DMV to close Friday, reopen with limited services

By Patrick Lynn

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday ordered all Dept. of Motor Vehicle service centers to close for a deep-cleaning.

DMVs across the state will spend Friday deep cleaning and modifying public spaces in an effort to minimize in-person transactions, according to a news release from Evers’ office.

DMVs will reopen on Monday, March 23, with limited in-person services.

Many functions related to vehicles can already be completed online, according to the release, though some temporary changes will be implemented to accommodate customers who need additional services. They follow:

  • Driver licenses and CDLs that expire during this public health emergency will be automatically extended 60 days. Late fees will be waived. The driver record, visible to law enforcement, will show the extension and that the driver’s license is valid.
  • All driver skills tests are being canceled as of March 18 until further notice.
  • Customers are being notified that Administrative Suspension hearings will be offered by telephone (or paper), not in-person.

When Wisconsin DMVs reopen Monday, March 23, in-person customer service will be restricted, by appointment only, to new driver licenses and issuing identification cards.

To make an appointment, customers can use the Driver License Guide (wisconsindmv.gov/DLGuide). They can also use this guide to begin the paperwork and submit it electronically. Customers with questions may call Driver Services at (608) 264-7447.

Customers who do not book an appointment will be assisted in order of their arrival when appointments are not otherwise booked, and there is space within the lobby to wait. DMV will follow guidelines for social-distancing requirements.

For a list of all services available online, visit wisconsindmv.gov.