Teens' Frequently Asked Questions
SERVICE UPDATE: As DMV transitions to a new, online-only appointment system for road tests, DMV will stop taking road test appointments on October 21 and October 23, and will resume October 24 with its new convenient online system. See more information here.
I just turned 18 years old. Do I have to get a learner's permit?
Can I walk in to a DMV office at any time and take my learner's permit knowledge test?
No. Learner's permit tests are by appointment only and you must
use DMV's online service
to schedule your knowledge exam and make your payment.
How do I schedule an appointment for my on-the-road driver's test?
You must first pass the learner's permit knowledge test before scheduling your on-the-road skills test. Once you pass the knowledge test, you may schedule your on-the-road skills test
Does the DMV offer any sample knowledge tests to study for my test?
What if I fail my on-the-road skills test?
If you fail the road test
you must wait a minimum of two weeks (14 days) before taking the road test again and must pay another $40.00 testing fee.
Can I use my permit to drive in another state?
A Connecticut Learner's Permit is valid in Connecticut and may be recognized in another state. Please check with the jurisdiction that you will driving in to determine thier laws with respect to other permits.
Can I use my out-of-state permit in Connecticut?
If you are at least 16 years of age and are not a resident of this state, you may drive here with your out-of-state permit adhering to the same restrictions that have been placed on your permit, and following Connecticut's restrictions for learner's permits. You must be under the instruction of a licensed driver who has held a license for at least four years.
Once I turn 16 years old, how long do I have to wait before taking my driver's test?
Please see obtaining a Connecticut license for the first time
What is the legal age to obtain a learner's permit or driver's license in Connecticut?
The legal age is 16 years old for both a learner's permit and a driver's license.
Do you need a driver's license to drive a moped?
Yes, you must have a valid driver's license.