In-person services restricted at Wisconsin DMVs starting Wednesday

Posted at 7:33 AM, Apr 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-08 08:33:59-04

Sorry, your dreams of waiting in the long lines at the DMV are going to have to wait. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is restricting in-person visits to all DMV Service Centers beginning Wednesday.

The new regulation is in place to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state. All service centers will be closed for in-person transactions until further notice.

However, if one of the following services applies to you, the DMV will still serve you by appointment only:

  • Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL)
  • Voters needing identification who need to use the Identification card Petition Process
  • New Wisconsin residents who need a driver license or ID for voting

To make an appointment for one of these essential services while the Safer at Home order is in place, call the DMV Communication Center at (608) 264-7447.

The DMV has also made other adjustments in order to reduce the need for face-to-face visits. Those are:

  • All driver licenses and CDLs renewals are extended 60 days
  • All ID cards can be renewed online
  • Emissions testing requirements have been deferred
  • Registration renewals should still be completed by mail or online by the renewal date
  • Non-CDL driver skills tests have been cancelled until further notice
  • A robust online presence ( to assist with your other DMV needs

DMV staff will still be available to handle phone calls, process mailed-in applications, and assist with any other prioritized work on behalf of the state, according to the WIsDOT.

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