DMV: Driver Training Options - 16-and 17-Year-Olds

Driver Training Requirements

16-and 17-Year-Olds


Holiday Schedule: DMV customer service centers will close for the Memorial Day holiday on Friday, May 27 at 12:30 p.m. and reopen Tuesday, May 31 at 7:45 a.m.  
All AAA offices will be open to process renewals for driver licenses and non-driver ID cards during their normal business hours on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28.  AAA offices will be closed on Monday, May 30.


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 at a commercial or secondary driving school, which includes the Safe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training

30 hours classroom training at a commercial or secondary driving school, which includes the Safe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training

22 hour classroom training, plus:

8-hour Safe Driving Practices course at commercial or 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 or 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 (under 18) 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.

PARENTS:  Download training log for home training of your teen driver


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

If you attend a commercial or secondary school:

  • 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:
  • Receive 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 the 40 hours of 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-and 17-year-old students.)   

All applicants must present the CS-1 certificate at the time of testing.

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