How to Get a CT Learner's Permit for International Students


In order to get your Learner's Permit in Connecticut you must be 16. You may schedule your permit for your 16th birthday or later. A permit test can be taken before or after you sign up for driver’s education classes. If you don’t have your permit, book now because the DMV regularly books out on average of 2 months.

First you need to schedule your permit test. DMV requires you to do this online. Just enter the correct information based off your citizenship status.

Test Day Preparation
The permit test has two parts, a vision test and a knowledge test that consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. Unfortunately there’s not much we can do to help you pass your vision part, but we have more than enough material to help you pass with flying colors on the written part! Click here for our FREE Permit Prep eBook!

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Obtaining a Connecticut permit with an international citizenship requires a lot of paperwork - sorry! Before making the trip out to the DMV, make sure you have all the required documents! If you get to the DMV and are missing only one item, you will immediately be turned away and have to reschedule. Rescheduling would then typically be another 1-2 month wait for another appointment. Download this checklist to keep with all your documents or check out the list below:

  • U.S. Passport OR Birth Certificate (Must be original. Cannot be laminated!)
  • Social Security Card (Must be original. Cannot be laminated!)
  • 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.
  • 2 Pieces of Mail for Proof of Address. (Mail must be addressed to the person applying for a license and the physical address that will be on your license! No PO Boxes! Mail must have bar code and have been postmarked within 90 days of test date!)
  • Form I-20 (what is this?)
  • Form I-94
  • Official School Transcript
  • Official School Letter (Letter that’s on a school letterhead, signed by a school official, that states you are officially enrolled and in good standing with the school.)


With the CT DMV booking so far out, you will want to do everything you can to pass the permit test on your first try. At The Next Street, we believe it is our job to take the stress out of the licensing process; it should be easy on you! Check out our free eBook that includes Learner's Permit Practice Tests. 

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