Driver Training Program
Welcome to the Driver Training Program for Persons with
Disabilities. Prior to 2011, this program was a part of the Connecticut
Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Since its beginning in August 1945 training Connecticut World
War II veterans, the program has expanded to include any qualified permanent
Connecticut resident who requires special equipment in order to operate a motor
vehicle. This is the only state-operated program of this type in the U.S. There
is no charge for this training.
You may be
eligible for the Driver Training Program (DTP) if you:
Are a permanent Connecticut resident;
Have a physical disability which requires
special equipment to operate a motor vehicle;
Received medical clearance from the DMV Driver Services Division
Complied with the DMV
residency, vision screening, knowledge testing and driver education
Are able to independently transfer from your wheelchair (if you
use one) to the driver’s seat of the DTP training vehicle. Or, we will provide
the training in your own specially-equipped vehicle that has already been
modified to accommodate your wheelchair. All vehicles used for training shall
be properly registered, insured, and equipped with an instructor’s
If you are a new (first time) or a
current Connecticut license holder who meets the above requirements and you wish
to participate in the program, first contact the BRS Driver Training Program for
Persons with Disabilities (DTP) at 1-800-537-2549 to have your name placed on
our waiting list for training.
Then contact the DMV Driver Services Division at (860) 263-5723
to obtain the required medical clearance. State that you are applying for driver
training through the BRS Driver Training Program and would like to begin the
medical review process.
You will be asked to provide information regarding your
disability, which will enable DMV to determine what medical forms to send you
for your treating doctor(s) to complete and return to DMV on your behalf, or you can download them here: Medical Form P-142M
and Eye Care Form P-142OP
DMV Driver Services Division will notify you by mail of its decision and/or if
additional medical reports are required from your doctor(s). Staff in the BRS
Driver Training Program will receive a copy of this decision as well. If you have any questions regarding these forms or medical clearance, please contact the DMV Driver Services Division at (860) 263-5723.
If your medical
review application to the DMV Driver Services Division is determined favorable,
your name goes on the list of eligible candidates for the BRS Driver Training
Program. When the first available opening occurs, a DTP Instructor will contact
you by telephone to arrange an appointment with you.
DTP Instructors are certified driving instructors. Initially,
the DTP Instructor will evaluate and assess your driving abilities, and the
Instructor will work with you to determine the type of special adaptive
equipment is required to meet your needs. The DTP Instructor will then provide
all aspects of skills training, including city, rural, secondary and
limited-access highway driving.
The vehicles DTP
Instructors use for training are passenger motor vehicles equipped with:
Push/Rock Hand Control for operation of Gas and Brake
- Spinner Knob Steering Control;
Left Foot Accelerator;
Right Hand Turn Signal Lever;
Instructor’s Dual Brake;
Automatic Transmission; and
Power Steering, Brakes, Seats, Windows and
In some cases where it is determined by the DTP Instructor or
referral from another driver assessment program that complex modifications are
required, we will provide the training in your own specially-equipped vehicle.
All vehicles used for training shall be properly registered,
insured, and equipped with an instructor’s brake.
The BRS DTP must certify
of the driver assessment and/or training with the Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Services Division.
Favorable: Once you have successfully
demonstrated to the DTP Instructor that you possess the abilities to safely
operate a motor vehicle and have complied with all requirements, you will be
eligible for the DMV to issue you a license with the proper endorsements and/or restrictions deemed necessary (see categories
Current License Holders requiring a change in
license type and/or restrictions added or removed will receive a corrected
license through the mail from the DMV.
must appear at a DMV Hub Office
for issuance of
first license, upon payment of the photo-license fee. The BRS DTP certification
will be sent directly to the DMV Hub Office. To avoid any delay in the process, inform your DTP
Instructor of the DMV Hub Office where you plan to obtain your license.
If you are unable to demonstrate
to the DTP Instructor sufficient skills to safely operate a motor vehicle, you
may apply for a CT Non-Driver Photo ID card
- Current License Holders can choose to voluntarily surrender
their operator’s license to the DTP Instructor for medical reasons and receive
a CT Non-Driver Photo ID card at no charge through the mail from
the DMV. Please note that if you choose not to surrender your license, the DMV may take action to
withdraw your privilege to maintain an operator’s license.
- Unlicensed Drivers must pay the required fee for the CT
Non-Driver Photo ID at a DMV Hub Office.
If you were
trained using one of the DTP vehicles, the DTP Instructor will provide a
prescription for the special adaptive equipment to be installed on your vehicle.
The DTP Instructor will provide you with a list of vendors who supply and
install adaptive equipment required for driving safely. The vendor you select
must have knowledge of the contents of the prescription in order to install the
equipment you require in your vehicle.
A limited license may contain one or more of the following
limitations (restrictions), which shall be noted on your license:
- B - Operation of a motor vehicle is permitted only when the
person is using corrective lenses, not including telescopic lenses, as
prescribed by a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist;
- C - Operation of a motor vehicle is permitted only with a
motor vehicle having special controls or equipment;
- D - Operation of a motor vehicle is permitted only while using
a prosthetic aid;
- E - Operation of a motor vehicle is permitted only with a
motor vehicle having an automatic transmission;
- F - Operation of a motor vehicle is permitted only with a
motor vehicle equipped with external mirrors located on both the left and right
sides of the vehicle to reflect to the vehicle operator a view of the highway of
at least two hundred (200) feet to the rear;
- G - Operation of a motor vehicle is permitted only during the
period of daylight beginning one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise and one-half
(1/2) hour after sunset;
- R - Operation of a motor vehicle is permitted only on highways
that are not limited access highways;
- U - Operation of a motor vehicle is permitted only when the
person is using an operable hearing aid.
Completion of the driver training program alone does not entitle
you to operate a vehicle. Securing your operator’s license is the final step in
this process towards enabling you to drive. Once your limited (restricted)
license has been issued to you, you must drive only under the conditions
identified on your restricted license. You should not operate a vehicle that
does not comply with the limitations (restrictions) on your license.
Visit the DMV website
at for more detailed
information regarding motor vehicle licensing requirements for all ages.
Possible Funding Sources
Funding may be
available for the purchase of required adaptive equipment through:
- Bureau of Rehabilitation Services• Connecticut Tech Act• Veterans’
- Contact Infoline – 211 for civic or disability-related
organizations who my assist with funding.