Getting your Connecticut driver’s license requires you, regardless of your age, to complete the Graduated Driver’s License program to gain full driving privileges.
The GDL program includes a few steps:
The learner’s permit is the first step toward getting your adult driver’s license. In Connecticut, you’re able to get your permit as early as 16 years of age. If you would like to know more about this part of the licensing process, we recommend that you read our in-depth Connecticut learner’s permit guide.
As its name suggests, the teen Connecticut driver’s license is for teenagers 16 years or older looking to get their license. While you have a learner’s permit, there are a few things you must do before applying for your teen license.
You have two options for completing driver training:
Whether you decide to go with a driving school or home training, you will need to complete 40 hours of behind-the-wheel practice.
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If you are trained at a driving school, you will need to hold your permit for 120 days. Those who are home-trained will need to hold the permit for 180 days.
You will need to schedule and take a road test. The road test will examine your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle in the state of Connecticut.
You will be tested on your ability to perform core driving maneuvers such as three-point turns, maintaining a safe following distance, left/right turns, and more. Your test administrator will ultimately test you on your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle as well as your control and observance of road conditions.
You will face the following restrictions:
Once you turn 18, your license will automatically upgrade to a full, unrestricted adult driver’s license. You won’t need to undergo a separate application process for this transition.
Apply for the Adult Learner’s Permit and hold it for at least 90 days. To obtain the permit, pass a vision and knowledge test, and complete an eight-hour Safe Driving Practices Course.
After meeting the permit holding period and other requirements, you can schedule your road test.
You’ll need to bring your learner’s permit, proof of completing the 8-hour safe driving course, and a properly registered and insured vehicle, along with the personal documents we mentioned above.
Upon passing the road test, there is a fee of $72.00 for the license. After successfully passing, you will receive a temporary card. Your permanent license will be mailed to you after successful completion of these tasks within 20 days.
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