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Enhanced Driver's License (EDL)

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. Must also complete from VL-11An EDL is both Real ID and EDL.

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Locations issuing Enhanced Driver License/Non-Driver ID

Bennington Monday-Friday 7:45 A.M. thru 4:00 P.M.
Montpelier Monday-Friday 7:45 A.M. thru 4:30 P.M.
Newport Monday-Friday 7:45 A.M. thru 4:00 P.M.
Rutland Monday-Friday 7:45 A.M. thru 4:00 P.M.
South Burlington Monday-Friday 7:45 A.M. thru 4:00 P.M.

 

EDL applicants must complete:

Enhanced License/ID Application - TA-VL-11

Plus one of the following:

  • Operator License or Junior Operator License (not in need of renewing) - TA-VL-15
  • Non Driver ID - TA-VL-17
  • Operator License or Junior Operator License (new issue or needs to be renewed) - TA-VL-21
  • CDL–TA-VL-31- TA-VL-31

Required Documentation

  1. Identity and date of birth
  2. United States Citizenship
  3. Social Security number
  4. Vermont residency and current residential address

Proof U.S. Citizenship

In addition to the ID requirments listed above, EDL applicants must prove U.S. Citizenship.

At least ONE of the following must be presented.

  • Original certified birth certificate issued by a government unit in the U.S. or U.S. territory. Birth registration and hospital issued birth certificates are NOT accepted.
  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card.
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561).
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550, N-570 or N-578).
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S. Department of State (FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545).

Name Changes (marriage, divorce, adoption, etc.): If your current license has a different name than your identity documents you must have evidence of legal name change. All documents must show the same name and/or date of birth, or an association between the information on the documents. Additional documentation may be required if a connection between documents cannot be established (e.g. Marriage Certificate, Court Order of name change, Divorce Decree, etc.).

How to Obtain a Certified Birth Certificate

Copies of birth certificates and other personal vital records can only be obtained from the state or US possession where the documents were originally filed. Most states provide a centralized source from which birth certificates and other vital records can be ordered.

Each state and US possession has its own set of rules and fees for ordering certified birth certificates on other vital records. Rules, ordering instructions and fees for all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all US possessions can be found on the Where to Write for Vital Records web page, maintained by the US Centers for Disease Control.

When ordering, be aware that shortened (abstract) versions of birth certificates offered by some states are not acceptable for proof of US Citizenship. Be sure to order only the full, certified copy of the original birth certificate bearing the registrar's raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar's office.

Minor Children & Special Groups

Minor Children (under 18 years old):

Minor's evidence of U.S. citizenship must be submitted. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must submit evidence of relationship to the minor applicant. Minor child must apply in person with parent/guardian(s). Minor child must provide his/her proof of Social Security number. Evidence of a legal name change must be submitted, if the name of a parent/guardian has changed since the original documents were issued (e.g. photocopy of a marriage certificate, etc.). Children under age 15 do NOT need to provide photo ID.

ENHANCED license or ID for special groups:

Special Information for Children, Groups of Children, Native Americans, "Closed Loop" Cruises, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, Ferries and Small Boats, and Boaters located here, http://www.getyouhome.gov/.

U.S. Border Crossing Requirements

U.S. citizens returning home from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean or Bermuda, by land or sea, are now required to present a U.S. PassportU.S. Passport Card or an Enhanced Driver's License (EDL). For up to date travel document requirements visit: http://www.getyouhome.gov/

Our Enhanced Driver License Checklist provides information that will help you in preparing to obtain your EDL.

An EDL/ID costs a fee that's in addition to the standard fees for licenses and/or Non-Driver ID (license fees vary by class, duration, and endorsement).

DMV staff will determine eligibility for an EDL/ID by verifying the information on the source documents submitted and conducting investigative applicant interviews to determine identity and citizenship. EDL issuance will require, at a minimum, presentation and verification of a photo identity document; documentation showing the applicant's date of birth; proof of the person's social security number; and documentation showing the applicant's name and address of principle residence.

To ensure your application process is as smooth as possible, remember:
To obtain an EDL you must apply in person. Bring only original documents. Allow at least 2 weeks for delivery for your new Enhanced Driver License/ID. 

  • Documents must be originals or copies certified (not notarized) with a raised seal or stamp.
  • Double-check that you have all the correct documentation before visiting. If you have questions, call the Department of Motor Vehicles at 802-828-2000.
  • Faxed or photocopied documents will NOT be accepted.
  • Documents are subject to departmental review and approval. Additional information may be required.
  • In some cases, document approval may not occur in the same day and may require an additional visit.
  • The fee for an EDL is additional to the fees required for your driver license or non-driver photo ID.