DMV: Adult Learner's Permit - Obtaining

Obtaining an Adult Learnerís Permit
(for 18 years of age or older)
Anyone 18 years of age or older must obtain an adult learnerís permit before obtaining a driver's license.  An adult learner's permit is valid for two years.
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.
The adult learnerís permit must be held for at least 90 days prior to taking the on-the-road skills test and is required to practice driving on the road. Individuals exempt from this 90-day requirement are:
  • Active duty military - stationed out-of-state - must provide orders and military ID card.
  • Any teen permit holder that held a Learner Permit for more than 90 days that expired on their 18th birthday and now is applying for an adult Learner Permit.
  • Any customer that held a driver's license in the past.  This includes individuals who have held an out-of-state driver's license, US territory or out-of-country license.  Must provide expired license or abstract from previous state or country.
What to do:
What it will cost:
  • $40 testing fee Ė covers vision, knowledge and road tests.
  • $19 for learnerís permit.
After you receive your learnerís permit, please complete the following steps to obtain a driverís license:
  • The learnerís permit must be held for at least 90 days prior to taking the on-the-road skills test unless you fall under the exemptions listed above.
  • When driving, the permit holder must be accompanied by a qualified trainer.  A qualified trainer is defined as a person 20 years of age or older who has been licensed to operate a motor vehicle for at least four consecutive years with no suspensions.
  • Applicants must complete the 8-hour Safe Driving Practices Course prior to taking the on-the-road skills test. This course can be taken through a commercial or secondary driving school. 
  • Proof of course completion (Form CS-1) must be presented at time of road test.
  • Contact DMV Phone Center to schedule your road test when you feel prepared to take it. 
For individuals requiring hearing interpreter services:

Please visit the office where your appointment is scheduled prior to your appointment date so we can schedule a date and time for hearing interpreter services from the Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired.  A new appointment date and time will then be scheduled according to the availability of the hearing interpreter services.

Content Last Modified on 3/6/2014 1:58:04 PM