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Application for a Driver’s License in Connecticut

 

Requirements for  16- and 17- Year Olds

Who Hold a Paper Learner's Permit to Obtain a License

 

Driver Training Options

If you obtained your permit before August 1, 2008, it is a paper permit. The following training requirements are required:

·         Commercial Driving School

o    30 hours classroom training, which includes the Safe Driving Practices class

o    20 hours practice driving*

·         High School (Secondary) Driver Education

o    30 hours classroom training, which includes the Safe Driving Practices class

o    20 hours practice driving*

·         Home Training

o    22 hours classroom training, and an 8 hour Safe Driving Practices class at commercial or secondary school

o    20 hours practice driving*

 *20 hour practice driving (behind-the-wheel) may be given by any combination of commercial/secondary/parent instruction. Learner permit holders are eligible to apply for a driver license after they have held the permit for at least 120 or 180 days.   You must receive at least 30 hours classroom and 8 hours behind-the-wheel practice driving with a CT licensed commercial/secondary driving school to be eligible to take the test after holding the permit for only 120 days.

 

Requirements for  16 and 17 Year Olds

Who Hold a Photo Learner's Permit to Obtain a License

 

Driver Training Options

 

If you obtained a learner's permit on or after August 1, 2008, it is a photo permit.  The following training may be combined to meet the requirements:

 

 

·         Commercial Driving School

o    30 hours classroom training, which includes the  Safe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training

o    40 hours practice driving*

·         High School (Secondary) Driver Education

o    30 hours classroom training, which includes the S afe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training

o    40 hours practice driving*

·         Home Training

o    22 hour classroom type training, and an 8 hour Safe Driving Practices course at commercial/secondary school which includes 2 hour parent/legal guardian training

o    40 hours practice driving*

 

*40 hour practice driving (behind-the-wheel) may be given by any combination of commercial/secondary/parent instruction.  Learner's permit holders are eligible to apply for a driver's license after they have held the permit for at least 120 or 180 days.  You must receive at least 30 hours classroom and 8 hours behind-the-wheel practice driving with a Connecticut licensed commercial/secondary driving school to be eligible to take the test after holding the permit for only 120 days.

 

Testing

Once you have completed the required driver training and have held your permit at least 120 days (commercial/secondary) or 180 days (home-training) you are ready to continue the testing process, which includes a road test and Teen Final Exam (Effective October 1, 2009).

 

Taking the Road Test at a DMV Office

 

If you have a photo learner's permit and were home trained, or attended a commercial school that does not offer testing, you must take your road test at a DMV Branch Office. To do so, follow these five easy steps:

 

·         Make an appointment to take the road test by calling the DMV Phone Center . You do not have to return to the same office where the learner's permit was issued. 

·         When you come to the DMV, you must bring the following items:

o    Your photo learner permit. If you do not have it, you can obtain a replacement/duplicate permit by showing the appropriate identification and paying the duplicate fee. If you do not have the permit and cannot obtain a replacement you will forfeit the appointment, have to reschedule the test, and pay another testing fee.

o    Completed Application for Driver License (Form R-229) which can be obtained at the DMV branch office or requested from the website. Your qualified trainer must sign the Application for Driver License (Form R-229) attesting that all driver education/practice driving requirements have been fulfilled.

o    CS-1 Driver Education Certificate verifying completion of driver training.

o    A vehicle that can be used for the Road Test.

o    A valid registration and insurance card for your test vehicle. The insurance card must be in the name of the registered owner of the vehicle. (If the vehicle is leased, insurance card may be in the name of the lessee).

o    License fee

·         When you and your qualified trainer arrive at the DMV, you present the appropriate documents and your qualified trainer signs the Application for Driver License (R-229) attesting to the fulfillment of all training requirements in the presence of a DMV agent. The R-229 form can be obtained either at the branch office or requested through the mail. 

·         Once you pass the road test:

o    You are now eligible to take the Teen Final Exam.  (Effective October 1, 2009)

o    Once you pass the Teen Final Exam you are eligible for your Driver's License.

·         If you fail the road test:

o    You must pay the testing fee at the DMV office and schedule another test.

o    You must wait at least 14 days to be retested.

 

Taking the Road Test at a Commercial or Secondary School

 

If your driving school offers the road test at their facility, they will advise you when you are eligible to take the road test.

 

You must present:

o    Your photo learner's permit to the DMV Agent on your scheduled road test date.  If you do not present the permit, you will not be tested.

o    Completed Application for Driver License (Form R-229). Your qualified trainer must sign the Application for Driver License (Form R-229) verifying that all driver education/practice driving requirements have been fulfilled.

o    CS-1 Driver Education Certificate  verifying completion of driver training.

 

 

Effective October 1, 2009, once you pass the road test you must wait 48 hours before going to the DMV Office with your passed Road Test Evaluation Report to take the 25-question Teen Final Exam. If you fail the Road Test you must pay the test fee and wait at least 14 days to be retested.

 

Teen Final Exam- 25 Question Knowledge Test

 

Effective October 1, 2009 all photo learner's permit holders under 18 years of age must pass the Teen Final Exam before a driver's license can is issued.  Those permit holders that have passed a road test at a commercial/secondary location will be instructed which DMV office they must visit to take their final exam and obtain their license.

 

The Teen Final Exam consists of 25 questions, 20 of which must be answered correctly to pass.  All of the questions are based on the Connecticut Driver's Manual.  The test includes questions about restrictions for 16 and 17 year old drivers.

 

The Teen Final Exam is given on a walk-in basis during the following hours:

o    Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

o    Thursday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

o    Saturday 8 a.m. - 11 a.m.

 

Testing will stop at 11 a.m. on those days that the office closes early.  Please see Holiday Hours for a complete list of office closings.

 

When you come to DMV to take your Teen Final Exam, you must bring the following items:

o    Your photo learner permit.

o    License fee.

 

Once you pass the Teen Final Exam:

o    pay license fee.

o    surrender your learner's permit for your driver's license.

 

If you fail the Teen Final Exam:

o    you must pay the testing fee at the DMV Branch office.

o    you must wait 7 days to be re-tested on walk-in basis.

 

Source: DMV

 


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