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The Driving School of Fairfield Rules

Requirements for 16-and 17-Year-Olds to Obtain a License

Before a 16-or 17-year-old begins to practice driving in Connecticut, he or she must obtain a learner's permit.

Learner's permit testing is offered by appointment only at the following DMV offices: Bridgeport, Cheshire, Danbury, Hamden, Norwalk, Old Saybrook, Waterbury, Wethersfield and Willimantic. Make your appointment here.

Driver Training Options

If you obtained a learner's permit, the following training may be combined to meet the requirements:

Commercial Driving School
30 hours classroom training, which includes the Safe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training
40 hours practice driving*

High School (Secondary) Driver Education
30 hours classroom training, which includes the Safe Driving Practices course and 2 hours of parent training
40 hours practice driving*

Home Training
22 hour classroom type training, and an 8 hour Safe Driving Practices course at commercial/secondary school which includes 2 hour parent/legal guardian training
40 hours practice driving*

*40 hour practice driving (behind-the-wheel) may be given by any combination of commercial/secondary/parent instruction. Learner's permit holders are eligible to apply for a driver's license after they have held the permit for at least 120 or 180 days. You must receive at least 30 hours classroom and 8 hours behind-the-wheel practice driving with a Connecticut licensed commercial/secondary driving school to be eligible to take the test after holding the permit for only 120 days. Please see more detailed information on driver training requirements.

Learner's Permit Restrictions for 16/17 Year Olds

Passenger: Only a parent, legal guardian or qualified trainer for the duration of the permit.  Parents or guardian may accompany the instructor. 

Curfew: No curfew, but must be accompanied by a qualified trainer.

Seatbelts: All passengers in vehicle must use permanently installed seat belts.

Cell phones, etc: May not use cell phones (even if hands-free) or other mobile electronic devices while driving.  This includes any hand-held computer or other device with a video display.

Driver's License Restrictions for 16/17 Year Olds:

Passenger

  

For the first 6 months after obtaining a driver license, may only drive with:

  • Licensed driving instructor; or
  • Parents or legal guardian, at least one of whom holds a valid driver license; or 
  • Person providing instruction who is at least 20 years old, has held a license for at least 4 years with no suspensions during the last 4 years

For the second 6 months, may drive with the above people or may also drive with immediate family (e.g., brothers, and sisters).

 

*See exemptions below

Curfew

 

Until 18th birthday, may not drive between hours of 11PM - 5AM unless it is for:

*See exemptions below

Seatbelts

 

Until 18th birthday, all passengers in vehicle must use permanently installed seat belts.

Cell phones, etc.

 

Until 18th birthday, may not use cell phones (even if hands-free) or other mobile electronic devices while driving. This includes any hand-held computers or other device with a video display.

 

*Passenger/Curfew Exemptions:

The passenger and curfew restrictions do not apply to:

  • active members of a volunteer fire company or department who are responding to, or returning from, an emergency or carrying out duties.
  • active members of a volunteer ambulance service or company who are responding to, or returning from, an emergency or carrying out duties.
  • active members of medical service organization who are responding to, or returning from, an emergency or carrying out duties.
  • assigned driver in a Safe Ride program.

 

The Driving School of Fairfield Rules:

-On the day you are attending the parent class, you are not allowed to attend the earlier class offered that same day during the school year.

-Make sure that you sign in for every class you attend.

-You must pass the road hours exam before you can schedule your road hours, which the test is based off 2 classes(Parking, & Reference Points)

-24 hour notice is required for cancellation of roads hours, including those, which must be missed due to a lost or misplaced permit.  Fee for missed appoiontment is $95 per hour scheduled.

-The Use of cell phones is not permitted in class.

-YOU MUST ARRIVE ON TIME FOR ALL CLASSES. If you are more than 15 minutes late you will not be allowed to stay for class.

-UNRULY OR DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED, and may result in expulsion without a refund.

-THERE IS A $55 FEE FOR RETURNED CHECKS.

-For updates and cancellations due to weather please follow us on Facebook, and notification will be presented on channel 12 news.

-YOU MUST FINISH THE COURSE WITHIN ONE YEAR.