Information for Teens & Their Parents

We’ve created this page to help Teens (and their parents) as they navigate the teen licensing process.

One of the biggest mistakes parents of teenagers make is not finding out how a teen driver will impact their auto insurance. Every parent knows that their insurance will go up, but here’s some helpful information that might help save you money!

The vast majority of teenagers go onto their parent’s auto insurance.

We strongly recommend parents contact their auto insurance agent when their child obtains a learner’s permit. Let them know that you now have someone with a learner’s permit driving some, or all of their vehicles.  Usually there is not any change in your premium at this stage, but you do want to make certain that you have coverage for a driver with a learner’s permit.

While you are talking to your insurance agent, make sure you ask them this question: “When my child receives their license, what will be the cost of my insurance if my child is professionally trained? What will the cost be if he/she is home schooled?”

Here’s why you should ask that question, in that exact manner.

In the state of Connecticut, 16 and 17-year-olds have two paths that they can travel for their driver’s license (both require some attendance at a driving school). Your options are to be:

•Home Schooled

•Professionally Trained

So, your child will be classified in the CT DMV’s computer as either Home Schooled or Professionally Schooled. Most insurance companies will set their pricing based on the two possible options. With both quotes, you now know what if any discount you could receive if your child is professionally schooled.

Many of our parents find they save hundreds of dollars a year on their auto insurance by having their child professionally schooled. And since a 16-year-old may end up staying on their parent’s policy for five years or more, the savings can be substantial.

Some insurance carriers offer savings based on the student’s high school academic performance. Keep in mind, insurance is a commodity, and if you are not happy with your present carrier’s rates, it is often financially beneficial to shop other insurance providers.

At 16 years of age, a student can enroll in a driver education program at an approved school such as the High Ridge Driving School. NO driver training can happen before the student’s 16th birthday.

Anyone wanting to practice driving on a Connecticut roadway must have a learner’s permit. A student DOES NOT need to have a CT Learner’s Permit to start their classroom training, but they MUST be at least 16 years old. To learn more about the Teen Learner’s Permit

For help studying for the CT Learner’s Permit test get a copy of our book, How to Pass the CT Learner’s Permit Test the First Time.

Important fact: The day you obtain your CT Learner’s permit dictates when you can take the driving portion of the license test. Many people incorrectly assume that their child’s birthdate is factored into this, and it is not!

A 16 or 17-year old who obtains a CT Learner’s Permit must hold the permit for a minimum amount of time before they are eligible to take the on-road driving test. This ‘Holding Period’ is determined by the level of training the Teen completes:


Professionally trained students can test for their driver’s license after completing their driver education and holding their permit for 121 days.  

Home Schooled students must finish their training and hold their permit for 181 days before they can take their driver’s license exam.

The criteria for a Professionally Trained Driver’s Ed Program:

1-30 hours of classroom instruction, which will contain 8 hours of safe driving practices, including a 2-hour parent training unit.

2-A minimum 8 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction.

A student is permitted to take no more than two hours of classroom training on a school day – four hours on weekends, holidays and summer break. A teen student can only complete two hours of behind-the-wheel training per day.

For more information about our Full Teen Course.

Unlike other schools, we hold separate 8-Hour Drug & Alcohol/Safe Driving Practices classes for just 16 & 17-year-olds, to learn more about our Teen 8-Hour Drug & Alcohol Class.

Note: regardless of the training you choose, all CT Driving License applicants who are under 18-years old must complete a two-hour class along with their parents (this class is part of the 8-Hour Drug & Alcohol/Safe Driving Practices class). At the High Ridge Driving School that is Class #14 for our Full Teens or the first two hours of Class ‘B’ in our Teen Drug & Alcohol/Safe Driving Practices course.

If a student is going to be Home Schooled, a parent must teach their child the contents of the CT Driver Manual, plus provide at least 40-hours of on-road instruction.

A student that completes our Full Teen Course will need to be given at least 32-hours of on-road instruction by a parent or guardian.

You Can Take Your Driving Test at the High Ridge Driving School

Anyone 16-21 years old looking to take the driving portion of the CT driver’s license test has two options, they can take their driver’s test at a full-service CT DMV branch enrollment is done online, click here to register. Or they can take it at a driving school that is part of the state’s Offsite Testing program like the High Ridge Driving School. If you choose to take the driving test at our school, you will be able to complete the forms and submit them at our school.

You will:

•Turn in your paperwork with us

•Take the driving portion of the test at our school

•Upon passing the test, you must go to the Norwalk DMV to obtain your license.

To learn more about taking your test at our school.

And once you have your license, we hope you are a good and safe driver.

If we can help you answer any other questions regarding the driver training process, please reach out to us!