Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Connecticut
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- 1) Choose Your License
- 2) Take a Driver's Education Course
- Pass the CT Written and Vision Tests
- Prepare for the Test
- Locate a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Office
- Test-Day Preparations
- Take the CT Written Test
- Hold Your CT Learner's Permit
- Get a Car
- Get Car Insurance
- Take the Driving Test
Whether you're a teenager ready to get behind the wheel or you just moved to the state, you must obtain a driver's license to legally operate a motor vehicle on Connecticut roads. The state offers the following types of licenses:
- Non-commercial (class D license for any vehicle that doesn't require a commercial license)
- Motorcycle endorsement
If you're a first-time driver younger than 18 years old, you must meet specific requirements to obtain your driver's license.
Teens ― You'll need to provide proof that you've completed a suitable driver's education class before applying for your license.
To obtain a learner's permit, you must pass a 25-question written test as well as a vision exam.
On the day of the test be ready to:
- Pass a vision test.
- Show your birth certificate or current U.S. passport.
- Provide another form of acceptable identification.
- Provide proof of Connecticut residence (utility bill, rental agreement, recently postmarked material, etc.).
- Give your Social Security number or have a letter from the Social Security Administration stating that you're ineligible for one.
- Provide a non-returnable, recent photo of yourself (no sunglasses or headwear).
- Show your completed medical certificate (only for those with disabilities).
- Complete the permit application form.
- Pay the required $40 testing fee.
- Pay the $19 learners permit fee, if you pass the tests.
Written tests are available in several languages. Oral tests are provided in English.
You must hold your permit for a minimum of 90 days before taking the road exam. Practice driving with either a certified driving instructor or a licensed driver who is older than 20 years old and has held a driver's license that has not been suspended for at least 4 years.
You must provide a car that's safe to operate in order to take the road exam. If you need to find such a car and are considering buying a used car, it's smart to obtain a vehicle history report prior to purchasing the vehicle.
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Almost everyone needs to take ―and pass― the road test in order to gain their Connecticut driver's license. However, you may be able to skip the road (and written) test if you are new to the state and are transferring over your out-of-state license.
Appointments are assigned for your road test by the DMV. Before taking the test, you must show the vehicle registration and your valid insurance card.
Once You Pass
You'll need to pay the appropriate license fee to get your license. Expiration dates vary according to birthdate.
If You Fail
You need to wait 14 days before being able to take the road test again; the wait period for the writing test is 7 days. It costs $40 to take either test again.
You must be legally considered a resident of Connecticut in order to apply for a state driver's license.
However, if you have a current license issued in France, Canada, Germany, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands your license is treated as a U.S. out-of-state license.
If you're in this category, you don't need to take any tests to convert your license. But, you do still need to apply for a license.To apply for a license, follow the rules outlined for drivers with out-of-state licenses. Be aware you will have to give up your home country license to the DMV after receiving your Connecticut license.
If you're not from any of the areas mentioned, you will need to follow these guidelines to obtain a license. Among other things, you'll need to verify your legal status within the country and residency in Connecticut, and provide your state insurance card as well as a photograph of yourself.
Then, you'll need to pass the vision, knowledge, and road tests. After you obtain a Connecticut license, you may retain your license from your home country.Other Topics in This Section