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Connecticut State ID or Driver License

The Connecticut State Department of Licensing issues driver licenses and identification (ID) cards for people residing in the state of Connecticut. A driver license provides permission to drive in Connecticut and serves as official identification. The ID card does not authorize driving, but serves as official identification. It can be useful to have legal identification from Connecticut for activities such as banking, domestic travel, proving your age (such as at 21-and-over venues), etc.

Applying for a Connecticut Driver's license

In order for you to obtain a Connecticut driver's license you need to complete several steps even if you already have a license from your home country. (Please bear in mind that some countries are exempt from the following steps such as Germany and France because they have special agreements regarding transfer of driver's licenses.)
Generally you are required, even though you hold a foreign driver's license to complete a written and driver's test in the state of Connecticut. Where before being eligible to sign up for your road test you are required to do a 8 hour drug and alcohol course, which can be done at any registered driving school in CT.

Step 1: Go to the local DMV, the closest to ECSU is located on: 1557 West Main Street, Willimantic CT 06226
Step 2: Before heading off to the local DMV make sure you bring the required forms on the "Document Checklist for Identity Verification"
Step 3: Once you're paperwork is approved you should be eligible to sign up for a knowledge test either at the DMV or you can do so online at: DMV Quick Service
Step 4: Once you're knowledge test is completed and passed you should now focus on getting your 8 hour drug and alcohol course done.
Step 5: Upon completion of your drug and alcohol course you are now ready to schedule a road test to finalize your CT. Driver's license.

Road test information should be given to you upon completing your knowledge test. If you are not provided with proper information on how to schedule a road test use the following information:

  • When you're ready to take your road test, you'll need to call the telephone center to schedule your appointment:
    • Within Hartford area or outside of Connecticut, (860) 263-5700
    • Elsewhere in Connecticut, (800) 842-8222
  • The call center operators are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information visit

Connecticut Government
Study in The States