✅ Updated January 2022

Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver license at the Connecticut DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need to Get your Connecticut DMV Driver License

You'll need the following documents to get your Connecticut driver's license:

  • (2) Proofs of identity - at least (1) from Primary Documents
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of Residency
  • Legal Presence in the U.S. - (for Non-U.S. born)
  • Name Change documents (if applicable)
  • A fully completed R-229 form application
  • The CS-1 Driver Education Certificate - original document

You may want to view this Document Checklist from the Department of Motor Vehicle to ensure that your documents will be accepted


Connecticut DMV Driver License: What You’ll Do

  • Step 1: Apply for a Learner’s Permit
  • Step 2: Take an 8-hour Safe Driving Practices Course
    • You can take it at any time, but you must take it before taking the on-the-road skills test
    • It can be taken through a commercial or secondary driving school
  • Step 3: Take an On-the-Road Skills Test (after holding your permit for the required amount of time - 90 Days prior to exam)
    • Schedule a Road Test Appointment Online
    • Bring the following to your road test appointment
      • A print-out of your road test appointment confirmation page
      • A fully completed R-229 form application
      • Your learner's permit
      • A properly registered and insured vehicle

Step 4: Pass the skills test and receive your new license in the mail

Caveats and Exceptions to Getting your Connecticut Driver License

  • Provide valid/unexpired, original documents, or certified copies. Photocopies, notarized photocopies, non-certified copies, and damaged or mutilated documents are not acceptable. DMV will scan and store images of all documents.
    • Road testing is offered at the following DMV offices: Bridgeport, Danbury, Enfield, Hamden, Old Saybrook, Waterbury, Wethersfield and Willimantic.
    • Individuals arriving in the U.S. with an I-94 stamp in your passport must visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website www.cbp.gov/I94 to obtain a hard copy of your I-94 document. This document must be presented to the DMV along with all other required documents.
    • You will not receive a learner's permit or permanent driver license at a DMV office. It will arrive through the mail. After visiting an office, you can track the delivery of your new card.
    • Need a REAL ID?  Then visit our Connecticut REAL ID page to find out what is required.

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