A Driver’s License is issued to eligible individuals 18 years of age or older who pass the required examination. This license allows a person to drive any non-commercial vehicle except a school bus or motorcycle. To drive a school bus or motorcycle additional examination(s) is/are required.
You must obtain a Vermont Driver License upon establishing residency in this state. This must be done no longer than 60 days after moving to Vermont or, if your out-of-state license expires before the end of this 60-day period, you must obtain a Vermont Driver License before it expires (whichever occurs first).
In order to apply for a Vermont Driver’s License, you will need proof that you are a Vermont Resident or are a Visiting Citizen of a Foreign Country with an authorized duration of stay with at least 30 days remaining.
You will need documentation to establish your identity. More information...
If you have a valid license from another state
When a new Vermont Resident applies for a Vermont Driver’s License and possesses a valid out-of-state license or an out-of-state license that has been expired for less than three (3) years, an eye examination will be required.
- Bring your valid (or expired less than three years) license from your home state.
- When your Vermont license is issued, the out-of-state license must be surrendered.
- You will need documentation to establish your identity. More information...
Note: Your first Vermont license will be valid for four birthdays (some exceptions apply). If your birthday is June 1 and you get your first Vermont license on May 15, it will be valid for 3 years and 16 days. If you get your first Vermont license on your birthday it will be good for exactly 4 years (some exceptions apply).
Transferring an Out-of-State Junior Driver’s License (applicants under 18)
You may convert your out-of-state Junior Driver’s License and obtain a Vermont Junior Driver’s License by: (1) successfully passing the required examinations; (2) providing proof (see What Do I Need to Get a Junior Driver’s License, #2 above) of successful completion of a state-approved Driver Education program; (3) providing proof of completion of an additional 40 hours of driving.
If you have a Junior Driver’s License from another state and apply for a Vermont Junior Driver’s License you will be subject to Vermont's Graduated License provisions unless you have held the Junior Driver’s License in the other state for a period of at least six months.
A person may not be issued a new license or renew an existing license when:
- A person whose privilege to operate a motor vehicle in any state has been suspended, revoked, or refused cannot be issued a license until such suspension, revocation or refusal has been terminated and the person has been officially notified in writing of reinstatement.
- A license cannot be issued to a person when the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles has evidence that such person either cannot or will not operate a motor vehicle without endangering the other users of the highway.
- A person is not a Vermont Resident.