If you’ve moved to Connecticut from another state and hold a valid driver’s license from that state, you need to pass a vision exam but can almost always avoid taking the written test and road exam. Those issues are up to the discretion of the DMV officer processing your application.
Here is the process to trade in your out-of-state license for a Connecticut license:
Go to any full-service Connecticut DMV office or the Stamford Satellite Office of the DMV (Stamford Government Center, 888 Washington Blvd., 6th Floor, www.connecticutdmv.org). Make sure you arrive at least a half-hour before the closing time (hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.).
Bring with you your current driver’s license from out-of-state and a certified copy of your birth certificate, plus one additional form of an approved ID such as a passport, citizenship certificate, Connecticut pistol permit with photo or alien registration card.
To prove your Connecticut residency, you will also need a paycheck or postmarked piece of mail dated within the previous 90 days.
Transferring the license costs $40. In addition you need to pay the regular license fee of $66 to $75. No credit cards are accepted. You need to pay by personal check, bank check or money order.
After moving to Connecticut, you have 30 days to drive legally with your out-of-state license. After 30 days, the old license is no longer acceptable. If your old license expired more than 30 days earlier, you are obliged to go through the entire application and testing process to obtain a Connecticut license.