Obtaining a Driver's License

Full time international students, maintaining an out-of-country residency do not have to obtain a Connecticut Driver License as long as they maintain their status and are allowed to use their valid out-of-country license in Connecticut with an International Driver Permit obtained from your home country.

If you want to get a CT Drivers License, you must take the required 8-hour  safe driving course offered at approved driving school sites in Connecticut, and take a test at Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Before you go to DMV, please make sure you have all the required documents below:

  • Passport

  • Proof of Legal Status: You must bring a valid I-20 and a letter from Registrar's Office stating that you are a current full-time student.

  • Social Security Number

  • Proof of Connecticut Resident Address: You must bring a letter or a mail which is postmarked within 90 days.

  • A passport sized photo

  • CS-1 certificate showing proof of completing 8-hour safety driving course

  • $40 testing fee in the forms of cash, money orders, personal checks, bank checks or MasterCard​, Visa, Discover and most debit cards.

  • A completed R-229 application form.

The test to receive your license is given in three parts: eye test, knowledge test, and road test. The eye test and 25 question knowledge test is given the first time you appear. After passing the knowledge test you will be able to schedule an appointment for the road test at any full service office as well as the Winsted satellite office. You can find out more information about a driving test and test centers here.