Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Connecticut

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SUMMARY: How to Apply for a Connecticut Driver's License

To apply for your driver’s license, you must visit a CT DMV office and pass your road test. You will need to have held your learner's permit for at least 90 days and be able to pay the testing and driver's license fees.

Continue reading this page for complete instructions on obtaining your first Connecticut driver's license from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

NOTE: If you're younger than 18 years old, please see our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Connecticut page.

New to Connecticut?

If you're new to Connecticut, you will need to transfer your out-of-state driver's license to the state within 30 days. You will be eligible for a transfer as long as your driver's license hasn't been expired for longer than 2 years.

NOTE: If you're under 18 years old or have an out-of-state driver's license that has been expired for more than 2 years, please follow the application instructions on our Driver’s Permits page.

To obtain a CT driver's license, visit your local CT DMV office and:

  • Submit your current out-of-state driver's license.
    • If you don't have your driver's license, you will need to provide a certified copy of your driving history from your previous state.
  • Submit a completed Application for a Non-Commercial Learner Permit and/or Driver License (Form R-229).
  • Provide proof of your identity, such as your:
    • U.S. birth certificate.
    • Passport.
    • Citizenship certificate.
  • Provide proof of your Social Security number (SSN), such as your:
    • Social Security card.
    • W-2 form.
    • 1099 form.
  • Provide proof of your CT residential address, such as your:
    • Bank statement.
    • Voter registration card.
    • Pay stub.
  • Provide proof of your name change (if applicable), such as your:
    • Marriage certificate.
    • Court order.
    • Marriage dissolution papers.
  • Pass the vision test.
  • Pay the following fees:
    • Application fee: $40.
    • Driver's license fee: $72.

If you're not a U.S. citizen, you will also need to provide a hard copy of your I-94. More information can be found on the CT DMV website.

For a complete list of required documents, visit the CT DMV website.

Types of CT Driver's Licenses

The Connecticut DMV offers the following types of driver's licenses:

  • Non-commercial driver's license.
  • Commercial driver's license (CDL).

The non-commercial driver's license has various endorsements that you can apply for, such as a motorcycle endorsement.

In addition to the above driver's licenses, the CT DMV also issues the following driving permits:

Eligibility Requirements for a Driver's License

To be eligible for a Connecticut driver's license, you must have:

  • Held a CT learner's permit for at least 90 days. (See our Driver's Permit page for application instructions.) You will be exempt from this rule if you:
    • Are stationed out of state on military duty and can show your military order and military ID card.
    • Have held a driver's license before and can submit your expired license or driving abstract.
  • Completed a safe driving practices course. Can be completed at some:

Apply for a CT Driver's License

NOTE: Before applying for a driver's license in Connecticut, make sure you have met the eligibility requirements.

When you're ready to apply for your Connecticut driver's license, make an appointment for your road test by calling the CT DMV at:

  • (860) 263-5700 (Hartford or out-of-state).
  • (800) 842-8222 (all other CT locations).

Before you head to the Connecticut DMV hub office to take your test, make sure you have the following items with you:

  • CT learner's permit OR expired driver's license/driving abstract.
  • Vehicle registration certificate.
  • Insurance card.
  • Driver's education certificate.
  • Payment for the $72 license fee and $40 testing fee.

You will need to provide your own registered and insured vehicle to complete the road test in.

About the Road Test

The DMV road test will generally take up to 20 minutes and will evaluate your ability to:

  • Respond to traffic signals.
  • Back your vehicle.
  • Park your vehicle.

You will also be tested on basic driving skills and your ability to interact with other motorists on the road.

If you fail the driving test, you will need to wait at least 14 days before re-taking it.

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