DMV: Driver's License - 16/17 - Obtaining

Requirements for 16-and 17-Year-Olds to Obtain a License
Before a 16-or 17-year-old begins to practice driving in Connecticut, he or she must obtain a learner's permit.

Learner's permit testing is offered by appointment only at the following DMV offices: Bridgeport, Cheshire, Danbury, Hamden, Norwalk, Waterbury, Wethersfield and Willimantic. Make your appointment here.

Driver Training Options

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

Commercial Driving School

High School (Secondary) 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 Safe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training

22 hour classroom type training, and an 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's permit holders are eligible to apply for a driver's 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 Connecticut licensed commercial/secondary driving school to be eligible to take the test after holding the permit for only 120 days. Please see more detailed information on  driver training requirements .

Once you have completed the required driver training and have held your permit at least 120 days (commercial/secondary) or 180 days (home-training) you are ready to continue the testing process, which includes a road test.

Taking the Road Test at a DMV Office

If you have a learner's permit and were home trained, or attended a commercial school that does not offer testing, you must take your road test at a DMV Branch Office. 


PLEASE NOTE:  Road testing is only offered at DMV Hub Offices  (except the Norwalk office).


To do so, follow these  five easy steps:

1.   Make an appointment to take the road test by calling the DMV Phone Center . You do not have to return to the same office where the learner's permit was issued.  
2.  When you come to the DMV, you must bring the following items:

3.  When you and your qualified trainer arrive at the DMV, you present the appropriate documents and your qualified trainer signs the Application for Driver License (form R-229) attesting to the fulfillment of all training requirements in the presence of a DMV agent.

4.   Once you pass the road test you are eligible for your driver's license.
5.   If you fail the road test:
  • You must pay the License Exam fee at the DMV office and schedule another test.
  • You must wait at least 14 days to be retested.

Taking the Road Test at a Commercial or Secondary School

If your driving school offers the road test at their facility, they will advise you when you are eligible to take the road test.  You must present the following:

Once you pass the road test you must wait 48 hours before going to the DMV Office with your passed Road Test Evaluation Report. If you fail the Road Test you must pay the License Exam Fee  and wait at least 14 days to be retested.

Content Last Modified on 12/31/2013 9:00:07 AM