Drivers License

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The following is summarized from the website of the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles:
All driver’s licenses and learner’s permits are issued through the DMV.

HOW TO OBTAIN A LEARNER’S PERMIT: Applicants need to be 16 years old before they can apply for a Learner’s Permit. A parent, court-appointed legal guardian, or spouse over the age of 18 must accompany the applicant or provide a notarized 2D Certificate of Parental Consent:( To obtain a new learner’s permit you will need to provide valid/unexpired, original documents or certified copies. For more information go to: .  Applicants will be required to pay a fee and take a knowledge and a vision examination. The Connecticut Driver’s Manual ( should be studied and the Guide to Passing Your Driving Test ( should be read prior to taking the test. New permit holders need at least 40 hours of behind the wheel training before applying for their driver’s license. They must also complete an eight hour safe driving course. Also, parents or legal guardians are required to complete a two hour class with the permit holder concerning teen driving laws. For the entire time a driver holds a learner’s permit, he or she may not have any passengers except for a licensed driving instructor or one person who is providing instruction and is at least 20 years old, has held a driver’s license for four or more consecutive years and whose license has not been suspended during the four year prior to training. Parents or legal guardians can accompany the instructor.

GRADUATED DRIVER’S LICENSE: Graduated licenses are required for 16 and 17 year old drivers.  During the first three months of licensure, the driver can only have one passenger in the vehicle who must be their parent or guardian, a licensed driving instructor, or a person who is age 20 or older and has had a license for at least four years.  For the next three months, drivers can transport multiple passengers, but only if they are immediate family members.

HOW TO OBTAIN A CONNECTICUT DRIVER’S LICENSE: Applicants must schedule an appointment to take a driver’s license test. The following documents are needed at the time of the test:

Applicants must pay a license fee and supply an insured and registered vehicle for the test. The examination consists of an eye test, a knowledge test, and a road test. A driver’s license is issued on successful completion of the tests. If the applicant does not pass the tests, they can re-schedule a new examination for a later date.

HOW NEW RESIDENTS OBTAIN A DRIVER’S LICENSE: New residents of Connecticut have 30 days to obtain a Connecticut driver’s license. They must possess an out-of-state driver’s license that is currently valid or has not expired more than 2 years. At the time of application, the following documents must be presented:

HOW TO RENEW A DRIVER’S LICENSE: Driver’s licenses can be renewed up to 120 days prior to the current driver’s license expiring. License renewals must be done in person at a local DMV branch, satellite office, or photo license center. Regular driver’s licenses can also be renewed at American Automobile Association (AAA) offices. Licenses are renewed for a six-year period with a $72 fee. Individuals ages 65 or older have the option of renewing their licenses for two years.

The Connecticut DMV has a new program called the Real ID program. Further information can be found on the DMV website:

The Drive Only program for undocumented individuals who are 16 and older and cannot establish their legal presence in the United States or may not have a Social Security number. In accordance with state law, the purpose of the Drive Only license program is to improve public safety and to try to ensure that all drivers are tested, know how to drive and understand the rules and laws for driving.

For more details visit the DMV website for the “Drive Only License Overview“, and to make an appointment.

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SOURCES: Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles website