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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Connecticut

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You can apply for a new driver's license at any Department of Motor vehicles (DMV) office in Connecticut. Obtain a Connecticut Driver's Handbook to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.


Following are the basic requirements for applying for a Connecticut driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 16 years or older.
  2. Any individual over 16 but under 18 should provide parental consent for obtaining a Learner's Permit. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the vision, written, and road tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must present a certified birth certificate or a valid passport, in addition to one form of identification from the list of acceptable forms of identification.
  5. Applicants must provide proof of Connecticut residency, presence, social security number and a passport-sized photograph.
  6. Applicants need to submit a completed R229 application form.


Connecticut residents holding a driver's license from another state may also need to pass the vision test. The written and/or road tests may be waived at the discretion of the examiner. The applicant will need to present the current driver's license and a certified copy of the birth certificate, as well as one additional form of approved ID. In addition they will need to submit a paycheck or postmarked piece of mail dated within 90 days to prove Connecticut residency.
Non-US citizens residing in Connecticut may apply for a Connecticut driver's license, as long as they can provide proof that they are legally authorized to be in the United States, and meet all the other requirements. Proof of legal presence includes a valid passport and an acceptable ID from this list. 28069| Additional documents will have to be presented depending on the type of visa. A Social Security Number will also have to be provided. If ineligible for an SSN, a letter from the Social Security Administration will have to be provided, to prove ineligibility. An international driver permit along with an out-country license can be used to drive in Connecticut for up to one year. You can get more information 28069| here.


The cost for a non-commercial Connecticut driver's license varies from $66 to $77. Transferring an out-of-state license costs $40 in addition to the regular license fee of $66 to $77. Personal checks, bank checks, and money orders are accepted. For a complete chart please click here.


The validity of a Connecticut driver's license is based on the driver's age at the time the license was issued. Non-commercial licenses are issued for 5 ½ to 7 years, and the exact duration of validity depends on the date of birth and date of issuance. Validity for other types of licenses can be viewed here.


With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Connecticut with a learner's license. See more information on learner's permits here.


Submitted by meyers_rebekah on 5th Mar 2014

If I don't have a car to use

If I don't have a car to use for the road test, will one be provided for me?

Submitted by LostEve on 7th Feb 2014

what are the procedures for a

what are the procedures for a lost license, to get a replacement