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  • Drivers in the Military in Connecticut

    Any active armed forces member whose driver's license expires while they are out of the state on active duty will have 30 days to renew their driver's license from the time the service member is honorably separated from service or returns to the state.

    • The license must be valid and in good standing (not suspended, canceled or revoked).
    • You must be honorably discharged and be able to present your separation or discharge papers when you go to renew your license.

    And should your license expire you will be charged at $25 late fee.

    The SelectCT ID Program

    The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles has begun a new program that allows military personal renewing their license to verify their identity through the new program called SelectCT ID Program. This program was created offer verified identity protection to people renewing driver licenses and DMV-issued identification cards. Driving using the SelectCT ID Program will get a gold star on the license or ID card. If you chose to decline verifying your identity through the program, your license will be stamped with "Not for Federal Identification." The difference could be extra screening under a proposed federal program.

    To renew your license through the Select Ct ID Program, you must visit any CT DMV or AAA Office. PLEASE NOTE: AAA offices charge a $3 convenience fee and does not accept debit/credit cards for DMV services.

    For more information, please visit the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Frequently Asked Questions .

    Renewing Your License While Serving in the Military

    If you home of record is Connecticut, the CT DMV will allow drivers in the U.S. Armed Forces to renew their licenses by mail for free. The process is fairly simple. Just:

    • Department of Motor Vehicles
    • License Processing Unit
    • 60 State St.
    • Wethersfield, CT 06161


    Renewal of a Commercial Driver License or Public Service

    All Commercial Driver License (CDL) or Public Service License must be renewed in person at a local DMV office. However, if you cannot appear in person, you can instead complete the following applications:

    You MUST provide an out of state/country address, if not your application cannot be processed by mail and you must appear at your local branch office. Your Connecticut license/identification will be sent to the out of state/country address provided via regular mail unless a prepaid overnight mailer is included with your request.

    Military Personnel Registering a Vehicle in Connecticut

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    Any Connecticut resident serving out of state in the U.S. Armed Forces who wants to register a vehicle in Connecticut can do so by mail. The forms you'll need depends on whether the car is a:

    • Brand New Car purchase in Connecticut
    • Used Vehicle purchased Out of State
    • Used Vehicle purchased in Connecticut

    Once you have all the documents gather, you can mail them to:

    • Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Customized Services Unit
    • 60 State St.
    • Wethersfield, CT 06161

    New Vehicles

    First, download and complete the Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13).

    Second, print out the form and mail it along with the following:

    • A current Connecticut insurance ID card in the name of the registered owner(s) of the vehicle.
    • The original Manufacturer's Statement of Origin signed by the seller.
    • A federal odometer statement which is supplied by your dealership.
    • A bill of sale form or invoice from the seller.
    • A Application for Waiver of Registration Fee Active Service in U.S. Armed Forces (Form B-276)
    • $25 for title fee and $10 for each lienholder listed―must be cash, check, or money order.
    • An administrative fee of $40 for any vehicle 4 years old or older which is emissions exempt.
    • The required sales tax.
    • An approved ID―photocopies are acceptable. (If the identification of the military member is not available due to deployment, please bring a copy of the change of duty station orders along with a power of attorney for the person signing the Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13).

    Used Vehicles From Out of State

    Enclose these documents with your application:

    Fees

    • $25 for title fee and $10 for each lienholder listed―must be cash, check, or money order.
    • An administrative fee of $40 for any vehicle 4 years old or newer and are emissions exempt.
    • Required sales tax.
    • An approved ID―photocopies are acceptable.

    Used Vehicles Previously Registered in Connecticut

    You application will need to include the following:

    Renewing a Connecticut Registration

    Unlike many other states, Connecticut does not allow vehicles owned by military personnel serving out of state to be driven on an expired registration. If you are serving out of state in the U.S. Armed Forces and driving a vehicle registered in Connecticut, you must renew the registration. Connecticut will send out registration renewal forms to any out-of-state address and does allow out-of-state military personnel to renew by mail at the following address:

    • Department of Motor Vehicles
    • PO Box 150444
    • Hartford CT 06115

    Any military personnel attempting to register a vehicle or renew a vehicle registration can apply to have all fees waived by completing an Application for Waiver of Registration Fee Active Service in U.S. Armed Forces (Form B-276).

    Any vehicle being registered in Connecticut must be up to date with all taxes owed on the vehicle, including sales tax and municipal excise taxes. The Connecticut DMV will refuse to renew registration of any vehicle, including those from military personnel serving out of state, if there are any following:

    • delinquent property tax.
    • unpaid parking tickets.
    • emissions late fees owed.
    • registrant has had their registration privilege suspended.
    • the vehicle is not emissions compliant.

    If you did not receive an invitation to renew in the mail, please contact the DMV with your name, current mailing address, marker plate number and vehicle identification number. Also, let us know if there has been a change in your address.

    Sales Tax for Military Personnel

    Members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are legal Connecticut residents need to pay the full 6.35% (7% for vehicles over $50,000) sales and use tax when the car is registered with the state. Members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are not Connecticut residents, but who are serving in Connecticut on active duty, are eligible for a reduced sales tax of 4.5% on a new vehicle.

    These sales tax laws also apply to military spouses. To obtain the reduced tax rate the military member must complete the Department of Revenue Services (DRS) Reduced Sales/Use Tax Rate MV Purchased by Nonresident Military Personnel/Spouses Form CERT-135 and submit to the Connecticut licensed dealer with other required documents that are mentioned on the form.

    Military members who purchase a vehicle from an out-of-state dealer must submit the completed CERT-135 form and other required documents to the DMV at the time of registration.
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