Supervised Driving Log
Teaching Your Teen to Drive
Supervised driving log — use it!
Parents must certify that their teen has a minimum of 30 hours of supervised driving, with at least 10 hours at night. Keep track of driving time and experience with this log. The more time you spend practicing with your teen, the better driver they will be on their own.
Instruction permit restrictions
Once your teen holds an instruction permit, they may drive only when accompanied by a qualified person. The number of passengers is limited.
The person accompanying your teen must:
- Have two years driving experience
- Hold a valid regular (not probationary or occupational) driver license
- Sit in the front passenger seat
- Be one of the following:
- A qualified instructor 19 or older (Up to three others may ride along if the car is equipped with dual controls)
- A parent, guardian or spouse 19 or older (Immediate family members may ride along in the
- A person 21 or older (This person must be designated in writing by a parent or guardian prior to accompanying your teen while your teen drives)
If your teen is at least 16 years of age, in addition to the licensed accompanying driver, one other licensed person 25 years or older, with at least two years driving experience may occupy a seat in the vehicle other than the front seat.
Teen license requirements
Wisconsin residents UNDER 18 years of age must fulfill the following requirements to obtain a driver license:
- Be at least 16 years old
- Successfully complete an approved driver education course
- Have an adult sponsor
- Hold an Instruction Permit for at least six months
- Be violation-free for six months
- Have a minimum of 30 hours of driving experience (10 of which must be at night)
- Be enrolled in a school program or high school equivalency program and not be a habitual truant — or have graduated from high school or have been granted a declaration of high school graduation equivalency – or be enrolled in a home-based private education program
- Pass the driving skills test
Your teen can schedule a road test appointment online up to 11 weeks in advance at
Teen driver restrictions – know and enforce them
All novice drivers receive restricted licenses to help keep them safe. This is called a probationary license — and it is valid for driving according to the restrictions on the back.
Drivers under 18 have additional restrictions for the first nine months.
- From 5 a.m. to midnight, your teen can drive alone and go anywhere. Any number of immediate family members can ride along as well as ONE non-family member.
- From midnight to 5 a.m., your teen can drive alone only IF driving between home, school or work. If driving anywhere else, one of the following people must be seated in the front passenger seat: a parent or legal guardian or a person 21 or older with a valid, regular license with two years of licensed driving experience. Any number of immediate family members and one other person may ride along.
- These restrictions will be extended six months if your teen:
- Is convicted of a moving traffic violation; OR
- Violates any of the restrictions; OR
- Has their license suspended or revoked for any reason.
Demerit points double for moving traffic convictions after your teen’s first conviction. Your teen’s license will be suspended for six months if they accumulate 12 or more points within a 12-month period.
Your teen’s license will expire two years from their next birthday. For example, if a new driver is 16 years old on the date they obtain their probationary license, the earliest that license would expire would be on their 19th birthday.
When your teen is driving, as a general rule, you can only have one passenger in addition to immediate family.
Or you can print and fill out a driving log here