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48-Hour License Suspension for 16-and 17-Year-Old Drivers


Under Connecticut law, 16 or 17-year-olds who commit certain moving violations will have their drivers’ license seized by a police officer for 48 hours. In addition, the police officer is authorized to remove the vehicle from the scene.  The license will be seized if cited for:

  • Violating any of the driving restrictions that apply after licensure.
  • Driving 20 miles per hour or more above a posted speed limit.
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Driving recklessly.
  • Racing a motor vehicle on a public highway.
The driver’s license would be considered suspended for that 48-hour period.  In order to regain possession of the license after the 48-hour period, the teen and their parent or legal guardian must go to the police department and sign a written statement acknowledging the license has been returned.