Wisconsin OWI

Wisconsin uses the unusual term “OWI” for drunk driving – Operating While Intoxicated – instead of the more common DUI or DWI.

Fair DUI Flyer-Wisconsin-front

Wisconsin is an excellent state for the Fair DUI flyer. You are not required to hand over your license. You only have to show it to police, which you can do through a closed window. So don’t open the window.

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You don’t have to sign tickets either. So again, you don’t have to roll down your window. As always if the officer gives you a clear order, it is safer to comply. But you should be recording because such an order is likely illegal and that will help you later.

Another good thing – the last time we checked Wisconsin does not allow sobriety checkpoints.

Of course we recommend discussing the flyer with a local lawyer before using it.

Here is our flyer in pdf format:

Fair DUI Flyer-Wisconsin (pdf)

9 replies on “Wisconsin OWI”

  1. I don’t know if it’s worth mentioning but WI 343.18(2) states:

    “For the purpose of verifying the signature on a license, any judge, justice or traffic officer may require the licensee to write the licensee’s signature in the presence of such officer.”


    I would assume they can observe this act from the other side of a glass window but could also try requiring it be on their paper/pad in order to get your window down.

  2. If an officer is standing outside of your vehicle I don’t think he could be any more in your presence than maybe sitting in your lap and even the thought of a request to sign on their pad of paper vs. any other is absolutely preposterous.

  3. In WI if a person is stopped for speeding are they required to open their window?

    Under which conditions would they be required to exit the vehicle under the precedent of PA versus Mimms?

  4. I would also add that you need to “display” proof of insurance as shown here. Should be added to the flyer.

    344.62(2) (2) Except as provided in s. 344.63, no person may operate a motor vehicle upon a highway in this state unless the person, while operating the vehicle, has in his or her immediate possession proof that he or she is in compliance with sub. (1). The operator of the motor vehicle shall display the proof required under this subsection upon demand from any traffic officer. The proof required under this subsection may be produced in either printed or electronic format, including by display of electronic images on a cellular telephone or other electronic device. If this proof is displayed in electronic format on any cellular telephone or other electronic device, the traffic officer may not view, and producing proof in electronic format is not considered consent for the traffic officer to view, any content on the telephone or other device except the proof required under this subsection.


  5. Hopefully “intoxicated persons” operating vehicles do not use debatable information, laws change everyday, to enforce a possibility that someone could be injured or killed because they knew how to increase the probability in which could allow that intoxicated operator to keep freely operating while intoxicated and that person might spent a lifetime incarcerated for DWI/OWI involuntary manslaughter, and/or lose their own lives in an accident. I wish something more would have encouraged a family member to not drink and drive before lives were in fact lost and they are now living with shame and guilt while serving “2” life sentences, and I know the families of those people wish the same and also that better choices would have been made. Back your rights,, hopefully without trying to teach others that could potentially put innocent lives in danger just because it’s not “your problem”. Like when bartenders overserve a patron, let them drive off, but then call the police saying they drove away and were intoxicated. Its a shame either way. Mostly opinion here, tnx.

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