  • If you are a juvenile who committed offenses under Ch. 938.
  • If you are under suspension for failing to pay a forfeiture (such as a traffic ticket or municipal citation).
  • If your license has been canceled (rather than revoked or suspended).
  • If you have never held a driver license.
  • If you are eligible to reinstate your driver license after revocation or suspension.
  • If you have two or more revocation or suspension cases from separate incidents in a one-year period.
  • If you have not served all mandatory waiting periods for an occupational license.
  • For a commercial driver license (CDL).

Occupational licenses authorizing operation of commercial motor vehicles cannot be issued, as required by the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999.

Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service
Call: (608) 266-2261

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Last modified: August 30, 2011

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