Teens' Frequently Asked Questions
SERVICE ADVISORY: DMV will close for the Labor Day holiday as usual on Friday, Sept. 4, at 12:30 p.m. and will not have its half-day office hours the next day, Saturday. This follows contractual agreements related to state and federal holidays that occur on Mondays as Labor Day does. Offices will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 8, at 7:45 a.m.
I just turned 18 years old. Do I have to get a learner's permit?
Can I walk in to a DMV office at any time and take my learner's permit knowledge test?
No. Learner's permit tests are by appointment only and you must
use DMV's new online service
to schedule your knowledge exam and make your payment.
How do I schedule an appointment for my driver's test?
You must first pass the learner's permit knowledge test before scheduling your on-the-road skills test. Once you pass the knowledge test, you may schedule your on-the-road skills test
What if I fail my on-the-road skills test?
If you fail the road test
you must wait a minimum of two weeks (14 days) before taking the road test again and must pay another $40.00 testing fee.
Can I use my permit to drive in another state?
A Connecticut Learner's Permit is valid in Connecticut and may be recognized in another state. Please check with the jurisdiction that you will driving in to determine thier laws with respect to other permits.
Can I use my out-of-state permit in Connecticut?
If you are at least 16 years of age are not a resident of this state, you may drive here with your out-of-state permit adhering to the same restrictions that have been placed on your permit, and following Connecticut's restrictions for learner's permits. You must be under the instruction of a licensed driver who has held a license for at least four years.
How can I get a Connecticut Sample Plate?
Please see sample plates
Once I turn 16 years old, how long do I have to wait before taking my driver's test?
Please see obtaining a Connecticut license for the first time
What is the legal age to obtain a learner's permit or driver's license in Connecticut?
The legal age is 16 years old for both a learner's permit and a driver's license.
Do you need a driver's license to drive a moped?
Yes, you must have a valid driver's license.