A student must be 16 years old to take driving lessons. For those under 18 who do not attend a state-licensed driving school or driver’s education program, a Home Training Certificate must be issued at least one month before the driver’s exam. There is a mandatory five-hour program covering safe driving practices. Call 800-842-8222 for more information. A 16- or 17-year-old driving without a learner’s permit is subject to a $158 fine.

Until their 18th birthday, teen drivers may not drive between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless it is for a job, school, religious activities, or a medical necessity.

For information, visit ct.gov/dmv.