Limited Term DL/IDs
Beginning January 2, 2014, the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will begin printing “LIMITED-TERM’ on Vermont Driver’s Licenses (DL) and Non-Driver Identification Cards (ID) issued to customers who are not United States citizens but who have presented documentation proving that they are lawfully present in the United States. These customers will include lawful permanent residents, students studying from abroad who establish residency in Vermont, individuals working temporarily in Vermont and the dependents of such individuals. The DL’s and ID cards issued to these customers will be valid for the period of each customer’s approved length of stay in the country up to a maximum of four (4) years.
Although marked as “LIMITED-TERM,” these cards grant the same privileges as regular Vermont Driver’s Licenses, Learner Permits and ID cards. In addition to having their lawful presence in the U.S. verified, Non-Citizen drivers must meet all other requirements to be licensed to drive in Vermont and all Non-Citizen customers must provide documents to prove identity, residency and registration with the Social Security Administration.
The “LIMITED-TERM” cards will have the same security features and appearance as other Vermont DL/ID cards. The only difference between “LIMITED-TERM” cards and the cards issued to United States citizens will be the inclusion of the words “LIMITED-TERM”. The LIMITED-TERM cards should be accepted for activities, such as banking, car rental and shopping, which require a DL or ID just like other Vermont cards.
A Vermont DL/ID is not proof of lawful presence in the U.S. so it is important to note that an expired LIMITED-TERM card does not mean the person is in the country illegally.
The marking of Limited Term is one of many enhancements being introduced with DMV’s Real ID program. For more information about Real ID, please visit our Real ID page dmv.vermont.gov/licenses/RealID.