All new drivers must obtain a Connecticut Learner’s permit, and a CT Learner’s Permit can only be obtained at a CT DMV location.
If you hold a driver’s license from another U.S. state or territory, Germany, France or Canada, you may transfer your license, you DO NOT need to obtain a CT Learner’s Permit. Be sure to review our lIf you hold a driver’s license from another U.S. state or territory, Germany, France or Canada, you may transfer your license, you DO NOT need to obtain a CT Learner’s Permit.
For new drivers who are Adults (18-years of age and older) must hold their learner’s permit for 90 days. The following people would be exempt from the 90-day permit holding requirement:
•Active military personnel stationed outside of Connecticut. Be sure to show the DMV your Military ID and orders.
•A teen permit holder who has held their permit for at least 90-days prior to it expiring on their 18th birthdate.
•Someone who has held a driver’s license in the past in another state and it’s expired more than 2-years ago, U.S. territory or another country. Must provide expired license or abstract to the DMV.
Please be sure to verify this with the CT DMV before assuming you qualify for an exemption from the holding period.
Prior to taking your on-road skills test with the DMV you will need to complete the an 8-Hour Drug & Alcohol/Safe Driving Practices Class. When you complete this class, you will be issued a CS-1 certificate.
Registering for the permit test is done on-line here.
Please download this document (real ID Checklist) to ensure you bring the correct identification to the DMV.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, be sure to bring the additional documents here.
When you arrive at your permit test at the CT DMV, be sure to bring:
•All of the original documents required from the ID Checklist
•Your appointment verification letter
•Glasses or contacts if needed
•$40.00 testing fee that covers the vision, knowledge and road tests
•$19.00 for the learner’s permit fee
You will need to take and pass the vision test, then upon passing that test, you will take a 25-question knowledge test and you will need to correctly answer 20 questions to pass. Test-takers that provide the proper documentation, pass the vision and knowledge tests and pay CT Driver Manualthe fees will be issued a CT Learner’s Permit.
You can download the CT Driver’s Manual by clicking here: CT Driver Manual