IMPORTANT: The DMV can schedule permit test appointments weeks in advance. We recommend you schedule your permit test as soon as possible on the DMV WEBSITE. You must go to a DMV branch in order to get your permit. There are no alternatives.

Once you turn 16 years old, you can begin taking Driver's Ed and get your Learner's Permit. A Learner’s Permit is a special permit granted by the State of Connecticut DMV that allows you to practice driving before you get your driver’s license. All teen drivers must hold a Learner’s Permit for 120-180 days before taking their license test, depending on which Driver's Ed course you take. It is not required to have your permit before you begin the classroom portion of Driver's Ed.

If you're itching to get your license, please note that your license test date eligibility depends on the date you get your permit, so scheduling your permit test as early as possible is a good idea. Take the easiest road to your license with The Next Street.

Take your permit test with confidence! Enroll in our Permit Prep Tutoring Course for $49

This interactive class runs for 2-hours and is taught live on Zoom by a licensed TNS instructor to a small group. It will cover everything you need to know from the CT Driver's Manual, as well as the style of questions being asked on the test so you can get used to the format the DMV uses. There will be time to ask specific questions on anything you feel you need more clarity on. For additional information go here.

*No matter your age (teen or adult) you are required to have a permit in the state of CT. The permit is the necessary step before getting your license.


The Connecticut DMV Permit Test is a 25 question exam where you can get no more than 4 wrong in order to pass. No worries: You can pass the Connecticut permit test easily with help from The Next Street.

Learner’s Permit Vision Test

The first part of the CT Permit Test is a vision test. If you wear glasses or contacts, be sure to bring them with you. If you’re having trouble with your vision, get a checkup with your eye doctor prior to going to the DMV. You don't want the DMV Vision Test to be when you realize you need glasses. If you fail your Vision Test, you will not be able to take the Knowledge Test and you will need to schedule another test date (2-3 months down the road).

Learner’s Permit Knowledge Test

ct-drivers-educationAfter you pass your vision test, the second part of the Permit Test is a knowledge test. The Knowledge Test is a 25 question, multiple choice exam taken on a computer. The questions are a random selection from a pool of 300 safe driving questions… and they aren’t easy. You must get at least 21 correct answers in order to pass. Don’t go in cold; make sure you study! If you use The Next Street Permit Prep eBook, you should have no problem passing your test.

What to Bring to the DMV for Your Learner’s Permit Test

It’s test day. You’re excited. Nervous. Ready to nail the test. The DMV inspector finally calls your name: “Do you have your Birth Certificate?” Nooooooooooooo! Don’t let this happen to you. The DMV requires that you bring and present certain paperwork on the day of your test. Download and print a handy Permit Test Checklist, and make sure you show up with everything you need on test day.

Permit Test Check list