Great news! The DMV is working hard to create more availability for license tests. We now have license testing appointments at The Next Street as early as this week! Login to your Student Portal now and get your license test scheduled.
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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 22, you can choose to test with The Next Street or at the DMV. Unfortunately, the tests at our facilities are not open to students 22 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. Take the easiest road to your license. The information below 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
Remember your training
Know What to Expect Beforehand (See Below)
Do Your License Test at The Next Street
$135, plus any DMV test fees (Must be younger than 22 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. Please Note: Due to DMV staffing shortages, license tests are booking out 5-9 months. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We continue to work with the DMV to solve this issue.
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.
After you pass, the DMV will mail your driver's license to you within 7-10 days.
If you are taking the test at The Next Street, our customer service team can schedule everything for you. Please Note: Due to DMV staffing shortages, license tests are booking out 5-9 months. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We continue to work with the DMV to solve this issue.
If you are taking the test at the DMV, you cannot go to the DMV branch to schedule it; you must schedule your road test online. Click here for the link.
When you schedule, you must pre-pay the $40 State Testing Fee; the DMV accepts Visa or Mastercard.
When To Schedule Your Driver’s License Test
You can schedule your license test as soon as you get your
permit, and we recommend you do.
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! Please Note: Due to DMV staffing shortages, license tests are booking out 5-9 months. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. We continue to work with the DMV to solve this issue.
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 scheduling, 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 at the DMV
If you have to reschedule or cancel your driving test at the DMV
for any reason, you must do so online at the DMV's website at
least 72 hours prior to your scheduled appointment.
If you do not show to your test, or cancel inside of 72 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.