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License types

Wisconsin has a three-tiered licensing system: 

  • Instruction permit
  • Probationary license
  • Regular license

On some customers' driving records, there may be more than one license.  That is usually because they have both an instruction permit and a license, or because they recently upgraded from a permit to a probationary or regular license.

To determine license validity, check the license status.

  • The status "OTH," means that license type has been replaced with another license type and is no longer valid.
  • The status "EXP," means it is expired and no longer valid.

There are times when a person has both a valid (VAL) permit and a valid license on a driver record.

If the classes and endorsements of the license and permit are the same, then you can assume that the person is driving on a license, not a permit.

If the classes and endorsements of the products are different, you must find out if that person is operating under the authority of the permit or the license.  To do that, consider what vehicle type the person is driving (commercial or class D) and if they are driving a vehicle that requires an endorsement (passenger bus, hazmat, tanker, etc.) If they have a license for that type of operation, you can assume they are driving under the authority of the license.  If they have only a permit for that type of operation, you must assume they are driving under the authority of the permit and would be subject to the restrictions of the permit.

Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service

Last modified: August 30, 2011

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