Center for Driver’s License Recovery & Employability (CDLRE)

Direct Service

The WCS Center for Driver’s License Recovery and Employability (CDLRE) is a partnership between WCS, Legal Action of WisconsinMilwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), and the City of MilwaukeeCDLRE works with low-income Milwaukee County residents to obtain a valid driver’s license by:

• Resolving active suspensions and/or revocations against current Wisconsin driver’s licenses

• Resolving active suspensions and/or revocations against one’s ability to obtain a Wisconsin driver’s license

If you would like help getting a Wisconsin driver’s license, call (414) 297-6407 or fill out THIS SHORT ONLINE INTEREST FORM for a call back.


700 West State Street
Student Center, Room S215
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Contact Information

Phone: (414) 297-6407
Fax: (414) 297-8473


8:30am – 12pm
Monday – Friday

1pm – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday

Pre-approved appointments required


CDLRE was honored to be one of three programs across the country that was recognized by Mutual of America (MOA) with a 2019 Community Partnership Award.

The WCS Center for Driver’s License Recovery and Employability (CDLRE) was honored to be one of three programs across the country that was recognized by Mutual of America (MOA) with a 2019 Community Partnership Award. On November 13th, a delegation from Milwaukee representing Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW), the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and Wisconsin Community Services, Inc. (WCS) was in New York City to accept the award which recognizes excellent partnerships between non-profit organizations and public, private and other social sector organizations. Since its inception in 1996, the MOA Community Partnership Award has recognized 240 partnerships from cities and towns across the United States.

The other two national award winners were the Mobil Dental Unit program, operated by the West Virginia Health Right, Inc., and the Survivor Advocate Program, based in Los Angeles. As part of the Community Partnership Award, WCS received a program grant of $25,000. MOA will host a Hometown Luncheon in Milwaukee on March 19th, the event will recognize the significant accomplishments of CDLRE and the ongoing work of staff and partners.

For more information on this exciting award, CLICK HERE to visit MOA’s website!

From left to right; Thomas Gilliam, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Mutual of America Foundation; Clarence Johnson, WCS Executive Director; LaDoverick Huggins, Senior Field Vice President of Special Markets, Mutual of America; John R. Greed, President and CEO of Mutual of America

How the Partnership has Made a Difference

CDLRE works with Milwaukee County residents who are experiencing the residual effects of generational poverty and joblessness. Since the program began, the program has helped thousands of residents regain their driving privileges. As a result, CDLRE has removed an overwhelming barrier to their ability to secure meaningful, family-sustaining employment. Having a driver’s license has given these individuals (and their families) greater access to education and entrepreneurship, and the opportunity to increase their level of participation in their community. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have called CDLRE “one of the most promising workforce initiatives in Milwaukee.” [2017 Research Brief on ETI Driver’s License Studies John Pawasarat, Lois M. Quinn, UW– Milwaukee]

CDLRE is a partner in the MPS Drive initiative, helping all students in Milwaukee Public Schools to gain access to free driver’s education! 

Read more about the program!