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    SUMMARY: Connecticut Driver Handbook

    The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers a number of manuals to help you become a better driver. You can access the CT driver’s manual, motorcycle handbook, and manual for commercial drivers online. If you’re interested in reading about the state’s vehicle and traffic laws, see the Vehicle Code.

    This page provides links to the manuals and handbooks you need to get on the road in Connecticut.

    Connecticut Driver’s Manual

    The CT Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) provides online access to various manuals to help you learn how to drive safely. Topics covered in the Driver’s Manual (also available in Spanish) include:

    Reading the manual will help you pass both the written and road skills exam when applying for your CT driver’s license. 

    Also available is a Parents’ Training Guide, which can be used as a supplement to the Driver’s Manual. Visit the CT DMV website for a complete list of available handbooks.

    Be Prepared with an Online Practice Test!

    An ideal complement to studying the CT Driver Manual is to prepare for the exam with an online practice test. These industry-leading study guides have been developed to help you pass the test on your first attempt. Our certified partner offers comprehensive practice tests for most types of vehicles, including cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

    Commercial Driver's License Manual

    Before taking the required exam to receive a commercial driver license (CDL), you’ll need to study CT Commercial Driver’s Manual. You’ll learn about:

    • How to drive a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) safely.
    • Applying for a commercial driver license (CDL).
    • How to study for the written and road skills tests.
    • Transporting cargo and passengers safely.
    • Air brakes.
    • Safely transporting hazardous materials.
    • School buses.

    The Connecticut CDL manual also includes a series of sample questions to help prepare you for the DMV written exam. For more study questions, you can take an online CDL practice test.

    NOTE: Also available online is the Hazardous Materials Manual.

    Motorcycle Manual in CT

    The CT Motorcycle Manual is a must-read when applying for your motorcycle license. You’ll find information about the following subjects:

    • Preparing to ride a motorcycle.
    • How to apply for a CT motorcycle license.
    • Helmets and protective clothing.
    • Braking, turning, and shifting gears.
    • Carrying passengers safely.
    • How to avoid flying objects.

    To prepare yourself further for your DMV exam, you can take an online motorcycle practice test.

    NOTE: The Connecticut DMV also offers an audio supplement to the manual called “Sharing the Road with Motorcycles.”

    Connecticut Vehicle Code

    Browse through the CT Motor Vehicle Code to learn more about traffic laws, violations, and other rules of the road.

    If you’ve recently received a traffic ticket in Connecticut, visit our Traffic Tickets page to learn how to respond.

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