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    Driver’s Education in Connecticut

    Driver’s education is a course that teaches prospective drivers how to be safe and responsible on the road.

    If you’re 16 years old or 17 years old, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires the completion of a Driver’s Ed course before you can apply for your CT driver’s license.

    This page gives you information on what your CT driver’s education course consists of, where to take the course, and what your next steps are.

    Connecticut Driver’s Ed Eligibility

    In order to take Driver’s Ed in Connecticut you must:

    • Be 16 years old or 17 years old.
    • Have your CT learner’s permit.

    To apply for a learner’s permit, you must be at least 16 years old and have permission from your parent or legal guardian.

    For information on how to apply for a CT learner’s permit, visit our Drivers Permits in Connecticut page.

    About Your Connecticut Driver’s Ed Course

    Your Connecticut driver’s education course will cover information, such as:

    • Basic driver safety regarding motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
    • Connecticut road signs and what they mean.
    • The physiological and psychological consequences of alcohol and other drug abuse while driving.

    Classroom and Behind-the-Wheel Hours

    You can take your Connecticut Driver’s Ed course at a commercial driving school, at your high school, or at home.

    Commercial Driving School or High School

    If you complete your Driver’s Ed course at a commercial driving school or high school, you must complete at least:

    • 30 hours of classroom instruction.
    • 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
      • Can include driving time with your parent.

    Once completed, you can take your road test for your Connecticut driver’s license 120 days after being issued your learner’s permit.

    Home Driving Training in Connecticut

    If you opt for home training Driver's Ed, you must complete:

    • 30 hours of course study, including the 8 hours of the Safe Driving Practices course taken at a commercial driving school or high school.
    • 40 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.
    • 2 hours of the parent training class.

    Once you have completed your home driver’s training, you must wait 180 days after receiving your learner’s permit before taking the DMV road test to get your Connecticut driver’s license.

    NOTE: If you also complete 8 hours of behind-the-wheel training at a commercial driving school, you only need to wait 120 days before taking your driving test.

    Don't Forget an Online Practice Test

    If you want to pass the written exam on your first try, you should try an online practice test. These state-specific study helpers have been developed from content taken directly from the Connecticut driver handbook. It’s like having the test before you take it!

    Types of Driver’s Ed Courses in Connecticut

    In Connecticut, you can take Driver’s Ed at:

    • A commercial driving school.
    • A CT high school.
      OR
    • Home.

    NOTE: Your parent or legal guardian is also required to complete 2 hours of parent training with you as part of your Connecticut Driver’s Ed requirements. These hours are included in the classroom instruction component of your course.

    Home Driving Training

    If you opt for home training, you must complete your training with someone who is 20 years old or older and has held a license for at least 4 years. Your instructor can be your:

    • Parent.
    • Foster parent or legal guardian.
    • Grandparent.
    • Spouse.

    Contact the CT DMV for information on how to complete home training and what classroom materials you’ll need to use.

    After Connecticut Driver’s Ed – What’s Next?

    Once you complete your Connecticut Driver’s Ed course, you’ll receive a Course Completion Certificate (Form CS-1). You’ll need to bring this certificate with you when you take the road test.

    You must wait until you have held your learner’s permit for at least 120 days or 180 days before you take your road test, depending on how you completed your CT Driver’s Ed course. See “About Your Connecticut Driver’s Ed Course” above.

    Once you pass the road test, you are eligible for your Connecticut driver’s license. For information on how to apply, refer to our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Connecticut page.

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