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Frequently Asked Questions - Connecticut Teen Driver

When applying for a Connecticut driver’s license, you must meet the following requirements:

• You must have a learner’s permit for 120 days before being eligible to take the driver test if the 30 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of practice driving is taught by a commercial or secondary school.

• You must have a learner’s permit for 180 days before being eligible to take the driver test if home trained for the 22 hours of classroom instruction and 8 hours of attending a Safe Driving Practices course at a commercial or secondary school.

You and your parents must attend the two-hour parent-training course which is part of the 8-hour Safe Driving Practices course.

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.

At the Connecticut DMV, you must fill out the following forms when applicable to your situation:

• Form B307—Application for a Learner’s Permit
• Form 2-D—Certificate of Parental Consent
• Form B291—Vision Screening Report
• Form R229—Application for Non-Commercial Driver License
• Form R318—Application for Driver Education Program
• Form P147—License Surrender
• Form A62—Application for Special Permit to Operate a Motor Vehicle to and From Work

In addition to the above, there are forms to fill out if you have had an address or name change.

If you are a licensed teen driver between the ages of 16 and 17, the following restrictions apply:

• During the first six months you can only have one passenger in your vehicle who is a parent or legal guardian at least 25 years old, or a licensed driving instructor or a person who is 20 years old and has had a license for four consecutive years.

• During the second six months, you can only have passengers who are immediate family members, a licensed driving instructor or a person who is 20 years old and has had a license for four consecutive years.

• You may not operate any vehicle that is a van-pool vehicle or requires a public passenger transportation permit.

• You may not transport more passengers than the number of seat belts in the vehicle.

• You may not transport any passenger on a motorcycle for six months after obtaining a motorcycle endorsement.

The DMV has the authority to suspend a learner’s permit or driver’s license if you violate any of the teen driving restrictions.

In the State of Connecticut you must meet the following requirements to obtain a learner’s permit:

• Be between the ages of 16 and 17.
• Have permission from your parents or legal guardian or provide a notarized consent form.
• Present the documents required by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
• Pay the testing fee of $40 in cash, personal check, bank check, money order, Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card and most debt cards are accepted (third-party checks and checks drawn on a foreign bank are not acceptable and cash is not accepted at License Centers for security reasons).
• Pay the permit fee of $19 (test and permit fees must be made in two separate payments).

You do not need a learner’s permit to practice driving if you are 18 or older.

When applying for a learner’s permit, you must pass the following tests:

• The Knowledge Test—This is made up of 25 multiple-choice questions covering the rules of the road, driving safety and what you need to know before getting behind the wheel. You must answer 20 questions correctly to pass the test. The information is taken directly from the Connecticut Driver’s Manual, which can be found at any DMV office or on the Connecticut DMV website.

• The Vision Test—The eye test evaluates how clearly you can see, depth perception, color perception and how far you can see on either side while looking straight ahead. The minimum vision requirements are 20/40 in each eye with or without prescription glasses or contact lenses. Applicants who are blind in one eye must have at least 20/30 vision in the other eye.

You will have to wait seven days before retaking the test and pay the $40 fee again if you fail the knowledge test. As of August 12, 2011, all knowledge testing will only be conducted at the DMV offices in Bridgeport, Waterbury, Wethersfield and Willimantic on a walk-in basis only.

When applying for a permit, the DMV requires all applicants to have a parent or legal guardian with them or provide a notarized consent form (Form 2-D). Legal guardians are required to show a certificate of legal guardianship. To obtain a learner’s permit or driver’s license, you must provide original or certified copies that prove identity, Social Security number, Connecticut residency, legal presence in the United States and name change documents if applicable. Two forms of identification are required and one must be from the primary list.

Primary List
• United States birth certificate or registration of birth (government and hospital issued are not acceptable)
• United States passport or passport card
• Foreign passport with a United States Visa and I-94 form
• Certificate of Naturalization
• Certificate of Citizenship
• Permanent Resident Card
• Consular Report of Birth Abroad

Secondary List
• Driver’s license with photo issued by another state, a United States territory or Canada (must be surrendered)
• United States or Canadian issued learner’s permit with photo (must be surrendered)
• Connecticut non-driver identification card (must be surrendered)
• Military identification or dependent card with photo
• Connecticut firearm or pistol permit
• Military discharge papers (DD-214)
• Court order containing full name and date of birth if name has changed due to adoption, marriage or divorce
• Marriage license or Civil Union Certificate (certified copy issued by the town or city)
• Pilot’s license (issued by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration)
• School transcript or record (must be certified and school photo identification is not acceptable)
• Social Security card (metal or laminated cards are not acceptable)
• Connecticut State Department of Social Services public assistance card with photo
• Connecticut Department of Corrections (DOC) original certificate of identification (not available from the DOC unless issued when discharged)
• State or federal employee identification with photo, signature and/or physical description with or without date of birth

Legal Presence (Must be verified by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
• I-551 visa stamp in foreign passport
• Resident Alien card or Alien Registration
• Temporary Resident card
• Employment Authorization card
• Refugee Travel document
• B1/B2 Visa with Employment Authorization Card and verified Adjustment of Status Application
• F1 Visa with I-20 or Employment Authorization Card
• J1 Visa with DS-2019 document

Connecticut Residency (Must show your name, address, be computer-generated and dated within 90 days)
• Bank statement or transaction receipt with bank name and mailing address
• Pre-printed pay stub with employer’s name and address
• W-2 form, property or excise tax bill, Social Security Administration (SSA) or other pension or retirement annual benefits summary statement (dated within the last year)
• Medicare or Medicaid benefit statement
• Current homeowner’s, renter’s or motor vehicle insurance police (dated within the last year)
• Current motor vehicle loan statement (motor vehicle must be registered in your name)
• Residential mortgage, rental or lease contract (dated within the last year)
• First-class mail
• Connecticut voter registration card
• Change of address confirmation from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) showing your prior and current address (Form CNL107)
• Survey of your Connecticut property (must be issued by a licensed surveyor)
• Connecticut handgun permit
• Official school records showing enrollment

The parents or legal guardian may provide any two residency documents that are addressed to the parents residing at the same address to prove residency of the minor.

Teens who want to obtain a learner’s permit should complete a Connecticut Driver’s Education course. This will help you learn the rules of the road, safe driving techniques and help you become a responsible and attentive driver. Most insurance companies offer at least a 10 percent discount to teen drivers who have successfully completed an approved driver’s education course.

The State of Connecticut has the following restrictions that apply to 16 and 17 year-old drivers:

Learner’s Permit
You must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or qualified trainer at all times.

Driver’s License Passenger Restrictions
For the first six months, you may only drive with the following people:

• A licensed driving instructor
• A person who is at least 20 years old and has had a driver’s license for four consecutive years
• Your parents or legal guardian who has a valid driver’s license

For the remaining six months, you can also drive with immediate family members.

Driver’s License Curfew Restrictions
You are not allowed to drive between the hours of 11 pm and 5 am unless it is for one of the following reasons:

• You are driving to or from you place of employment.
• You are driving to or from school or school-sponsored event.
• You are driving to or from a religious event.
• You are driving due to a medical emergency.

Driver’s License Cell Phone Restrictions
You are prohibited from using any type of mobile electronic device while driving until age 18, including a hands-free device.

Anyone who has a valid Connecticut learner’s permit can practice driving with his or her parents, legal guardian or a licensed instructor. The individual must be at least 20 years old and has had a driver’s license for four consecutive years.