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Moving To Vermont

New Vermont Residents

You must obtain a Vermont Driver License upon establishing residency in this state. This must be done no longer than 60 days after moving to Vermont or, if your out-of-state license expires before the end of this 60-day period, you must obtain a Vermont Driver License before it expires (whichever occurs first).

In order to apply for a Vermont Driver’s License you will need proof that you are a Vermont Resident or are a Visiting Citizen of a Foreign Country with an authorized duration of stay with at least 30 days remaining.

You must bring proof of Identity, date of birth, Lawful status in the United States, Social Security number, Vermont residency and current residential address

Who can get a Driver’s License?

A Driver’s License is issued to eligible individuals 18 years of age or older who pass the required examination. This license allows a person to drive any noncommercial vehicle except a school bus or motorcycle. To drive a school bus or motorcycle additional examination(s) is/are required.

How do I get A Driver’s License if I have a valid license from another state?

When a new Vermont Resident applies for a Vermont Driver’s License and possesses a valid out-of-state license or an out-of-state license that has been expired for one (1) year or less, an eye examination will be required.

  1. Bring your valid or expired (1year or less) license from your home state. 
  2. You must also bring proof of Identity, date of birth, Lawful status in the United States, Social Security number, Vermont residency and current residential address. If your home state license is not valid, have someone who has a valid license drive you to the Department of Motor Vehicles. 
  3. When your Vermont license is issued, your out of state license must be surrendered.

Who May Not Be Issued a New License or Renew an Existing License?

A person whose privilege to operate a motor vehicle in any state has been suspended, revoked, or refused cannot be issued a license until such suspension, revocation or refusal has been terminated and the person has been officially notified in writing of reinstatement.

A license cannot be issued to a person when the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles has evidence that such person either cannot or will not operate a motor vehicle without endangering the other users of the highway.

A person who is not a Vermont Resident.

If you are not a citizen of the United States please read this additional information.

Moving to Vermont with a Vehicle Registered in another State

You must obtain a Vermont vehicle registration upon establishing residency in this state.  This must be done no longer than 60 days after moving to Vermont or if your out-of-state vehicle registration expires before the end of this 60-day period you must obtain a Vermont vehicle registration before it expires (whichever occurs first).  Two facts that you should be aware of when registering a vehicle in Vermont are:

  1. All vehicles must have liability insurance coverage in an amount that is not less than the statutory minimums.
  2. Upon registering your vehicle you will have 15 days in which to get the vehicle inspected at a Vermont Licensed Inspection Station.

To obtain your Vermont vehicle registration you must provide DMV with the following: 

  • a completed Registration Application form (PDF document 424.7KB) ,
  • the title to the vehicle (if the title to the vehicle is being held by the lien holder, you (the owner/lessee) must appear in person at one of our full time DMV locations (not a mobile location) with the full name and address of the lien holder.  You would need to provide your original registration from your previous state.  In this situation, only the owner/lessee may proceed with this transaction and only by appearing at one of our full time DMV offices and not a mobile location,
  • an updated (current) odometer reading,
  • proof of the dollar amount of tax paid on the vehicle to any previous state.  Must include vehicle and owner information.
    • Note:  At the time of registration a value will be assessed to your vehicle using one of the N.A.D.A. guides. This value will be used to determine the amount of taxes due. If you have proof of payment of taxes to another state, in your name, on that vehicle, we will deduct that amount from the taxes due to Vermont. If the taxes paid to the other state are less than the taxes due to the state of Vermont, you will be required to pay the difference.
    • proof of paid tax is not required if you have owned the vehicle for over three years in a state that collects tax.  You must either provide the title displaying an issue date of 3 years or more in the past OR supply 3 years worth of registrations (current registration is only creditable up to the current date).
  • VIN Verification, and
  • payment of any and all required fees.