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The Connecticut DMV has started a Drive Only program for undocumented individuals who are 16 and older and cannot establish their legal presence in the United States or may not have a Social Security number. The process involves applying for a learner's permit that can then lead to a Drive-Only license. Learner's permits are now required of all new license applicants regardless of age. The Drive Only license program is authorized under Public Act 2013-89.
In accordance with state law, the purpose of the Drive Only license program is to improve public safety and to try to ensure that all drivers are tested, know how to drive and understand the rules and laws for driving. A Drive Only license is not valid for federal identification purposes, and cannot be used to vote.
The vision and knowledge testing for the Drive Only license is by appointment only. No walk-in service is provided. Once an applicant passes the vision and knowledge tests at a DMV office, he or she will receive a learner's permit by mail.
Those 18 and older must hold the permit for 90 days, while 16 and 17 year-olds have special training requirements and must hold the permit for a longer period of time. A road test is taken after having the learner's permit for the required time for training.
The written knowledge test will be offered in the following languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Polish. Mandarin will also be available shortly.
DMV will not accept out-of-state transfers of Drive Only licenses at this time. More information will follow on out-of-state transfers of Drive Only licenses.
Key Points About the Program:
Who is eligible:
- Undocumented residents who cannot establish legal presence in the United States and are at least 16 years-old.
- Undocumented residents who may not have a Social Security number and are at least 16 years-old.
Who is NOT eligible: