Recent News

Prohibited Idling of Motor Vehicles

The Vermont law regarding idling of motor vehicles has been in effect for nearly one year.  The Department of Motor Vehicles is partnering with other agencies, associations and individuals on a public information effort to inform motorists of the idling law and the related health issues.

The following link is to a video on Idle Free Fleets Training, which was produced by the Certification for Sustainable Transportation at the University of Vermont.

The video takes approximately 45 minutes to view, has a short quiz, and can be completed at your own pace.  Please take the time to view the video, we think you will find it very informational, and feel free to share it with assorted businesses and individuals in your community.

Vermont License Types

  • Real ID: Required for flying on commercial aircraft or for access to certain federally controlled facilities (federal courts, federal buildings, nuclear power plants).

  • Privilege Card: Will be marked “Not for Federal Identification” to indicate card is not Real ID compliant.

  • Enhanced (EDL): U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are required to present a U.S. Passport or an Enhanced License/ID. Must be Vermont resident AND U.S. Citizen. An EDL is both Real ID and EDL.

Registration Plate Visibility Issues

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has commenced a public awareness campaign to address the issue of proper display and visibility of license plates. Partnering with DMV on this effort are inspection stations, car dealerships and law enforcement officers.

Safety Message

How to Stay Safe around Trains

Recent tragedies on the tracks are reminders that trains and the vehicles we drive are not in the same weight class, and in a crash everybody loses. Prevent crashes and stay safe by following these tips:

  • Never stop on the tracks. That means don’t approach them until you can see clearly that there’s room for your entire vehicle on the other side. You cannot be sure the driver in front of you will keep moving.
  • Stop at least 15 feet away from the tracks, but not so far back that you can’t see the train (no more than 50 feet).
  • Always stop and wait until the train passes when gates are lowered or lights flashing, and make sure all tracks are clear before proceeding. Even in Vermont, there may be more than one.
  • If there’s no crossing signal, it doesn’t necessarily mean there’s no train. Always expect a train and be sure to look both ways and listen every time.
  • Never try to beat the train. They are often closer and moving faster than you think. Trains may take a mile or more to stop, and can rarely stop before hitting you.
  • If you become stuck on the tracks and a train approaches, run away from the tracks but in the direction the train is coming from, to avoid being injured by your vehicle when it’s hit.
  • If stuck on the tracks with no train in sight, get away from the vehicle anyway, and immediately call 911, then the railroad. Provide the location, crossing number (if posted), and the name of the road or highway that crosses the tracks. Be sure to specify that a vehicle is on the tracks! Emergency numbers for railroads in Vermont are:
    • Amtrak - 800-331-0008
    • Central Maine & Quebec - 866-311-6851
    • Clarendon & Pittsford, Green Mountain, VT Railway, Washington County Railroad - 888-265-2735
    • St. Lawrence & Atlantic Railroad (Genesee & Wyoming Canada) - 866-414-7905
    • New England Central Railroad - 866-527-3499
    • Pan Am Railroad - 800-955-9208
  • Remember that train tracks are not pedestrian walkways. A train can arrive at any time and can’t always be heard. Cross tracks only at a designated crossing, and wait well back from the tracks for the train to pass, then check to be sure there isn’t another train before crossing.
  • When riding a bicycle, take extra care to avoid getting a wheel stuck on the tracks. If necessary, dismount and walk the bike across when all is clear.

Never play chicken with a train! They cannot stop quickly or swerve to avoid hitting us; it’s our job to stay safely out of their way.