How to get an adult learner’s permit
If you are age 18 or older and want to drive, you need to get an adult learner’s permit—which will allow you to practice driving—in order to get a driver's license.
To be able to sign up to take the driving test, you need to:
- Have held your adult learner’s permit for at least 90 days
- Pass a vision and 25-question knowledge test (see languages offered for testing)
- Take an eight-hour Safe Driving Practices Course
If you fail the vision test, you won’t be able to take the knowledge test. If you fail either the vision or knowledge test, you need to reschedule the tests online and pay the fees again.
Learner's permit testing is offered by appointment only at DMV offices. Please refer to the below tab about hearing interpreter services if you require hearing assistance.
Exemptions from 90-day learner’s permit
You’re exempt from this 90-day requirement for practice driving and a learner’s permit if you:
- Are active-duty military stationed out of state (orders and military ID card required).
- Previously held a Connecticut learner's permit or driver's license that can be verified in the DMV system.
- Had a driver's license in the past. This includes individuals who have an out-of-state driver's license, US territory or out-of-country license. You need to provide an expired license or driving history from your previous state or country.