If you are on active duty in the U.S. military you have a military extension of your Vermont Driver's License.
Military Extension Card ( 57.22KB).
If you are on active duty the military extension validates your existing Vermont Driver's License for up to four (4) years from the date it would normally expire. While it is necessary for the Department to send notice of all expiring licenses, such notice may be disregarded by you if you have obtained a military extension.
Your Vermont license must be renewed within thirty (30) days of your discharge date. To renew this extended license, you must do the following:
- Complete and submit a Vermont License Renewal Application,
- Provide proof of continuous active service (since the expiration date showing on the Vermont license currently in your possession),
- Submit a statement on Armed Forces letterhead, signed by a commissioned officer (other than yourself), or a copy of your discharge papers.
Military veterans are now able to request a new credential with the distinguishing mark “VETERAN” added to the front of the card (see example below). A new Driver’s License/Identification Card application is required for this service along with verification of veteran eligibility (TA-VL-24).
Veterans may also obtain the required forms by visiting any local Vermont DMV office or the Vermont office of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans applying for a Vermont issued Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) may qualify for a skills test waiver.
Who is eligible for a skills test waiver?
Service members who are currently licensed and who are, or were, employed within the last 90 days in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle. Additional eligibility restrictions apply, see below.
At the discretion of the Commissioner, the skills test required under 49 C.F.R. § 383.113 may be waived for a commercial motor vehicle driver with military commercial motor vehicle experience who is currently licensed at the time of his or her application for a commercial driver license, if the test is substituted with an applicant’s driving record in combination with the driving experience specified in this subsection. The Commissioner shall impose conditions and limitations to restrict the applicants from whom alternative requirements for the skills test may be accepted. Such conditions shall include the following:
- the applicant must certify that, during the two-year period immediately prior to applying for a commercial driver license, he or she:
- has not had more than one license in addition to a military license;
- has not had any license suspended, revoked, or cancelled;
- has not had any convictions for any type of motor vehicle for the disqualifying offenses specified in subsection 4116(a) of this title;
- has not had more than one conviction for any type of motor vehicle for serious traffic violations specified in subdivision 4103(16) of this title; and
- has not had any conviction for a violation, other than a parking violation, of military, state, or local law relating to motor vehicle traffic control arising in connection with any traffic accident, and has no record of an accident in which he or she was at fault; and
- the applicant must provide evidence and certify that he or she:
- is regularly employed or was regularly employed within the last 90 days in a military position requiring operation of a commercial motor vehicle;
- was exempted from the commercial driver license requirements in 49 C.F.R. § 383.3(c); and
- was operating for at least the two years immediately preceding discharge from the military a vehicle representative of the commercial motor vehicle the driver applicant operates or expects to operate.
How do eligible service members apply for a skills test waiver?
A new form, TA-VL-54 ~ Application for Military Skills Test Waiver, was created for this purpose. This new form is currently available on our website and at all Vermont DMV offices.