Connecticut Special Permits

In accordance with Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-37a, (PDF) the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles issues two types of hardship licenses. One is a special work permit which allows the holder to drive to and from work or to operate a vehicle in connection with his or her employment. These permits can also be granted to drive in connection with the operation of a legitimate business or profession.

The second type of Connecticut limited license is known as a special education permit. The Connecticut DMV issues these to allow the holders to legally drive to and from an accredited institution of higher learning, where the holder is enrolled as a student.

In Connecticut, like Massachusetts, the Department of Motor Vehicles has wide latitude and discretion when it comes to hardship licensing. To get a special work or educational permit, the applicant must submit an application which satisfies the DMV and convince the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles that he or she has a significant hardship. Also, for special educational permits, the applicant must supply a class schedule which has been certified by the registrar’s office of the school which the applicant attends. In deciding whether or not to issue a special permit, the Department of Motor Vehicles can review and consider the applicant’s driving record. Special work or educational permits are not available for suspensions for operating after suspension or for failure to appear in court. Also, special permits are not available during the first 90 days of any chemical test refusal suspensions.

Connecticut law allows for the issuance of special permits in cases where an applicant for a Connecticut license has been suspended in another state, so long as the applicant has an out of state hardship or restricted license and the driver otherwise qualifies. 

The issuance of special operator permits in Connecticut is governed by these DMV Regulations.

Connecticut's Ignition Interlock Device Law

Under the Connecticut ignition interlock law, a judge can impose ignition interlock use as a condition of bail or probation in any DUI related case. Connecticut judges can also mandate interlock use in exchange for allowing a DUI defendant to participate in Connecticut’s First Offender program, which is known as the pretrial alcohol education program. Also, unlike in Massachusetts, Ignition Interlock Devices can also be mandated for repeat DUI offenders in place of mandatory license suspension.