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An occupational license is a restricted driver license. Unlike a regular license, an occupational license limits when and where you can drive. You may only drive to and from work or church or other places indicated on the license and during specific times of the day. You may not use an occupational license for recreational purposes. Your total driving time is limited to 12 hours each day and no more than 60 hours for the entire week. If you operate outside those specific hours or for a purpose not permitted on the license, you may be arrested for operating after suspension or revocation.
If you need to travel through another state, you need to check to see if they allow operation with a Wisconsin occupational license. All states may not honor a Wisconsin occupational license.
Effective September 30, 2005, occupational licenses authorizing operation of commercial motor vehicles cannot be issued, as required by the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999.
Check your eligibility for an occupational license if your license has been suspended or revoked.
Questions? Contact us: Wisconsin DMV email service
Call: (608) 266-2261
Last modified: August 30, 2011
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