Vanden Heuvel & Dineen, S.C. - Attorney Daniel R. Skarie

Wisconsin Occupational Driver’s License

Attorney Dan Skarie is a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who will guide you through the occupational licensing process. The following is a summary of the Wisconsin occupational driver’s license and the steps to obtain an occupational driver’s license.

What is an Occupational Driver’s License?

​An occupational license is a restricted driver license that may be available to you if your privilege to operate a motor vehicle is suspended or revoked. The license enables you to maintain your employment and household. Unlike a regular license, an occupational license limits when, where, and what type of vehicle you may drive.

Where can I drive with an Occupational Driver’s License?

​With an occupational license, you may drive:

  • to and from work;
  • to and from school, college or university;
  • to and from places that you need to visit to maintain your household, such as:
    • ​the grocery store or market;
    • pharmacy
    • laundromat;
    • gas station;
  • to and from your church or place of worship;
  • to attend to necessary family needs such as medical appointments and Driver Safety Plan.

You may not use an occupational license for:

  • recreational purposes such as;
    • visiting family or friends;
    • attending a social or sporting event;
  • operation of a commercial motor vehicle.

When may I drive with my Occupational Driver’s License?

Your occupational license will expressly state the hours you will be permitted to operate a motor vehicle. Your total driving time is limited to:

  • 12 hours driving per day (need not be consecutive hours)
  • 60 hours total driving for the week

​Your occupational license will restrict where you may drive. On your application, you will list:

  • Wisconsin counties in which you need to drive
  • other states in which you need to drive
    • If you need to drive in another state, you must check with that state to see if they allow you to drive with a Wisconsin occupational license

Important: If you operate a motor vehicle outside the specified hours or for a purpose not specified on the occupational license, law enforcement may cite or arrest you for operating after suspension or revocation.

When should I apply for an Occupational Driver’s License?

Note that to be eligible to apply for an occupational license, your Privilege to Operate a Motor Vehicle must be suspended or revoked for the reason that allows an Occupational License to be issued. In other words, you may not apply for an occupational license in advance. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has an online tool to check the status of your driver’s license and reinstatement eligibility.

What do I need to obtain an Occupational Driver’s License?

Once you’re eligible for an occupational license, you will need to:

  • Complete form MV3027 (available online or at a DMV Service Center). On this form, you will list:
    • the counties or states in which you will be driving
    • the time(s) of day you will be driving
    • the purpose of your driving, e.g., work, homemaker duties, Driver Safety Plan
  • Complete form MV3001 (available online or at a DMV Service Center)
  • Complete any required tests, including vision screening
  • Provide proof of your identity
  • Provide documentary proof that you are legally present in the United States
  • Provide an SR22, proof of insurance
  • Pay the nonrefundable application fee​


  • If revoked for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), you must complete an Alcohol or Other Drug Assessment and participate in a Driver Safety Plan.
  • ​If the court has ordered you to install an Ignition Interlock Device​ (IID), provide proof of installation for every vehicle titled or registered to you unless exempted by the court.

How long will it take to obtain my Occupational Driver’s License?

  • Two hours are needed to process an Occupational License Application. Plan to arrive at the DMV customer service center at least two hours before the center closes.
  • ​​Depending upon the hours the DMV customer service center is open, you may receive your occupational license the same day. If additional time is required, DMV personnel will request you return the following business day.


​If you have questions regarding your occupational license or obtaining an occupational license, contact OWI defense attorney Dan Skarie.


The occupational driver’s license information is provided solely for general informational purposes, is subject to change, and may not be up to date. Please contact Atty. Skarie or the appropriate agency to confirm the accuracy of the information provided.