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Obtaining a learner's permit is generally the first step that a beginner driver takes toward becoming a fully licensed driver in Connecticut. Anyone who is under 18 years of age must obtain a Learner's Permit and hold if for 180 days (or 120 days if you complete a commercial or secondary driving training course) before taking the driving test. You are eligible to apply for a learner's permit if you are at least 16 years old and:
- you have never been licensed to operate a vehicle, or
- you are a new resident of Connecticut who has been licensed in another state, but your driver's license has been expired for longer than six months
HOW TO OBTAIN AN ORIGINAL LEARNER'S PERMIT
- Download a copy of the Connecticut Driver's Manual, or get a hard copy by visiting a local DMV office.
- You should provide a notarized Certificate of Parental Consent (form 2D) by a parent or guardian who must accompany you to the DMV office.
- Visit your local Full-Service DMV branch office to submit the application. You must bring with you:
- The completed Application for a Learner Permit (form B-307).
- Original certified Birth Certificate or valid Passport must be provided with one proof of identity and age, as specified in the acceptable forms of identification.
- Connecticut address proof.
- Your Social Security card.
- A recent passport size photograph without dark glasses or head covering.
- The correct fee, payable in cash, checks or money orders.
- You will be given a written knowledge test and an eye screening at the Driver License Center. If you pass these tests, you will be issued a learner's permit, which is valid until you get the driver's license or turn 18. (In Connecticut a person over 18 does not need a learner's permit. He/she can practice driving under an instructor or a licensed driver who is over 20 and has held a license for at least four years without suspension or revocation).
When driving with a learner's permit you must be accompanied by a licensed driver age of 20 or older. This person must sit beside you.
The learner's permit in Connecticut includes the following restrictions:
- Drivers with learner's permits are not allowed to drive between 11 pm and 5 am (unless going to or from work, school event, religious event or an emergency; or accompanied by an adult over 20 with a valid driver's license for the same category of vehicle).
- After 6 months of holding the permit, these drivers can carry passengers as long as they are his family.
- All drivers, including drivers with learner's permits, must ensure that the vehicle has adequate seat belts to accommodate all passengers in the vehicle.
THE UNRESTRICTED CLASS-D LICENSE
If you are under 18, you must wait at least 180 days if you opt for home training; or 120 days if you complete a commercial or secondary driving training course; after being issued your learner's permit, and show proof of driver training and proof of completion of a driver education course before taking the driver test. You need a minimum of 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience (under direct supervision of an experienced adult driver) before taking the driver's road test. If you pass the road test, you will be issued a full, unrestricted Class-D license.
A person 18 years or older does not need a learner's permit in Connecticut. He/she can practice driving under an instructor or a licensed driver who is over 20 and has held a license for at least four years without suspension or revocation. However, they are required to attend an 8 hour course on safe driving practices and present this certificate as proof.
- For more information, see our Beginner Drivers section.
- See also Applying for a Drivers License.
- See also Driver's Education, Driving Schools and Practice Tests.
- Learn more about Connecticut's Licensing Requirements for Young Drivers.
- Bear in mind that in order to drive legally in the state of Connecticut, you must have valid auto insurance. See our Auto Insurance section for more information, or to obtain a competitive quote on car insurance.