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Frequently Asked Questions

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Commercial Trucking

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Commercial Trucking

When do I need to obtain an over-dimension or over-weight permit?

A permit must be obtained if any of the following dimensions are exceeded:

  • 8' 6" wide
  • 13' 6" high
  • 75' long combination vehicle/46' long single vehicle
  • The gross weight of the vehicle or vehicle combination and load must not exceed limits imposed by statutes. (Gross weight includes weight of the motor truck or truck/tractor-trailer or semi-trailer combination, plus the heaviest load to be transported).

See 23 V.S.A. §1392 Gross Limits on Highways

How do I obtain Vermont Over-dimension permits?

  • Complete and mail an application with the correct fee to Commercial Vehicle Operations.
  • Walk into the Commercial Vehicle Unit in Montpelier, Vermont.
  • Contact a Permit Service Company.
  • Faxed permit applications are accepted if you have an established escrow account.

What is the cost of obtaining a permit?

See current listing of permit fees.

I have a piece of equipment that is wider than my vehicle. What type of permit do I need?

This is a complex issue. To obtain information pertaining to the type of permits available please contact Commercial Vehicles at 802-828-2064.

I will be hauling a divisible load (i.e., forest products, milk, water, quarry products). What type of permit do I need?

This is another complex issue. To obtain information pertaining to the type of permits available please contact Commercial Vehicles at 802-828-2064.

When can a single trip permit be obtained and what is the turn-around time for approval of permits?

Permits can be obtained Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (except holidays - see schedule of holidays [PDF document 42.58KB]). In most cases it should take approximately 45 minutes for a response from the permit clerk. However, a 4-hour turn-around time has been established to take the Unit's workload into consideration during busy periods.

Can I get permits outside of your normal business hours?

You may apply for a permit during off-hours but a permit will not be issued until normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (except holidays - see schedule of holidays [PDF document 42.58KB])

How long is the permit valid?

Single trip permits are valid for 10 working days. If the move is not made during this time-frame a new permit must be purchased.

When can I move loads exceeding the legal limits?

Unless specifically stated on the permit, movement is restricted to daylight hours and shall be made between thirty minutes before sunrise and thirty minutes after sunset. No movement is allowed on state highways for loads in excess of 108,000 pounds, or over 10' 6" wide, or over 100' long on any Saturday, Sunday or Friday afternoon between July 1st and Labor Day. No movement is allowed on holidays observed by the State of Vermont. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday is a legal holiday; if the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday is a legal holiday and these days are restricted as other holidays. See list of holidays [PDF document 42.58KB].

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Do I have to maintain a certificate of insurance on file?

Vermont does not require that you maintain proof of insurance on file with the Department, however, proof of insurance is required when:

  • Requesting a Super Load Permit, or
  • Blanket permits that are 100 feet long or longer.

How do I establish an Escrow Account which will allow me to obtain single trip permits by fax?

See information concerning escrow accounts.

How do I replenish my Escrow Account?

  • A company or personal check may be mailed or delivered to Commercial Vehicle Operations. Check must be made payable to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (payable in U.S. funds only).
  • Cash is acceptable if delivered in person to Commercial Vehicle Operations.
  • Credit cards are not accepted.

What constitutes a "Super Load" and requires an Engineering Review?

Permits that meet or exceed the following perimeters:

  • 150,000 pounds or more
  • 100 feet long or longer
  • 15 feet wide or wider
  • 14 feet high or higher

What information is required when requesting a Super Load Permit and Engineering Review?

See the Application and Requirements (PDF document 67.06KB).

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How long will the Engineering Review take?

The Engineering Review can take up to 10 working days.

What is the fee for an Engineering Survey Review?

See the current listing of Engineering Survey fees.

How long is an Engineering Survey valid?

If additional permits are required and the information contained in the original survey is not changed in any manner (including the routes) the Engineering Survey is valid for 6 months.

Where can I get a copy of the Over-weight/Over-dimension Rules?

Requests should be made to:

Commercial Vehicle Operations
Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001

OR,

Phone: 802-828-2064

You can also access the Overweight & Over-dimension Permit Rules here. (PDF document 267.63KB)

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General Information

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General Information

What are your hours and locations?

Hours and locations

What are some of the fees charged for miscellaneous transactions?

Miscellaneous DMV Fees

Can I pay using a credit card?

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles accepts credit cards for transactions at all locations.  An additional fee may be required.

What address do you have for me?

Call (802) 828-2000, or 888-99-VERMONT (1-888-998-3766) to speak with our personnel and provide us with your current address we can verify whether or not this is the address we have for you. If our answer is “no, this is not the address we have for you” it will be necessary for you to complete an address change form (PDF document 136.13KB) and submit it (by mail or in person) to our main office in Montpelier.

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Licenses, Permits, & ID's

Driver's License

Driving Record
Suspension & Reinstatement

Can I drive in Vermont if I have a learner's permit from another state?

Yes, for a period of 30 days for vacation purposes.

What is needed to get a duplicate license or learner permit?

Complete the application form #TA-VL-15 (PDF document 136KB) and submit it to the DMV together with any appropriate fees. If you are applying for a duplicate license/permit in person you must also be prepared to provide a minimum of two forms of identification (one "primary" document and one "secondary" document).

How often is a physical examination required in order to operate a school bus?

Up to two years depending on the doctor’s findings.

I've moved to Vermont from another state ...how do I change my driver license to a Vermont Driver License?

To obtain a Vermont license bring your current license, proof of identity, DOB & SSN and proof of Vermont residency to a DMV office.

Where do I send a reinstatement fee?

You can pay your reinstatement fee online, or at our main office in Montpelier, or mail your reinstatement fee to: Vermont DMV, 120 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05603-0001 (to the attention of: Driver Improvement), together with a paper stating that you are paying your reinstatement fee and providing your full name, your date of birth and your current mailing address. DO NOT MAIL CASH.

If I live in one state and I've been suspended in another state why won't the state I live in let me get a driver's license (or renew the driver's license I already have in that state)?

On or around April 1, 1996 the federal government required that all states participate in a program that prevents individuals who have had a suspension issued to them in one state (or more than one state) from obtaining a license in another state. A nationwide computer system now tracks all drivers (or potential drivers) to prevent the issuance of a license to a suspended person.

Records

How can I obtain a driving record or bulk driving records?

Individuals:

To obtain your own driving record (or another person's driving record) complete the record request form #TA-VG-116 (PDF document 257KB) and submit it to DMV together with the appropriate fee/fees. Note: If you are requesting the driving record of someone other than yourself that person must complete the "release" portion of this form. A driving record may only be obtained at our main office in Montpelier.

Bulk access:

Bulk request and pull driver records and histories from the Department of Motor Vehicles, available to Vermont.gov subscribers.

Access to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Driver Record Search system is restricted to Vermont.gov Subscribers who are exempt under the DPPA only. In order to become a subscriber, or to request access to the Driver Record Search system for your existing subscriber account, please contact the Vermont.gov help desk by email at vt_mvr@nicusa.com.

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Suspension & Reinstatement

Where do I mail a reinstatement fee?

Mail your reinstatement fee to: Vermont DMV, 120 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05603-0001 (to the attention of: Driver Improvement), together with a paper stating that you are paying your reinstatement fee and providing your full name, your date of birth and your current mailing address. DO NOT SEND CASH.

If the only reason I've been suspended is because I don't have Financial Responsibility Insurance on file with the DMV do I have to pay the Department a reinstatement fee?

No, the reinstatement fee is not required if the only suspension on your record is for insurance purposes.

Why do some people (who have been charged with an alcohol-related offense) been issued both a civil suspension and a criminal suspension for the same violation?

Effective December 1, 1989 the Vermont legislature passed a law that provided a means for a law enforcement officer to issue a Notice of Intent to Suspend, which is considered a Civil (alcohol-related) suspension, to be issued to an offender. This law also permits criminal (alcohol-related) charges to be filed against the offender. As a result, an individual can be suspended both civilly and criminally for the same incident. The Notice of Intent to Suspend was supposed to ease the burden of cases in the Vermont court system as well as providing a means of issuance of a suspension in a more timely manner. An individual who has been charged under this law has a choice of either requesting a hearing on the civil charge or having the suspension go into effect on the date noted on the Notice of Intent to Suspend. If the individual requests a hearing on the civil charge it is generally held in the Vermont District Court at the same time as the hearing for the criminal charge. As they are actually two different charges under two different sections of the law it is possible to have only one of the two charges dismissed ...but both charges must be addressed. If you are suspended for both the civil and the criminal charges the suspensions run concurrently (at the same time). For example, if you were suspended for 90 days for the civil charge and 90 days for the criminal charge the suspensions would either happen at the same time, or, (if one suspension started before the other one) you would be given credit for the time served for the first suspension issued and that time would be deducted from the amount of suspension time to be served for the second suspension issued. See 23 V.S.A., Chapter 13, Subchapter XIII: Drunken Driving in Vermont law.

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Why is a filing of Financial Responsibility Insurance required for an offense involving alcohol?

The Vermont legislature passed a law that became effective on April 29, 1998 making it mandatory for an individual to file Financial Responsibility Insurance for all criminal alcohol-related offenses. In 2000 the Vermont legislature passed a law that became effective on July 1, 2000 making it mandatory for an individual to file Financial Responsibility Insurance for a civil alcohol-related offenses.

If I live in one state and I've been suspended in another state why won't the state I live in let me get a driver's license (or renew the driver's license I already have in that state)?

On or around April 1, 1996 the federal government required that all states participate in a program that prevents individuals who have had a suspension issued to them in one state (or more than one state) from obtaining a license in another state. A nationwide computer system now tracks all drivers (or potential drivers) to prevent the issuance of a license to a suspended person.

My suspension was only supposed to be for a couple of weeks and I went under suspension years ago ...why am I still under suspension?

In Vermont there is no statute of limitations on driver suspensions. All driver suspensions remain on an individual's record and in effect until the individual has complied with all requirements related to the suspension and a reinstatement has been issued.

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When I went to court no one told me I had to complete an alcohol treatment program ...why is DMV telling me that I'm required to do this?

Vermont law requires that anyone suspended for an alcohol-related offense must complete an alcohol treatment program. The courts generally try to make you aware of this requirement at the time of your hearing, but if even if they fail to tell you about it you must meet this requirement.

Can I pay my tickets to the DMV along with my reinstatement fee?

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles does not accept payments for fines. These must be paid directly to the appropriate court.

I paid my ticket(s) a long time ago ...why am I still under suspension?

Once a suspension for failure to pay a fine on a ticket or a citation goes into effect you must meet all requirements for reinstatement. In addition to paying your fine to the court you must pay a reinstatement fee to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. If you have paid your fine but have not paid your reinstatement fee you cannot be reinstated. There is no statute of limitations on driver suspensions ...they remain in effect until all requirements have been met and this Department has issued a notice of reinstatement.

Why didn't I receive anything telling me that I've been suspended?

Notices of suspension are mailed to your address as it appears on our computer system at the time that the suspension is issued. If you have moved and have not notified this Department of your new address (as required by law) you may not receive your written notice of suspension.

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What is an RDL?

An Ignition Interlock Device Restricted License, referred to as an "RDL", allows you to drive non-commercial vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device, while your regular license is suspended or revoked for an alcohol-related driving under the influence offense.  You are granted a conditional reinstatement ahead of your normal eligibility date if you participate in the Ignition Interlock Program.  If granted an RDL, you must adhere to all of the terms and requirements associated with an RDL; failing to do so will result in an extension of your IID requirements.  For more information regarding RDL's click here.   

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I live out-of-state ...do I have to come back to Vermont to take an alcohol treatment program?

If you live in another state it is possible for you to take an alcohol treatment program in that state. It is very important that you contact Vermont's Project CRASH at (802) 651-1574 prior to enrolling in a program outside of Vermont. Not all alcohol treatment programs are accepted and you must make sure that you participate in an acceptable program.

Why do I need to let the DMV know when my name and/or address changes?

Vermont law requires that an individual who has been issued: 1) a Vermont driver license, driver permit, non-driver identification card, and/or 2) a Vermont vehicle/motorboat/snowmobile registration, to notify the Vermont DMV of any change in name and/or address within 30 days of the date of the change. The DMV mails any correspondence (such as license renewal notices, vehicle registrations, etc.) to whatever address we have on our computer records for an individual. The information we have on our computer records reflects the most recent information you have supplied to us. If you neglect to notify this Department of any changes you will not receive any materials that we may mail you. Please use DMV form # TA-VL-15 (PDF document 136KB) to notify the Vermont DMV of any change to your name and/or address.

Can I make my payment using a credit card?

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles accepts credit cards for transactions at all locations.  An additional fee may be required. 

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School Bus Drivers & Buses

Employer Responsibilities
Endorsement Testing

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Identification & Equipment
Multifunction School Activity Buses (MFSAB)
Physicals

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Registration
School Bus Clinic Cards

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School Bus Endorsements
School Bus Routes & Stops
Type I & Type II School Buses

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Who needs to be part of a drug testing program?

Employers of drivers holding CDL's must have a drug testing program. Drivers holding CDL's are subject to random testing. These requirements do not impact individuals holding a Type II endorsement.

How can I find a drug testing program for my company?

Contact Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Vermont Student Transportation Association, Vermont Truck and Bus Association or Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

What paperwork needs to be maintained by school transportation coordinators?

  • Copies of physicals (to include vision and hearing screening),
  • Initial 3-year driving record,
  • Documentation indicating all students are participating in emergency evacuations twice a year, and
  • Records of vehicle pre-trip inspections.

Contractors also need to be in compliance with all CDL driver qualification requirements and regulations (FMCSR 391).

Who needs to comply with CDL driver requirements and regulations?

School contractors need to be in compliance with all CDL driver qualification requirements and regulations (FMCSR 391). It should be noted while there is an exemption for "to and from school" operation, there is no such exemption for trips performed by contractors. School transportation performed by a state or political subdivision of a state (i.e., municipalities) are exempt from some CDL requirements. For more information see FMCSR 390.3 (a), applicability, (f)(1)(2) exceptions (see interpretations for this section).

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What is the period of validity for written tests (both CDL and school bus)?

Two years.

Can drivers with the appropriate class CDL and "P" endorsement (but no "S" endorsement) drive a Type I School Bus to the exam location? Do school bus lights and signs need to be covered?

Yes. They don't need to be accompanied by a licensed CDL operator with an "S" endorsement. School bus signs and lights do not need to be covered.

Can applicants seeking a Type II endorsement drive a Type II School Bus (unaccompanied) to the exam location? Do school bus lights and signs need to be covered?

Yes, the applicant can drive the Type II School Bus to the exam location. School bus signs and lights do not need to be covered.

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If a school bus is equipped with seat belts are the occupants required to wear them?

  • Type I School Bus - No
  • Type II School Bus - Yes

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What is a Multifunction School Activity Bus (MFSAB)?

An MFSAB is a vehicle which meets the construction and safety standards for a "multifunction school activity bus" adopted by rule by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  Vehicles meeting these standards will be labeled by the manufacturer with a sticker which clearly identifies the vehicle type as an MFSAB.  Vehicles which do not have this identifying sticker are not Multifunction School Activity Buses and cannot be used as such.  Multifunction School Activity Buses can be used to transport students on trips.  They cannot be used to transport students to and/or from home and school.

Do drivers of MFSAB's need to have school bus endorsements?

Yes ....

  • If the school bus is owned or operated by a school or in connection with school activities.
  • If transporting Head Start children in a situation where a school bus or MFSAB is required.

Do Multifunction School Activity Buses need to be inspected as a school bus?

No, they are not school buses and require a regular yearly inspection only.

Can a Multifunction School Activity Bus be used for a DMV road test to obtain a school bus endorsement?

No, a MFSAB cannot be used for a road test to obtain a school bus endorsement.

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How long is a DOT (Department of Transportation) physical good for?

A DOT physical is good for 2 years and will be accepted by DMV (including for testing purposes) as long as valid, regardless of issue and expiration date.

Can I use a Universal Medical Form for the physical required to get a school bus endorsement?

A Universal Medical Form will be accepted for Type II School Bus endorsements only. While they are good for the duration of the license (4 years mandatory) they must be submitted to DMV (when adding or renewing the school bus endorsement) within 6 months of date of physical.

Do school bus drivers need to have a physical done each year?

Physicals are required to be submitted to the driver's school annually.

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Does a school bus "garaged" in Vermont need to be registered in Vermont, or is it acceptable to have out-of-state plates?

If the bus is garaged in Vermont it must be registered in Vermont. Vehicles incidentally in Vermont are not required to be registered in Vermont if they are here temporarily and will soon be returning to their home garage.

Do buses transporting Vermont students to and from school (or in connection to school activities) need to be registered in this state?

There is no requirement that a school bus registered and garaged out-of-state, used for transportation of Vermont students, be registered in Vermont.

What is the appropriate use of school buses that are registered as municipal vehicles?

In order for a school bus to obtain a municipal registration it must be owned by a municipality and used entirely by that municipality or any other municipality. A municipality may allow one of its buses to be used by another municipality. Compensation is not relevant.

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How long is a school bus clinic card good for?

School bus clinic cards issued prior to January 1, 2007 are good for four years. Cards issued after January 1, 2007 must be surrendered to DMV within 6 months and a school bus endorsement obtained. Otherwise, the driver will need to attend another clinic.

When can a duplicate school bus clinic card be issued?

A duplicate card can be issued if the original card has not been surrendered to DMV as part of the process to obtain or retain an endorsement.

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Can a driver holding an out-of-state CDL drive a school bus for a Vermont school?

Yes, if their license has both an "S" (school bus) and "P" (passenger) endorsement. There are no additional requirements.

Can an "S" (school bus) endorsement be added to an out-of-state CDL?

No, the "S" (school bus) endorsement must be added by the state of issue.

How does an out-of-state driver convert their CDL with "S" (school bus) and "P" (passenger) endorsement to a Vermont license?

The driver must obtain a Vermont CDL license, attend a Vermont school bus clinic, and provide a complete DOT (Department of Transportation) medical.

Can a driver holding a valid out-of-state license (either CDL or non-CDL) drive a Type II School Bus in the State of Vermont?

If the driver meets all qualifications for a Vermont Type II School Bus endorsement a card will be issued to the individual allowing them to drive a Type II School Bus in this state. These requirements include attending a Vermont school bus clinic, passing all required tests (knowledge, vision, and skill tests), and submitting a medical form.

Does a mechanic who inspects school buses need to have a school bus endorsement?

No. DMV policy states "School bus mechanics will be required to possess, at a minimum, a Class B CDL with a "P" (passenger) endorsement to operate an empty school bus." This applies only to inspection of Type I School Buses. For Type II School Buses the inspection mechanic does not need a CDL or a Type II School Bus endorsement.

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Who is responsible for establishing school bus routes and stops?

The School Board has the authority and responsibility to establish bus routes and stops. The school bussing coordinator should also be consulted. When the stop is on a state highway, the Vermont Agency of Transportation can be consulted and may send someone out to look at the stop and put up a sign if warranted.

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What is a Type I School Bus?

A Type I School Bus is a school bus with a manufacturer's rated seating capacity of more than 15 passengers, including the operator.

What kind of license do I need to drive a Type I School Bus?

A CDL with school bus and "P" (passenger) endorsement is required.

What is a Type II School Bus?

A Type II School Bus is a school bus with a manufacturer's rated seating capacity of more than 10 and fewer than 16 passengers, including the operator.

What kind of license to I need to drive a Type II School Bus?

A driver's license with a Type II School Bus endorsement is required.

Do all school buses have to be yellow?

Type I School Buses must be National School Bus Glossy Yellow. It is legal for the hood and fenders to be lusterless black. Type II School Buses, manufactured after January 1, 2000, must be painted school bus yellow.

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Vehicle Registrations

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When must a vehicle be registered in Vermont?

Residents must annually register motor vehicles owned or leased for a period of more than thirty days and operated by them, unless currently registered in Vermont. A Resident who has moved to Vermont from another jurisdiction must register their motor vehicles within 60 days of moving into Vermont. It is illegal for a person to operate a motor vehicle or draw a trailer or semi-trailer on any highway unless such vehicle is registered.

Where do I go to register my vehicle?

Vehicles may be registered at the Vermont DMV main office (in Montpelier) and certain registration transactions may be performed at our satellite offices.  You can also renew most registrations online and at participating Town Clerk offices.

If I have questions concerning my vehicle registration where do I call?

DMV Telephone Numbers

What kinds of vehicles are required to be registered?

Types Of Vehicles

Does the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles assess any tax on my vehicle when I register it?

Purchase & Use Tax information

Can someone else fill out the registration application form for me?

Someone else can complete the form for you but the application must be signed and dated by the owner(s). If it's signed by someone who is acting as the "authorized agent" of the owner(s) proof of such authorization (such as power of attorney) must be provided to the department.

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How soon after I register my vehicle do I have to get it inspected?

Vehicles not displaying a valid Vermont inspection sticker must be inspected within 15 days of registration. If the vehicle is operated on a public highway within this 15-day period (without a valid inspection sticker affixed) the vehicle must still be in good mechanical condition and meet the Vermont Safety Inspection Standards. Remember, you must present an insurance identification card to the inspection station to show proof of insurance or the vehicle cannot be inspected.

I've moved to Vermont from another state ...how do I change my vehicle registration to a Vermont registration?

You must provide DMV with the following: a completed Registration Application form #TA-VD-119 (PDF document 424.7KB), the title to the vehicle, an updated (current) odometer reading, proof of the dollar amount of tax paid on the vehicle to any previous state (proof of tax paid is not necessary if the vehicle is over 3 years old and you have the title or proof of registration for the past 3 years from a taxable state), a “Visual Verification of Serial Number” and payment of the proper fees. Note: If the title to the vehicle is being held by the lien-holder you must provide DMV with the full name and address of the lien-holder.

What is needed to register a used vehicle in Vermont?

You must provide DMV with the following: a completed Registration Application form #TA-VD-119 (PDF document 424.7KB), the title to the vehicle, a bill of sale or a properly assigned title, an updated (current) odometer statement and payment of the proper fees. If the vehicle is nine (9) years old or newer an Odometer Disclosure Statement is also required.  Note:  Proper assignment of a title requires all the owners listed on the title to sign as sellers in the assignment of ownership section on the back of the title and the new owner’s name must be entered on the “transferred to” line. Any liens listed on the title must be released.

What is needed to get a duplicate vehicle registration certificate?

Complete the application form #TA-VL-15 (PDF document 136KB) and submit it to the DMV together with any appropriate fees.

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Does a person have to be a resident of Vermont in order to register a vehicle in Vermont?

No.

How do I register a motorcycle in Vermont when I purchased the motorcycle in another state?

You must provide DMV with the following: a completed Registration Application form #TA-VD-119 (PDF document 424.7KB), the bill of sale, the title to the motorcycle, an updated (current) odometer statement and payment of the proper fees. If you did not purchase the motorcycle from a dealer (if you purchased it from a private individual) you will also need a "Visual Verification of Serial Number" completed. If you had registered the motorcycle in another state you will also need proof of the amount of tax paid to the other state.

How do I register an ATV in Vermont?

You must provide DMV with the following: a completed Registration Application form #TA-VD-119 (PDF document 424.7KB), proof of payment of sales tax (unless the ATV was purchased through a casual sale) and payment of the proper fees.

Can I renew my vehicle registration in the Mobile Unit?

No, not unless your registration has been expired for more than one year …then new plates will be issued.

You didn’t send me a registration renewal …how do I renew?

Obtain a blank registration application TA-VD-119 (PDF document 424.7KB) from this web site, any Vermont DMV location, Town Clerk or local Police Department. Complete sections 1, 2, 4 and 8 on the registration application and submit the application with the renewal fee. If you are registering a truck, trailer, motorcycle or ATV you must also complete section 3 on the application. This renewal must be delivered to our main office at 120 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05603-0001 ---it cannot be processed at any of our Branch Offices or Mobile Van locations.

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I sent my registration renewal/new/transfer in over two weeks ago and haven’t gotten anything back yet …where is it?

Check with your bank to find out whether or not your check has been cashed. If it has been cashed, get the routing numbers from the back of the check and telephone:

(802) 828-2000, or
(toll free) 1-888-99-VERMONT (1-888-998-3766) to speak with our personnel.

How do I take a name off my registration?

Both owners listed on the front of the title must sign it over to who-ever is going to remain on the title (on section one on the back of the title). Fill out sections 1-4 and section 8 on the registration application and send both the title and the registration application in to our main office in Montpelier with the appropriate fees. You must also provide an updated odometer reading. If one of the owners is deceased, attach a copy of that person’s death certificate.

I've moved to another state from Vermont and I'm registering my vehicle here. What do I do with my Vermont plates? Can I get a refund on them?

When you leave Vermont and register your vehicle in another state you must return your Vermont license plates to: Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, 120 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05603-0001. This must be done so that the Vermont DMV can cancel that vehicle registration in Vermont. There is no refund of fees.

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Vehicle Titles

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How do I change the name(s) on a vehicle title?

The title to be changed must contain owner information that matches the owner information on the current vehicle registration. You must complete a registration application form #TA-VD-119 (PDF document 424.7KB) providing an updated vehicle odometer reading and updated owner information. Each individual currently listed on the title must sign on the back of the title (as "sellers") and fill in the name of the "buyer(s)". If there are two owners you must indicate the relationship of the two owners.

If I am trying to register a vehicle that is more than fifteen (15) years old what do I use for a title?

Your "bill of sale".

How can I change the ownership of a vehicle without a title?

This cannot be done without a title unless the vehicle is not titleable. If the vehicle is more than fifteen (15) years old this can be accomplished using the "bill of sale".

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