Connecticut Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
Yes, Connecticut requires you to successfully complete a motorcycle safety training course and present proof of completion before you get your CT Class M motorcycle license. Note that you are only allowed to enroll in the course after you have obtained a motorcycle learners permit or after you have passed the vision and written test.

The certificate of completion issued from the motorcycle safety course provider is valid for two years. The classes include classroom and skills training. For a list of state-approved motorcycle training sites, visit the website of the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Connecticut

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
All CT motorcycle learners permit holders must wear a helmet at all times. The same goes for motorcycle license holders under the age of 18. If you are 18 years of age or older, wearing a helmet while operating a motorcycle is not mandatory, however, you are strongly advised to use protective headgear.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Connecticut

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
Yes, you will not be allowed to renew your Connecticut auto registration if:

  • You have had your car registration suspended.
  • You owe payment of property taxes.
  • You have unpaid traffic or parking tickets.
  • Your car does not comply with the CT emission testing requirements.

Check your registration renewal notice for more details on your CT car registration renewal requirements.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
It is strongly recommended that you update all your DMV documents when you change your residential address, as failing to do so may result in penalties or fines.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Connecticut

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
When moving from one state to another, check with your local DMV for information on the minimum required liability auto coverage in the state you are moving to. If you are moving to Connecticut and the vehicle insurance you have meets the minimum liability requirements, it might be possible to keep your insurance from your previous state of residence. However, even if this is the case, it is strongly recommended that you check car insurance quotes with Connecticut insurance providers so you can get better rates and coverage.

For more information:Connecticut Auto Insurance- Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, Connecticut does not allow commercial driving license renewals online. You must renew your expired CDL in person at a DMV near you. Keep in mind that before you renew your license, you must self-certify through the DMV website and present the printed confirmation when you apply for a commercial drivers license renewal. You must also bring the renewal notice you receive in the mail and your current CT CDL.

For more information: Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
Checking driving records online is not an option in Connecticut. You can obtain a copy of your DMV driving record by mail or in person at a DMV location near you instead. Complete the Copy Records Form (J-23), and provide photo identification, such as your Connecticut drivers license or ID to look up your CT driving record. You also need to pay the $20 fee.

For more information: Your Connecticut Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
No, Connecticut currently requires you to take the driving test in person at your local CT DMV. However, keep in mind that learners permit testing is offered by appointment only at DMV Hub Offices, so make sure to schedule an appointment before heading out. The CT Division of Motor Vehicles allows you to make an appointment online as well pay all applicable learners permit fees. Visit the website of the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicle and follow the instructions.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Connecticut

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
Yes, if you self-certify for an interstate commercial drivers license. To do so, visit the online services of the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles and follow the instructions. Note that you must be at least 21 years old to apply for an interstate CDL.

For more information: Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
Yes, another person can renew your car registration for you. If the CT DMV determines that you are eligible to renew car registration online, supply the person renewing your vehicle registration with your PIN, class code and license plate number, as well as proof of your CT auto insurance.

If you are renewing someone else s car registration by mail or in person, make sure you have all the necessary documents and method of payment for applicable fees before heading out to the DMV or mailing the application.

Note that when making an in-person visit at the Connecticut DMV, you are required to present proof of identification and an original Power of Attorney to be able to renew car registration on behalf of someone else.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

Do boats need to be registered?
Connecticut state law requires all boats to be registered. To register your boat in CT, visit your local DMV office and provide a completed Application for Vessel Registration and Certificate of Number or Decal (form B-148) and a Bill of Sale (form H-31). The Connecticut DMV might request other documents depending on which state you purchased the vessel in.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Connecticut

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
Connecticut defines scooters and mopeds as “motor-driven cycles”. As such, you must be in possession of a valid CT drivers license to operate them. In addition to meeting the requirements for getting a driving license, you are also required to obtain a Class M endorsement on your Connecticut license to drive.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Connecticut

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
Enrolling in a traffic course is not mandatory if you get a speeding ticket in Connecticut. However, the judge might offer you to attend a defensive driving school in order to dismiss a traffic ticket you have received for a minor violation. Drivers can also complete a defensive driving course on a voluntary basis to improve their driving skills or to get better insurance rates from their car insurance provider.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Connecticut

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
When moving from one state to another, check with your local DMV for information on the minimum required liability auto insurance in the state you are moving to. If you are moving to Connecticut and the vehicle insurance you have meets the minimum liability requirements, it might be possible to keep your car insurance from your previous state of residence. However, even if this is the case, it is strongly recommended that you check car insurance quotes with various insurance providers so you can get better rates and coverage.

For more information:Connecticut Auto Insurance- Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
Notifying the police in the event of a lost drivers license or stolen driving license is not required by law in Connecticut. However, you should still report your license to drive as lost or stolen with your local police department so as to avoid possible fraud and/or identity theft.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Connecticut Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
Even though it is not mandatory, you are strongly advised to file a report with the local authorities if your registration documents have been lost or stolen. Doing so will protect you from any fraudulent activity and possible identity theft. In addition, if you provide a written police report for lost or stolen license plates, the Connecticut DMV will reduce the replacement fee from $25 to $5 for the issuance of new CT license plates.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
Yes, you must cancel your registration and return your CT license plates if you are moving out of Connecticut. To do so, visit any DMV Hub Office, request a cancellation of the plates and submit your CT license plates. You can also send the license plates to the CT DMV at the following address:

DMV 60 State Street Wethersfield, CT 06161 Attn: Plate Return

If your CT plates have been lost or stolen, present a completed Marker Plate Notice form.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Connecticut

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Yes, taking drivers ed course is mandatory under the Connecticut GDL program. After you have obtained your drivers permit, but before you get your adult learners permit, Connecticut requires you to complete a driver training course. You can enroll in drivers ed classes in a state-approved commercial school, your secondary or high school or you can opt for at-home drivers training. Note that your at-home trainer must be a blood relative or spouse who is at least 20 years old and has held a drivers license for at least 4 years.

All student drivers must have at least 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving training, as well as completing two-hours of instruction with their parent/guardian. This portion of the drivers education requirements may be offered by a commercial driving or secondary school as part of the eight-hour drivers ed program.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Connecticut

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
Turning in your damaged car title with the Connecticut DMV is not mandatory, however, you are strongly recommended to do so. Surrendering your damaged or mutilated certificate of title to the DMV will protect you from possible fraudulent activity. To obtain a car title copy, you must also fill out the online application form and provide payment for the $25 duplicate fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Connecticut

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
If your Connecticut registration documents are damaged or mutilated beyond legibility, you must apply for a car registration copy with the CT Department of Motor Vehicles. When replacing vehicle registration, you are not required to turn in your damaged registration certificate, however, you are strongly advised to do so as the DMV will handle the proper destruction of any and all damaged registration documents.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
The CT Department of Motor Vehicles classifies any vehicle that has a seat height of at least 26 inches and a motor with less than 50 cc as a motor-driven vehicle. Motor-driven vehicles do not have to be registered under Connecticut law. However, if your vehicle is classified as a motorcycle, it must be registered. The procedure to register motorcycles in Connecticut is similar to getting car registration certification for the first time. Visit a CT DMV full-service or satellite office, present the required documents and pay the applicable fees to register your motorcycle or scooter.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Connecticut

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
Emission testing is usually required in Connecticut for new car registrations, as well as when renewing car registration. Emission testing is not required if your vehicle fits one of the categories below:

  • Not older than four years.
  • A gross vehicle weight of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is fully electric-powered (non-hybrid)
  • Is a bicycle with attached motors or motorcycle
  • Is a farm vehicle or a vehicle not primarily designed for highway use
  • Is a class-1 school bus.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Connecticut

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
If your car insurance has been canceled and you wish to avoid having your driver s license suspended, relinquish your license plates to the Connecticut DMV, put them on hold or cancel your registration.

For more information:Connecticut Auto Insurance- Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
If you are a military veteran and have verified your status with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, you can receive a veteran designation on your ID in the form of an American Flag symbol. Request a veteran designation on your DMV documents by visiting your local DMV office and follow the same procedure as you would when applying for a new ID

There is no additional cost to add a veteran designation to your ID, apart from the usual applicable fees when renewing, obtaining or replacing a CT identification card. However, if you choose to add the flag symbol before you receive your renewal notice, you will have to pay a $30 fee.

For more information: How to Apply for a Connecticut Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
You can download a copy of the Connecticut Drivers Manual or view it online. The Manual is an essential resource in passing the DMV test as all the questions in the written test are based on information provided in the Manual. The CT Drivers Manual also contains information regarding traffic laws and regulations as well as suggestions for safe driving.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Connecticut

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
When you receive a CT traffic ticket, you have two options: you can either pay the traffic fine and plead guilty or contest the citation and take your case to court. If you decide to plead no contest, you can pay the traffic citation by mail or online.

If you are eligible, you can pay your Connecticut traffic fine online through the Infraction Ticket Processing (CIB) system. You need a valid credit card to pay for the cost of traffic ticket.

Alternatively, you can send a check or money order for the amount of the traffic ticket made out to the “Clerk of Superior Court.” You must also send your ticket along with payment to the following address:

Centralized Infractions Bureau P.O. Box 5044 Hartford, CT 06102

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Connecticut

How can I renew my drivers license?
You Connecticut drivers license is valid for six years. When your drivers license is about to expire, the CT DMV will send you a renewal notice in the mail. You are allowed to renew as early as four months before your license expires.

Renewing drivers licenses starts by visiting a Connecticut DMV near you and following the steps provided:

  • Your current or expired driving license. If not available, provide acceptable proof of identity. If the CT DMV does not have your image on file, you must present two documents as proof of identification.
  • Present the drivers license renewal application you received in the mail.
  • Pay the $72 renewal fee.

If you are requesting a “verified” renewal, you will need to submit the necessary documents through the Real ID program.

Renew your CT driving license on time as late fees apply.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Connecticut

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
Your Connecticut vehicle registration is valid for two years and must be renewed before the expiration date as late fees apply. The CT DMV allows you to renew your car registration by mail, online or in person.

You will receive a renewal notice in the mail two months before your car registration expires. The renewal notice contains the following information:

  • Car registration expiration date
  • Vehicle registration renewal fee
  • Emission testing requirements
  • Delinquent traffic tickets (All unpaid traffic citations must be paid for before renewin car registration documentation)

To renew your car registration online, the renewal notice you received must contain a Personal Identification Number. If you are eligible to renew vehicle registration online, visit the CT DMV website and follow the instructions.

If you are renewing by mail, send in your completed registration renewal notice and payment of renewal fees to the following address:

Department of Motor Vehicles P.O. Box 150444 Hartford, CT 06115

You might also be required to send proof of payment of property taxes and applicable emission testing documents.

To renew in person, visit your local Connecticut DMV and present your current CT vehicle registration or CT license plate number, as well as your valid CT driving license and payment for the renewal fee.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

How can I transfer a car title if I have a lien on it?
If there is a lien on your car title, a lien release must be provided. Otherwise, the vehicle title will not be issued. The lien release must be on letterhead paper from the lien holder.

If the lien on your vehicle title has been met, you are not required to apply for a new car title. After the lien holder signs off on the vehicle title transfer, the CT Department of Motor Vehicles mails out a new certificate of title.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Connecticut

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
When transferring your vehicle registration to Connecticut, you must first complete an emissions test and vehicle identification number (VIN) verification. Once this is completed, you are required to visit a CT DMV office and present your VIN verification report and your emissions report, if applicable, in addition to your out-of- state certificate of title and motor vehicle registration card. You will also need to complete an Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (form H-13), present your current Connecticut Insurance ID and present acceptable proof of identification.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Connecticut

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
To apply for a commercial drivers license in Connecticut, you first need to obtain a Commercial Driver Instruction Permit (CDIP). Before you apply for a CDIP, you must self-certify through the DMV website.

To get a CDIP, you need to visit your local DMV Hub office and do the following:

  • Present your current CT drivers license.
  • Provide your Social Security card or recent W2 form.
  • Submit a completed Examination to Determine Physical Condition of Driver form or a US DOT Medical Examiner’s Physical Examination Form CO730, dated within the last two years.
  • Present the printed confirmation notice of self-certification with the DMV.
  • Submit a completed Application for Commercial Driver’s License (Form R-229a). This form cannot be downloaded; it must be mailed to you.
  • Pass a general knowledge test.

After you successfully pass the written exam, you can apply for a CDL. The last step is passing the CDL road test. You must schedule an appointment beforehand by calling the DMV in order to take the drivers test. You will then be mailed the confirmation notice informing you of the date and time of the appointment.

You must take the road test in the vehicle you are applying to operate. Make sure to also bring the appointment confirmation letter, a validated copy of the Application for Commercial Driver’s License, your current CT driving license and CT CDIP. You also need to pay the required fees.

For more information: Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
To apply for a handicap placards or plates in Connecticut, you will need to complete a Special Permit Application and Impairment Certificate (Form B-225) and have the medical certification section of the application completed by a licensed physician, advanced practice registered nurse or an ophthalmologist or optometrist. You will also be required to pay the necessary fees. You can apply for permanent disability placards by mail, by email, by fax or in person at a CT DMV near you. However, bear in mind that you can only apply for temporary disability placards by mail or by making an in-person visit at your local Connecticut DMV office.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Connecticut

How do I apply for a drivers license?
In order to apply for a Connecticut drivers license, you must have held a CT learners permit for at least 90 days and have successfully completed a safe driving practices course, which you can attend at a state-approved commercial driving school or at a secondary/high school.

To obtain a CT drivers license, you must visit a DMV location near you and do the following:

  • Present your current learners permit
  • Present proof of identification
  • Present proof of CT residency
  • Present proof of Social Security Number
  • Present your drivers education certificate.
  • Submit a completed Application for Non-Commercial Learner Permit and/or Driver License (form R-229).
  • Provide a valid Motor Vehicle Registration Certificate
  • Provide a proof of Connecticut car insurance
  • Pass the on-the road skills test in a properly registered and insured vehicle, which you are required to provide
  • Pay applicable fees

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Connecticut

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
You can apply for a CT learners permit as soon as you turn 16 ] at a Connecticut DMV near you. Keep in mind that learners permit testing is offered by appointment only at DMV Hub Offices, so make sure to schedule an appointment before heading out. Using the online portal, you can make written knowledge test appointment and pay all applicable learners permit fees. Visit the website of the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles and follow the instructions.

When applying for a learners permit, bring with you all required documents and applicable fees, if you have not paid the fees through the online service beforehand. You will also be required to pass a vision and written knowledge test.

Connecticut requires all first time drivers who are 18 years old or older to get an adult learners permit and hold it for at least 90 days before taking the driving test. The procedure to apply for an adult learners permit is similar to applying for an instruction permit. Adult learners permit holders must also take an eight-hour safe driving practices course and present proof of successful course completion when applying for a CT drivers license.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Connecticut

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
To apply for a Class M endorsement on your CT driving license, visit your local CT DMV and follow the steps provided below:

  • Obtain and complete an Application for Non-Commercial Driver’s License (form R-229).
  • Provide a completed and signed Certificate of Parental Consent (form 2-D) only applies to applicants younger than 18.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Pass the motorcycle knowledge test.
  • Pay all applicable license and testing fees.
  • Complete an approved motorcycle safety course. You can only attend the course after you have obtained a CT motorcycle learners permit or after you have passed the vision and written test.
  • Go back to your local DMV Hub Office to get your Connecticut motorcycle license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Connecticut

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
You are required to notify your car insurance provider of your official address change, so that you receive timely information related to your auto insurance. Additionally, to save time and money, some CT drivers who change their mailing addresses choose to obtain new car insurance quotes instead of changing the address with their current insurance coverage provider. This saves you the trouble of contacting and notifying the current insurance company, and could potentially save you money by identifying companies that offer better rates and vehicle coverage.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Connecticut

How do I change my address on my car registration?
To change your address on your Connecticut car registration, first change your address on your DMV vehicle records. To do so, you need to print and fill out the Change of Address and Organ/Tissue Donor Status (Form B-58) and send it to:

Department of Motor Vehicles 60 State Street Wethersfield, CT 06161 Attn: Data Entry Change of Address Unit

After your vehicle records have been updated with your new address, you can simply cross out the old address on your registration card and write the new one in the allotted space.

If you would like a new vehicle registration with your new address, you must apply for a vehicle registration replacement with the CT Department of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Connecticut

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
If you are a CT CDL holder and need to change your address on your commercial drivers license, you must do so in person at Connecticut DMV near you within 48 hours of moving. You may also be required to apply for a CDL replacement in order to correct the information.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Connecticut

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
To change your address on your Connecticut drivers license, you first must change your address on your DMV vehicle records. To do so, print and fill out the Change of Address and Organ/Tissue Donor Status (Form B-58) and send it to:

Department of Motor Vehicles 60 State Street Wethersfield, CT 06161 Attn: Data Entry Change of Address Unit

Once your CT driving records have been updated, you have two choices. You can request an address sticker to be attached to your CT driving license or you can obtain a duplicate drivers license. Get an address label at your local police department or at the Connecticut DMV. To apply for a duplicate drivers license, visit your local DMV and get the replacement process started.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Connecticut

How do I change my address on my ID card?
To change your address on your Connecticut identification card, you first must change your address on your DMV vehicle records. To do so, print and fill out the Change of Address and Organ/Tissue Donor Status (Form B-58) and send it to:

Department of Motor Vehicles 60 State Street Wethersfield, CT 06161 Attn: Data Entry Change of Address Unit

Once your CT driving records have been updated, you have two choices: You can request an address sticker to be attached to your CT ID card or you can obtain a duplicate ID. You can obtain an address label at your local police department or at the Connecticut DMV. To apply for a duplicate CT ID card, you need to visit your local DMV and get the replacement process started.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Connecticut

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
To change your name on your vehicle insurance, contact your auto insurance company directly. Contact your CT car insurance representative and inform them of your new name. Keep in mind that they may ask you to present certain documents that verify this name change. If that is the case, you may be required to make an in-person visit with the necessary paperwork.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
If you wish to change your name on your vehicle registration, you must submit certified documentation that shows the change of name, such as:

  • Marriage license
  • Civil union certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Probation court documents

You also need to provide your car registration card and complete a Registration Affidavit (form B-301) before you head to your local DMV to change your name. Note that you will be charged a fee if you fail to provide your current car registration.

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
Before changing your name with the CT DMV, you must officially change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The Connecticut drivers license change of name will not be processed unless you file a petition for name change with the SSA first. Once you have an updated Social Security card, follow the steps below:

  • Visit a DMV near you.
  • Obtain and complete a Change of Name Request (form E-78).
  • Present certified documentation that shows the change of name, such as:

o Marriage license

o Civil union certificate

o Divorce decree

o Probation court documents

  • Present your current CT drivers license or identification card.
  • Pay the $30 fee to change your name on your drivers license.
How do I change my name on my ID card?
Before you can change your name with the CT DMV, you must officially change your name with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The change of name request will not be processed on your Connecticut identification card unless you file a petition for name change with the SSA first.

These are the required steps to change name in Connecticut:

  • Visit a DMV near you.
  • Obtain and complete a Change of Name Request (form E-78).
  • Present certified documentation that shows the change of name, such as:

o Marriage license

o Civil union certificate

o Divorce decree

o Probation court documents

  • Present your current CT drivers license or identification card.
  • Pay the $30 fee to change your name on your ID.
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
In order to complete an official name change, you will need to get in touch with the Social Security Administration so your new name reflects on your Social Security Number. To find a branch near you, simply visit the SSA website and search for an office in your area. Once you have located a branch in your surrounding area, make sure to bring the proper documentation with you for your visit.

After your change of name has been verified by the SSA, you can visit a CT DMV near you and begin the process to change your name on your driver s license and car registration.

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
The information provided in your CT DMV record are protected under Federal Law and cannot be accessed by an individual or organization that does not fall under the category of “permitted use.” However, if you believe that someone has obtained a copy of your Connecticut drivers record under false pretenses or has disclosed classified information from your driving record, you need to file an official complaint with the proper authorities. Contact your local DMV office to get more details on your specific case.

For more information: Your Connecticut Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
If your CT car registration has been lost or stolen, you need to inform the local authorities. You can visit your local police department and report the lost car registration or stolen car registration. Doing so will prevent any possible fraud or identity theft. You must also notify the CT DMV of your lost/stolen vehicle registration and apply for a duplicate auto registration at a DMV near you.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
Reporting your stolen vehicle title with the police department is not required in the state of Connecticut. However, in order to avoid fraudulent activities and possible misuse of official DMV documents, notify the local authorities of your stolen car title. Also make sure to inform the CT DMV and apply for a car title replacement at your earliest convenience.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Connecticut

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
You can request a copy of your Connecticut driving record in person at a CT DMV Hub office or by mail.

By Mail

  • Complete a Copy Records Form (J-23).
  • Send a check made out to “DMV” for the $20 fee.
  • Provide proof of photo ID, such as copy of:

o CT drivers license

o CT ID card

o US passport

  • Mail the form and other documents to:

Department of Motor Vehicles

Copy Records Unit

60 State Street

Wethersfield, CT 06161

In Person

  • Visit a CT DMV near you
  • Complete a Copy Records Form (J-23).
  • Provide proof of photo ID, such as

o CT drivers license

o CT ID card

o US passport

  • Pay the $20 fee

For more information: Your Connecticut Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
If your Connecticut ID card has been stolen, lost or damaged, you must apply for a duplicate identification card with your local DMV. To replace ID cards, residents can submit a completed Application for Duplicate of Current Driver’s License or Permit (form 1-B) and provide one acceptable proof of identity.

If you are currently out of state, you are allowed to submit your application for an ID card replacement through the mail. Send the required documents and fees to:

Department of Motor Vehicles

60 State Street

Wethersfield, CT 06109

For more information: How to Apply for a Connecticut Identification Card

How do I get a hardship license?
If you are eligible for a special operator s permit in Connecticut, you can apply for a work or education permit. To apply for a work permit, complete the Application for Special Permit to Operate a Motor Vehicle To and From Work (form A-62) and send proof of employment, such as a state-issued Tax I.D. Card or copy of the most recent business income tax return.

To apply for an education permit, you need to:

The applications with original signatures and the $100 application fee must be sent to the Connecticut DMV:

Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Services Division 60 State Street Wethersfield, CT 06161-2525

For more information: Suspended License Information for Connecticut

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Connecticut only allows the issuance of duplicate drivers licenses by mail under certain circumstances. If you are an active-duty member of the military and you are currently stationed out of state or overseas, you are eligible to replace your driving license by mail.

To replace driving licenses by mail, CT drivers need to complete a Request for a Connecticut Driver s License/Identification Card by Mail (Form B-350) and provide a check or money order made out to “DMV” for the drivers license replacement fee.

Mail the form and the payment to:

Department of Motor Vehicles

60 State Street

Wethersfield, CT 06109

Attention: Mail-in License Transaction Unit

You can also send your application form by email or fax to the CT Department of Motor Vehicles. In that case you need to pay by credit card.

Keep in mind that the delivery process will be longer if you are replacing your lost drivers license or stolen drivers license by mail.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Connecticut Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
One way to dismiss a CT traffic ticket is contesting the traffic citation and taking the case to court. If you win the hearing, your traffic ticket will be dismissed from your Connecticut drivers record. Consult a traffic attorney for the best way to prepare your defence. Another way to dismiss a CT traffic violation is to ask a prosecutor for a nolle prosequi. If he or she agrees, the traffic ticket will be dismissed. You could also complete a defensive driving course, however, you must first find out if you are eligible to have your driving record cleared by attending a traffic school.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Connecticut

How do I know if my license was mailed after it has been restored?
After the Connecticut DMV receives your reinstatement fee and corresponding paperwork, it usually needs 10 business days to process the payment and documentation. If you have not received your restoration notice within ten business days, contact the Connecticut DMV. Please keep in mind that you are not allowed to operate a motor vehicle in Connecticut until your driving privileges have been restored.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Connecticut

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
You can obtain a copy of another person s CT drivers record if you are a member of a government agency or court, if you are an employer conducting background checks, or an insurance provider looking into claims. You can also request a copy of someone else s drivers record if you have a written consent from that individual. Note that you can only ask for a copy of another person s CT drivers record by mail.

Send a completed Copy Records Form (J-23), a check for the driving records fee and copy of your Connecticut driving license or identification card to the following address:

Department of Motor Vehicles

Copy Records Unit

60 State Street

Wethersfield, CT 06161

For more information: Your Connecticut Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
If you CT car registration is lost or stolen, you must obtain a duplicate vehicle registration from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. To replace your Connecticut auto registration, complete the Request for a Duplicate Motor Vehicle Registration (Form B-341) and mail it along with payment for the $20 car registration replacement fee to the following address:

Department of Motor Vehicles Customized Services Division – Duplicate Registrations 60 State St. Wethersfield, CT 06161

Alternatively, you can also request a duplicate car registration at your local CT DMV office.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
If your Connecticut vehicle title is lost or stolen, you need to apply for a duplicate car title with the CT DMV. You can replace a lost vehicle title by mail or in person. To replace car titles in Connecticut, drivers need:

You can submit the documentation at your local CT Department of Motor Vehicles Office or you can send the form by mail to:

Department of Motor Vehicles Title Unit 60 State St. Wethersfield, CT 06161

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Connecticut

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
If your Connecticut license to drive is lost, stolen or damaged, you must obtain a duplicate drivers license. To replace lost drivers licenses or to replace stolen drivers license, drivers must follow the steps below:

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Connecticut Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
Any vehicle that has sustained considerable damage and which is declared a “total loss” by the insurance company will have the word “salvage” stamped on the car title. This means that it is illegal to operate this vehicle in CT and that its registration has been cancelled. If you have rebuilt the salvaged car, you must re-title the vehicle. However, it must pass a Salvage Inspection first.

You will need to present the following documents when visiting a DMV office to re-title the salvaged vehicle:

  • Receipts for the major parts used in the rebuilding.
  • A copy of the insurance appraisals that declared the vehicle as salvaged.
  • A Salvaged Vehicle Repair Report (form K-186) with photographs of the repaired/replaced areas of the vehicle attached.

In addition, the vehicle must have its emissions tested at an emission testing facility. After the vehicle passes the salvage inspection, you can obtain new license plates or re-register the vehicle. You will also receive a new car title with the word “rebuilt” stamped on it. If the vehicle does not pass inspection, it cannot be re-titled.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Connecticut

How do I obtain car registration?
To register your vehicle in Connecticut, you must visit a DMV Hub or Limited Service Office and follow the steps below:

You must also complete a Bill of Sale and pay the sales tax on the car registration certificate if the vehicle was not previously registered in your name or was recently purchased.

If you are registering a vehicle with an out of state car registration in Connecticut, you must first verify your vehicle identification number (VIN) and get an emission inspection.

If the owner of the vehicle cannot register the car in person at the CT DMV, an original Power of Attorney (POA) must be provided by the agent of the individual applying for registration. Furthermore, the agent must present proof of identification for himself or herself and for the owner listed on the registration application.

If you are registering a leased vehicle, then you must also present your leasing license on file with the Connecticut DMV, in addition to providing an original Power of Attorney. Furthermore, the name and address of the leasing company must be included in the registration application.

Note that if you have any outstanding property tax payments or parking tickets, or your registration privilege have been previously suspended, you will not be allowed to register your vehicle in Connecticut.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Connecticut

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
Habitual Traffic Offenders in Connecticut must attend an Operator Retraining Program as part of their suspension requirements. If the driver completes the course before the suspension period expires, the CT DMV will reinstate the suspended drivers license after receiving confirmation from the course-provider.

If you have completed the Operator Retraining Program after the suspension on your CT driving license expires, you need to mail your suspension notice and the reinstatement fee to the Connecticut DMV to have your driving privileges restored.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Connecticut

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
Under the CT “implied consent” law, you must undergo a chemical test when pulled over for a DUI/DWI. Refusing to take the test is a violation of Connecticut law and will result in a drivers license suspension for at least six months. To reinstate your suspended driving license, complete the Ignition Interlock Device Installation Application (P-246) and have a CT approved IID vendor install the device in your vehicle. You will also be required to pay a $175 restoration and $100 administration fee. Send all the documents and fees to the CT Department of Motor Vehicles at least two weeks before the expiration of your drivers license suspension.

Check your suspension notice for more details such as the length of your suspension, the amount of time you will be need to have the IID and any additional fees you might be required to pay.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Connecticut

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
Once you are eligible to reinstate your driving privileges, you need to send all the documents listed in your drivers license suspension notice to the DMV. Note that you must send the paperwork at least two weeks before your eligibility date. You should also send a check or money order for the applicable drivers license reinstatement fee. The documents you send to the CT DMV must contain your full name, current address and date of birth. Send the required paperwork and fee to the following address:

Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Services Division 60 State St. Wethersfield, CT 06161-2525

The CT DMV will send you a restoration notice within 10 days. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to drive until you have received your restoration notice in the mail.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Connecticut

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
The state of Connecticut implements a point system to track drivers traffic violations and convictions. Different points are assigned to different moving violations, while the accumulation of points on your drivers record may result in a suspension on your drivers license.

Connecticut does not allow drivers to attend a defensive driving course to remove points from a CT drivers record. The only way to remove points from your DMV driving record is to wait two years from the date you were issued the traffic citation. 24 months after the traffic ticket was issued, the CT DMV will remove that particular violation from your driving record.

Keep in mind that if you contest the traffic ticket and lose, the judge might order you to take defensive driving classes in order to dismiss a traffic citation you have received for a minor violation.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Connecticut

How do I renew my driving permit?
A CT learners permit is valid for two years and can be renewed for a maximum of one year after it expires. If you do not renew your driving permit in two years after it was initially issued, you will need to start the application process again and retake all the tests.

You can renew your CT permit to drive 90 days before it expires. Note that you are only allowed to renew your Connecticut learning permit two times. Visit a CT DMV location near you to get the renewal process started.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Connecticut

How do I renew my ID card?
The Connecticut DMV will send you a renewal notice before your current ID expires, which you need to submit to the local CT DMV when renewing your expired ID card. You must also provide payment for the renewal fee and your current Connecticut ID. If you do not have it, you are required to present other forms of identification.

Please note that if your ID has been expired for over two years, you will have to apply for a new CT identification card.

For more information: How to Apply for a Connecticut Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Connecticut only allows the renewal of drivers licenses by mail under certain circumstances. You are eligible to renew driving licenses by mail if you are an active military member, you are medically unable to appear in person at the DMV, you are serving a prison sentence or you are currently residing out of state.

To renew driving license by mail, complete a Request for a Connecticut Driver s License/Identification Card by Mail (Form B-350) and provide a check or money order made out to “DMV” for the appropriate drivers license renewal fee. Mail the form and the payment to:

Department of Motor Vehicles

60 State Street

Wethersfield, CT 06109

Attention: Mail-in License Transaction Unit

Note that if you are renewing by mail, you must send the application form 10 days before your driving license expires or you will have to pay a late fee of $25.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Connecticut

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
All CT commercial drivers must be medically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle by the means of a valid DOT medical certificate. Connecticut accepts both an Examination to Determine Physical Condition of Driver form or a US DOT Medical Examiner’s Physical Examination Form, provided they are completed and signed by a licensed medical professional. The Medical Examiner’s Certificate is valid for two years. Commercial drivers license holders must provide the CT DMV with an updated DOT medical certificate prior to the expiration date. You can send the medical card by fax to 860-263-5568, or mail it to the following address:

Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Services 60 State Street Wethersfield, CT 06161

For more information: Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
The CT motorcycle driving license is good for six years and normally expires on your birthday, at the same time as your CT drivers license. You can renew your Class M motorcycle license at any time within two years before the expiration date. To renew motorcycle drivers license visit a DMV neat you and provide your CT driving license and the $16 renewal fee.

Note that if you do not renew your license within two years from the expiration date, you will have to apply for a new motorcycle driving license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Connecticut

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
To replace your CT drivers license, visit a DMV location closest to you and provide the following documents:

o US Passport or Passport Card

o I-94 and US Visa

o I-551 Stamp in foreign passport

o Permanent Resident card or Resident Alien card

  • Proof of legal status in the country:

o Certificate of Naturalization

o Certificate of Citizenship

o Permanent Resident Card

o US Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Issued by the Department of State)

You must also pay the $30 replacement fee.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Connecticut Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
If you lost your CT license to drive while you are currently residing out of state, you are eligible to apply for a duplicate license by mail.

To replace driving licenses by mail, complete a Request for a Connecticut Driver s License/Identification Card by Mail (Form B-350) and provide a check or money order made out to “DMV” for the appropriate drivers license replacement fee. Mail the form and the payment to:

Department of Motor Vehicles

60 State Street

Wethersfield, CT 06109

Attention: Mail-in License Transaction Unit

You can also send your duplicate license application form by email or fax to the CT Department of Motor Vehicles. If choose either option, you will need to provide your credit card.

Keep in mind that the delivery process will be longer if you are replacing your lost drivers license or stolen drivers license by mail.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Connecticut Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
If moving out of Connecticut, contact the DMV of the state you are moving to for more information on car registration and titling issues.

If you are moving to Connecticut, you are required to register and get car title documentation from the state within 60 days of establishing residency. To get a new car title, visit your local CT DMV and provide the Certificate of Title, properly assigned (only applicable for vehicles newer than 20 years), a completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13) and proof of identification. Note that you must also pay the $25 title fee.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Connecticut

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
If you have lost the original certificate of title for your vehicle, you can apply for a replacement car title with the CT Department of Motor Vehicles. You need to complete an application form and pay the replacement fee. Note that the state of Connecticut does not require drivers to obtain a certificate of title for vehicles older than 20 years.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Connecticut

How do I transfer my car title?
You must transfer your car title with the CT DMV when buying or selling a vehicle, gifting, donating, or inheriting a vehicle. In Connecticut you need to register and transfer ownership of your vehicle at the same time.

To transfer car titles in CT, vehicle owners must visit a Connecticut DMV and follow the steps below:

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Connecticut

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
If you own a motor home or RV in Connecticut, you must register the vehicle and transfer the vehicle title with the CT Department of Motor Vehicles. To do so, visit a CT DMV office and provide the following documents:

  • The Certificate of Title, properly assigned
  • A completed Bill of Sale
  • A completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title (Form H-13).
  • Proof of identification

o CT drivers license

o CT ID card

o CT learners permit

  • Payment of $25 for the title fee

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Connecticut

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
To apply for a motorcycle drivers license, out-of-state military personnel should:

Department of Motor Vehicles Mail-in License Transaction Unit, Room 331 60 State Street Wethersfield, CT 06161 Fax: (860) 263-5591

The CT DMV will mail the duplicate drivers license with a Class M endorsement to the address you have provided. Note that active military members who are currently stationed out of state and who have successfully completed an approved motorcycle safety course are not required to take the motorcycle endorsement examination.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Connecticut

How does the DMV check my vision?
Passing a vision test is part of the requirements for obtaining a CT learners permit. You must be in possession of a driving permit in order to apply for an unrestricted Connecticut drivers license.

The DMV vision exam tests how clearly you see and how far you can see to either side while looking straight ahead. Minimum vision requirements for a CT driving license is 20/40 or better. Also you must have one hundred forty degrees of Binocular Peripheral Visual Field. The vision and written test are administered on the same day at your local CT DMV. Drivers who fail the vision test will not be allowed to move forward with the written test and will have to reschedule the appointment.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Connecticut

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
How long you hold your learners permit depends on the type of driving ed course you choose to take. If you take a drivers training course at a licensed commercial driving school or a secondary/high school, you must hold your learners permit for 120 days. However, you are required to hold your CT learners permit for 180 days if you opt for home training. Furthermore, all applicants are required to complete 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice in addition to drivers ed.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Connecticut

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
Unfortunately at this time the CT DMV does not allow drivers to replace car titles online. The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles allows you to fill out an Application for Replacement Certificate of Title (form H-6B) online, however, this form still needs to be printed out and submitted to the CT DMV. Applications sent by mail take about 15 days to process. When your duplicate vehicle title is ready, the CT DMV will mail it to the address they have on file.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Connecticut

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
If you are caught driving under the influence, your arrest report is immediately submitted to the Connecticut DMV and your drivers license will be suspended for failing or refusing to undergo a chemical test. In Connecticut, all drivers licenses suspensions given on the grounds of failing or refusing a chemical alcohol test last at least 45 days. The suspension period might be longer depending on the number of times the driver has been convicted of a DUI/DWI. In addition, Connecticut requires the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) before the restoration of any DUI/DWI related suspensions.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Connecticut

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
You will receive your new ID card after you have visited a Connecticut DMV near you and provided the required documents and fees. The period of time it takes to process your application and issue your identification card varies from county to county. Check your local DMV office for more details on the delivery status of your identification card.

For more information: How to Apply for a Connecticut Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles adds points to your CT driving record when you are convicted of moving violations. The CT DMV point system assigns different points for different violations. However, bear in mind that if you accumulate over 10 points within two years, your Connecticut drivers license will be suspended. Check your DMV driving record for information on your drivers license status, traffic tickets and fines and points accumulated on your DMV record.

For more information: Your Connecticut Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
The state of Connecticut implements a point system to track drivers traffic violations and convictions. Different points are assigned to different moving violations, while the accumulation of points on your drivers record may result in a suspension on your drivers license.

Connecticut drivers cannot attend a defensive driving course to remove points from their drivers records. The only way to remove points from your DMV driving record is to wait two years from the date you were issued the traffic citation. 24 months after the traffic ticket was issued, the CT DMV will remove that particular violation from your driving record.

Keep in mind that if you contest the traffic ticket and lose, the judge might order you to enroll in a traffic school course. However, such a decision is up to the judge and will not reduce the number of points on your CT driving record.

For more information: Your Connecticut Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
One of the requirements to change names with the Connecticut DMV is paying the fee. Changing your name on CT car registration will cost you $20 unless you provide your current vehicle registration card. Also, remember to bring proof of the official name change and complete a Registration Affidavit (form B-301) before starting the process to change names. Note that some DMV locations charge a convenience fee, so make sure to check with your local DMV before heading out.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
Changing your name on your CT car title is not necessary as this does not imply a change of ownership. The only time you should change your name on the CT Certificate of Title is when you buy or sell a vehicle, and when you receive a vehicle as a gift, donation or inheritance.
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
One of the requirements to change names with the Connecticut DMV is paying the fee. Changing your name on your CT drivers license and identification card is $30, while changing your name on CT car registration will cost you $20 unless you provide your current vehicle registration card. Some DMV locations charge a convenience fee, so make sure to check with your local DMV before heading out.
How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
The Connecticut Commercial Driver Instruction Permit is valid for six months, whereas the CT CDL is valid for four years. The CT DMV will send you a renewal notice in the mail several weeks before your license expires. You must renew your expired CDL in person at a Connecticut DMV near you. Commercial drivers to need to bring in the following items to renew expired commercial drivers licenses:

  • The renewal application you receive in the mail
  • A printed confirmation notice of self-certification with DMV. You must self-certify through the DMV website.
  • Current commercial drivers license, if unavailable you must provide other form of identification.
  • Valid DOT medical certificate, if the CT DMV does not have your updated medical card on file.
  • Payment for the required fees and taxes.

If your driver’s license has been expired for two or more years, you must retake the DMV exams.

For more information: Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
Your CT drivers license is valid for six years, however you can renew your license four months before it expires. Several weeks before the expiration date on your CT license to drive, you will receive a renewal application in the mail by the CT DMV. You must present the renewal application when you visit the DMV location closest to you.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Connecticut

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
To transfer vehicle titles from a deceased family member, you need to visit your local DMV Hub Office and follow the steps provided:

  • Present the Certificate of Title, properly assigned by the administrator of the estate.
  • Present an original certified document of the Probate Court or authority to dispose of the vehicle, such as:

o PC-160 Decree

o PC-212B Petitioner’s Probate Certificate

o PC-260 Decree Granting Administration of Probate of Will

o PC-450 Fiduciary’s Probate Certificate

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Connecticut

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
Yes, the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles imposes late fees if you fail to renew car registration in time. A $10 late fee applies for failing to renew your car registration within five days after your car registration expires. In addition, a $20 late fee applies if you fail to get your emissions tested within 30 days of your test date, as stated in your registration renewal notice.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
No, Connecticut law does not require you to report your lost driving license or your stolen drivers license with the police. Even if you do file a police report, you will still be required to pay the $30 drivers license replacement fee.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Connecticut Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
If you have been involved in an auto accident in the state of Connecticut, you are required to report the accident to the authorities if property damages exceed $1,000. You should also notify your car insurance provider and make a claim. Failure to report property damages within a reasonable period of time may result with the insurance company denying accident coverage.

For more information:Connecticut Auto Insurance- Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
Yes, all residents of the state of Connecticut must carry proof of financial responsibility to legally operate a motor vehicle within the state. This includes having valid license plates and vehicle registration. The two types of liability auto insurance required under CT state law are:

  • Bodily injury liability
  • Property damage liability insurance

You are also required to have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage for damages caused in an accident with an uninsured driver or a driver who does not have adequate insurance coverage to pay for your medical bills.

For more information:Connecticut Auto Insurance- Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
If you have lost your traffic citation, contact the Centralized Infractions Bureau (CIB) for information regarding your traffic violation. You can call their toll-free number or send an email to: Centralized.InfractionsBureau@jud.ct.gov. The CIB provides information such as your traffic citation s answer date, the traffic ticket price and whether or not you will be required to appear in court. Once you have the traffic ticket information, you can consult a traffic lawyer and decide whether you wish to plead guilty and pay the traffic ticket, or contest the traffic citation and take the case to court.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Connecticut

If I own multiple vehicles, am I required to have them all insured?
All Connecticut residents must carry proof of financial responsibility if they wish to legally operate a motor vehicle within the state. This means that if you have more than one vehicle, you must get car insurance for each vehicle. Luckily, many CT insurance companies offer discounts for insuring more than one vehicle on the same insurance policy. Check with your car insurance company to find out if the multi-car discount is available and if you are eligible for it. Also, when choosing a car insurance provider and checking car insurance quotes, make sure to look for insurance companies that offer the multi-car discount.

For more information:Connecticut Auto Insurance- Get a Quote and Save

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
Connecticut only allows the issuance of duplicate IDs under certain circumstances. You are eligible to replace your ID by mail if you are an active duty military member, you are medically unable to appear in person at the DMV, you are serving a prison sentence or you are currently residing out of state.

To replace your identification card by mail, complete a Request for a Connecticut Driver s License/Identification Card by Mail (Form B-350) and provide payment of the replacement fee in the form of check or money order made payable to “DMV.” You can also pay by credit card. Send the application and the payment to:

Department of Motor Vehicles

60 State Street

Wethersfield, CT 06109

The replacement ID will be mailed to the address you provide in the application.

For more information: How to Apply for a Connecticut Identification Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
Under the Connecticut law of “implied consent”, you can be tested for OIU (operating under the influence) at any time. This means that the law enforcement officer can confiscate or suspend your drivers license if your blood alcohol level is above the prescribed limit. The best option is to consult a DUI attorney and schedule a DMV hearing in order to postpone the administrative suspension of your driving privileges. If the hearing goes against you, you must wait until the suspension period is over to reinstate your CT license to drive.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Connecticut

If my drivers license has been lost or stolen, how can I get it flagged with the DMV?
The DMV might flag your drivers license number if another driver is pulled over by the police and presents your driving license as his or her own. Also, a DMV clerk might suggest that you should apply for a duplicate license. However, to be on the safe side, immediately report your drivers license as lost or stolen at your nearest Connecticut DMV.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Connecticut Driver’s License or ID Card

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
If your custom license plates have been lost, stolen or damaged, you must immediately file a police report and apply for replacement plates with the Connecticut DMV. To replace your personalized license plates, provide the written police report along with your registration certificate, your CT insurance card and a completed Lost or Stolen Marker Plate (form E-159) and Registration Affidavit (form B-301). You will then receive two “off-the shelf” plates, then wait a minimum of 10 months before you can apply for your original license plate number.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
Yes, you must be at least 18 years old to apply for a CDIP. If you wish to haul hazardous materials or drive outside of Connecticut, you must be at least 21 years of age. You must also be in possession of a valid CT drivers license and self-certify through the DMV website prior to visiting your local DMV office.

For more information: Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
No, there is no age limit to renew driving licenses in Connecticut. Your license is valid for 6 years, however if you are 65 years of age or older, you can renew your license for two years. The fee for a two-year license is $24.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Connecticut

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Yes, you must carry your CT car registration in your vehicle at all times. As of August 1, 2010, the Connecticut DMV eliminated the use of vehicle registration stickers. This means that motorists are no longer required to display a sticker on their vehicle as proof of valid auto registration. Despite this change, drivers must keep their current registration card in the vehicle at all times as failure to do so will result in penalties and /or fines.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Connecticut

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
The Connecticut DMV only mails duplicate drivers licenses to out of state or out of country addresses. Therefore, if you are currently in CT, you must appear in person at the DMV to collect your drivers license replacement. Also note that if you have recently moved, you must notify the Connecticut DMV within 48 hours of the move.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Connecticut Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
Individuals 65 years of age or older are allowed to renew their drivers license for two years. They must do so in person at a CT DMV hub office. Senior drivers might be required to undergo a vision test or retake the written exam. Contact your local DMV to find out if you will need to retake the DMV test.

Note that you need to renew your CT license before it expires as late fees apply.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Connecticut

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
A certificate of title is a document that proves legal ownership of a vehicle, while the title transfer makes the change of vehicle ownership official. The most common reasons that require vehicle owners to transfer car titles include:

  • Selling or purchasing a new /used vehicle
  • Gifting or receiving a vehicle as a gift or donation
  • Inheriting a vehicle
  • Changing ownership of the vehicle between family members
  • Changing the name of the vehicle owner

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Connecticut

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
There are a variety of reasons why the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles would suspend your drivers license. Some of those violations include:

  • Operating under the influence of alcohol
  • Commitment of vehicular homicide
  • Failure to appear in Court over a traffic violation
  • Failure to complete an operator retraining course
  • Accumulating more than 10 points on your driving record within two years

The duration of your driving license suspension and your reinstatement requirements will depend on the offense you have committed.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Connecticut

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
To be able to obtain a motorcycle license endorsement in Connecticut, you must be in possession of a valid drivers license. You can apply for a CT driving license and motorcycle license at the age of 16. Bear in mind that certain restrictions apply depending on your age. For instance, motorcycle riders who are 16 or 17 years of age cannot carry passengers in the first six months after obtaining their permit.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Connecticut

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
These are the following CDL endorsements commercial drivers can get:

  • H endorsement: Hazardous Material
  • T endorsement: Towing a Double or Triple Trailer
  • S endorsement: School Bus
  • N endorsement: Liquid Bulk/Tank Cargo
  • P endorsement: Passenger/Transportation

If you wish to have additional endorsements added to your license, you must pass a test for each endorsement you apply for. Commercial drivers license endorsement tests have 10 questions each. You need to answer eight questions correctly to pass the test. There might be additional requirements, particularly if you are transporting passengers or hazardous material. Check with the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles for more details on specific requirements.

For more information: Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
You are not allowed to operate a motor vehicle while your driving privileges are suspended or revoked. If you are caught driving with a suspended drivers license, you would have to pay a fine ranging from $150 to $200. You could also be sentenced to prison time. The consequences of driving on a suspended driving license are more serious if you are convicted of a second or third offense. In that case, you will have to pay higher fines and face stricter suspension requirements.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Connecticut

What are the different types of driving records?
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles only issues one type of DMV record: a certified driving record. You can request a copy of your CT driving record by mail or in person at a DMV office near you. To look up your drivers record, complete the application form and pay the $20 fee. Keep in mind that if you wish to check the driving record of another individual, you still have to pay the drivers record fee.

For more information: Your Connecticut Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
The fee to obtain a new ID card from the DMV is $22.50. The same fee applies if you exchange your existing CT driving license or learners permit for a non-driver photo ID and when renewing your expired identification card. The fee to replace a lost or stolen ID card is $30.

Note that the photo ID fee and renewal fee is waived if the applicant is a homeless person or a blind veteran.

For more information: How to Apply for a Connecticut Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
You must pay a fee in the amount of $30 to obtain a duplicate driving license in Connecticut. If you are replacing your license in person at an AAA office, you must also pay a $3 convenience fee. Check with your local CT DMV for the acceptable forms of payment. If you are requesting a duplicate drivers license by mail, you need to make the payment via check or money order made out to “DMV” and mail it to the Connecticut of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Connecticut Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
There are several restrictions in place you must mind while holding your CT learning permit. During the first six months you are not allowed to have any passengers in the vehicle apart from your driving instructor or a parent/guardian who is older than 20 and has had a drivers license for over 4 years. You are allowed to drive members of your immediate family in the second six months of obtaining your CT permit to drive.

Furthermore, you are only allowed to drive between the hours of 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. (unless you are traveling for employment, school, religious activities or a medical necessity) and you are not allowed to use a cell-phone or any type of mobile electronic device while driving.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Connecticut

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
To obtain a license to drive commercial vehicles, you must comply with the Federal guidelines imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This means obtaining and keeping a valid Medical Examiner’s Certificate.

To apply for a commercial drivers license, present either an Examination to Determine Physical Condition of Driver form or a US DOT Medical Examiner’s Physical Examination Form CO730, which must be completed and signed by a licensed medical professional. The forms cannot be older than two years.

For more information: Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
Some of the most common reasons why drivers obtain duplicate vehicle registration certificates include the following:

  • Voluntary replacement at any time during your registration period
  • Lost car registration certificate, license plate and/or decal
  • Stolen car registration or license plate
  • Your registration certificate has been damaged to a point of illegibility and the necessary information cannot be read from it

If any of the reasons can be applied to your specific case, visit your local CT Department of Motor Vehicles office and apply for a duplicate car registration or license plates.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
Minors with a CT learners permit will have their permits suspended if convicted for DUI/DWI as well as for violating their permit restrictions, speeding or reckless driving. Suspensions on your learners permit range from 48 hours to six years. The law enforcement officer who pulls you over will inform you of the severity of your traffic violations and how to reinstate suspended drivers license credentials.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Connecticut

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
A DUI conviction in the state of Connecticut will result with a suspension on your drivers license for at least 45 days, payment of high reinstatement fines and the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device. However, the duration of your drivers license suspension and the reinstatement requirements depend on the specific circumstances of your:

  • Arrest.
  • Age.
  • BAC level.
  • Number of previous DWI convictions.

Carefully read your suspension notice as it outlines all the documents and fees you will have to submit to restore your Connecticut driving privileges.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Connecticut

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
Once your suspension period passes and you have satisfied all the requirements of your license suspension, you can reinstate your driving privileges. In the state of Connecticut, the reinstatement fee for each suspension is $175. You can pay the fee by check or money order made out to “DMV”. Make sure to send the payment at least two weeks before your reinstatement eligibility date.

The fees to reinstate suspended drivers licenses may vary depending on the offense and the number of times the driver has been convicted of it. Your suspension notice lists all the requirements and fees you would have to meet to restore your suspended drivers license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Connecticut

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
The car registration fees in Connecticut vary depending on the type of vehicle you wish to register. The auto registration fee for a passenger vehicle is set at $80. Note that you might be required to pay additional fees such as the $10 Federal Clean Air Act fee or $5 Greenhouse Gas Reduction fee to get car registration.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Connecticut

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
The fee to replace lost car titles is $25. If you wish to obtain a new car title, you need to pay a $25 fee as well. Check with the Connecticut DMV nearest you for acceptable methods of payment before heading out. Alternatively, you can mail the fee along with the application form to the Connecticut DMV.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Connecticut

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
The fee to obtain a duplicate car registration in Connecticut is currently $20. If you are applying for vehicle registration replacement by mail, you need to send the payment in the form of a money order or check made out to the DMV. If you are replacing car registration certification in person, check with the local CT Department of Motor Vehicles office for acceptable methods of payment.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
Connecticut registration renewal fees vary depending on the type of vehicle you operate. Check the renewal notice you receive in the mail as it lists the exact renewal fee you will be required to pay.

The fee to renew the registration of a passenger vehicle is $80. You might also be required to pay additional fees such as the $10 Federal Clean Air Act fee, so make sure to check with your local DMV for all renewal costs and accepted forms of payment.

Note that a $10 late fee applies for failing to renew car registration within five days after the expiration date.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
The Connecticut DMV issues Class M endorsements on your current CT drivers license. Having a Class M designation on your driving license allows you to operate a two-or three-wheel motorcycle in Connecticut.

On the other hand, if you have a Class M endorsement and a restriction 3 on your CT license, you are only allowed to operate three-wheeled motorcycles. To remove the 3 restriction from your drivers license, you must pass a state-approved motorcycle safety course on a two-wheel motorcycle.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Connecticut

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
Drivers with a suspended driving license can apply for a special operator s permit to drive to and from work or school.

To be able to apply for an education/work permit in Connecticut you must not:

  • Have a current suspension for failing to appear in court/pay a traffic ticket.
  • Have a previous alcohol-related conviction.
  • Have a suspension for operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license.
  • Have been convicted of vehicular manslaughter or vehicular assault.
  • Operate a commercial motor vehicle.

If your application for a special operator s permit is approved, you must carry the permit with you at all times.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Connecticut

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
If you fail the driving test, you will not be able to obtain a CT drivers license. You must wait for at least 14 days before retaking the test. You will also be required to repay the $40 testing fee.

Note that you must be in possession of an adult learners permit for at least 90 days before taking the driving exam. If you fail to present your current CT learning permit or a duplicate, you will not be allowed to take the test. In that case you would have to reschedule and pay the testing fee once again.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Connecticut

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
You can apply for a CT learners permit as soon as you turn 16. You must do so in person at a Connecticut DMV near you. Keep in mind that learners permit testing is offered by appointment only at DMV Hub Offices, so make to visit the website of the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicle to schedule your appointment before heading out to the Connecticut DMV. The CT DMV also allows online payment of all learners permit fees.

When applying for CT learners permit, visit your local CT DMV and provide the following:

  • Two documents as proof of identity, such as:

o US Birth Certificate

o US Passport

  • Two documents as proof of residency

o Bill from a bank or mortgage company, utility company

o Bank statement

o Pay stubs

  • One document as proof of Social Security Number:

o Social Security card

o W-2 form

You also need to pay the applicable fees, if you have not done so through the online service, and pass a vision test and a written DMV test.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Connecticut

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
When applying for a motorcycle license in Connecticut, you need to present the following documents:

Make sure to also provide payment for the licensing and testing fees. Check with your local CT DMV for acceptable methods of payment.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Connecticut

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
To obtain a Connecticut drivers license, you must provide the following documents:

  • Your current CT learners permit
  • Proof of identification

o US Birth Certificate

o US Passport

  • Proof of CT residency

o Bill from a bank or mortgage company, utility company

o Bank statement

o Pay stubs

  • Proof of Social Security Number

o Social Security card

o W-2 form

You must also pass the vision and driving exam and pay all drivers license fees.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Connecticut

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
To obtain a car title copy, visit your local CT Department of Motor Vehicles Office and provide the following documentation:

You also need to pay the $25 replacement title fee. If you cannot make an in-person visit to a CT DMV near you, mail the forms and the payment to:

Department of Motor Vehicles Title Unit 60 State St. Wethersfield, CT 06161

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Connecticut

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
The Connecticut DMV does not require you to present any proof of CT residency in the address changing process. You only need to submit a completed Change of Address and Organ/Tissue Donor Status (Form B-58) and send it to the CT DMV. After that you can obtain duplicate licenses or IDs as well as car title and registration card copies.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Connecticut

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
If you are not a US resident and you are changing your address, the CT DMV might ask you to submit documents as proof of your legal status in the US, in addition to the required address change forms. Such documents include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • I-94 card
  • Temporary Resident card
  • Employment Authorization card
  • Refugee Travel document
  • Citizenship or Naturalization certificate
  • Permanent Resident Card

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Connecticut

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
You can obtain a duplicate car registration certificate from the CT DMV by mail or in person. In both cases you must submit a completed Request for a Duplicate Motor Vehicle Registration (Form B-341). The application form must contain:

  • Your marker plate number
  • Type of vehicle
  • Your name and address
  • Your signature

You must also provide payment for the replacement fee in the form of check or money order made out to the DMV.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
To get car registration in Connecticut, you must visit a DMV Hub or Limited Service Office and provide the following documents:

o CT driving license;

o CT learners permit;

o CT ID card.

You will also be required to complete a Bill of Sale and pay the sales tax on the registration if the car was not previously registered in your name or was recently purchased.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Connecticut

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
You can renew your expired car registration online, by mail or in person at any DMV Hub Office. The documents you need to present when renewing your CT car registration vary depending on the manner in which you apply for a car registration renewal. You are urged to carefully read your renewal notice as it lists all the required documents and fees you need to submit. You might also be required to submit the vehicle registration renewal notice, provide proof of payment of property taxes and applicable emission testing documents.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
To renew your Connecticut drivers license, you must visit a DMV office and provide your current or expired driving license. If not available, provide acceptable proof of identity, such as US Birth Certificate, US Passport or Passport Card.

You must also submit the renewal application you received in the mail and provide payment for all required fees and taxes. Check with your local CT DMV location to see the acceptable forms of payment.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Connecticut

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
You must transfer your car title with the CT DMV when buying or selling a vehicle, gifting, donating, or inheriting a vehicle. In Connecticut, you need to register and transfer ownership of your vehicle at the same time.

When transferring a car title with the Connecticut DMV, provide the following documents:

Buying a Vehicle

  • The Certificate of Title, properly assigned
  • Completed Bill of Sale

Selling a Vehicle

Gifting a Vehicle

o CT drivers license

o CT ID card

o CT learners permit

Inheriting a Vehicle

o CT drivers license

o CT ID card

o CT learners permit

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Connecticut

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
To replace your lost or stolen drivers license, visit a Connecticut DMV near you and submit a completed Application for Duplicate of Current Driver’s License or Permit (form 1-B) and acceptable forms of identification, such as a US birth certificate and/or US passport. You must also pay the $30 replacement fee.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Connecticut Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
When getting a motorcycle license, you are required to pass a vision and motorcycle knowledge test. The vision test is administered at the CT DMV Hub Offices.

The knowledge test contains 16 questions based on information provided in the Connecticut Motorcycle Manual and the Connecticut Driver’s Manual. To successfully pass the written drivers test, study the Connecticut Motorcycle Manual. It is also a good idea to take a few practice tests before heading out to take the actual exam.

A driving test is not required in Connecticut as the motorcycle safety training course carries out the skills test.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Connecticut

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
To obtain a duplicate vehicle title, CT drivers must complete the Application for Replacement Certificate of Title (form H-6B). This is an online form that must be filled out, printed, signed and notarized. If for any reason you are unable to complete the form online, you can call the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles and request that the form be mailed to your address.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Connecticut

What happens if I don’t pay for my traffic ticket from another state?
The state of Connecticut receives and shares information regarding traffic violations and convictions with other states. Therefore, failure to pay an out-of-state traffic fine has the same consequences as failing to pay a traffic ticket in your home state. This implies a possible suspension on your drivers license and higher costs to reinstate your diving privileges.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Connecticut

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
CT CDL holders who receive traffic tickets can plead guilty and pay the ticket or fight the traffic citation in court. However, note that stricter penalties and fines apply for commercial drivers than regular drivers.

If issued a traffic citation, CMV drivers must notify their employer within 30 days. The penalties and fines depend on the severity of the violation and the number of times the commercial driver has been convicted of the offense. Also, keep in mind that penalties and fines are ever harsher for drivers with a Class H endorsement on their CDL.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Connecticut

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
CDL holders who are caught with a BAC level higher than 0.04 percent or who refuse to take a chemical test, face a drivers license suspension and even a lifetime ban on their driving privileges. The penalties imposed depend on the severity of the offense and the number of times the driver has been convicted of driving while intoxicated.

As of recently, Connecticut no longer allows CMV drivers to enter into state- run programs that prevent DUI/DWI convictions from ending up on a driving history record. This also applies if CDL holders are caught driving under the influence in their own private vehicles.

For more information: Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
Once you have applied and obtained a duplicate Connecticut vehicle title, your original title is deemed invalid. However, if the original car title turns up, make sure to properly dispose of it. Contact the Connecticut DMV for further instructions that might apply to your specific case.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Connecticut

What information does a driving record contain?
Your CT driving record includes personal information such as your full name and address. It also contains information about your Connecticut drivers license, such as drivers license numbers, class, issue date and status, as well as information about your traffic convictions, citations and violations. Your DMV driving record also provides information about the points assigned to your record for various moving violations you might be convicted of.

For more information: Your Connecticut Driving Record

What is an ID card?
A Connecticut identification card is a legal document that is mainly used by individuals who do not drive but wish to carry an identification document on their person. This is essential as this document can be used for a number of purposes, including to enter government buildings or to present as identification when traveling.

For more information: How to Apply for a Connecticut Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
Currently, you need to pay a $175 restoration and $100 administrative fee to restore your suspended driving license. You are also required to take part in the CT IID program until your suspension period expires. Carefully read your suspension notice as it outlines all the documents and additional fees you will have to submit to restore your Connecticut driving privileges.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Connecticut

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The traffic ticket price in Connecticut does not vary from county to county; however, it does depend on the violation you are convicted of. The cost of your traffic fine will be listed on your traffic citation. If you have lost the information or you need to find out the cost of a particular traffic offense, check the CT Violations and Infractions Schedule. Keep in mind that you must also pay the court fees, therefore contact your court for the exact amount you are required to provide.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Connecticut

What is the cost to get a driver record?
The current fee to get a copy of your Connecticut driving record is $20. You can send a check made out to the “DMV” if requesting your CT DMV driving record by mail. Alternatively, you can pay the fee at your local Connecticut DMV office when you make your visit. Check with the DMV near you for available methods of payment before you head out.

For more information: Your Connecticut Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
CDL holders who are caught with a BAC level higher than 0.04 percent or who refuse to take a chemical test face a drivers license suspension, and even a lifetime ban on their driving privileges. The penalties imposed depend on the severity of the offense, the BAC level and the number of times the driver has been convicted of operating under the influence.

Connecticut no longer allows CMV drivers to enter into state-run programs that prevent convictions of DUI/DWI for. This also applies if CDL holders are caught driving under the influence in their own private vehicles.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Connecticut

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
The DUI penalties for minors depend on a few factors:

  • If the minor refused to take the chemical test
  • His or her BAC level
  • Previous convictions for driving while intoxicated

Usually, a DUI conviction for minors will result in a drivers license suspension ranging from a minimum of 45 days to a maximum of six years. In addition, drivers less than 21 years of age will be required to pay a $175 restoration and $100 administrative fee to the CT DMV. Additional fees may apply, so make sure to carefully read your suspension notice as it lists all the vital information regarding the duration of your suspension and reinstatement requirements.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Connecticut

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
The minimum liability insurance coverage required by Connecticut is as follows:

  • Bodily injury liability

o $20,000 per person per accident

o $40,000 per accident

  • Property damage liability

o $10,000 per accident

  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage

o $20,000 per person.

o $40,000 total per accident

For more information:Connecticut Auto Insurance- Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
The DMV knowledge test consist of 25 questions based on information provided in the Connecticut Driver’s Manual. Applicants need 20 correct answers to pass the written test. If you fail the test, you must wait seven days to retake the DMV test. You must also repay the learners permit exam fee.

You are strongly recommended to take a few practice permit tests beforehand, in addition to carefully studying the Driver s Manual.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Connecticut

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
You can get a vehicle title for a scooter or motorcycle when registering the vehicle with the Connecticut DMV. To start the process of getting vehicle title documentation, visit your local DMV and provide the following documents:

  • The Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin
  • Federal odometer statement.
  • A completed Bill of Sale
  • A completed Application for Registration and Certificate of Title
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of insurance on the motorcycle
  • Proof of identification

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Connecticut

What languages is the written test available in?
The written knowledge test is part of the requirements for obtaining a CT learners permit. You can not apply for a Connecticut drivers license if you have not held to a adult learners permit for at least 90 days.

The knowledge test for a CT learning permit is available in:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Polish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Portuguese

It is strongly recommended that you study the Connecticut Drivers Manual to prepare for the test. It is also a good idea to take a few practice tests before heading out to the CT DMV.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Connecticut

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
Being convicted of driving under the influence in Connecticut will result in a suspended drivers license for at least six months and even longer depending on your age and the number of times you have received a DUI citation. Connecticut also requires the installation of an IID for all alcohol-related offences. To restore your driving privileges you must:

  • Have a state-approved IID vendor install the device in your vehicle.
  • Complete the Ignition Interlock Device Installation Application (P-246).
  • Provide you name, current address and date of birth.
  • Provide payment for the $175 restoration and $100 administration fee in the form of check or money order made out to “DMV.”
  • Mail all the documents and fees at least two weeks before your reinstatement eligibility date to the following address:

Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Services Division 60 State St. Wethersfield, CT 06161-2525

The CT DMV will send you a restoration notice within 10 days of receiving your correspondence. Keep in mind that you are not allowed to drive until you have received your restoration notice in the mail.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Connecticut

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
All drivers who move to the state of Connecticut or recently moved to a new residence are required to make an official address change request with the CT DMV within 48 hours of moving. Failure to do so may result in select fees and/or fines. In addition, if you do not report an official address change to the CT Department of Motor Vehicles, you will not be able to receive your renewal notice, because your on-file address will not be accurate.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Connecticut

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
Your CT drivers license is good for six years and the DMV allows you to renew your drivers license as early as four months before the expiration date. If you fail to renew your Connecticut license to drive, you will have to pay a $25 late fee. If you do not renew your driving permit within two years from the expiration date, you will be required to apply for a new drivers license. Also driving on an expired driving license may result in points being added to your driving record, as well as a license suspension.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Connecticut

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles requires you to present proof of auto insurance when registering your vehicle for the first time and when renewing your car registration. The CT DMV only accepts a declaration page or valid permanent insurance card identifying the vehicle as proof of financial responsibility. Temporary insurance cards, bills, or binders are not accepted by the Connecticut DMV.

For more information:Connecticut Auto Insurance- Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
As of August 1, 2010, the Connecticut DMV eliminated the use of vehicle registration stickers. This means that motorists are no longer required to display a decal on their vehicle as proof of valid auto registration. However, drivers must keep their current registration card in the vehicle at all times as failure to do so will result in penalties and /or fines.

You can now check the validity of your car registration status online and so can law enforcement officers, which makes the registration stickers obsolete.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
If you have not received your renewed license, contact the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. You can call the CT DMV at 860-263-5700 for the Hartford area and 800-842-8222 for the rest Connecticut, or make an in-person visit at the DMV location closest to you. Find a DMV near you by using our DMV locator.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Connecticut

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
When applying for a CT driving permit, you will need to take a vision and written knowledge test. Download a copy of the Drivers Manual to prepare for the test. It is also a good idea to take a few practice tests before heading out to the CT DMV.

In order to take the DMV driving test, you must complete a drivers ed course. Applicants can choose between a state-approved commercial driving school, a secondary/high school drivers education program, home training or a combination of the three.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Connecticut

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
To obtain a CDIP, you must pass a general knowledge test. The written drivers exam consists of 30 questions based on information provided in the Connecticut Commercial Driver s Manual. You need 24 correct answers to pass the test. If you wish to have additional CDL endorsements added to your license, you must pass a specific endorsement test. If you fail the DMV written exam, you must wait until the next business day to retake the test.

After you obtain a Connecticut CDIP, you need to pass a road test to get a CDL. The road skills test consists of three parts: pre-trip inspection, static course and on-the-road/skills test. Failing any part of the drivers test means that you will have to retake the entire road exam again after seven days.

Keep in mind that there might be additional testing, so contact the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles for more details on specific requirements. The best way to prepare for the CT DMV driving test is by studying the Connecticut Commercial Driver s Manual as well as by taking some online practice driving tests beforehand.

For more information: Connecticut Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
To obtain a CT drivers license you must pass a road exam. The DMV road test evaluates your ability to respond to traffic signals and operate your vehicle as well as your ability to interact with other drivers on the road. If you fail the driving test, you will have to wait for at least two weeks before retaking it.

Make sure you provide your own properly registered and insured vehicle to complete the driving exam in. In addition you will also have to provide your insurance card, vehicle registration and other required documentation.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Connecticut

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
You must have car insurance to be able to legally operate a motor vehicle in Connecticut. The two types of liability auto insurance required by law are:

  • Bodily injury liability: This pays for bodily injury to others involved in a collision with you.
  • Property damage liability insurance: This policy covers damages you may cause in an auto accident to vehicles or the property of others.
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage: This insurance type pays for your medical bills thatresult from a car accident caused by an uninsured driver or a driver who does not have suitable auto insurance to pay for your medical bills.

Insurance companies also offer optional, additional insurance such as collision coverage. Collision insurance pays for physical damages to your car as the result of your vehicle colliding with an object. Comprehensive coverage pays for damages to your vehicle from fire, severe weather, vandalism, floods and theft.

For more information:Connecticut Auto Insurance- Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
The types of noncommercial license endorsements and restrictions in Connecticut are as follows:

  • Class D – Any motor vehicle that does not require a CDL.
  • M = Motorcycle
  • V = Student Transportation Vehicles
  • A = Activity Vehicles, includes Taxi, Livery, Service Bus and Motor Coach
  • F = Taxi, Livery, Service Bus, Motor Coach
  • Q = Fire Apparatus

Restrictions:

  • 3 = 3-Wheeled Motorcycle only
  • B = Corrective Lenses
  • C = Mechanical Aid
  • D = Prosthetic Aid
  • E = Automatic Transmission
  • F = Outside Mirror
  • G = Limited to Daylight Driving Only
  • R = No Limited Access Roads
  • U = Hearing Aid Required
  • W = Medical Waiver Required
  • Y = For Driving Purposes Only

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Connecticut

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
Connecticut state laws require your car insurance company to notify the Connecticut DMV of all active policy and any policy cancellations to always stay up to date with your auto coverage.

If the CT DMV learns of an insurance policy cancelation, you will receive a warning notice and be expected to buy vehicle coverage. Failure to respond to the initial warning might lead to a suspension and prevent you from renewing or registering your vehicle.

For more information: Connecticut Auto Insurance- Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
You can only reinstate your suspended drivers license after the expiration of your suspension period and once you have met all the requirements of your driving license suspension. The conditions to reinstate a CT drivers license vary depending on the offense and the number of times you have been convicted of it. The requirements specific to each case are listed on the license suspension notice. Check your drivers suspension notice and follow the instructions to restore your Connecticut driving privileges.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Connecticut

When does my car registration expire?
Your Connecticut vehicle registration is good for two years and must be renewed before the expiration date as late fees apply. If you are 65 years of age or older, you can renew your registration every year.

Two months before your registration expires, the CT DMV mails all drivers a vehicle registration renewal notice that contains all the information needed to renew car registrations:

  • Car registration expiration date
  • Vehicle registration renewal fee
  • Emission testing requirements
  • Delinquent traffic tickets (All unpaid traffic citations must be paid for before renewing car registration documentation)

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

When does my ID card expire?
Your Connecticut identification card is valid for six years. You will receive a renewal notice from the CT Department of Motor Vehicles informing you that your ID card is about to expire. You need to present this notice to renew an expired ID card. Bear in mind that if you have not renewed your ID card in two years or more from the posted expiration date, you will have to apply for a new identification card. This means filling out the application forms and paying the applicable fees.

For more information: How to Apply for a Connecticut Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
You must notify the Connecticut DMV within 48 hours of changing your mailing address.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Connecticut

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
The Connecticut DMV requires residents to complete a Bill of Sale when buying or selling a vehicle and when receiving a car as a gift, donation or inheritance. Drivers are also advised to keep copies of the bill of sale form for their personal records as they will need it when transferring ownership of the vehicle.

The CT Bill of Sale contains the driver s name and address, the vehicle’s make, model, year, and color, the vehicle identification number (VIN) as well as the purchase price and purchase date.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Connecticut

When will I need to renew my license?
Your drivers license in Connecticut is valid for six years. Before your license is about to expire, the CT Department of Motor Vehicles will send you a renewal notice informing you to renew your license. You are allowed to renew as early as four months before the expiration date.

Failing to renew your CT driving license will result in late fees.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Connecticut

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
The time it takes the CT DMV to process your replacement license application and issue a duplicate drivers license varies depending on the circumstances of your particular case. Check with your local DMV on the delivery status of your drivers license replacement. You can call the CT DMV at 860-263-5700 for the Hartford area and 800-842-8222 for the rest of Connecticut. The other option is making an in-person visit to the DMV location closest to you. Find a DMV near you by using our DMV locator.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Connecticut Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
You can check if your Connecticut drivers license is valid online by visiting the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles website. Bear in mind that it takes about 10 business days for the CT DMV to process your reinstatement documents or payments. If your CT driving license has not been restored within 10 days, contact the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles.

You can also check the status of your drivers license by obtaining your Connecticut driving record.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Connecticut

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
Titling and registration matters are handled by the Connecticut DMV offices. To find a DMV location near you, use our DMV locator. In addition to locating the DMV closest to you, you can also access vital information such as office hours and holidays, contact information and available services and methods of payment.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
All CT drivers whose license to drive has been suspended for failing or refusing to take a chemical test, must take part in the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) program. To participate in the IID program you must:

Your suspension notice indicates the amount of time you are required to have the IID.

For a list of CT-approved IID vendors visit the website of the Connecticut DMV.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Connecticut

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
Unfortunately, Connecticut does not have an online traffic ticket search. If you have lost your traffic citation, contact the Centralized Infractions Bureau (CIB) for information regarding your traffic violation. You can call their toll-free number or send an email to: Centralized.InfractionsBureau@jud.ct.gov. The CIB provides information such as your traffic citation s answer date, the traffic ticket price and whether or not you will be required to appear in court.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Connecticut

Where can I find the DMV locations?
Please follow the link below for your nearest DMV location:

Connecticut DMV Office Contact Information

Where can I get a new drivers license?
You can obtain a new CT drivers license at your local Connecticut DMV hub office. Bear in mind that you must make an appointment before you take the road test and get your new driving license. Contact the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles at (860) 263-5700 (for the Hartford area) or at (800) 842-8222 (elsewhere in Connecticut) to schedule an appointment.

Also make sure that you provide all the required documentation, including your vehicle registration and proof of auto coverage, before heading out to a DMV location near you.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Connecticut

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
The Connecticut DMV allows vehicle owners to replace lost, stolen or damaged car titles in person at any DMV Hub office or by mail.

Send the application and payment for the applicable fee to the address of the Connecticut DMV:

Department of Motor Vehicles Title Unit 60 State St. Wethersfield, CT 06161

You also need to send a Lien Release form if there is a lien on your vehicle. Otherwise, the duplicate vehicle title will be sent to the lien holder.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Connecticut

Where can I obtain an ID card?
You can get a Connecticut identification card at a DMV Hub Office. Keep in mind that not all DMVs in Connecticut offer the same services, so check with the CT DMV near you to find out if that particular location issues new ID cards. Also make sure to check the acceptable methods of payment with your DMV location before heading out.

For more information: How to Apply for a Connecticut Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
All motor vehicles operated on CT highways must carry proof of minimum liability vehicle insurance. This includes passenger vehicles, commercial motor vehicles and motorcycles. In addition, CDL holders are required to report car insurance coverage with the DMV once a year.

On the other hand, non-commercial vehicles must maintain liability vehicle coverage to have valid license plates. Proof of car insurance needs to be presented every two years when renewing car registrations and registering vehicles with the CT DMV for the first time.

For more information:Connecticut Auto Insurance- Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
If you under 18, you must be accompanied by a parent of legal guardian when taking the DMV test. If your parent/legal guardian is not present when you take your permit test, you must provide a completed and notarized Certificate of Parental Consent (form 2D).

In addition, if you are under 18 years of age, your parent/legal guardian must sign the Application for Non-Commercial Learner Permit and/or Driver License (form R-229).

Bear in mind that if you opt for at-home drivers training, your parent/guardian must also provide a completed Proof of Parental Training (CS-1 form) certifying that you have attended an eight-hour course on safe driving practices.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Connecticut

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles only issues one type of DMV record: a certified driving record. You can request a copy of your CT driving record by mail or in person at a DMV office near you. To look up your drivers record, complete the application form and pay the $20 fee. Keep in mind that if you wish to check the driving record of another individual, you still have to pay the drivers record fee.

For more information: Your Connecticut Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
No, the CT Department of Motor Vehicles does not require you to undergo an eye exam when renewing your drivers license. If you are 65 years or older, you may be required to take a vision test. Consult your local DMV on the documents you need to provide and the tests you might be required to take before heading out to renew your drivers license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Connecticut

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Yes, the CT Department of Motor Vehicles will send you a notification in the mail informing you that your drivers license is about to expire. You must present the renewal application you received in the mail at the DMV when renewing your CT license to drive. You are allowed to renew your license as early as four months before your driving license expires. Note that even if you do not receive a renewal notice by mail, it is still your responsibility to check the status of your CT driving license and renew it before it expires.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Connecticut

Will I get any points on my record if I received a traffic ticket from another state?
Yes, if you receive a ticket outside of Connecticut, it will be treated as if received in your home state. This means that points will be added to your driving record if convicted of a moving violation in another state. However, you have two options: pay the fine or contest the ticket in court. Contact a traffic attorney to help you fight the out-of-state traffic citation if that is the step you wish to take. Otherwise, contact the court or the DMV of the state that issued your traffic ticket for information on how to pay traffic ticket.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Connecticut

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
Yes, Connecticut implements a point system to track traffic violations and convictions. Different points are added to your driving record depending on the traffic citation you are issued. The most common traffic offenses for which the CT DMV assigns points on your drivers record for include the following:

  • Speeding
  • Failure to drive in the proper lane
  • Disobeying orders of an officer
  • Failure to obey traffic control signal light
  • Operating a vehicle through a pedestrian safety zone
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol
  • Vehicular homicide

If you accumulate 10 points on your DMV driving record within two years, your CT drivers license will be suspended for 30 days.

For more information: How to Pay a Traffic Ticket in Connecticut

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Taking an alcohol awareness course is not a mandatory restoration requirement in Connecticut; however, the court may offer drivers the option to enroll in a DUI Education Program in place of a first-time OUI conviction. Consult a DUI attorney on how best to fight a DUI conviction and receive minimum penalties.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Connecticut

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
Yes, to obtain a vehicle registration copy, complete a Request for a Duplicate Motor Vehicle Registration (Form B-341). The application form must contain:

  • Your marker plate number
  • Type of vehicle
  • Your name and address
  • Your signature

You must also provide payment for the replacement fee in the form of a check or money order made out to the DMV.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
The CT Department of Motor Vehicles does not require you to present any proof of insurance when requesting a car title replacement. However, just to be sure, bring your CT insurance identification card if replacing car titles with the Connecticut DMV.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Connecticut

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Yes, the Connecticut DMV will send the renewal notice at least two months before the expiration date of your CT car registration. The renewal notice contains the following information:

  • Car registration expiration date
  • Vehicle registration renewal fee
  • Emission testing requirements
  • Delinquent traffic tickets (All unpaid traffic citations must be paid for before renewing car registration documentation)

The registration renewal notice also contains your new registration certificate.

If your registration renewal notice contains a personal identification number, you are eligible to renew car registration online. If not, you need to complete the renewal notice and mail it to the CT DMV or make an in-person visit at a DMV near you.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Connecticut

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
Your CT vehicle registration expires every two years. You must renew it before the expiration date as late fees apply. The CT Department of Motor Vehicles will send you a renewal notice by mail at least 60 days prior to the expiration date of your car registration. This notice contains all the information pertaining to car registration renewals in Connecticut and must be presented when renewing your auto registration.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Connecticut