What Does The Connecticut DMV Do?

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handles all services for drivers in the state, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; and driving records. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is responsible for boat licensing and registration.

If you move to Connecticut, you must exchange your driver’s license within 30 days and apply for a vehicle registration within 60 days after establishing residency in the state. Prior to registering your vehicle, you must also complete an emissions inspection.

The Connecticut DMV also has specific information geared toward its military residents and non-residents, in order to accommodate the unique circumstances that military service brings. Non-residents stationed in Connecticut are not required to get a CT license or registration while serving in the state. For residents serving out of state, you can renew online or by mail.

Online and Third-Party Services

The Connecticut DMV’s online services include:

The DMV partners with a number of authorized third-parties for vehicle and vessel registration, regular driving schools, commercial driving schools, and motorcycle training.

You can access the Connecticut Driver’s Manual online, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks. Looking to study for your license exam? The DMV offers an online practice test through its mobile app to give you the extra prep you need.

Contact Information

Department of Motor Vehicles

60 State St.

Wethersfield, CT 06161

Phone: (800) 842-8222

  • Hartford or out-of-state: (860) 263-5700

Office locations