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What driver’s education is required?

The Connecticut DMV requires applicants between 16 and 18 years of age to complete an approved school or commercial-based driver’s education course. Teen drivers must present proof that he or she has completed the following:

• 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training
• 30 hours of classroom instruction

A teen driver can also receive home-based training if the following conditions are met:

• The trainer is a parent, legal guardian, grandparent or spouse and the must attend a two-hour parent training course with the student.
• The trainer must certify that the driver has completed at least 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training and a minimum of 22 hours of home-based classroom instruction.
• The teen driver must also complete an eight-hour educational course from an approved secondary school or commercial driver education program with a minimum of four hours covering alcohol and drug education.

Students who are home educated must wait 180 days after receiving a learner’s permit before a license exam can be approved. They only have to wait 120 days if they graduated from an approved secondary school or commercial program. Teen drivers who are 18 and older are exempt from the driver education requirements. They can be trained by a licensed driver who is 20 years or older and has had a valid driver’s license for four consecutive years. Teen drivers who have never had a license before must attend an eight-hour driver safety course.