WETHERSFIELD — Beginning Jan. 2., all new adult drivers 18 and over will be required to hold a three-month learner’s permit before taking a road test for a driver’s license.
That’s because the Department of Motor Vehicles have implemented new requirement changes to its 106 year-history of no required training period for adults to complete prior to obtaining a driver’s license.
State officials said that highway safety issues, including the need to better understand how to operate a vehicle, prompted the need now for this change.
“Cars are more sophisticated today, traveling roads can be more dangerous for inexperienced drivers and some form of a learning period is required now for those over 18, just as we have done for those under 18,” said DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey when DMV made the announcement of the change in early December.
DMV expects that more than 30,000 people annually will be affected by this change. These include teens who delayed licensing to avoid the state’s restrictions on 16 and 17-year-old drivers. The 18 and 19 year-olds this year account for about 11,000 who will need a learner’s permit as an adult.
Highlights of the new requirement include passing a 25-question knowledge test and vision test, an eight-hour safe driving safe driving practices course at driving school, which costs $125.
For more information, visit www.dmv.org.