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.
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. Only new drivers have to take the course. If you have or have proof you had a driver's license issued by any U.S. State or Territory, Canada, Germany or France, you are exempt from the 8-hour Safe Driving Practices Course requirement.
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.
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