2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
March 4, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Olsen,
Cowles, Darling, C. Larson and
Risser, cosponsored by Representatives
Ripp, Ballweg, E. Brooks, Hutton,
Kremer, Murphy, Murtha, A. Ott and Subeck. Referred to Committee on
Transportation and Veterans Affairs.
1An Act to amend
343.61 (2) (a) 3., 343.61 (2) (am), 343.61 (4) (b) and 343.62 (4) 2
(b) of the statutes; relating to: online instruction provided by driver schools
3licensed by the Department of Transportation.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the Department of Transportation (DOT) licenses schools
that give instruction, for compensation, in the operation of motor vehicles (driver
schools). In an application for a driver school license, the applicant must identify all
driver school office and driver school classroom locations. DOT may promulgate
rules relating to driver schools and these rules currently include provisions relating
to driver school classrooms. By statute, a driver school classroom is a facility that
is approved by DOT and used to conduct driver training.
Under this bill, a driver school may provide driver training instruction by
means of the Internet instead of, or in addition to, providing instruction at a driver
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
343.61 (2) (a) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) 3. Identification of all driver school office locations
and 2identification of all
driver school classroom locations and, if instruction is to be
3provided by means of the Internet, a statement to this effect
343.61 (2) (am) of the statutes is amended to read:
(am) A driver school may provide to the department a written 6
certification that the driver school has complied with all applicable driver school 7
office and driver school classroom requirements imposed under this subchapter or 8
under any rule promulgated by the department under this subchapter.
9of this paragraph, classroom instruction includes instruction provided by means of
10the Internet if the driver school provides instruction by means of the Internet.
343.61 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) The location of each driver school office shall be identified in the 13
license. Except as provided by the department by rule, no licensee may establish any 14
driver school office within 1,500 feet of a department office where operator's licenses 15
are issued, nor within 1,500 feet of any headquarters where official driving skills 16
tests are given. Any change in address of any driver school office or driver school 17
classroom must be reported to and approved by the department. A driver school may 18
maintain driver school classrooms at locations other than the driver school office. 19A driver school may provide driver training instruction by means of the Internet
20instead of, or in addition to, providing instruction at a driver school classroom.
343.62 (4) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
(b) Notwithstanding par. (a), the department may issue an original 23
instructor's license that is restricted to classroom instruction to an applicant who 24
does not otherwise qualify for a license because the applicant does not meet the 25
requirements specified in par. (a) 2., 3., or 5. The department may not issue an
instructor's license that is restricted to classroom instruction under this paragraph 2
unless the applicant satisfies standards established by the department by rule 3
relating to the ability of the applicant to communicate clearly and concisely and to 4
control the classroom environment and behavior and establishing any further 5
certification required by the department. For purposes of this paragraph and par.
6(c), classroom instruction includes instruction provided by means of the Internet if
7the driver school provides instruction by means of the Internet.