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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying For Your Connecticut License
  • Preparing For Your CT Permit Test
  • Taking Your CT Permit Test
  • Preparing For Your CT Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your CT Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed The CT Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Renewing Your CT Driver's License
  • What If You're Moving To CT Or Just Visiting
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Applying For Your Connecticut License
At what age can I apply for my CT license?
In CT you have to be at least 16 years old before you can begin the licensing process.
What documents do I need to take with me when I apply for my CT license?
You will need to bring your Learner's Permit Application, a signed parental consent form, your Social Security Number, two documents proving your residency in Connecticut and two documents proving your identity.
Where should I go to apply for my CT license?
You are able to apply at any DMV branch. You can find a list of DMV branches by visiting this website: http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=808&q=244586
Is there any way to contact the CT DMV office?
You can contact your local CT DMV office by visiting the branch. You can find a list of locations near you by visiting this website: http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=808&q=244586
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my CT permit test?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you. If they are unable to do so, it is possible to circumvent this requirement by bringing inside a Certificate of Parental Consent.
Do I need to have a physical before I apply for my CT license?
No. A physical is not required. However, you should report any known medical conditions to the DMV Office so that the branch can determine if a restriction should be put on your license. For example, if you needed corrective lenses to pass your vision test successfully, your license would indicate "Corrective Lenses" restrictions.
Do I need to my eyes checked before I can obtain a CT Driver's license?
Yes. You do have to complete a vision test in order to get your CT license. Fortunately, DMV clerks will conduct the vision test for you.
Where do I take my CT Driver's License photo?
You must take your CT Driver's license at the DMV office. When you take your photo, you should make sure that you wear what you would normally. It's extremely important that your face is clearly shown and recognizable. Look straight at the camera and do not smile, as a resting face is easier to identify.
Preparing For Your CT Permit Test
What should I use to study for my CT Permit Test?
The best way to study for the CT Permit Test is to read the CT Driver's Manual. Additionally, you can find quiz questions on our website that can act as a supplement to the CT Driver's Manual.
Do I have to enroll into a Driver's Ed. class?
Yes. If you are over 18, you will need to complete an eight-hour Safe Driving Practices Course. If you are under 18, you will need to complete thirty hours of classroom training. Both of these options should be completed through a commercial driving school or a secondary driving school. Connecticut also offers the ability for you to be able to complete a home training course, which will include twenty-two hours of training and an 8-hour Safe Driving Practices course.
Where can I find a copy of the CT Driver's Manual?
You can find a copy of CT Driver's Manual by visiting this website and downloading a copy: http://www.ct.gov/dmv/lib/dmv/20/29/r12eng.pdf
Are there any chapters of the CT Driver's Manual that I can skip?
To have the best chance of passing your CT Permit Test, you should read the entire Manual.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the CT Permit Test to pass?
You must answer 20 of the 25 questions on your Permit Test correctly in order to pass successfully.
Where can I go to take my CT Permit Test?
You can take the CT Permit Test at a local DMV office. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=808&q=244586
Is there anything I should do the night before my CT Permit Test?
Don't cram the night before your exam. Instead, you should review the notes and information you have already studied. If you've done a thorough job studying, the night before should be a quiet review session. It's also a good idea to take a few practice questions on our website. Get a good night's rest as well.
Taking Your CT Permit Test
At what age am I eligible to take the CT Permit Test?
You are eligible to sign up for your permit starting at age 16.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I take my CT Permit Test?
You will need to bring your Learner's Permit Application, a signed parental consent form, your Social Security Number, two documents proving your residency in Connecticut and two documents proving your identity.
How much does a CT Learner's Permit cost?
The CT Learner's Permit cost $19.
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my CT permit test?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you. If they are unable to do so, it is possible to circumvent this requirement by bringing inside a Certificate of Parental Consent.
What do I need to know to pass my CT Permit Test?
To give yourself the best chance of passing your CT Permit Test you should study all chapters and sections of the CT Driver's Manual. The exam will test your knowledge of speed limits, pavement markings, traffic signs, defensive driving and many more basic rules of the road.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the CT Permit Test to pass?
You must answer 20 of the 25 questions on your Permit Test correctly in order to pass successfully.
Is the CT Permit Test open book?
No. You are not allowed to use your CT Driver's Manual or any other study materials during your CT Permit Test.
Do I have to take a drug test to be able to take my CT Permit Test?
No. You do not have to take a drug test when you apply for your CT Permit.
What happens if I fail my CT Permit Test?
If you fail your CT Permit Test you will be able to retake the Permit Test after a waiting period of 14 days. You will have to pay another $40 testing fee. It's important to NOT rush retaking your Permit Test. Study thoroughly and reread the entire manual to give yourself the best chance of passing your written exam on the second try.
What happens after I pass my CT Permit Test?
If you are over 18, you will need to maintain your permit for ninety days before you can take the CT Driving Exam. During that time, you will need to pass the Safe Driving Practices Course, taught through a commercial or secondary driving school. If you are under 18, you will need to either complete thirty hours of classroom training and maintain your CT Learner's Permit for 120 days or complete 22 hours of classroom training and an eight-hour Safe Driving Practices Course, where it is necessary to maintain your CT Learner's Permit for 180 days. In some cases, teenaged applicants will need to complete 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training. To be thorough, you should check with your local DMV office to make sure you are completing all the necessary requirements before you take the CT Driving Exam.
Preparing For Your CT Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
How should I practice driving for my CT Driving Exam?
Before your CT Driving Exam, you should practice and develop a number of safe driving skills. You should feel comfortable accelerating smoothly and gradually, passing through intersections safely, change lanes effective, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic signals, parking and parallel parking, maintaining the speed limit, staying in the correct lane and more. Remember during your exam, your primary responsibility is to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to drive safely and effectively.
Where can I practice driving for my CT Driving Exam?
Anywhere in Connecticut as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older whenever you are behind the wheel. You should begin practice in areas with which you are familiar then progress to different areas that will test your driving knowledge and your adaptability to different driving situations.
How can I schedule my CT Road Test?
You can schedule your CT Road Test by either calling 860-263-5700 if you live within the Hartford area or outside of Connecticut or 800-842-8222 if you live in other areas of Connecticut.
Where do I take my CT Driving Exam?
The answer to this question varies depending on where you completed your driving training. If you completed your training through a commercial school or at home, you can take your test at a local DMV office. Otherwise, you can take your CT Driving Exam at a secondary driver's training school.
Do I need to know how to parallel park?
Yes. You will need to know how to parallel park as you will be required to perform this maneuver on your CT Driving Exam.
Is there anything I should do the night before my CT Driving Exam?
The night before your CT Driving Exam, you should practice driving with a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. You should make sure you get a good night's rest.
Do I need to supply my own car for my CT Driving Exam?
Yes. You must supply a vehicle for your CT Driving Exam that is in good working condition. The vehicle must also be properly insured. If you are enrolled in a driving school you may use the school's vehicle.
Taking Your CT Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Does anyone need to accompany me to my CT Driving Exam?
If you are under 18, your parent, legal guardian or driving instructor should accompany you to your CT Driving Exam.
Are there any tips that I should follow to help me pass my CT Driving Exam?
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your CT Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane.
Are there any common mistakes that I should avoid making?
You should avoid driving dangerously, driving too quickly, hitting other objects, forgetting to signal, rolling stops and parking incorrectly.
Do I have to parallel park on my CT Driving Exam?
Yes. You will need to parallel park for your CT Driving Exam.
Are there any maneuvers I should expect to complete on my CT Driving Exam?
On your CT Driving Exam, you will have to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to approach an intersection, parallel park, yield the right-of-way, back up effectively and safely and follow cars at a safe distance. The examiner will also want to make sure you maintain the proper posture for driving a vehicle.
Am I allowed to wear my contacts or glasses?
Yes. If you wear contacts or glasses regularly to be able to see, you should most definitely wear your contacts or glasses for your CT Driving Exam.
Who is allowed to be in the car with me during my CT Driving Exam?
Only you and your examiner are allowed to be in the vehicle with you during the CT Driving Exam.
What happens if I fail my CT Driving Exam?
If you fail, you will not receive your license. You will need to wait a period of 14 days before you can retake the CT Driving Exam. You will need to pay another $40 fee. Do not rush retaking your CT Driving Exam if you have failed. Pay attention to what your examiner has identified as your weaknesses and work upon improving your driving skills before you take the test again.
After You Have Passed The CT Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What happens after I pass my CT Driving Exam?
After you have passed your CT Driving Exam, you will receive your CT Driver's License.
If I am under 18 will there be any limitations on my license?
If you are under 18, during the first 6 months after receiving your license, you will only be allowed to drive with your parents, your driving instructor, or a licensed driver who is 20 years old or older. After this initial six month period, you will be able to drive with members of your immediate family. Additionally, throughout this year, you will not be able to drive between 12 AM and 5 AM.
Are there any limitations on my license if I am older than 18 years old or older?
No. There are restrictions on your license if you are older than 18.
Do I need to get car insurance?
In CT, you need to carry liability insurance that is worth at least $20,000 for bodily injury of one person.
What documents do I need to apply for CT car insurance?
To get started, all you'll need is a driver's license and a vehicle. Other documents that are necessary vary depending on what insurance company you choose to use.
How much does CT car insurance cost?
The price varies depending on your age, your driving history, your car class and other factors.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers in CT?
New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Renewing Your CT Driver's License
How can I renew my CT Driver's license once it has expired?
To renew your CT Driver's License, you will need to visit your local DMV office or at AAA location. Visit this website for more information about eligible locations and what documents you will need to do so: http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=808&q=244586
Do I need to retake the written test in order to renew my CT Driver's license?
No. You do not need to retake the written test or a driving exam.
Do I need to retake the eye exam when I renew my CT Driver's License?
Unless you or a physician recommend it, you do not need to take another vision test when you renew your license.
What If You're Moving To CT Or Just Visiting
Do I have to pass the CT road test when I move to CT from another state?
No. You do not have to pass the CT road test as long as you possess a valid out-of-state driver's license. You must surrender your previous license and pay the fee of $125 to convert your license.
Is my out-of-state learner's permit valid in CT?
Yes. CT will recognize valid out-of-state permits. You will need to follow the laws of your home state and Connecticut.
How long can I drive in CT with my out-of-state license?
As long as you do not become a CT resident, you are allowed to drive with a valid out-of-state license for as long as you like.
Am I allowed to drive in CT with my out-of-country license?
You are allowed to drive with your out-of-country license for up to 1 year as long as your out-of-country license is still valid. Question Category