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Connecticut Laws | Title 14 Motor Vehicles. Use Of The Highway By Vehicles. Gasoline
CHAPTER 246* MOTOR VEHICLES
Sec. 14-36. Motor vehicle operator's license. Learner's permit. Limited license. Requirements. Driving history record check. Penalty. Regulations.

(i) Penalties. (532)

(1) Any person who violates any provision of this section shall, for a first offense, be deemed to have committed an infraction and be fined not less than seventy-five dollars or more than ninety dollars and, for any subsequent offense, shall be fined not less than two hundred fifty dollars or more than three hundred fifty dollars or be imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both. (533)

(2) In addition to the penalty prescribed under subdivision (1) of this subsection, any person who violates any provision of this section who (A) has, prior to the commission of the present violation, committed a violation of this section or subsection (a) of section 14-215, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars or sentenced to perform not more than one hundred hours of community service, or (B) has, prior to the commission of the present violation, committed two or more violations of this section or subsection (a) of section 14-215, or any combination thereof, shall be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of one year, ninety days of which may not be suspended or reduced in any manner. (534)

(j) Regulations. (535)

The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section. (536)

Sec. 14-36a. *(See end of section for amended version of subsection (c) and effective date.) Classification of operators' licenses. Violation. Penalty. (537)(Text)

(a) A commercial driver's license issued in accordance with section 14-44c shall be designated as class A, B or C, in accordance with the provisions of subsection (b) of section 14-44d. All other operators' licenses shall be designated as class D. A license of any class that also authorizes the operation of a motorcycle shall contain the designation "M". (538)

(b) A commercial driver's license which contains the endorsement "S" evidences that the holder meets the requirements of section 14-44 to operate a school bus or any vehicle described in subsection (c) of this section. A commercial driver's license may contain any of the following additional endorsements: (539)

"P"- authorizes the operation of commercial motor vehicles designed to carry passengers; (540)

"H"- authorizes the operation of vehicles transporting hazardous materials; (541)

"N"- authorizes the operation of tank vehicles; (542)

"X"- authorizes both hazardous materials and tank vehicles; and (543)

"T"- authorizes the operation of vehicles with up to three trailing, nonpower units. (544)

The commissioner may establish one or more restrictions on commercial driver's licenses of any class, in regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54. Subject to the provisions of subsection (b) of section 14-44d, a commercial driver's license of any class authorizes the holder of such license to operate any motor vehicle that may be operated by the holder of a class D operator's license. (545)

*(c) A commercial driver's license or a class D license that contains any of the following endorsements evidences that the holder meets the requirements of section 14-44: (546)

"V"- authorizes the transportation of passengers in a student transportation vehicle, as defined in section 14-212, or any vehicle that requires an "A" or "F" endorsement; (547)

"A"- authorizes the transportation of passengers in an activity vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, or any vehicle that requires an "F" endorsement; and (548)

"F"- authorizes the transportation of passengers in a taxicab, motor vehicle in livery service, service bus or motor bus. (549)

The commissioner may establish one or more endorsements or restrictions on class D licenses, in accordance with regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54. (550)

(d) No person shall operate a motor vehicle in violation of the classification of the license issued to him. (551)

(e) Any person who violates any provision of subsection (d) or (e) of this section shall, for a first offense, be deemed to have committed an infraction and be fined fifty dollars and, for a subsequent offense, shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both. (552)

Sec. 14-36b. Renewal. (553)(Text)

(a) A motor vehicle operator's license shall be renewed only for the same class or classes for which it was originally issued. (554)

(b) A person may obtain a license for an additional class or classes if he demonstrates, pursuant to subsection (e) of section 14-36, that he is qualified to operate motor vehicles of such class or classes. (555)

Sec. 14-36c. Specification of class of license. (556)(Text)

Section 14-36c is repealed, effective July 1, 2002. (557)

Sec. 14-36d. Acquisition and installation of equipment. Renewal without personal appearance of holder. Regulations re renewal by mail or electronic communication. (558)(Text)

(a) The commissioner may acquire, by lease or purchase, and install at offices of the Department of Motor Vehicles and at such other locations where operator's licenses are issued or renewed, such equipment as may be necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter. (559)

(b) The commissioner may provide for the renewal of any motor vehicle operator's license, commercial driver's license or identity card without personal appearance of the license holder, in circumstances where the holder is a member of the armed forces, is temporarily residing outside of this state for business or educational purposes, or in other circumstances where, in the judgment of the commissioner, such personal appearance would be impractical or pose a significant hardship. The commissioner shall decline to issue any such renewal without personal appearance if the commissioner is not satisfied as to the reasons why the applicant cannot personally appear, if the commissioner does not have the applicant's color photograph or digital image on file, if satisfactory evidence of the identity of the applicant has not been presented, or if the commissioner has reason to believe that the applicant is no longer a legal resident of this state. (560)

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