This Step: Take Driver Training
Take Driver Training in Connecticut
Drivers education and driver training requirements include:
- Commercial Driving School―30 hours classroom training (including Safe Driving Practices course and two hours of parent training)
- High School (Secondary) Driver Education―30 hours classroom training (including Safe Driving Practices course and two hours of parent training)
- Home Training―22 hours classroom-type training, an eight-hour Safe Driving Practices course (including two hours of parent/legal guardian training)
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A) Get On the Road
No matter which route you choose to complete driver training, you must also clock 40 hours of driving practice. This behind-the-wheel training can be given by any combo of commercial, secondary and parental instruction.
Learner’s Permit Restrictions
You cannot have passengers with you except for:
- A licensed driving instructor who’s giving instructions OR
- A person who’s giving instructions and is at least 20 years old, had held a driver’s license for at least four consecutive years and whose license hasn’t been suspended in the 4 years leading up to training
- Your parents or legal guardian, at least one of whom has a valid driver’s license
Permit holders and newly licensed drivers (16 and 17 years old) must abide by the following additional restrictions:
- You and all your passengers must wear a seat belt
- You CANNOT drive between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless traveling for employment, school, religious activities, medical necessity, or if you are an assigned driver in the Safe Ride Program
- You CANNOT drive any vehicle that requires a public passenger transportation permit or a van pool vehicle
- You CANNOT use a cell phone (including hands-free) or mobile electronic device while driving
- Your passenger must hold a valid driver license and have a minimum of one year driving experience
B) Get Proof of Driver Education and Training Completion
Upon completion, your Connecticut licensed driving school will issue you a CS-1 Driver Education Certificate. Hang on to this so you can submit it with the other required documents and fees when you apply for a drivers license.