Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Driver's License in Connecticut

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December 03, 2020 2 min read


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Thinking about getting your driver's license at the Connecticut DMV? Here's exactly what you need to know to get your permit, pass your road test, and get your Connecticut driver license.

Here's How to Get Your Connecticut Driver's License

Here's what you'll need to get your Connecticut license:

  1. (2) Proofs of identity - at least (1) from Primary Documents
  2. Social Security Number
  3. Proof of Residency
  4. Legal Presence in the U.S. - (for Non-U.S. born)
  5. Name Change documents (if applicable)
  6. A fully completed R-229 form application
  7. The CS-1 Driver Education Certificate - original document

NOTE: Check the accepted documents here.

Here's what you'll need to do to get your Connecticut license:

  1. Visit any DMV Office near you to apply in person submit the required documents and pay the fees.
  2. Take and pass the written test to be issued a Learner's permit. (Read the Connecticut Driver Manual and take written practice tests). Consider making a DMV appointment or getting a line waiting concierge.
  3. Schedule your road test on the DMV website or you can schedule on Skip. If you need a car or driver for your road test, you can schedule a road test concierge here.
  4. Before your road test, visit the ultimate Connecticut DMV road test guide to find out more information about the Connecticut driving test.
  5. Take an 8-hour Safe Driving Practices Course. You can take it at any time, but you must take it before taking the on-the-road skills test, It can be taken through a commercial or secondary driving school.
  6. Once you pass the road test you will receive the Driver's License via mail.

Here are Connecticut driver's license exceptions to note:

  • Provide valid/unexpired, original documents, or certified copies. Photocopies, notarized photocopies, non-certified copies, and damaged or mutilated documents are not acceptable. DMV will scan and store images of all documents.
  • Road testing is offered at the following DMV offices: Bridgeport, Danbury, Enfield, Hamden, Old Saybrook, Waterbury, Wethersfield and Willimantic.
  • Individuals arriving in the U.S. with an I-94 stamp in your passport must visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website to obtain a hard copy of your I-94 document. This document must be presented to the DMV along with all other required documents.
  • You will not receive a learner's permit or permanent driver license at a DMV office. It will arrive through the mail. After visiting an office, you can track the delivery of your new card.

Need more Connecticut DMV or Connecticut driver's license help?

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