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Notice Regarding Commercial Driver Licenses and Permits

New Federal Identification Requirements
Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles requires proof of U.S. Citizenship, lawful permanent residence or temporary legal presence, along with proof of Connecticut residency for holders of commercial driver licenses and permits.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is mandating this requirement. 
THIS DOES NOT APPLY to current U.S. citizens who already satisfied this paperwork requirement when obtaining a verified driver’s license that shows both a gold star and their CDL designation on it.
  • New applicants for a commercial driver’s learner permit (CLP).
  • Existing commercial driver license (CDL) holders when renewing licenses.
  • All out-of-state CDL holders transferring to Connecticut.
Wait. There’s no need to rush to DMV.  Wait for your renewal notice.
Read.  When you get your CDL renewal notice, read it carefully and follow instructions.
Prepare.  If necessary, gather your identity documents early to avoid delays.
This new requirement is in addition to all other CDL requirements (medical, knowledge and skills testing, etc.). 
Paperwork Required
In general, this additional paperwork requirement includes:
  • Proof of identity. 
  • Proof of Social Security number.
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States. Undocumented individuals will not be issued a CDL or CLP. 
  • Proof of Connecticut residence.  Proof must be from two sources. 
  • Name change documents (if applicable).
Non-U.S. Citizens
Non-U.S. citizens must show proof of legal presence in the United States and present a valid employment authorization document to be eligible for a CDL or CLP.  If you are not a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, you will be issued a Non Domicile CDL or CLP.