Learner's Permit

If you want to drive in Vermont and you do not have a license, you will have to get a Vermont Learner’s Permit. You must be at least 15 years old to take the test. You must also be a Vermont Resident or a resident of another State enrolled in a Vermont Driver Education & Training.

How to obtain a Learner's Permit

To apply for a Learner’s Permit, an individual under the age of 18 must have maintained a "clean" driving record in the previous two years. If you have had any recalls, suspensions or revocations, contact DMV as you may be required to serve an additional waiting period.

  1. If you are 15, 16 or 17 years old, you need your parent's or legal guardian's permission (unless you are an emancipated minor). A parent or legal guardian must sign the application before you can take the test.
  2. If you are a foreign exchange student, you may obtain a Foreign Exchange Parental Authorization Form in advance, to be signed by a parent or legal guardian. A host parent cannot sign. This form is available at Motor Vehicle offices.
  3. Take the test online.

Your permit will be issued after you pass the vision and the knowledge tests, pay the required fees and show proper proof of identification and Vermont residency.

Who needs a Learner’s Permit?

If you are a Vermont resident and want to drive in Vermont, you will have to get a Vermont Learner’s Permit. You must be at least 15 years old to take the test. A resident of another State enrolled in a Vermont Driver Education Training can also obtain a Vermont Learner's Permit.

When and Where can I drive with a Permit?

With a valid Learner’s Permit, you may drive anywhere, anytime in Vermont if there is a licensed and unimpaired parent or guardian, or a licensed or certified unimpaired driver education instructor or a licensed and unimpaired individual 25 years of age or older riding in the front seat. Before driving in any other state, you must contact that state’s Motor Vehicle Department or law enforcement agency to see if it is legal to drive in that state with a Vermont Learner’s Permit.

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No. The receipt acts as your temporary learners permit for 90-days from the date on this receipt.  This must be in your possession when operating a motor vehicle.

Please contact us and we will review the application. 

The photo is optional and is not required for the permit. If you choose to obtain the photo the replacement fee is required.

DMV will review the information and run checks to verify the information. If the checks don’t come back clear you will be notified to correct your information before a learner permit is sent to you.

DMV reserves the right to randomly retest any applicant. If the applicant fails, a test fee will be charged and the test will have to be taken again. 

No. You must wait for the DMV to process your application and send you a temporary learner permit via email.

You are allowed to read the test if necessary but are not allowed to give your child the correct answers.

If you fail a road test, you must wait at least seven days before retaking the test.

If you fail a knowledge test you must wait at least one day before retaking the test.

You will need to wait until we are offering in-person transactions. At that time you’ll need to bring the necessary documents and pay the replacement fee.

You may take the test as many times as you wish until you pass.

Yes. You will pay the test fee each time you take the test.

Yes. Due to the Graduated License Law, you will need to hold your learner permit for a year prior to taking the road test.

Yes, the age of the permit holder is not relevant. The licensed driver must be unimpaired and 25 or older.

Complete the Replacement License Form (VL-040) and submit it to the DMV together with any appropriate fees. If you are applying for a replacement license/permit in person you must also be prepared to provide a minimum of two forms of identification.


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Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001

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