The new "Drive Only" license program will start on January 2, 2015, and will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a "Drive Only" license if they are at least 16 years-old and:
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- cannot establish legal presence in the United States; or,
- may not have a Social Security number.
The process established by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) involves applying for a learner's permit that can then lead to a "Drive Only" license. Learner's permits are now required of all new license applicants regardless of age.
The DMV will begin to administer vision and knowledge tests on January 2, 2015, however, these tests will only be administered by appointment. The DMV hopes to have an online system available to schedule appointments by December 1, 2014. The written knowledge test will be offered in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Polish. Applicants should study the Connecticut Driver's Manual to prepare for the knowledge tests. In addition, applicants should review the "Drive Only" license document checklist to make sure that they have the documents they will need for their application. If any documents are in a language other than English, they will need to be translated by a DMV-approved translator.
After an applicant passes the vision and knowledge tests at a DMV office, he or she will receive a learner's permit by mail. Applicants who are 18 years of age or older must hold the permit for 90 days, while 16 and 17 year-old applicants have special training requirements and must hold the permit for a longer period of time. In order to obtain a license, after having the learner's permit for the appropriate period of time, applicants will be required to take an 8-Hour Safe Driving Practices Course at a Connecticut Commercial Driving School, and pass a road test .
The DMV will also accept out-of-state transfers of Drive Only licenses, however, there will be certain requirements specific to Connecticut. The DMV will provide further information on out-of-state transfers in the near future.
You can obtain more information about the program from the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles by clicking here.