Obtaining a Learner's Permit for 16-and 17-Year-Olds

NEW PROCESS: You will not receive a permanent driver license or ID card while at a DMV office, AAA locations, Milford and North Haven Nutmeg State Financial Credit Union, Stamford (The WorkPlace, Inc.) or West Haven City Hall.   It will arrive through the mail.  You will keep your expiring license/ID and receive a temporary paper card.  For more on this, please see Central Issuance.

Before earning a driver's license, all 16-and 17-year-olds must first obtain a learner's permit to practice driving. 

DRIVE ONLY APPLICANTS: If you would like to apply for a Drive Only License (for undocumented individuals), please follow these instructions.

Learner's permit testing is offered by appointment only at the following DMV offices: Bridgeport, Cheshire, Danbury, Hamden, Norwalk, Old SaybrookWaterbury, Wethersfield and Willimantic. Make your appointment here.

To apply for a learner's permit, the applicant must:

Once you have parental or legal guardian permission, and feel prepared for the knowledge test, please follow these steps:

NOTE:  If the applicant currently holds a Non-Driver Identification Card, he or she must surrender it when issued a learner's permit.

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For individuals requiring hearing interpreter services:
DMV coordinates with a Hearing Interpreter Service vendor. To meet your request, please allow at least two (2) weeks when scheduling your appointment date so we can coordinate Hearing Interpreter Services through the vendor. Once you have scheduled your appointment on our on-line systemmake your appointment here, please call the DMV Contact Center at 860-263-5700 within Hartford area or 1-800-842-8222 outside of Connecticut to request a Hearing Interpreter. You will need to provide your appointment and contact information. A Hearing Interpreter will then be requested. The vendor makes every effort to meet the date of your scheduled appointment. You will receive notification once interpreter services have been scheduled.