Frequently Asked Quetions
Your "bill of sale".
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 (form #VD-119) 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.
See types of vehicle ownership for more information.
If your name is different than the one shown on your birth certificate or other document used to establish identity and date of birth, you must provide certified copies of the legal documents that connect the name on the document used to establish identity and date of birth to your current name. The following documents are acceptable.
Court-ordered name change
- Orders under a petition for a name change.
- Orders for name change in a divorce decree or decree of annulment.
- Orders for name change in a decree of adoption.
The court order must contain your prior full legal name, your court-ordered full legal name and your date of birth. It must be a certified copy and have the stamp or raised seal of the issuing court.
The marriage certificate must be issued by a state office of vital statistics or equivalent agency in the state or country where you were married and must be a certified copy with a stamp or raised seal of the issuing authority. A church, chapel, or similarly issued certificate is not acceptable.
In all cases, the documents must connect the name shown on your birth certificate or other document used to establish identity and date of birth to your current name. You do not have to document a complete listing of all the names you may have previously used, as long as the documents you provide clearly connect the two.
Social Security Administration
If you need to correct or update information at the Social Security Administration, do so several days before you apply for a Driver's License or ID card. For information on how to do this, visit socialsecurity.gov.
No. Name changes must be done in person at a DMV office location.
Residents must annually register motor vehicles owned or leased for a period of more than 30 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 to 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.
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.
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.
Obtain a blank registration application VD-119 from this website, 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.
Both owners listed on the front of the title must sign it over to whoever is going to remain on the title (on section one on the back of the title). Fill out sections 1-4 and 8 on the registration application and send both the title and the registration application 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.
No. Anyone can register a vehicle in the state of Vermont.
No. Anyone can register a vehicle in the state of Vermont.
Complete the application for a replacement registration (form #VD-040) and submit it to this Department with the appropriate fee
Complete the Replacement License Form (see below) 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 proof of identification.
Contact your insurance company or bank.
Check an old expired license.
Your employer may have a copy on file.
Please be advised that you must notify the DMV within 60 days of issuance if you do not receive your registration/license/title. If DMV is not notified within this timeframe, the purchase of a replacement may be required.
Use our contact form here
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.
- 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).
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).
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.
For a Type I school bus: No.
For a Type II school bus: Yes.
A DOT physical is good for up to two (2) years and will be accepted by DMV (including for testing purposes) as long as valid, regardless of issue and expiration date.
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.
There is no requirement that a school bus registered and garaged out-of-state, used for transportation of Vermont students, be registered in Vermont.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration:
“Students are about 70 times more likely to get to school safely when taking a bus instead of traveling by car. That’s because school buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road; they’re designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries; and in every State, stop-arm laws protect children from other motorists.
Seat belts have been required on passenger cars since 1968, and 49 States and the District of Columbia have enacted laws requiring the use of seat belts in passenger cars and light trucks. There is no question that seat belts play an important role in keeping passengers safe in these vehicles. But school buses are different by design, including a different kind of safety restraint system that works extremely well.
Large school buses are heavier and distribute crash forces differently than passenger cars and light trucks do. Because of these differences, bus passengers experience much less crash force than those in passenger cars, light trucks, and vans.
NHTSA decided the best way to provide crash protection to passengers of large school buses is through a concept called “compartmentalization.” This requires that the interior of large buses protect children without them needing to buckle up. Through compartmentalization, children are protected from crashes by strong, closely-spaced seats that have energy-absorbing seat backs.
Small school buses (with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less) must be equipped with lap and/or lap/shoulder belts at all designated seating positions. Since the sizes and weights of small school buses are closer to those of passenger cars and trucks, seat belts in those vehicles are necessary to provide occupant protection.”
Some states have passed legislation requiring school buses to have seatbelts in them. As of now, Vermont has not. Some school districts and/or transportation providers have also mandated seatbelts be in the school buses they use.
Yes, the age of the permit holder is not relevant. The licensed driver must be unimpaired and 25 or older.
If the applicant is under 18 parental consent is required.
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.
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.
Please contact us and we will review the application.
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.
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.
No, the reinstatement fee is not required if the only suspension on your record is for insurance purposes.
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.
Since 1996 the federal government requires 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 system tracks all drivers (or potential drivers) to prevent the issuance of a license to a suspended person.
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.
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.
The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles does not accept payments for fines. These must be paid directly to the appropriate court.
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.
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.
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.
B&W portrait is a byproduct of our cards being printed on polycarbonate (PC). PC has become the de facto card construction for IDs, particularly in the international market. The biggest advantage is that it is a fully fused, monolithic card that can’t be deconstructed to access the personalization data.
In our previous cards, the personalization was applied to the surface of the card and thus offers an opportunity to attack the card by “opening it up”.
Polycarbonate cards are personalized by laser writing and the personalization is in the card. Since the card is fully fused, it can’t be opened up to attack. Unfortunately, except with very expensive equipment, it is not possible to laser write a color image.
See the DMV Records Request information.
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.
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 Vermont 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
Application for an RDL must be made by contacting the Department, by phone, at 802-828-2061.
You must be under suspension for an alcohol driving offense in Vermont.
Yes. You must also do the following:
- Pay the Reinstatement Fee.
- Provide proof of Financial Responsibility (SR-22 Certificate).
- Provide proof of installation of an approved IID. When you have the IID installed, have the installer complete a Certification of Ignition Interlock Device Installation, VL-082.
Your RDL must be renewed on a yearly basis. A renewal notice and an Application for Ignition Interlock Device Restricted Driver’s License will be mailed to you 30 days before your RDL expires. You will need to complete the application and return it to DMV with the appropriate renewal fee of $125.00. If you have a motorcycle endorsement and wish to keep it, you will need to include an additional $3.00. If you do not renew your RDL on or by the expiration, you will be issued a suspension for failing to renew your RDL and will remain under suspension until you renew your RDL and pay the Reinstatement Fee.
Note: The expiration date of your initial RDL will expire on your second birthday after the issuance of your initial RDL. You will then need to renew your RDL on a yearly basis thereafter.
The RDL Unit will send a letter a short time prior to your actual release date advising you of when you may procure a corrected license without the IID restriction. If you do not receive a letter you may contact DMV at 802-828-2061 to verify that you are eligible to have the interlock removed.
All office visits are by appointment only, schedule at mydmv.vermont.gov.
DMV is closed for all Vermont State Holidays.
Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover for our online and in-person services.
If you are mailing paperwork that requires payment, send a check or money order.
- 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.
See the Application and Requirements (form #CVO-106).
This is a complex issue. To obtain information pertaining to the type of permits available please contact Commercial Vehicles at 802-828-2064.
This is another complex issue. To obtain information pertaining to the type of permits available please contact Commercial Vehicles at 802-828-2064.
Permits can be obtained Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (except holidays - see schedule of holidays. 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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
The Engineering Review can take up to 10 working days.
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.
Requests should be made to:
Commercial Vehicle Operations
Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001
No. There is no legal requirement to use chains from the chain up/down area in Wilmington to points east.
The designated chain up/down area in Wilmington is the old Route 9 that goes around the marina. This area is signed as the chain up/down area and as a one way road. This area is big enough for several tractor trailers. The pull off west of the marina is not the designated chain up/down area.
The only designated area to chain up for drivers traveling west is the portion of the old Route 9 that goes around the marina in Wilmington. This area is signed as a chain up area.
There is no law that requires the use of chains on the Hogback Mountain portion of VT Rte 9. The only mandatory chain-up area is from the chain-up site in Wilmington to the chain-up site in Bennington.
More information on Vermont Chain Up law
Storms can be very fluid, and the chain-up requirement may get turned on and off several times during a storm.
When VTrans activates (or de-activates) the chain-up law, they will post to VTrans’ Facebook page, VT511 Twitter page, the 511 Traveler Information website, and push out a VT Alert.
With VT Alerts you can subscribe to get an email or text alert, so you don’t have to seek out the information.
Commercial Driver's License (CDL), School Bus
Yes, if their license has both an "S" (school bus) and "P" (passenger) endorsement. There are no additional requirements.
No, the "S" (school bus) endorsement must be added by the state of issue.
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.
Limited Term, Real ID
No. The Driver's License or ID card remains fully valid for all purposes normally associated with a Driver's License or ID card in the form issued.
A Driver's License or ID card marked “limited term” merely signifies that it is issued to a person who is a foreign national with temporary lawful status in the United States and has a shorter term than a regular Driver's License or ID card.
Your card will read “limited term” and the expiration date will coincide with the expiration of valid legal status obtained from documentation provided. If your lawful stay has no defined end or expiration date, you will have the option of choosing a 2 or 4 year card.
Driver's Privilege Card (DPC)
A Driver Privilege Card is a Vermont license or permit that is NOT Real ID compliant.
The Driver Privilege Card is available to anyone that is a Vermont Resident. Issuance of the DPC does not require proof of legal presence or US citizenship.
The Driver's Privilege Card is available to anyone that is a Vermont Resident. Issuance of the DPC does not require proof of legal presence or US citizenship.
Yes, the Vermont EDL & EID are designated as acceptable border-crossing documents by DHS under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI). Vermont EDL & EID are acceptable for official Federal purposes (i.e., boarding a commercial aircraft, accessing a federal facility, or entering a nuclear power plant).
Passed by Congress in 2005, the REAL ID Act enacted the 9/11 Commission's recommendation that the Federal Government “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.” The Act established minimum security standards for state-issued driver's licenses and identification cards and prohibits Federal agencies from accepting for official purposes licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards. These purposes are:
- Accessing Federal facilities
- Boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft
- Entering nuclear power plants
The documentation fee, which represents a charge for the preparation and handling of sale documents regardless of whether or not the vehicle is financed, should be included in the overall purchase price of the vehicle and is therefore subject to the Purchase and Use Tax.
3-Times-Out Claim (Filing Method A):
- A Demand may be filed after the manufacturer/authorized dealer has had reasonable opportunities to repair a warranted defect(s). The lemon law presumes that three unsuccessful repair attempts meet this requirement. The first attempt must occur within the manufacturer's express warranty.
- A consumer filing with fewer than three repair attempts must convince the Board that the manufacturer was allowed a reasonable opportunity to repair. This could be for a safety-related defect/condition, if the dealer/manufacturer presents the condition is characteristic and no repair is needed, or for other reasons.
- The symptom of a claimed defect(s) must be present as of the date of filing.
- Please review the eligibility requirements prior to filing and enclose the requested supporting documentation, which must be received prior to the scheduling of a hearing.
30 Days Out-Of-Service Claim (Filing Method B):
- A Demand may be filed after a vehicle has been out-of-service for multiple days by reason of a reasonable number of repairs within the manufacturer's express warranty.
- The lemon law presumes that a reasonable number of repairs have been made when the vehicle has been out-of-service for 30 calendar days.
- A consumer may file with fewer than 30 days out-of-service but must demonstrate why the Board should accept fewer than 30 days as being reasonable.
- "Out-of-service" is defined as the vehicle being unavailable for the consumer's use for a major portion of the day (4 hours or more) while being under the control of the manufacturer, its agent or authorized dealer.
- The 30 days may be cumulative or consecutive.
- Please review the eligibility requirements prior to filing and enclose the requested supporting documentation, which must be received prior to the scheduling of a hearing.
- For vehicles issued registration plates with dimensions of approximately 12 x 6 inches, in the lower right corner of the rear registration plate; and
- For vehicles issued a registration plate with a dimension of approximately 7 x 4 inches, in the upper right corner of the rear registration plate.
Act 71, which became law on July 1, 2017, removed any end date from the law that authorizes certain motor vehicles registered in Vermont to display Vermont Strong plates that cover a regular front license plate. No other alternate plates are allowed.
Please put the plates on your vehicle, the paperwork that came with the plates is your temporary registration. If you need an inspection, use the temporary registration. The certificate and sticker will arrive by mail within about two weeks.
You are not required to return plates to DMV. If you want to return plates, please mail them to us. If you are selling your car, do NOT leave your plates on the car.
No, you may gift your personally owned vehicle to anyone you choose, but the plates belong to you and not to the vehicle. The new owner must apply for new plates and registration under their name.
An Ignition Interlock Device, referred to as an “IID”, is an after-market device which is installed in a vehicle. The IID is connected to the starter or ignition, or other on-board computer system of a vehicle. The device prevents a driver from operating the vehicle if the driver has been drinking. Before starting the vehicle, a driver must blow into the device; if the driver’s BAC is at or over a pre-set limit, 0.02 in Vermont, the IID will not allow the vehicle to start. Once the vehicle is started, at random times during the operation of the vehicle, the device will prompt the driver to provide another breath sample, referred to as “random retests”. If the breath sample is not provided, or if the breath sample is at or exceeds a BAC of 0.02, the IID will log the event as a “failure”, and will then signal the vehicle to begin flashing the lights and sounding the horn. This will continue until the vehicle is turned off, or a clean breath sample has been provided.
Yes. Once installed in your vehicle, the IID must be calibrated and inspected by a certified installer, or “swapped out” (if applicable), every 30 days for the duration of the terms and requirements of an RDL. The inspection is done to make sure the IID is working properly and to detect any issues of non-compliance. At the time of inspection, the installer will:
- Review the data recorded in the device’s memory.
- Inspect the device for indications of tampering.
- Calibrate the device.
- Forward data reports to both DMV.
The IID collects and stores the information below, which is reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Corrections. This information is also provided to Project CRASH.
- The date and time of any use, or attempted use of a vehicle including a photo of the driving compartment.
- The date and time of any attempt to tamper, circumvent or bypass the device.
- The date, time and alcohol concentration, in grams per 210 liters, of each breath sample provided to the device.
- The date and time of any malfunctions of the device.
- The date and time of any failures to provide retest samples.
- The date and time a “service required” message is issued to the customer by the device.
- The date any service is performed.
- The mileage and hours of operation of the vehicle since the previous service was performed.
The device will give you a reminder 7 days prior to a scheduled service date, followed by a warning to obtain service within 5 days. If you fail to bring your vehicle to the installer for service within those 5 days, the IID will place your vehicle in a permanent lockout state; the vehicle would have to be towed to the installer for service before you can operate it again. Failure to bring your car in for service will result in an extension of your RDL requirements.
The vehicle will not start and the IID will enter a short lockout period of a few minutes. This lockout period allows an opportunity for the alcohol to dissipate from the mouth and for you to consider the reason for the failed breath alcohol test, for example; is the failure a result of the use of mouthwash, cough syrup, etc., or as a result of consuming too much alcohol. The IID will record the failure, which will be noted in the data report. If you make 3 attempts to start a vehicle with a BAC of .04 or above, your IID requirements will be extended for a period of 3 months.
We strongly suggest that you notify your installer before performing vehicle maintenance, service or repairs that would involve starting or driving your vehicle or disconnecting the battery. Your auto repair technician can contact your installer for specific instructions on how to avoid recording erroneous violations.
VREP, Basic Rider Course
The Basic RiderCourse is a motorcycle-training course for novice riders and those with limited riding experience, as well as riders who haven’t ridden for some time. This course, containing a combination of riding exercises and classroom time, teaches the basic skills needed to operate a motorcycle in traffic. Students successfully completing this course will be exempt from taking the state required motorcycle written test and skill exam.
The course will teach you to become a safe and responsible motorcyclist. Successful completion of the course enables you to obtain your motorcycle endorsement without further testing. You may also be eligible for a discount on your motorcycle insurance.
Basic Rider Course students are required to have a valid Vermont driver’s license.
You must use a program motorcycle when participating in a BRC. If you wish to take a motorcycle-training course using your own motorcycle please enroll in an Experienced Rider Skills Plus or Experienced Rider License Waiver Course.
Yes, the Vermont Rider Education Program and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation require students to pass the Basic Rider Course written and skill tests to successfully complete the course.
Yes, Vermont will accept a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course completion card as a waiver of the motorcycle skills test. An individual will still need to pass the Vermont motorcycle knowledge test, which can be completed online before adding a motorcycle endorsement to their driver's license.
VREP, Basic Rider Course, Intermediate Rider Course
No, Motorcycles are provided for students.
No, You must use a program motorcycle. If you wish to take a motorcycle-training course using your own motorcycle please enroll in an Experienced Rider Skills Plus or Experienced Rider License Waiver Course.
Students enrolling in a Basic or Intermediate Rider Course are not required to have a motorcycle permit.
VREP, Intermediate Rider Course
Students successfully completing the Rider Course will have the motorcycle endorsement added to their Vermont driver’s license without further testing.
The Intermediate Rider Course is a one-day motorcycle-training course designed for students who have completed the Basic Rider Course and wish more range practice time on the motorcycle. Emphasis is placed on the skill needs of the student. Students successfully completing this course will be exempt from taking the state required motorcycle skill exam.
Individuals enrolling in an Intermediate Rider Course must have completed an entire Basic Rider Course during the past twelve (12) months.
Motorcycles are provided for students taking an IRC.
VREP, Experienced Rider Course
The Experienced Rider License Waiver Course is a one-day course designed for riders who do not possess a driver’s license endorsed for motorcycle operation. Students successfully completing this course will be exempt from taking the state required motorcycle skill exam.
Experienced Rider Skills Plus Course is a one-day course designed for riders who already possess a motorcycle endorsement and frequently ride.
Both courses include riding exercises and discussions on motorcycle safety. Exercises practiced help riders hone their motorcycle skills including emergency braking, swerving, proper cornering techniques and slow speed maneuvers.
Students enrolling in an Experienced Rider License Waiver Course must have a valid driver’s license and a valid motorcycle permit. Students enrolling in an Experienced Rider Skills Plus Course must have a valid driver’s license endorsed for motorcycle operation.
Experienced Rider License Waiver Course
- Students may bring their own street legal motorcycle. Motorcycles must be currently registered, inspected, insured and in good mechanical condition. Students not wishing to use their own motorcycle may use a program motorcycle for an additional fee.
- If you are using your own motorcycle you will be required to show the instructors a valid registration certificate and a valid insurance card prior to the start of the course. If the motorcycle you are using for the course does not belong to you, then you will be required to show written permission, from the owner, to use the motorcycle during the course.
Experienced Rider Skills Plus Course
- You must have a street legal motorcycle that is currently registered, inspected and insured to take either course. You will be required to show the instructors a valid registration certificate and a valid insurance card prior to the start of the course. If the motorcycle you are using for the course does not belong to you, then you will be required to show written permission, from the owner, to use the motorcycle during the course.
Students enrolling in an Experienced Rider License Waiver Course must have a valid motorcycle permit.
Students successfully completing the Experienced Rider License Waiver Course will have the motorcycle endorsement added to their Vermont driver’s license without further testing.
Commercial Vehicles, Enforcement
In general, a USDOT Number is required if you are operating in interstate commerce and:
You have vehicles that are over 10,000 lbs.
You transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation, whether direct or indirect
You transport 16 or more passengers
You haul hazardous materials
To get a USDOT number, new applicants must register online via the Unified Registration System.
The standard for stopping a vehicle in Vermont is “reasonable suspicion”. However, commercial vehicles are subject to inspection, upon demand, by an enforcement officer certified to inspect such vehicles.
A scan tool with generic OBD II capability is necessary to perform the required check. A scan tool is a very useful device which is commonly used to assist in the diagnosis and repair of a variety of vehicle problems. Many inspection stations already own scan tools which can also be used to perform the required OBD check, but those inspection stations which do not will need to have one in order to inspect 1996 and newer vehicles. At a minimum, scan tools must be capable of :
- automatic initialization with any vehicle,
- determining readiness status of OBD monitors,
- determining malfunction indicator light status, and
- retrieving diagnostic trouble codes.
Any scan tool which complies with Society of Automotive Engineers Recommended Practice J1978 is acceptable. Scan tools are available from a number of well known equipment manufacturers.
OBD technology was developed in the 1980s by vehicle manufacturers to help technicians diagnose and service the computerized engine management systems of modern vehicles. A new generation of OBD (often referred to as OBD II) is present on 1996 and newer vehicles. OBD II monitors all components of the engine management system and can detect a malfunction or deterioration of these components usually well before the driver becomes aware of any problem. When a problem is detected, the OBD system turns on a warning light on the instrument panel to alert the driver of the need to have the vehicle checked by a service technician.
Motor vehicles are the largest source of toxic and ozone-forming air pollutants in Vermont. While modern vehicles are getting much cleaner due to newer engine management technology and emission control components, emissions stay low only when all these systems are working properly. OBD technology helps to ensure that vehicles are operating as designed, and the OBD check ensures that the vehicle’s OBD system is doing its job.
First, the vehicle is checked to see if the Malfunction Indicator Light (commonly called the “check engine” or “service engine soon” light) on the instrument panel illuminates when the ignition key is turned to the “on” position and then when the engine is running. Next, an electronic device known as a scan tool is connected to the vehicle, and used to communicate with the vehicle’s on board computer. The on board computer is checked to confirm that the vehicle has completed self-tests, to determine if the computer has attempted to turn on the Malfunction Indicator Light, and if applicable, to retrieve diagnostic trouble codes. The results are recorded, and the scan tool is disconnected from the vehicle. The entire OBD check typically takes less than 5 minutes.
- The vehicle’s OBD system connector has been removed or is otherwise not working properly. The OBD check cannot be completed if the connector is missing or is not working properly.
- The Malfunction Indicator Light does not illuminate at all when the ignition key is turned to the “on” position. When the vehicle’s OBD system detects a problem, it turns on the warning light to alert the driver to a problem. However, if the light cannot illuminate because the bulb has burned out or is otherwise not working, the driver would not be alerted to the problem.
- The Malfunction Indicator Light on the instrument panel is on (and/or commanded on by the vehicle’s on board computer) while the engine is running. This indicates that the OBD system has identified a problem which must be repaired. In this case, one or more diagnostic trouble codes will also be reported by the vehicle’s OBD system and these codes will help your technician diagnose and repair your vehicle.
If your vehicle’s OBD system is not ready, the inspection of the OBD system cannot be completed. While this does not necessarily mean that your vehicle has a problem, it does indicate that your vehicle’s OBD system has not yet completed it’s tests, and problems may be present, but not yet identified. A recently disconnected or discharged (run down) battery, or recent servicing using a scan tool are the most likely reasons for a vehicle’s OBD system being “not ready.” Note that there are a few vehicles which should not be rejected as “not ready”. Ask your inspection station or the Department of Motor Vehicles for further information about these exceptions.
The vehicle should be driven under a variety of normal operating conditions in order for the OBD system to become ready. These operating conditions include a mix of highway driving and stop and go, city type driving, and at least one overnight-off period. Your vehicle owner’s manual should provide more specific information on getting your vehicle’s OBD system ready. For more information on readiness, please visit: http://dec.vermont.gov/ sites/dec/files/aqc/ mobile-sources/ documents/ Readiness.pdf
DMV recommends consumers do not wait until the last minute to get an inspection. Customers can take vehicles in for inspection up to two months before the inspection is due. Customers need to work with their mechanic/dealer to get vehicle repaired as soon as possible. Always carry the Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) in the vehicle, showing that you are working towards compliance.
Enforcement, Commercial Vehicles, Oversize/Overweight
There are several ways a vehicle can be overweight; such as over the registered weight, over tire limits, over an axle weight, or over gross weight. Depending on which way a vehicle is overweight depends on what there is for a enforcement tolerance. Depending on the weight violation, a tolerance will vary from a zero tolerance to a 10% tolerance. It also depends on whether the vehicle is being operated in conformance with a special permit. However, there is no weight statute that uses the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) as the basis for a vehicle’s legal weight limit.
The defendant on a ticket issued for an overweight violation can be the operator or the carrier. The fines for an overweight violation depend on several factors. The fines are a set amount per thousand pounds overweight, and vary depending the amount of the overweight. It also depends if the vehicle is operating on a permit, and how many overweight tickets the defendant has been convicted of in the last 12 months. The fines can be found in the Judicial Bureau’s Schedule of Fines under Title 23 VSA Section 1391a at the following website: https://www.vermontjudiciary.org/eforms/Waiver_Penalty_Schedule.pdf
If the DMV issues a Certificate of Abandoned Motor Vehicle, title to the motor vehicle will be given to the holder of the Certificate of Abandoned Motor Vehicle, free from all claims. The DMV will issue an appropriate title or salvage title at no charge. Unless is it proven that intentionally inflicted damage or gross negligence has occurred, the State of Vermont (and any of its agents or employees) will not be liable to the owner for any damage to the motor vehicle during the period in which the state retains custody.
In addition to State of Vermont laws, there may be municipal abandoned motor vehicle ordinances that must be adhered to. You must check with the town/municipality to find out whether or not they have any such ordinances.
See "Abandoned Vehicles" page.
Pre-enrolled students that successfully complete the course and have a valid Vermont driver’s license will have the motorcycle endorsement added to their license at the end of the course.
Students added to the course on a standby basis will have a completion card mailed to them in about 10 days. The completion card must then be taken to a Department of Motor Vehicles office to have the motorcycle endorsement added.
Students enrolling in a Scooter Basic RiderCourse are not required to have a scooter/motorcycle permit.
Yes, as long as you have a valid driver’s license. Students under the age of 18 will be required to have a parent/guardian sign a course waiver form at the beginning of the course.
Scooter Basic RiderCourse students are required to have a valid driver’s license.
VREP, Scooter, Basic Rider Course
Yes, the Vermont Rider Education Program and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation require students to pass the Scooter Basic Rider Course written and skill tests to successfully complete the course.
You must use a program scooter when participating in an SBRC. If you wish to take a scooter-training course using your own scooter please enroll in an Experienced Rider Skills Plus or Experienced Rider License Waiver Course.
The Scooter Basic Rider Course is for individuals who have decided to ride a scooter. This course, containing a combination of riding exercises and classroom time, teaches the basic skills needed to operate a scooter in traffic. Students successfully completing this course will be exempt from taking the state-required motorcycle written test and skill exam.
A motorcycle endorsement is required to operate a scooter in Vermont.
$185.00 • The DMV skills test fee of $20.00, knowledge test of $9.00 and motorcycle endorsement fee are included in the Basic RiderCourse fee.
The easiest and fastest way to register is via our online service. Alternatively, you could call 800-529-2535 or 802-828-2913 to have course schedules and registration information mailed to you.
Motorcycles are provided for students taking a BRC.
Students enrolling in a Basic RiderCourse are not required to have a motorcycle permit
Students successfully completing the Basic RiderCourse will have the motorcycle endorsement added to their Vermont driver’s license without further testing.
Commercial Vehicles, FMCSA
There is no Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation that prohibits a firearm from being possessed by a commercial vehicle operator while driving a commercial vehicle. There might be another law or regulation that prohibits this act depending on who the operator is and what jurisdiction the operator is in.
Complete an application for employment with the State of Vermont. If selected, you would then be required to successfully complete;
- a background check
- polygraph test, and
- entrance exams for the full-time Police Academy.
After successfully passing these, and if hired, you must then successfully complete the full time Law Enforcement Academy.
Driver's License, Identification, Real ID
The primary purpose of a Driver’s license is to establish that the license holder has the minimum skills required to safely operate a motor vehicle. Many entities have decided that this driving document can be accepted as proof of ID. The department does not have any authority to mandate that other entities accept our driving documents as proof of ID.
Depending on the model year and mileage of your vehicle, emissions system repairs may be covered by the vehicle manufacturer. Vermont law requires that a vehicle’s entire emissions control system be warranted for a minimum of 3 years or 50,000 miles. Warranty coverage for the more expensive emissions control components is extended to at least 7 years or 70,000 miles, and the catalytic converter is covered up to 8 years or 80,000 miles. Some vehicles’ emissions control systems are warranted up to 15 years or 150,000 miles! Be sure to check your owner’s manual or warranty booklet! For more information on warranty coverage visit: http://dec.vermont.gov/ sites/dec/files/aqc/mobilesources/documents/ Warranty.pdf
Federal law requires Vermont to have an emissions testing program. Ensuring your vehicle is in proper working order allows for;
- Early detection of defects that lead to repairs that improve vehicle performance and fuel economy.
- Repairing a defect before it gets worse saves money.
- Protecting our environment and our health by identifying vehicle problems that cause increased air pollution.
Have your emissions problem diagnosed and determine if the repair is covered under emissions warranty. You will need to make the repair and return for a re-test to get a pass sticker.
- Determine what is needed to repair the vehicle
- Contact dealer to find out if the repair is covered under emissions warranty.
- If not covered under the emissions warranty obtain a written repair estimate and talk to your mechanic to determine what options exist. You may be eligible for a time extension.
- Your vehicle’s computer memory may have been reset by a scan tool, during a recent repair, or
- Your battery was recently disconnected or lost its charge, or
- Your vehicle has an emissions control system problem preventing it from self-testing.
You may change your address if you provide all of the required information.
You must enter the mandatory fields in the left column and at least two of the fields in the right column on the identity screen to update your address online.
No, the Vermont DMV Branches will no longer be printing licenses/ID's.
The license/ID is trackable up to the point it is mailed. Please contact us.
The status of your license/ID can be verified by contacting us. No you will not receive a tracking number and cannot pay extra to receive one.
In person applicants will be given a paper temporary license/ID. Allow at least 7-10 business days for delivery of your permanent license/ID.
Your wait time at a DMV office may be less with a centralized production method. With central issuance, you don’t have to wait for the permanent license to be produced. You leave the office with the Temporary License/ID which takes a few seconds to print. All security checks are done after you leave the DMV office.
Many shelters allow the use of their address or have Post Office Boxes set up for this purpose. Call 211 or visit vermont211.org for more information.
Central Issue, Driver's License
We offer a one time special mailing option to have your license/ID mailed to a different address from the address DMV has on file.
Yes, your temporary driver's license is valid for driving purposes only.
The Temporary License/ID contains a black and white image, demographic information (name, address, etc.), and credential information (endorsements, restrictions, etc.). The Temporary License/ID also contains the expiration date of the temporary document as well as a website to track the status of your permanent card.
Yes, the renewal application will still be mailed out.
Yes, 14 Days.
A license can be renewed up to six (6) months prior to the expiration date.
No. DMV staff do not have access to your renewal letter PIN.
The online renewal PIN will never include the letters I or O.
Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
No. The current license will be voided and handed back. You should carry the old license with your temporary until the new license arrives.
Central Issue, Temporary License
The 7 to 10-day turnaround from the time you apply for a license to when you receive it in the mail gives the DMV time to verify applicants. We check to ensure applicants have not already received one or more Driver’s Licenses or Non-Driver Identification cards under different names. We also make certain applicants aren’t using a fraudulent or stolen Social Security number, immigration card, or birth certificate. Mailing ensures an accurate address was provided. If identity fraud or theft is suspected, we are able to suspend production of the driver license for further investigation.
A temporary document may not be accepted for identification purposes. Activities such as boarding airplanes and completing financial transactions will be easier with your permanent card in your possession.
Temporary License, Real ID
TSA will NOT accept a Temporary License/ID as a standalone document. It will accept the expiring or expired card with the Temporary License/ID as proof of the renewal. Customers should visit TSA’s website which contains detailed information on the identity documents they will accept: tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification
No, you are required to provide a current and valid address. If you have a forwarding address, most mail from DMV will be returned to us.
Driver's License, Safety
The Safe at Home address confidentiality program, within the Office of the Secretary of State, was implemented to serve victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking.
The goal of the Safe at Home program is to help victims who have relocated or are about to relocate, in their effort to keep their perpetrators from finding them.
Safe at Home has two components: a substitute address service and a protected records service. These services limit a perpetrator’s ability to access public information that could identify the new location of a victim who is in the program. This is not a witness protection program, rather it is a mail forwarding service.
For more information visit the Secretary of State website.
License Renewal, Online Renewal
7-10 Business days.
No. You will receive a printable confirmation receipt.
No. The receipt is only to show payment confirmation.
Yes as long as you meet all other online requirements.
No. The same fees apply if you were to apply in person or through the mail.
You will not receive a tracking number. The status of your online license/ID request can be found in the VT Online Portal after logging in with the required information.
You can apply online up to 6 months in advance as long as you meet all other online requirements.
Your license/ID number is a requirement to log into the online portal.
You may enter a special mailing address if all of the required identifying information is provided.
There are no expedited services available.
No. You must visit a permanent DMV office with all of the required
documents to upgrade to an EDL.
If your license/ID has a star in the upper right hand corner, it is Real ID compliant and will be accepted by TSA for in-country flights.
No. Your photo must be valid for four or more years to renew online.
It is possible the DMV has conflicting identifying information in your record. Please contact us for assistance.
No. Endorsements and restrictions cannot be removed or changed online.
Yes. When entering the license/ID number online you must enter a capital A.
See supported browsers for more information.
CVO Online, Getting Started
If you are logged in and begin filing a return, click the ‘Save Draft’ button at the bottom-left of the screen. Once you are ready to submit the return, go into your Action Center and click ‘View Submission’ with the corresponding return and click ‘Continue Editing’.
The Fuel return now contains three different fuel types; Gasoline, Undyed Diesel, and Aviation Fuel. For more information, visit the Fuel Tax page.
Once you have created your account, you may update your information within the CVO Online system. If you want to contact the CVO Unit use our Contact form here.
From the home screen, click on the ‘Forgot username or password?’
On the home screen in the upper right-hand corner, select the ‘Create One’ login hyperlink. You will need your identification information and letter ID from the CVO Unit to complete this.
- FEIN, SSN or ITIN
Acceptable letter types are:
- Signup for CVO Online
- Registration Approved
- Statement of Accounts
Usernames do not have special requirements however, password requirements must contain:
- 8 characters minimum
- One upper case character
- One lower case character
- One number
- One special character
For any of the following account types, click on the ‘Register a Business’ link under Registration from the CVO Online homepage:
- Fuel Tax Account
- IFTA Account
- IRP Account
- Railroad Tax Account
- Rental Tax Account
CVO Online has many convenient features for you to manage your business related to your accounts with the Vermont DMV Commercial Vehicle Operations Unit. CVO Online removes the barrier of requiring you to come into the office or mail in documents. You can do the following activities with CVO Online:
Fuel Tax Account
- File and pay for Monthly Fuel returns
- Renew your bond
- If you qualify, request a bond release at the time of renewal
- File and pay for Quarterly IFTA returns
- Request and/or replace IFTA decals
- Renew your IFTA license
- Renew IRP vehicles
- Request to add/delete/refund/change a vehicle
- Replace decals, cab card and/or plates
- Request temporary registration
- Transfer plates
Railroad Tax Account
- File and pay for Quarterly Railroad returns
Car Rental Tax Account
- File and pay for Monthly/Quarterly Rental returns
- Renew your bond
Diesel Exemption Certificate
- Renew your certificate
Diesel Dealer License
- Renew your license
- Request a diesel refund
- Viewing and printing your license(s) for free
- Viewing all letters
- Go Paperless
- Viewing and printing all filed returns
- Messaging the CVO Unit
- Granting Third Party access
- Update your contact information
CVO Online, Communicating with the DMV
CVO Online, Granting Additional Access
You will follow the same steps to request access and your client will receive a letter in the mail. Your client will go to CVO Online and under Submissions, click the ‘Review Third Party Access’, and grant you access to their account(s) without needing to log in or create a web account.
First, you will need to create a web login. Click the ‘Create One’ link and indicate you are third-party. When you log in to your account click on the ‘More…’ selection and Access will be in the bottom middle. Click the ‘Request Access’ link, you will need to provide the account ID of your client. Your client will either receive a letter in the mail or email notification. Then your client can log into CVO Online and grant you access.
When you login to your account, click on the ‘More…’ selection and Access will be in the lower right-hand corner. From there you will be able to select from the hyperlink ‘Grant Third Party Access’. You will need to provide either the username or email your third-party used to register with CVO Online.
CVO Online, Security Questions
Vermont.gov is the entity under contract with the State of Vermont to build and host the State Web Portal and develop online services for the state. Based in Montpelier, this organization is helping Vermont to become an E-State by aggregating the various state websites into one standards-based system and to provide the state's businesses and citizens with the online services they have come to expect and deserve. The State Web Portal can be accessed here: vermont.gov/portal.
Our secure socket layer (SSL) software uses state-of-the-art 128-bit encryption to ensure that your personal and financial information cannot be intercepted during transmission to our server.
All information requests pass through hardware and software security firewalls.
Encrypted personal information includes credit card numbers as well as social security numbers and banking information.
You should not share your username or your password with anyone. Usernames and passwords are unique to the individual user. Your username and password determine your access roles and rights. Never share your username or your password with anyone.
CVO Online, Refund Questions
On the home page, under Refunds, click on ‘Track a Refund’ and fill in the ID type (FEIN or SSN), the ID number, and the amount of the refund and click ‘Submit’.
See "refunds" on the Diesel Fuel Tax page.
CVO Online, Making Payments
Our online services currently do not support non-US bank routing numbers. If you have any questions regarding making a payment, please contact the Commercial Vehicle Operations.
From the home screen without logging in, click on the ‘Find a Submission’ hyperlink at the bottom of the page under Submissions. You will need to enter your email address and the confirmation code you were given.
If you log into the system, you will click on the ‘More…’ heading and click on the ‘Search Submissions’ hyperlink under Submissions. From there you will be able to view pending, processed, and rejected submissions.
The online payment processes within 2 - 3 business days.
Non-Login: Under Payments, click ‘Make a Payment’ and provide your ID (FEIN, SSN, ITIN) and account ID or fleet ID. Afterward, you will be prompted how much you want to pay and if you are paying with a credit card or ACH debit. When paying with a credit card, you will be re-directed to our external services. When the payment is complete, you will be directed back to CVO Online.
Login: Enter your Username and Password to be directed to a summary of your account information. Click on the hyperlink ‘Make a Payment’. Afterward, you will be prompted how much you want to pay and if you are paying with a credit card or ACH debit. When paying with a credit card, you will be re-directed to our external services. When the payment is complete, you will be directed back to CVO Online.
Note: Credit Card payments are subject to a 3% processing fee which is retained by the service company.
CVO Online, Webinar Q&A, General
You can continue to use paper as there are currently no plans for an e-file mandate. However, we do encourage you to use CVO Online as it should be easier to use over time.
Yes, the slides are posted here.
The webinar was recorded and is posted here. A link will be provided to attendees.
CVO Online, Webinar Q&A, Payments
You will be allowed to pay in any accepted methods whether or not your activity is done online, on paper, or in person. However, licensed Distributors must remit funds via an electronic funds transfer.
Yes, payments will be effective the day they are made. However, payments made after approximately 6:00 pm may take additional time to process; Regardless of the time of payment, it will be dated the day that you made the payment.
CVO Online, Webinar Q&A, IRP Q&A
Yes, that was a sample copy of the 2290. If you are requesting the CVO unit to mail in your 2290 with payment on your behalf, that will need to be mailed in or brought in to the office.
CVO Online, Webinar Q&A, IFTA Q&A
Your payment details for each fuel type and jurisdiction will be displayed on the Tax Summary step. This step should be familiar to the way you're currently filing IFTA returns
CVO Online, Webinar Q&A, Motor Fuel
No, you must use the new form because the tax rates will change quarterly.
Correct, for the new sheet, it is required to have each delivery entered into the system on the excel sheet.
In reference to the names of the schedules on the Motor Tax Fuel form (1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 5AA, 6D, 7A, and 10A) they were changed to be aligned with Motor Fuel Uniformity Project standards.
You must maintain records detailing individual transactions for audit purposes, but you may report customer totals on the monthly distributor return.
No, you must also report from who the fuel was purchased from and where the fuel was received from.
Retail diesel pump sales should not be reported on the distributor return. Deliveries of diesel fuel into the retail pump storage tank are reported on the return and Tax is paid when the diesel is delivered to the retail pump storage tank.
The undyed diesel rate is $0.32. Calculated at $0.28 tax + $0.03 MFTIA Fee + $0.01 Clean up fee. Undyed diesel sold to exempt customers pay the $0.01 per gallon Clean up Fee.
No, You will file the same way as Vermont based businesses.
The prior returns page will have the previous few years of returns filed. Once you begin filing returns online, it will also have your new returns.
CVO Online, Webinar Q&A, Initial Logon
You can do that under one logon. Choose Third Party as your login type when you sign up for CVO online and you can request access to the companies' accounts once you have signed up.
Of course we do - youtube.com/DriveVT
You must complete the lessons prior to using the test. You can always go back to revisit a section, but you can not jump ahead.
DriveVT, Learner Permit, Graduated License
Yes. Due to the Graduated License Law, you will need to hold your learner permit for a year prior to taking the road test.
DriveVT, Learner Permit, Exam/Test
We can research and get back to you regarding your test. Contact us here.
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.
Learner Permit, Exam/Test
Yes. You will pay the test fee each time you take the test.
You may take the test as many times as you wish until you pass.
You are allowed to read the test if necessary but are not allowed to give your child the correct answers.
Learner Permit, Junior Driver's License, Driver's License, Identification, Enhanced Driver's License (EDL), Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
Contact Us, Mailing Address
120 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05603-0001
*NOTICE: Due to the current delays with the United States Postal Service (USPS), mail delivery may take up to two weeks.
Driver's Privilege Card (DPC), Real ID
Real ID, Enhanced Driver's License (EDL), Driver's Privilege Card (DPC), Commercial Driver's License (CDL), Driver's License
Until full enforcement of REAL ID begins on May 3, 2023, DHS and its component agencies, including TSA at its airport security checkpoints, will continue to accept for identification purposes all Vermont Driver’s Licenses and ID cards, as Vermont has been recognized as a Real ID compliant.
Social Security Number verification is the submission of identifying information, such as name, date of birth (DOB), and Social Security Number (SSN), to the Social Security Administration (SSA). SSA runs this data against its master database and informs the inquirer if the data matches.
See a list of phone numbers here.
Yes. If all the requirements have been met, you will receive a renewed Driver's License
In order to convert an old school bus into an RV/Motor Home you must meet the following requirement:
Vermont Law 32 VSA §8902(11) defines a “Motor Home”
“means a new or used pleasure car designed to provide temporary living quarters, built into the integral part of, or permanently attached to, a self-propelled motor vehicle chassis or van. The vehicle must contain at least four of the following facilities; cooking, refrigeration or icebox, self-contained toilet, heating and/or air conditioning, a portable water supply system including a sink and faucet, separate 110-125 volt electrical power supply, and/or an LP gas supply.”
If it does not have four of these items the use of the vehicle cannot be changed from a bus/school bus to an RV. Just taking out a “few seats” and adding “some beds” does not in itself change the purpose of the vehicle. You would still need to install at least four more of the above items. If you fail to do that the vehicle’s purpose would remain a school bus which would require the operator to have the appropriate license and endorsements.
Additionally; the vehicle must be painted a color different than school bus yellow and the eight-way light system must be removed.
Upon the transfer of ownership of a registered vehicle, the transferor shall immediately remove the plates from the old vehicle and may attach the plates to another unregistered vehicle owned by him or her and the owner or operator provided he or she has, within 24 hours of the transfer, made application, for transfer of the plates. See 23 V.S.A. § 321 for more detail.
If you need to cancel your appointment, please visit bit.ly/CancelMyAppointment or call 888-970-0357.
You will need two of the following items to cancel your appointment;
- Mobile phone number (used when making the appointment)
- Email address (used when making the appointment)
- Appointment ID#
Yes, Appointments are required for all locations. Walk-ins will be accommodated as time and availability allow, with priority given to those with appointments.
Visit mydmv.vermont.gov or call 888.970.0357
Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT)
An entry level driver is an applicant attempting to obtain a Class A or B CDL for the first time, upgrade to a Class A or B CDL or obtain a passenger (P), school bus (S) or a hazardous material (H) endorsement for the first time.
The TPR is a system created and managed by FMCSA. The system will list all ELDT providers that are approved by FMCSA and allow ELDT providers to submit ELDT completion information to the TPR. The completion information maintained on the TPR serves as proof that the entry-level driver applicant has completed the required ELDT.
FMCSA defines that training providers can include, but are not limited to, training schools, educational institutions, rural electric cooperatives, motor carriers, state/local governments, school districts, joint labor-management programs, owner-operators, and individuals. These examples are not intended to be a finite list; FMCSA adds them to illustrate the range of entities that could potentially be eligible for listing on the TPR. In addition, FMCSA notes that eligible providers may provide training either on a "for-hire" or "not-for-hire" basis. Examples include motor carriers who provide ELDT at no cost to current or prospective employees, independent training schools charging tuition, and individuals who train family or friends.
Only training providers listed on the TPR can provide ELDT.
To be eligible for listing on the TPR, an entity must apply to and be approved by the FMCSA. Training providers must also comply with all applicable state requirements.
For a complete list of federal requirements, visit the FMCSA’s ELDT main page for details.
For organizations that train entry-level CDL drivers, see the Entry-Level Driver Training Rule Implementation Checklist.
For more information regarding required training, visit the FMCSA’s ELDT Curriculum Summary.
For information needed to register on the TPR and the most updated timeline for registering, visit the FMCSA’s ELDT main page.
If you are in Vermont AND you provide instruction for hire, you must be a licensed driving school. For more information about applying for a driving school license visit the Driver Training Instructors page.
Entry-level drivers attempting to take a CDL skills test to receive a Class A CDL, Class B CDL, passenger (P) endorsement, or school bus (S) endorsement must successfully complete a mandatory theory (knowledge) and a behind-the-wheel (BTW) training provided by a training provider listed on the TPR.
For more information regarding required training, see the FMCSA’s ELDT Curriculum Summary.
To obtain a Hazardous Materials (H) endorsement, the entry-level driver must complete mandatory theory (knowledge) training provided by a training provider listed on the TPR prior to taking the knowledge test for the Hazardous Material (H) endorsement. For more information regarding required training, see the FMCSA’s ELDT Curriculum Summary.
Yes. If the training provider is on the TPR, Vermont will accept the ELDT completion.
Yes. Any driver applying to obtain an S, P, or H endorsement for the first time on or after February 7, 2022, is required to complete the ELDT.
Vermont DMV will verify that an entry-level driver has completed the required training before allowing the driver to proceed with testing.
For the most updated list of training providers on the TPR, visit the FMCSA’s ELDT website for details.
No Commercial Driver License (CDL) entry-level operator may take a CDL skills test to receive a CDL A, CDL B, Passenger (P) Endorsement, or School Bus (S) Endorsement unless the driver has successfully completed a mandatory theory (knowledge) and behind-the-wheel (BTW) training program by a registered CDL ELDT provider/trainer.
Also, any individual seeking a Hazardous Material (H) Endorsement must complete the respective ELDT training prior to taking the Hazardous Material (H) Endorsement knowledge test.
- Any individual that holds a Class A, Class, B, a Passenger (P) Endorsement, and/or School Bus (S) Endorsement, and/or a Hazardous Material (H) Endorsement prior to February 7, 2022.
- Any individual that has a valid Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) issued prior to February 7, 2022, and obtains the CDL before the CLP expires.
- Any individual that qualifies for a waiver under 49 CFR Section 383.
Visit our Commercial Driver Training page.