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Enhanced Driver's License (EDL)

Vermont's Enhanced Driver License/Non-Driver ID

Locations Issuing EDL/ID
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.

 

U.S. Border Crossing Requirements
Proof of Social Security Number
Proof of U.S. Citizenship
Proof of Identity

Proof of Vermont Residency
Minor Children & Special Groups
Required Forms

 

Proof of 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.

Proof of Identity

Present original photo document to establish identity.

  • Vermont photo license (expired less than three years).
  • Out-of-state driver's license or ID card (expired less than one year).
  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card.
  • Government-issued employee photo ID card (Federal, State, municipal).
  • Valid U.S. military ID card with photo.
  • If the applicant is below the age of 15 and does not have one of the above, a parent or guardian must present their driver's license or ID and appear with the applicant.

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.).

Proof of Social Security Number

Present ONE of the following to demonstrate a valid Social Security Number. NO OTHER DOCUMENTS ACCEPTED.

  • Social Security card.
  • W2 or 1099 form.
  • Pay stub containing your name and Social Security Number.

Note: All Social Security information will be verified. Simply knowing your Social Security Number is not enough.

Proof of Vermont Residency

Bring at least TWO pieces of mail with current name and Vermont street address. If no mail comes to the street address, provide 2 of any of the following documents which show Vermont street address:

  • Utility bill --must list service address.
  • Property tax bill with physical location.
  • Lease or Landlord statement.
  • Vermont EBT or Vermont AIM identification card.
  • Homeowners/Renters insurance (policy/proof of claim).

Note: If temporarily living outside of Vermont (Military, College student, temporary work, etc.) contact the Department of Motor Vehicles 802-828-2000 for additional information.

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/.

All 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

Also see:

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.

ONLY VERMONT RESIDENTS, WHO ARE ALSO U.S. CITIZENS, MAY APPLY FOR AN ENHANCED DRIVER LICENSE/ID CARD (EDL/ID)

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. 

To ensure your application process is as smooth as possible, remember:

  • 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.

Miscellaneous

If I get suspended while waiting for the driver license to come by mail, will it still be mailed to me? 
Yes, the card will still be mailed to you, but it will be invalid if your driving privilege has been suspended since the driver license or driver permit was issued.

What happens if my driver license or identification card is returned to DMV by the post office? Will you call me if it is returned?
No, any undeliverable driver license or identification cards will be returned to DMV. A notation will be placed on your record and the card will be shredded. If you don’t receive your card you need to call DMV at 802.828.2000. If your residence and/or mailing address has changed since the card was issued you will need to go to an EDL issuing office to prove your new address and apply for a replacement license and pay the replacement fee.

How long will it take for my permanent driver license or identification card to be sent to me?
You should receive your permanent card within 10 business days to the address provided at the time of application. If the permanent card is unable to be delivered by the USPS to the address provided it will not be forwarded.

What if my permanent driver license or identification card never arrives?
If you have not received your permanent card within 20 days, call DMV at 802.828.2000.

If my permanent driver license or identification card never arrives, do I have to get another photo taken?
If your residence and/or mailing address has changed, you will need to return to the DMV office to prove your new address, apply for a replacement card and pay the replacement fee. A new photo will be taken at that time. If your residence and/or mailing address has not changed, you may not need to have a new photo taken.

What about defective materials in the permanent card – can the card be replaced at no cost? 
If the material is defective we will replace the permanent card at no fee. Visit your local DMV office to apply for a replacement card.