How To: Get Your CT Learner's Permit


Once you turn 16 you are eligible to apply for your permit. This can be done before or after you sign up for classes but must be done before any private driving lessons can be taken. If you don’t have your permit already, book your CT permit test now. Your license testing eligibility doesn’t start until you get your permit and the DMV often books dates 2 months out!


Getting Your Permit

The first thing you have to do is schedule your permit test. The DMV requires you to have an appointment before you can take your test. To schedule your permit test, click here and enter the appropriate information where prompted.

There are two parts to the CT permit test, a knowledge test and a vision test. There’s not much we can help you with for the vision test, but we have plenty of study material available on our website for teen and adult new drivers. We also have a FREE Permit Prep eBook, which will help you throughout the entire process. You can download it here. We also have a Permit Practice Test, with questions taken straight from the DMV, that you can take here.

Eligibility Requirements

Here are some important things to know about a CT learner’s permit. A new driver must be at least 16 years old before testing for a leaner’s permit. All new drivers, regardless of age, must hold a learner’s permit before taking their license test.

  • If You Are Under 18 Years Old - Students under 18 that take the 8 Hour Safe Driving Course must hold their permit for 180 days before testing for their license. Students under 18 that take the Full Driver’s Education Course must hold their permit for 120 days before testing for their license.
  • If You Are Over 18 Years Old - Students 18 and older must hold their permit for 90 days before testing for their license.


Before making the trip to the DMV, make sure you have all of the required paperwork for your permit. If you get there and are missing something you will not be able to test and they will make you reschedule. Download our free Permit Test Requirement Checklist to make sure you've got everything you need, or view the list below:

2 Forms of Identification

  • U.S. Passport OR Birth Certificate (Must be original. Cannot be laminated!)
  • Social Security Card (Must be original. Cannot be laminated!)
  • 2 Pieces of Mail for Proof of Address (Mail must be addressed to the person applying for a license! Mail must be addressed to the physical address that will be in their license. No PO Boxes! Mail must have bar code and have been postmarked within 90 days of test date!)

International Students on a Student Visa will also be required to bring the following:

  • Social Security Letter of Denial (if you are not eligible for a SSN, you must submit a SSN denial letter request form as a second form of ID. You can obtain this from any Social Security office)
  • Form I-20
  • Form I-94
  • Official School Transcript Official School Letter (letter on school letterhead, signed by a school official that states you are officially enrolled and in good standing with the school)

DMV Fees

You will also need to bring money to pay the DMV's fees ($40 testing fee and $19 to obtain your physical Learner's Permit.) They accept cash, check, Visa, and MasterCard.

Don't forget! You can get your permit as soon as you turn 16, but you can't get your license until after you've successfully completed a driver's ed program.

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