DMV: Testing - Road Test

Taking the Road Test

Road tests are scheduled in advance and are only offered at DMV Hub Offices (except Norwalk).

A valid learner permit must be presented at the time of the scheduled road test.


The road test must be taken no more than 2 years after passing the knowledge test.  A non-licensed operator cannot drive to the test location unless accompanied by a licensed operator.


You must supply a vehicle for the road test.


This vehicle must:

  • Be appropriate for the license class for which you are applying.
  • Be mechanically safe.
  • Have a valid registration 
  • Have proof of insurance.
  • Be in compliance with Connecticut's  limits if the vehicle has tinted windows.
If you do not have a valid driver's license you cannot test in a rented vehicle.

PLEASE NOTE: If the test vehicle is found to be in an unsafe operating condition , the behind the-wheel evaluation will NOT be conducted and the applicant will be given a no fee card for a re-test at a future date. Road tests may be conducted if minor defects are found.

On the date of your road test, you must bring the following:

  • A properly registered and insured vehicle appropriate for the type of test you are taking.
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Registration Certificate. Please verify that you have the current registration in the vehicle before you leave home and bring it into the office when you arrive for your test.
  • Connecticut Insurance card. The required proof of insurance must be in the same name as on the registration, with the exception of leased vehicles which may be in the name of the lessee. Please verify that you have the current proof of insurance in the vehicle before you leave home and bring it into the office when you arrive for your test.
  • Must present the CS1 certificate at the time of testing.
  • Out-of-State Vehicles: Individuals using an out-of-state registered vehicle must bring proof of the vehicle's insurance (declaration page or insurance policy).  Liability limits meeting Connecticut minimum requirements of 20/40/10 are required.
  • License Fee:  The fee for your license, will be either $72 or $84, depending on the number of years the license will be valid (from five and one-half to seven years), which depends on your date of birth. See acceptable forms of payment.
  • Valid learner permit.

The road test evaluates:

  • Safe condition of the test vehicle.
  • Ability to properly adjust seat, mirror, seat belts ("preparing to drive").
  • Response to traffic control signs and signals, signaling, interaction with other motorists (yielding right-of-way, response to emergency vehicles).
  • Backing and parking.
  • Proficiency in basic driving skills such as turns.
  • Other driver maneuvers at the direction of the inspector/license agent.

The road test generally takes 15 to 20 minutes.

Failing the Road 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 testing fee.
  • Test results are valid for 2 years.
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Content Last Modified on 2/19/2014 2:56:55 PM