An occupational license issued by the department under this subsection shall be in the form of a photo license and any special restrictions cards under s. 343.17 (4)
. The license shall clearly indicate that restrictions on a special restrictions card apply and that the special restrictions card is part of the person's license.
The occupational license issued by the department shall contain the restrictions required by sub. (5)
. The occupational license authorizes the licensee to operate a motor vehicle only when that operation is an essential part of the licensee's occupation or trade. If the department determines that the applicant is eligible under sub. (2)
, the department may impose such conditions and limitations upon the authorization to operate commercial or noncommercial motor vehicles as in the secretary's judgment are necessary in the interest of public safety and welfare, including reexamination of the person's qualifications to operate a commercial or noncommercial motor vehicle or a particular type thereof. The department may limit such authorization to include, without limitation, the operation of particular vehicles, particular kinds of operation and particular traffic conditions.
The expiration date of the occupational license is the 2nd working day after the date of termination of the period of revocation or suspension as provided by law. The occupational license may be revoked, suspended or canceled before termination of that period. An occupational license is not renewable when it expires. If an occupational license expires and is not revoked, suspended or canceled, the licensee may obtain a new license upon that expiration but only if he or she complies with the conditions specified in s. 343.38
. Revocation, suspension or cancellation of an occupational license has the same effect as revocation, suspension or cancellation of any other license.
Notwithstanding sub. (2) (a) 4.
, there shall be no minimum waiting period before the issuance of an occupational license under this subsection authorizing operation of only "Class A", "Class B" or "Class C" vehicles if the applicant's commercial driver license has been suspended or revoked for a violation of s. 346.63 (1)
or a local ordinance in conformity therewith or a law of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state in conformity with s. 346.63 (1)
and the person was not operating a commercial motor vehicle at the time of the violation or has been suspended or revoked under ch. 344
. If the application also seeks authorization to operate "Class D" or "Class M" vehicles, the department may issue an occupational license if at least 15 days have elapsed since the date of suspension or revocation unless another minimum waiting period or eligibility at any time is provided by law.
(8) Violation of restrictions; penalties. 343.10(8)(a)(a)
Any person who violates any restriction of an occupational license, in addition to the immediate revocation of the license:
Shall forfeit not less than $150 nor more than $600, except as provided in subd. 2.
Shall be fined not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 and shall be imprisoned not more than 6 months, if the number of convictions under this section equals 2 or more in a 5-year period.
The 5-year period under par. (a) 2.
shall be measured from the dates of the violations which resulted in the convictions.
The department shall inform a person whose operating privilege is revoked or suspended under this chapter of his or her right to apply to the department for issuance of an occupational license under this section.
History: 1973 c. 90
; 1975 c. 297
; 1977 c. 29
s. 1654 (7) (a)
, (e); 1977 c. 193
; 1979 c. 102
; 1981 c. 20
; 1983 a. 27
; 1985 a. 32
; 1985 a. 71
; 1987 a. 3
; 1989 a. 31
; 1991 a. 39
; 1995 a. 113
; s. 13.93 (2) (c).
Court can't impose restrictions on occupational licenses other than those enumerated in sub. (1), 1987 stats. [now sub. (5) (a)]. State v. Darling, 143 W (2d) 839, 422 NW (2d) 886 (Ct. App. 1988).
Temporary license for persons previously licensed in another state. 343.11(1)
The department shall not issue a license to a person previously licensed in another jurisdiction unless such person surrenders to the department all valid operator's licenses possessed by the person issued by any other jurisdiction, which surrender operates as a cancellation of the surrendered licenses insofar as the person's privilege to operate a motor vehicle in this state is concerned. When such applicant surrenders the license to the department, the department shall issue a receipt therefor, which receipt shall constitute a temporary license to operate a motor vehicle for a period not to exceed 60 days if the applicant meets the standard required for eyesight and, in the opinion of the examiner, is not a dangerous hazard to the applicant and other users of the highways. Except as provided in s. 343.055
, the temporary license shall not be valid authorization for the operation of commercial motor vehicles. The temporary license shall be surrendered to the examiner for cancellation by the department if the 3rd attempt at the driving test is failed and the applicant shall be required to secure a temporary instruction permit for further practice driving.
Upon the expiration of 30 days following the application, the department shall return all surrendered licenses to the issuing department together with information that the licensee is now licensed in this state or has been refused a license by this state, whichever the case may be.
Except as provided in sub. (1)
, the department may issue a receipt to any applicant for a license, which receipt shall constitute a temporary license to operate a motor vehicle while the application for license is being processed. Such temporary license shall be valid for a period not to exceed 30 days.
School bus operators to obtain special authorization. 343.12(1)(a)(a)
No person shall operate a school bus without having first applied for and received authorization from the department in the form of a school bus endorsement to the person's valid operator's license.
A motor bus registered in compliance with s. 341.26 (7)
and equipped as provided under ss. 347.25 (2)
but not transporting children for any purpose is not a school bus within the meaning of this subsection while being used on a highway for purposes other than those specified in s. 340.01 (56) (a)
if the flashing red warning lights are not used and all markings on the front and rear of the motor bus indicating that it is a school bus are removed or completely concealed.
The department shall issue a school bus endorsement to a person only if such person meets all of the following requirements:
Subject to sub. (3)
, is at least 18 years and not more than 70 years of age.
Holds a valid operator's license issued under this chapter.
Notwithstanding ss. 111.321
, has not been convicted of reckless driving under s. 346.62
or a local ordinance in conformity with s. 346.62 (2)
or a law of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state in conformity with s. 346.62 (2)
, operating a motor vehicle while operating privileges are suspended or revoked under s. 343.44 (1)
or a local ordinance in conformity therewith or a law of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state in conformity with s. 343.44 (1)
with respect to operation of a motor vehicle while operating privileges are suspended or revoked, any of the offenses enumerated under s. 343.31 (1)
, or 2 or more offenses under s. 346.63 (7)
or a local ordinance in conformity therewith or a law of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state in conformity with s. 346.63 (7)
, or a conviction under the law of another jurisdiction, as those terms are defined in s. 340.01 (9r)
, respectively, prohibiting reckless or careless driving, as those or substantially similar terms are used in that jurisdiction's laws, or a conviction, suspension or revocation that would be counted under s. 343.307 (2)
, within the 2-year period immediately preceding the date of application. Upon request of the operator or school, the department shall certify whether the operator meets this requirement.
Subject to ss. 111.321
, has not been convicted of a felony or offense against public morals in this state, including a conviction under the law of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state for an offense which, if the person had been convicted of the offense under the laws of this state, would have constituted a felony or offense against public morals, or in another jurisdiction, within the past 5 years.
Has sufficient use of both hands and the foot normally employed to operate the foot brake and foot accelerator correctly and efficiently. Such use may be substantiated by competent medical proof submitted by the applicant.
Has passed the physical examination required. Physical standards to be met may be established by the department.
Prior to the initial issuance or renewal of the endorsement, takes and passes a special examination prescribed by the department and administered by the department or by a 3rd-party tester under s. 343.16 (1) (b)
to determine his or her ability to safely operate a school bus. This special examination may include the examination required under sub. (3)
. The department may renew the endorsement without retesting the licensee, except under sub. (3)
The department may issue a school bus endorsement to a person who is more than 70 years of age if the person meets the requirements specified in sub. (2) (c)
before issuance of the endorsement and annually takes and passes a physical examination prior to issuance or renewal of the endorsement to determine that the person meets the physical standards established under sub. (2) (g)
Notwithstanding sub. (1)
, a person may operate a school bus in this state if one or more of the following requirements are met:
The person is a nonresident holding a valid commercial driver license with a "P" passenger endorsement and any additional endorsements required by the person's home jurisdiction for the operation of a school bus and the origin or destination of the trip is in another state.
The person is a resident of Iowa, Illinois, Michigan or Minnesota and was licensed under s. 343.12 (2) (c)
, 1987 stats. This subdivision applies only for 2 years after December 20, 1989.
The person is a resident of Iowa, Illinois, Michigan or Minnesota and holds a valid operator's license authorizing the operation of a school bus.
The department may, by rule, establish standards for the employment by an employer of a person under par. (a) 3.
as an operator of a school bus in this state. The rules may require the person to meet the qualifications contained in sub. (2)
and any rules of the department applicable to residents.
Fined not less than $200 nor more than $600 and may be imprisoned for not more than 6 months or both for the first such offense.
Fined not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 and imprisoned for not less than 5 days nor more than 6 months for the 2nd offense occurring within 3 years.
Fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,000 and imprisoned for not less than 10 days nor more than 6 months for the 3rd or subsequent offense occurring within 3 years.
Standards under 343.12 (2) (g) are not exempt from requirements under 111.34 (2) (b). Bothum v. Department of Transp., 134 W (2d) 378, 396 NW (2d) 785 (Ct. App. 1986).
Restricted licenses. 343.13(1)(1)
The department upon issuing any license pursuant to this chapter may, whenever good cause appears, impose restrictions suitable to the licensee's operating ability with respect to the type of or special mechanical control devices required on a motor vehicle which the licensee may operate, or such other restrictions applicable to the licensee as the department may determine to be appropriate to assure the safe operation of a motor vehicle by the licensee.
Notwithstanding sub. (1)
, the department shall restrict the commercial driver license of any person to prohibit the operation of any motor vehicle equipped with air brakes if the person fails the portion of an examination under s. 343.16
relating to air brakes or the person's driving skills test is conducted in a motor vehicle not equipped with air brakes.
Special restricted operator's license. 343.135(1)(a)(a)
Except as provided in par. (b)
, upon application therefor, the department shall issue a special restricted operator's license to any person who meets the following requirements:
Is at least 14 years of age and is physically disabled or is at least 16 years of age.
Does not possess a valid operator's license issued under this chapter.
Has passed an examination which includes a test of the applicant's eyesight, ability to read and understand highway signs regulating, warning and directing traffic, knowledge of the traffic laws and an actual demonstration of ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable control in the operation of the vehicle for which the special restricted license is to be issued. An applicant shall furnish the motor vehicle he or she will be operating for use in testing his or her ability to operate the vehicle. The department may waive the demonstration of ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable control in the operation of a moped or motor bicycle as provided in s. 343.16 (2) (d)
The department may not issue a special restricted license to a person whose operating privilege is suspended or revoked.
A special restricted operator's license may be issued only for the specific vehicle or type of vehicle described on the license. A license under this paragraph may not be issued to authorize operation of a commercial motor vehicle or a school bus. A special restricted operator's license may be issued only for the following vehicles:
Specially designed vehicles having a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour which the department authorizes to be operated on the highway.
If a special restricted operator's license is issued for operation of a vehicle described in par. (a) 2.
, the vehicle may be operated only by the following persons:
A person licensed under this chapter who operates the vehicle for the limited purposes of repairing or testing the vehicle.
(3) Design of license.
The special restricted license shall be of the same size and general design of the operator's license, except that it shall bear the words "SPECIAL RESTRICTED LICENSE". The information on the license shall be the same as specified under s. 343.17 (3)
and the holder may affix a decal thereto as provided in s. 343.175 (3)
. All restrictions imposed under sub. (6)
shall be listed on the license or on an attachment thereto.
(4) Physical requirements.
The department may set such physical standards as it deems necessary for eligibility for licensing under this section. The standards shall include a vision standard.
The department may require an applicant to submit to a medical examination to determine whether the applicant meets the standards set under sub. (4)
. The applicant shall pay the cost of any such examination.
The department may impose such restrictions as it deems necessary on any license issued under this section. Such restrictions may include, but are not limited to, the type of vehicle, special equipment, time of day of operation, and specific geographic areas and streets or routes of travel. A vehicle operated under this section shall display a slow moving vehicle emblem as required under s. 347.245
(7) Expiration; renewal.
A special restricted operator's license issued under this section shall expire 2 years after the date of issuance. Within 90 days prior to the expiration of a license, the holder of the restricted license may renew the license by paying the required fee and passing the examination under sub. (1) (a) 4.
Application for license. 343.14(1)
Every application to the department for a license or identification card or for renewal thereof shall be made upon the appropriate form furnished by the department and shall be accompanied by the required fee.
The forms for application shall be determined by the department and shall include:
The full name and residence address of the applicant;
The applicant's date of birth, social security number, color of eyes, color of hair, sex, height, weight and race;
A statement as to whether the applicant has heretofore been licensed as an operator of any motor vehicle and, if so, when and by what jurisdiction;
Whether any previous license or operating privilege has ever been suspended or revoked or whether application has ever been refused and, if so, the date and place of such suspension, revocation or refusal;
If the application is made by a person under 18 years of age, documentary proof that the applicant is enrolled in a school program or high school equivalency program and is not a habitual truant as defined in s. 118.16 (1) (a)
, has graduated from high school or been granted a declaration of high school graduation equivalency or is enrolled in a home-based private educational program, as defined in s. 115.001 (3g)
. For purposes of this paragraph, "documentary proof" means the signature and verification of an adult sponsor as provided in s. 343.15 (1)
or the applicant as provided in s. 343.15 (4) (b)
Such further information as the department considers appropriate to identify the applicant, including biometric data, and such information as the department may reasonably require to enable it to determine whether the applicant is by law entitled to the license applied for;
A question as to whether the applicant wishes to include his or her name as a donor of an anatomical gift in the record of potential donors maintained by the department. The form shall indicate the following:
The applicant is not required to respond to the question under this paragraph in order to obtain a license.
The purpose of maintaining the record of potential donors is to facilitate the determination of whether a person is a potential donor in the event of his or her death.
An affirmative response to the question under this paragraph does not in itself authorize an anatomical gift. To authorize an anatomical gift, an applicant shall comply with s. 157.06
or 343.175 (2)
A certification by the applicant that the motor vehicle in which the person takes the driving skills test is a representative vehicle of the vehicle group that the person operates or expects to operate; and
A certification by the applicant for a commercial driver license that he or she either:
Meets all of the driver qualifications contained in either 49 CFR 391
or in an alternative federally approved driver qualification program established by the department by rule. The department may require the applicant to show the medical certificate of physical examination required by 49 CFR 391.43
Meets all of the driver qualifications for drivers in intrastate commerce as established by the department by rule and is applying for a commercial driver license valid only in this state for noninterstate operation.
The forms for application for a license or identification card or for renewal thereof or another form provided by the department shall include a place for an applicant, licensee or identification card holder to designate that his or her name, street address, post-office box number and 9-digit extended zip code may not be disclosed as provided in s. 343.235
or 343.24 (4)
, a statement indicating the effect of making such a designation and a place for an applicant, licensee or identification card holder who has made a designation under this subsection to reverse the designation.
The department shall, as part of the application process, take a photograph of the applicant to comply with s. 343.17 (3) (a) 2.
Except where specifically exempted by statute or by rule of the department, no application may be processed without the photograph being taken. In the case of renewal licenses, the photograph shall be taken once every 4 years, and shall coincide with the appearance for examination which is required under s. 343.16 (3)
. The department may make provision for issuance of a license without a photograph if the applicant is stationed outside the state in military service and in specific situations where the department deems such action appropriate.
Any photograph taken of an applicant under par. (a)
or s. 343.50 (4)
may be maintained by the department and shall be kept confidential. The department may release a photograph only to the person whose photograph was taken.
In instituting the photograph license system the department may, for the purpose of gaining a uniform rate of renewals involving photographs and examinations required under s. 343.16 (3)
, issue renewal licenses not containing the licensee's photograph which may be valid for a period of 2 years as prescribed in s. 343.17
, 1977 stats., and s. 343.20
, 1977 stats. The period between examinations required under s. 343.16 (3)
may be changed when necessary to conform such examinations to the renewal date of the person's operator's license. The fees for the nonphoto licenses issued under s. 343.17
, 1977 stats., and s. 343.20
, 1977 stats., shall be the fees in effect on the date before January 1, 1982.