Recent News

Driver Restoration Day

Governor Peter Shumlin and Chittenden County State’s Attorney TJ Donovan announced a pilot Driver Restoration Day to be held in Burlington on March 20 to help Vermonters in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, and Washington counties who have had their licenses suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets get their driving privileges reinstated. The effort is aimed at ensuring lower-income Vermonters are not forced to make choices between paying for overdue tickets or daily necessities and increasing public safety. Details here

Extension to Declaration of Emergency (TITLE 49 CFR 390.23)

Transportation of Home Heating Fuels. Pursuant to 49 CFR Section 390.23 and Vermont Title 5 VSA 2101, the Vermont  Department of Motor Vehicles declares that an emergency exists pertaining to the delivery of home heating fuels (fuel oil, propane) within the State of Vermont.... Official Notice

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

Drive Time -- Safety Tips for VT Drivers

Information, tips and reminders from VT State Police, VT Department of Motor Vehicles, VT Agency of Transportation, VT Sheriffs Association, and the AARP Driver Safety Program.

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. In other words, 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. And remember to stay at least 15 but no more than 50 feet from the tracks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

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“With a commitment to excellence, the dedicated employees of DMV strive to provide the highest level of customer service through the administration of motor vehicle laws and the promotion of highway safety.”

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 Robert D. Ide, Commissioner

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