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


Payment Options:  Effective January 1, 2020, the "e-check" payment option will no longer be available when scheduling your learner's permit test. 

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, EnfieldHamden, 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:

  • Be sure to have the required documents to apply for a learner's permit.  For a complete list of required documents, please see acceptable forms of identification
  • Use online service to schedule test appointment and make payment.
  • If a parent or legal guardian can not come to DMV with the applicant, a parent or legal guardian must complete a notarized consent form (Form 2-D). Legal guardians must show certificate of legal guardianship.  For youths in Department of Children and Families (DCF) care seeking a learner’s permit, a form 2-D must be presented and signed by a DCF manager authorized to sign the form 2-D.  
  • Present the required documents to a DMV staff member.
  • Take and pass the vision and knowledge tests.  If you fail the knowledge test, you must wait seven (7) days to retake the test and pay the $40 test fee again.  See languages offered for testing.      
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.