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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Your driver's license is your ticket to freedom, and we want to be a part of that ride. When it comes to your actual test day, you have options. We offer the test in our comfortable classrooms with our familiar car, or you can choose to go to a DMV Branch. No matter which you choose, we want you to be totally prepared to pass your license test. Our top rated driving school staff will guide you through the entire testing
process – from scheduling the test to knowing what to expect on test day. So relax.
Take a deep breath. You got this!
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
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.
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 with the DMV, 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 can be 8-14 weeks at the DMV – 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
If you have to reschedule or cancel your driving test 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
Depending on your age and the training course you have taken, the time you must wait before taking your driver’s license test varies.
MUST HOLD PERMIT FOR
16 & 17 Year Olds
8 Hour Safe Driving Course
16 & 17 Year Olds
Full Driver Education Course
License Test Vehicle Requirements
If you are testing with The Next Street, we provide the vehicle for you. Skip this section!
If you are testing on your own, 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 (Like, um, don't bring an 18 wheeler...).
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 at the DMV
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 seat 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 to the DMV 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.