This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Connecticut
Teens drivers who are 16 and 17 need a learner's permit before the state will hand you a driver's license. For those 18 or older, you can skip this step and start practicing driving. No matter how old you are, it's always a good idea to study the state driver's manual before getting behind the wheel.
A) Study the Connecticut Driver's Manual
Get your hands on the Connecticut Driver's Manual to begin preparing for the DMV's 25-question knowledge test. Here you'll find Connecticut traffic laws, road signs, safe driving practice and more.
B) Ace a Few DMV Practice Tests
Take multiple online practice permit tests before you head to a Connecticut DMV office to take your written exam. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual learner’s permit test.
C) Gather Required Documents and Permit Fees
With parent or legal-guardian permission, 16 and 17 year olds can go to any full-service CT DMV office to take the written learner’s permit test. Be sure you have:
- Proof of Social Security number (card, letter from the SSA or recent W-2 Form)
- Notarized Parent Consent Form 2-D*(if your parent or legal guardian won’t be at the DMV with you)
- Proof of Connecticut residency (postmarked mail dated within 90 days, official school transcript, etc.)
- Proof of full legal name (if different than what appears on your birth certificate or passport)
*For more on the requirements for parental consent, see the state’s page on additional info on learner’s permit identity documents.
D) Take the CT Learner’s Permit Exam
With your parent or legal guardian, required documents and fees, head to any full-service CT DMV office. Look online for the nearest branch.
During your visit you’ll take the 25-question learner’s permit knowledge test and a vision test. If you fail the written exam, you can retest in seven days. Keep in mind you’ll have to pay the test fee again.