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Getting a Learner's Permit

Preparing to be a Connecticut motorist

Getting a Learner's Permit

Preparing to be a Connecticut motorist
Please note:
Effective January 1, 2020, the "e-check" payment option will no longer be available when scheduling your learner's permit test.
Who needs a learner’s permit?

The first step towards obtaining a Connecticut driver’s license is getting a learner’s permit. Once a learner’s permit has been issued, the new driver can begin practicing. Residents 16 years of age and older can apply for a learner’s permit. Adult learner’s permits are available for adults 18 years of age and older.

If you already have a driver’s license from a different U.S. state or territory, Germany, Canada, or France, you can transfer your license to Connecticut without getting a learner’s permit.

NOTE: If your driver's license has been expired for two or more years, you will be required to complete all testing requirements again. This includes obtaining a learner’s permit and successful completion of a road test. For more information, visit: Obtaining a License for the First Time

Step-by-step guides tailored for you
General information
Knowledge and vision test

All new driver’s must pass knowledge and vision tests to get their learner’s permit.

To take the knowledge and vision learner’s permit tests, you need to make an appointment at one of the DMV offices below.

Make an appointment

Resources to study for the learner’s permit knowledge test
When you’ll get your card

You will not receive a learner's permit or permanent driver license at a DMV office. It will arrive through the mail within 20 days. For more on this, please see Central Issuance.  

After visiting an office to apply for your learner’s permit, you can track the delivery of your new card.