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Guide to the Connecticut DMV

connecticut dmv guide

If you’re new to Connecticut or have recently purchased a car, you may need some basic information on registration and licensing.

New Registration

When bringing a car into Connecticut from another state, you have sixty days to transfer your previous registration at the Connecticut DMV.

You will need:

  • You Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification
  • Your emissions test certificate
  • Your out-of-state certificate of title and vehicle registration certificate, or your application for a certificate of title if your car is new
  • A bill of sale
  • Your current Connecticut insurance identification card
  • An official proof of identification (driver’s license, passport, or military ID card, for example)
  • Payment for your registration fees ($80 for two years for most passenger vehicles)

Vehicle Inspections

All vehicles in Connecticut, except those listed as exempt, are required to pass emissions testing every two years. In general, you will receive a test notice within 45 days of your Connecticut emissions testing date. There is a $20 fee. If you do not pass, you will get one free retest within 60 days of the initial test.

Registration Renewal

The Connecticut DMV will send a registration renewal notice sixty days before the expiration date. This notice will include your renewal fee and any delinquency issues, if applicable.

You can renew your license online. You will need your online pin, valid car insurance, emissions test, a valid email address, and a valid form of payment.


When you establish residency in Connecticut, you have sixty days to title your vehicle with the DMV. The DMV requires a certificate of title for vehicles that are 20 years old and newer. To get a title, bring the following to the DMV:

  • The vehicle’s title properly assigned to you
  • An application for registration and certificate of title (Form H-13)
  • Proper photo ID
  • The $25 titling fee

Driver’s License

If you are new to Connecticut, you must transfer your out-of-state license within 30 days of establishing residency.

You may obtain a Connecticut driver’s license by:

  • Proving your Connecticut residency (proof of address)
  • Providing a valid form of ID
  • Proving your legal U.S. residency
  • The application fee of $40 and the license fee of $72

Auto Insurance Requirements

Colorado  requires liability insurance for your vehicle. You must meet the following minimum coverage limits:

  • $20,000 per person
  • $40,000 per accident for bodily injury, if multiple people were injured
  • $10,000 per accident for property damage

The state also requires you to carry uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage to help with your medical bills after an accident with an uninsured or underinsured driver.

The fees are:

  • $20,000 per person
  • $40,000 per accident

Other types of auto insurance are optional.