Obtaining an Adult Learnerís Permit
(for 18 years of age or older)
HOLIDAY CLOSING: On Friday, April 3, all DMV offices will be closed to observe the Good Friday holiday. Most offices will reopen on Saturday, April 4. See specific offices and hours here.
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.
DRIVE ONLY APPLICANTS: If you would like to apply for a Drive Only License (for undocumented individuals), please follow these instructions.
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.
Required Classroom Training
Before taking the on-the-road skills test, you will be required to take an 8-hour Safe Driving Practices Course. If you had a Connecticut Driver's License and it has been expired for 2 years or more, you are not required to take the 8-hour Safe Driving Practices Course.
If you are required to take the 8-hour Safe Driving Practices Course:
- You can take it at any time, but you must take it before taking the on-the-road skills test.
- It can be taken through a commercial or secondary driving school.
- Proof of course completion (Form CS-1) must be presented at the time of the road test.
Exchange of an ID for a Learner's Permit
If you have a Connecticut-issued non-driver identification card, you have the option to surrender and exchange it
without bringing all of your identity documents to DMV. If you do not have a Connecticut ID card, follow the instructions below.
What to do to get your Adult Learner's Permit:
What it will cost (fees are paid online when your appointment is scheduled):
- $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.
- 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.
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