Last March when the COVID-19 pandemic caused Wisconsin to shut down, DMV administrators had a problem. How could they comply with COVID safety standards while avoiding a massive backlog of driving tests and license renewals?
Wisconsin's Department of Transportation responded by waiving the road test requirement starting May 11, 2020, for 16- and 17-year-olds to get their first probationary driver's license. Pending legislative approval, it would like to keep doing so.
Instead of passing a road test to get a license, the parents of 16- and 17-year-olds can sign a waiver, as long as the teenagers have had their instruction permit for a minimum of six months; have completed an approved driver training education course; and have completed 30 hours of supervised driving time with their parent or adult sponsor.