DMV: Driver Training Options

Driver Training Requirements

 

You must be 16 years old before beginning driver education.

 

If you obtained a learner's permit, the following training may be combined to meet the requirements:

 

Commercial Driving School

Secondary School Driver Education

Home Training

30 hours classroom training, which includes the Safe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training

 

30 hours classroom training, which includes the S afe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training

 

22 hour classroom training, plus:

 

8 hour Safe Driving Practices course at commercial/secondary school which includes 2 hour parent/legal guardian training

 

40 hours practice driving*

 

 

40 hours practice driving*

 

40 hours practice driving*

*40 hour practice driving (behind-the-wheel) may be given by any combination of commercial/secondary/parent instruction.  Learner permit holders are eligible to apply for a driver license after they have held the permit for at least 120 or 180 days.  You must receive at least 30 hours classroom and 8 hours behind-the-wheel practice driving with a CT licensed commercial/secondary driving school to be eligible to take the test after holding the permit for only 120 days.

 

 

Home Training:  

The driving practice must be given by a Qualified Trainer. 

  • Qualified Trainers (eligible to train and sign a form under penalty of false statement attesting to applicant’s fulfillment of all driver education requirements) must be 20 or older, held a driver license for at least 4 years with no suspensions during past 4 years and can include:
    • spouse of married minor applicant, or
    • parent, grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian, or
    • if applicant has no spouse, parent, grandparent, foster parent or guardian who is qualified & available:  stepparent, brother, sister, uncle or aunt, by blood or marriage

Parent/legal guardian must attend 2 hour parent training with 16-17 year old permit holder before the teen can be tested for a license. 

Two Hour Parent Training

Connecticut law requires that one parent or legal guardian be available and take a 2 hour parent training at a commercial driving school before a teen is eligible for a driver license.  If your parent or legal guardian is unable to attend the 2 hour parent training, you will not be eligible for a Connecticut driver license until you reach age 18.

 

Driver License Eligibility Date

When will I be eligible to take the road test to obtain my driver license?

 

      ·      If you attend a commercial or secondary school for:

    • the entire 30 hours classroom portion of driver training including the 8-hour safe driving practices class (including the 2-hour parent training class) and
    • receive a minimum of 8 hours practice driving (behind-the-wheel) from them

You must have a learner permit for at least 120 days before you are eligible to take the road test for your driver license.

 

  • If you are home trained by :
    • receiving the equivalent of 22 hours of classroom training
    • attend a commercial or secondary school for the 8 hour safe driving practices class (including the 2 hour parent training) and
    • receive all of your practice driving (behind-the-wheel) from a qualified home trainer

You must have a learner permit for at least 180 days before you are eligible to take the test for your driver license.

 

Driver Education Certificate (form CS-1)  

A driver education certificate (form CS-1) will be issued by a CT licensed driving school after completion of the training course. The certificate will certify the completion of 30 hours of classroom and 8 hours behind-the- wheel driving; or 8 hours only of Safe Driving Practices course. (2 hours of parent training is included in these courses for 16 & 17 year old students)   

 

All applicants must present the CS1 certificate at the time of testing.

 





Content Last Modified on 5/26/2011 9:41:58 AM