The following is summarized from the website of the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles: https://portal.ct.gov/DMV.
NOTE: “REAL ID” will now take effect on May 7, 2025.
Beginning May 7, 2025, the U.S. Federal Government will require anyone boarding an airplane for domestic travel or entering certain federal buildings to have a “verified” driver’s license, state-issued ID card or be required to show additional proof of identification, such as a passport. This verification is indicated on your license or ID card by a gold star in the top right corner. This federal law is commonly referred to as “REAL ID.” Further information can be found on the DMV website: https://portal.ct.gov/dmv/licenses-permits-ids/get-real-id
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 form:(https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DMV/20/29/2dpdf.pdf?la=en). To obtain a new learner’s permit you will need to provide valid/unexpired, original documents or certified copies. For more information go to: https://portal.ct.gov/DMV/Licenses/Licenses/Applying-for-a-License/Acceptable-Forms-of-Identification. Applicants will be required to pay a fee and take a knowledge and a vision examination. The Connecticut Driver’s Manual (www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=2594&q=245446) should be studied and the Guide to Passing Your Driving Test (https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DMV/20/29/passpdf.pdf?la=en) 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 years prior to training. Parents or legal guardians can accompany the instructor.
GRADUATED DRIVER’S LICENSE: During the first 6 months, newly licensed 16- and 17-year-old drivers may not have any passengers in the vehicle except for: a licensed driving instructor or his or her parents or legal guardian or one person who is at least 20 years old, has held a driver’s license for 4 or more consecutive years, and whose license has not been suspended during the 4 years preceding the time of being transported. During the next six months (months 7 through 12) the only additional passengers allowed in the vehicle are the members of the driver’s immediate family.
HOW TO OBTAIN A CONNECTICUT DRIVER’S LICENSE: Applicants must schedule an appointment to take a driver’s license test. Beginning in spring 2017 DMV will mail a new photo image license to all qualified applicants. 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. If the applicant does not pass the tests, they can reschedule 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 renewals are done only 60 days in advance of the expiration date. 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.
NEW DRIVE ONLY LICENSE FOR UNDOCUMENTED INDIVIDUALS:
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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Search by service name: Driver Licenses
SOURCES: Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: September2023