DMV: 48-Hour License Suspension for 16 and 17-Year Old Drivers for Certain Moving Violations

48-Hour License Suspension for 16-and 17-Year-Old Drivers

for Certain Moving Violations

Holiday Schedule: DMV customer service centers will close for the Memorial Day holiday on Friday, May 27 at 12:30 p.m. and reopen Tuesday, May 31 at 7:45 a.m.  
All AAA offices will be open to process renewals for driver licenses and non-driver ID cards during their normal business hours on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28.  AAA offices will be closed on Monday, May 30.


Under Connecticut law, 16 or 17-year-olds who commit certain moving violations will have their driversí licenses seized by a police officer for 48 hours.  In addition, the police officer is authorized to remove the vehicle from the scene.   Sixteen and 17-year-olds would lose their license if they are cited for:

  • Violating any of the driving restrictions that apply after licensure.
  • Driving 20 miles per hour or more above a posted speed limit.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Driving recklessly.
  • Racing a motor vehicle on a public highway.
The driverís license would be considered suspended for that 48-hour period.  In order to regain possession of the license after the 48-hour period, the teen and their parent or legal guardian must go to the police department and sign a written statement acknowledging the license has been returned. 

Content Last Modified on 7/29/2015 12:23:44 PM