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This is it, the end goal: Your Driver’s License. As an adult student, you have some options for your test day. If you are under the age of 20, you can choose to test with The Next Street or at the DMV. Unfortunately, the tests at our facilities are not open to students 20 or older on test day, and you must test at a DMV Branch.
Regardless of the direction you go, we will be there to help you make your licensing process easy and do all we can to help you pass the first time. The below information is a good start to getting you behind the wheel on your own.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE LICENSE TEST
The agent from the DMV doesn’t want you to fail
Know What to Expect Beforehand (See Below)
Do Your License Test at The Next Street
$129, plus any DMV test fees (Must be younger than 20 on test day)
- Yes, you can avoid going to the DMV! When you take your Driver’s License Test at The Next Street, the DMV inspector comes to our classroom location.
- The best part? When you take your License Test at The Next Street, we handle setting up the appointment for you.
- You use our car, at our classroom. In addition to this being a nice, relaxed environment, you will also have one of our Safe Driving Professionals on hand to answer any of your last minute test day questions.
- Your driver’s license can be picked up at the DMV 3 business days after you test here.
- Driver’s License Tests are offered at The Next Street facilities in Avon, Danbury, Hamden, Monroe, Torrington, Watertown and Westport.
- Tests conducted at The Next Street often book out 2-3 months in advance, so we recommend calling to schedule your test today at 800.732.8090.
Testing at the DMV
$199-259, plus any DMV test fees
- If you want to go to the DMV for your Driver's License Test, The Next Street can meet you or take you there.
- You are responsible for setting up the License Test appointment if you are taking it at the DMV.
- Want to use The Next Street vehicle for your test, but don't need a ride to and from the DMV? Have us meet you there.
- Want to use The Next Street vehicle, and get picked up at your house, school or work? Have us take you to the test.
- You can decide whether we meet you or take you at the time of enrollment, or later using our Student Portal.
- These testing services are only offered at DMV Hub Offices.
How To Schedule Your Driver’s License Test
- If you are taking the test at The Next Street, our customer service team can schedule everything for you.
- If you are taking the test at the DMV, you cannot go to the DMV branch to schedule it; you must call the DMV Call Center.
- DMV Call Center phone numbers | Local: (860) 263-5700 | Toll Free: (800) 842-8222
- When you call, you must pre-pay the $40 State Testing Fee; the DMV accepts Visa or Mastercard.
- The DMV often has long wait times; expect to be on hold for 30-60 minutes.
- Call when you can put the phone on speaker and do other work while you wait.
- The best times to call are any time on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings.
When To Schedule Your Driver’s License Test
- You can call to schedule your license test as soon as you get your permit, and we recommend you do. | Local: (860) 263-5700 | Toll Free: (800) 842-8222
- The wait times for a test appointment at the DMV can be 8-14 weeks – so if you wait until you are eligible to test before scheduling, you will be delaying your license even further!
- If you want to get in and out as fast as possible, we strongly recommend you try to schedule a morning appointment, as volume and delays grow as the day goes on.
- Before calling, you must know your test eligibility date. The DMV will not check this. If you schedule a test before you are eligible, you will not be able to test and will be starting from scratch to schedule.
Rescheduling Or Canceling Your Test Appointment
- If you have to reschedule or cancel your driving test at the DMV for any reason, you must call the DMV Call Center (800) 842-8222 at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
- If you do not show to your test, or cancel inside of 24 hours, your test fee will be forfeited.
- Similarly, if you arrive on test day and do not have your required paperwork – or if your vehicle fails inspection – you will forfeit your appointment and test fee.
- It is crucial that you do a check and double check at least 48 hours before going to the DMV to make sure that you have everything you need and that your vehicle passes inspection.
Driver’s Permit Hold Times
- If you are over 18 years old, you must hold a Driver’s Permit for 90 days before taking your Driver’s License Test.
License Test Vehicle Requirements
- You are responsible for supplying the vehicle for your road test, and your vehicle must meet the minimum standards as set by the DMV.
- Your vehicle must be appropriate for the license class you are applying for. (Don't show up in a semi).
- Your vehicle must be mechanically safe (All lights working, all tires fully inflated, no cracks in any glass including mirrors, no warning lights on, no major body damage).
- The DMV Inspector will do a thorough inspection prior to going out on the road, and we recommend you do your own inspection before you head to the DMV.
- Your vehicle must have a valid registration (Although it does not have to be registered in CT).
- Your vehicle must have proof of insurance (CT Minimum insurance is $20,000 per person, $40,000 per accident, $10,000 property damage per accident, and out of state vehicles still must meet CT requirements)
- Your vehicle must be street legal; Tinted windows and any other vehicle modification must be within the legal limits
- Your vehicle cannot have an Ignition Interlock Device, unless the testing applicant is required to have one.
- If you do not have a car that can pass the test, or if you are more comfortable in our training vehicles, The Next Street provides a license testing service and guarantees our car will pass the DMV Inspection.
- While not a requirement, we recommend you use a vehicle that you are comfortable with – preferably the vehicle you did your practice hours in. The parking spaces used for testing can be small and crowded. If you practiced in a compact car and you are using a Suburban for your test, you are not setting yourself up for success.
What to Expect on Driving Test Day
- When you arrive at the DMV, park your testing vehicle in a low traffic area that is away from large volumes of vehicles.
- Back your vehicle in: You want to start your test by pulling out of a spot, not backing out.
- Set your parking brake. The inspector will check to make sure the brake is set before the test starts, and that the brake is off before you start moving.
- The driving test will last approximately 15-25 minutes.
- The State of Connecticut does not have a standard driving test; Since the inspectors each have their own style, be prepared for anything.
- Buckle your seat belt (And… know that a common inspector trick is to not put their belt on to see if you notice).
- Remember, the test is an evaluation of your skills as a driver. The test will evaluate:
- The safety of your vehicle
- Pre-trip safe set up (Adjusting mirrors, seat, seatbelt)
- Response to traffic signs and signals (Yielding, making complete stops, following traffic lights and choosing lanes correctly)
- Response to other motorists (Defensive Driving)
- Parking maneuvers (Including pull-in, back-in and parallel)
- Basic driving proficiency (Accelerating, braking and turning)
- Other driving maneuvers at the discretion of the inspector (Driving on hills, highway driving, city driving or any other skill the inspector wants to test)
What If You Fail Your Driver’s Test
- If you fail your license test, you must schedule a new test appointment and start the process from scratch again.
- You will have to pay another $40 test fee when you reschedule.
- Remember, the best way to pass your driver’s test is to prepare!
- A safe, confident driver that follows the rules of the road will pass every time.