DMV: Special Operator's Permit (Work Permit)

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for Special Operator's Permit

("Work Permit/Education Permit")


Holiday Closing:  On Thursday, November 22, DMV offices will be closed to observe the Thanksgiving Day holiday.  Offices will reopen on Friday, November 23, at 7:45 a.m. 


Motorists with a suspended driver's license can apply for a special operatorís permit to drive to and from work or attend classes or examinations at accredited institutions of higher education.

If approved, the permit must be carried with you during operation of a motor vehicle and all restrictions must be followed.

To apply for a Special Operator's Permit:


Work Permit

Education Permit

  • Complete an Application for Special Permit for Higher Education (form P-225).
  • Obtain a certified copy of your class and examination schedule clearly identifying the days, hours and geographic locations of your classes.
  • Complete a copy of a release under the Family Educations Rights and Privacy. You may obtain this form from your accredited institution of higher learning or private occupational school.
  • See additional application information below.
All applications Ė additional instructions:
  • All applications must be mailed and have original signatures.
  • DMV will verify your application and review your driving record as part of the application process.  Applicants must meet qualifications list below.
  • Out-of-State Drivers:  If you are licensed in another state, you  must provide a recent certified copy of your driving record from that jurisdiction.  DMV does not accept driving records from private vendors.
  • A non-refundable $100 application fee must accompany each permit request.  Please make the check or money order payable to "DMV", and mail to:
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver Services Division
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT  06161-2525

Normal processing time is 10 business days from the date the Driver Services Division receives your correspondence.


To qualify for a special operatorís permit, you must:

  • Not have a current suspension for failure to appear/pay a citation.
  • Not have on your driving history, 3 or more moving violations as specified in Connecticut State Law Ė Section 14-111g(a).
  • Not have a prior alcohol related offense.
  • Not have a current suspension for Operating While License is Under Suspension, 14-215.
  • Not have on your driving history, 2 or more moving violations if you have a current suspension of Reckless Driving 14-222, Evading Responsibility, 14-223b or 14-224.
  • Not have a violation of Vehicular Manslaughter, 53a-56b or Vehicular Assault, 53a-60d.
  • Not operate a commercial or public service motor vehicle.  
When driving with a Special Operator's Permit, please remember the following:
  • Special Operator's Permits are subject to strict standards for approval and use.
  • You cannot operate a motor vehicle until you receive the Special Operator's Permit issued by DMV.
  • Misuse of a permit, conviction of a traffic citation or a license suspension while operating under a permit, may result in substantially enhanced penalties.
  • Driving Outside Connecticut:   If you intend to operate outside of Connecticut, you must check with law enforcement in that state to determine if a Connecticut permit is honored.
    For more information, please call DMV's Driver Services Division at (860) 263-5720.
For more information, please call DMV's Driver Services Division at (860) 263-5720.


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