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  • Connecticut Driver’s License Guide

  • Contents Table of

    Starting the Journey

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    4

    Getting Your First Connecticut License

    Replacing Your License

    Official Forms

    Getting a Connecticut ID Card

    Starting the Journey

    Updating Your License Information

    Renewing Your License

    Reinstating Your License

    Vehicle Safety Tips

    DMV Hours and Locations

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  • Starting the Journey

    Getting your driver’s license in Connecticut requires that you prepare slightly before embarking on the adventure. That is where we come in, we are here to help you know exactly what it is you need to prepare and how to prepare it properly.

    This process will only take a small amount of your time, if you know how to approach it strategically. The guide is organized towards ensuring that you are able to get through the kinds of driving services you need to complete, as easily as possible. The guide features information regarding everything from obtaining your learner permit, driver’s license or ID card to how to renew, replacing or changing these items. We will make getting ready to drive on the friendly Connecticut roads fast and easy, so enjoy as we make life a bit less complicated.

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  • All Drivers You must also remember that the roads are not always safe. Therefore, it is in your best interest to prepare for whatever may your way before you begin driving. When you begin driving, you not only take on the responsibility for your safety, but you also take on the responsibility of the safety your passengers and all passengers in the vehicles around you. Therefore, in order to best prepare yourself to take on that responsibility, it is always wise to obtain your learner’s permit to learn to drive properly. It is important to note that you will only be able to make an appointment to obtain your learner’s permit at these select DMV offices:

    Bridgeport

    Cheshire

    Danbury

    Hamden

    Norwalk

    Old Saybrook

    Waterbury

    Wethersfield

    Make an appointment with the DMV office.

    • You can make an appointment online here.

    Hand over your photo ID card.

    If you would like to understand how to obtain your learner’s permit, please read the steps below:

    Documents

    OR

    Provide two proofs of your identity with the following documents:

    • Certified U.S. Birth Certificate

    • Valid U.S. passport

    Provide your Social Security Number.

    Provide two proofs of your Connecticut residency:

    • Utility bill

    • Bank statement

    Provide one proof of your legal presence:

    • Valid U.S. passport

    • 1-94 and U.S. Visa

    Willimantic

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    https://www.dmvteen.ct.gov/dmv/do-it-online

  • Provide proof of any name changes:

    • Marriage certificate

    • Marriage dissolution

    Fill out the Application for Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit and/or Driver’s License Form (R229 Form) here.

    Pass a vision test.

    Pass a written test.

    Pay a fee of $40 for your tests.

    Pay a fee of $19 for your learner’s permit.

    Find other acceptable documents to provide, here.

    Once you complete these steps, you will receive your learner’s permit from the DMV office.

    While you drive with your permit, you must have a qualified instructor accompany you, either a licensed driving instructor or a driver who is a at least 20 years old or older, that has held their driver’s license for at least four years without any suspensions during that time.

    Vision Exam

    Getting your vision checked before you obtain your learner’s permit or driver’s license is essential to ensure that you are physically capable of driving. The exam will require that you have a minimum vision of 20/40. If you fail your vision exam, you will be required to get corrective lenses. It will state on your license that you must wear corrective lenses to drive.

    Written Exam

    When it comes to obtaining your learner’s permit, you will need to take a written exam first before receiving your permit. At first, it may seem intimidating to take the exam, but once you understand how the process goes, it will be less frightening to you.

    In order to prepare for the written exam have to review all information regarding driver safety, traffic laws and all Connecticut laws. You must answer 20 questions out of the 25 total questions correct in order to pass the test. All the information you will need to study to prepare for the test can be found in the Connecticut Driver’s Manual, which you can read here.

    In the case that you fail the written test, can retake it, but will be required to wait a week to do so and you will be required to pay the exam fee of $40 again.

    If you would like to prepare for the exam, you can also practice with the sample tests provided by the Connecticut DMV office here.

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    http://www.ct.gov/dmv/lib/dmv/r-229.pdf http://www.ct.gov/dmv/lib/dmv/selectct/selectid_accpt_docs3.pdf http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=805&q=244784

  • Teen Drivers If you are a teenager, getting your driver’s license can be an important rite of passage. This guide will help you to complete the process conveniently. The guide will outline and help you to better understand each procedure you must complete. As a new driver, it is important that you carefully read each step and fully understand how everything operates. This is to ensure that you avoid any complications, but also to be sure that you are well prepared to take on your responsibilities on the road.

    Step 1: Learner’s Permit

    In order to begin your journey of attaining your license as a teen, you must first obtain your driver’s permit. Your written test result will be valid for two years after you take it, which means that you will have two years to obtain your driver’s license before your written test results expire. If you take longer than two years, you have to retake and pass the written test.

    To see what steps you must take to obtain your learner’s permit, please read the steps below:

    Make an appointment with the DMV office.

    • You can make an appointment online here.

    Hand over your photo ID card.

    OR

    Provide two proofs of your identity with the following documents:

    • Primary document:

    • Certified U.S. Birth Certificate

    • Valid U.S. passport

    Provide your Social Security Number.

    Provide two proofs of your Connecticut residency:

    • Utility bill

    • Bank statement

    Provide one proof of your legal presence:

    • Valid U.S. passport

    • 1-94 and U.S. Visa

    Provide proof of any name changes:

    • Marriage certificate

    • Marriage dissolution

    Fill out the Application for Non-Commercial Learner’s Permit and/or Driver’s License Form (R229 Form) here.

    Fill out the Certificate of Parental Consent Form (2D Form) here.

    Pass a vision test.

    Pass a written test.

    Pay a fee of $40 for your tests.

    Pay a fee of $19 for your learner’s permit.

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    https://www.dmvteen.ct.gov/dmv/do-it-online http://www.ct.gov/dmv/lib/dmv/r-229.pdf http://www.ct.gov/dmv/LIB/dmv/20/29/2-D.pdf

  • Other acceptable documents to provide can be found here.

    Once you complete the above steps, you will receive your learner’s permit and will be able to begin practicing towards obtaining your driver’s license.

    However, since you are still a minor your learner’s permit will have some restrictions until you obtain your driver’s license. Be sure to read below what these restrictions will be to prevent any issues while you practice driving.

    Learner’s Permit Restrictions

    During the time you hold your learner’s permit, you will not be allowed to carry any passengers in your vehicle, unless they are a licensed driving instructor who is providing you with instructions, or a licensed driver who is at least 20 years old and has held his or her license for four years without any suspensions during that time. Your parent/guardian is also allowed to accompany you during the time you are in a vehicle with an instructor.

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  • Step 2: Driver’s Education