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Frequently Asked Questions

Abandoned Vehicle

How is an abandoned motor vehicle disposed of?

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.

Does a town/municipality have any jurisdiction regarding abandoned motor vehicles?

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.

How can I get a title for an abandoned vehicle?

See "Abandoned Vehicles" page.

Act 41

I just received plates, where is the sticker?

Date validation stickers are no longer required.

On June 1, 2023, Act 41 was signed into law. Among other things, Act 41 amends multiple sections of codified law to eliminate the annual (or biennial) validation sticker that previously went on license plates.

With no sticker on plates, how will law enforcement know my vehicle is registered?

Vermont and out-of-state law enforcement agencies have electronic access to the DMV’s database from their patrol vehicles, allowing them to verify whether a vehicle registration is valid.

Do I have to remove the sticker(s) from my license plate?

You are not required to remove any existing sticker(s) on license plates. You may cover a registration sticker with a masking material such as tape if you wish; however, covering or removing your sticker is unnecessary.

How do I get a new license plate if I do not want to have a registration sticker on my license plate?

Replacement plates are available. Since removing the sticker is not a requirement, the replacement plate fee will be due. You may apply for a standard-issue replacement license plate using form VD-016 (Replacement Plate Application) or by logging into your myDMV account and selecting Request Replacement Registration or New Plate.

With no plate stickers, do I still have to register my vehicle?

Yes. You are still required to maintain a current vehicle registration, and a valid registration certificate is required to complete your vehicle inspection.

How can I get a title for a vehicle not previously required to be titled?

If you registered a vehicle before January 1, 2024, and it was not titled but now you would like to get one;

  • Complete a registration & title form (see below)
  • Check "Title Only"
  • Bring to any office or submit by mail
  • The title fee will be due

For more information, visit the Title page.

Can I sell my vehicle without a title if it was registered prior to the title change?

Yes, but you must provide the registration certificate to the new owner as proof of ownership.

Does Vermont still titles boats over 16 feet, motorcycles over 300 cc’s, large trailers, snowmobiles and motorboats?

Yes, everything we used to title is titled today. The only change is that the 15-year rule no longer applies.

I registered my 1967 Ford Mustang prior to the law change.  Do I have to get a title and/or can I get one?

You do not have to get a title, but you may get one if you wish by completing a registration application and submitting it with the title fee and a copy of your registration.

What if I buy a 1963 Karmann Ghia from someone today who registered it in VT prior to the law change?

If they have a title, you need it, and it must be properly signed over to to you.

If they only have the registration certificate, you will need that and a bill of sale.

How can I tell what ownership document exists for a vehicle?

You can research the vehicle history using NMVTIS or any approved NMVTIS providers to determine where the vehicle was last registered/titled.

You may also call the DMV or visit an office, and we can check and advise what it is, what state it is from, and provide the title number.

What if I am unable to obtain the last issued title or registration certificate?

The vehicle must be bonded.

Address Change

Will mail from DMV be forwarded to my new address?

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.

How do I change the address on my license/ID?

In-Person: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and schedule an appointment to visit a Vermont DMV Office.

By Mail: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and mail with any required fees to:

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

Online: Go to mydmv.vermont.govclick the ‘Change Address on My License’ button at the center of the home screen, or click the ‘Change My License/ID Address’ link under the Driver License, Permit and ID section. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, license/permit/ID number, and two forms of identification.

How do I change the address on my registration?

In-Person: Complete the Replacement Registration Form (form #VD-040) and schedule an appointment to visit a Vermont DMV Office.

By Mail: Complete the Replacement Registration Form (form #VD-040) and mail with any required fees to:

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

Online: Go to mydmv.vermont.govlog into your myDMV account. Once logged in, select the ‘Update My Address’ link in the I Want To panel. The first address available for changing is your mailing address for the vehicle; you can choose to change this address or not. The next address displayed is the physical address, which you can also choose to change or not. Selecting ‘Yes’ to either of these options will bring up fields where you can enter the new address. At the end of the process, click ‘Submit’ to process the request.

Agriculture

I have an Agriculture plate, do I need to get an inspection?

Appointments

How do I cancel my appointment?

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#
How do I schedule an appointment?

Visit mydmv.vermont.gov or call 888.970.0357

Do I need an appointment?

All exams are by appointment only.

For all other services, appointments are recommended but not required.

If you need to schedule an appointment, please visit mydmv.vermont.gov or call 888-970-0357.

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

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 a school bus endorsement be added to an out-of-state CDL?

No, the school bus endorsement must be added by the state that issued the CDL.

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.

Will CDL drivers be required to surrender their unexpired license if they renew early?

No. The current license will be voided and handed back. You should carry the old license with your temporary until the new license arrives. 

How can I get a new photo on my License, Permit or ID?

You must get a new picture taken at least once for every other renewal. You may get a new photo at any time for any reason (for a fee). Complete the required documents and schedule an appointment to visit an office.

What is REAL ID?

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

Commercial Vehicles

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 a complex issue. To obtain information about the type of permits available please contact Commercial Vehicles at 802-828-2064 or use our contact form.

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 the schedule of holidays. In most cases, a permit clerk should take approximately 45 minutes to respond. However, a 4-hour turn-around time has been established to consider the Unit's workload during busy periods.

How long are single trip permits 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, 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 a list of holidays.

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.
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
How long does an Engineering Review take?

Engineering Reviews can take up to 10 working days.

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 overweight/overdimension rules?

Download a PDF below or use our contact form to request a copy.

Commercial Vehicle Operations
Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001
Phone: 802-828-2064

Do I need tire chains on a CMV to drive from Wilmington to Brattleboro on Route 9?

No. There is no legal requirement to use chains from the chain up/down area in Wilmington to points east.

Where is the designated chain up area in Wilmington?

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.

Where is the chain up area on route 9 headed west from Exit 2 Brattleboro?

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.

Who needs to get a USDOT number?

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

How do I get a USDOT number?

To get a USDOT number, new applicants must register online via the Unified Registration System

What is considered over weight enough to get a ticket/fine?

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.

If a truck is overweight who is at fault, the operator or the owner of the vehicle

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

Can a commercial truck driver carry a handgun in a commercial vehicle

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.

Are chains required from West Brattleboro to Wilmington?

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

What is the best way to check the current status of the Route 9 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.

Contact Us

What is the mailing address for DMV?

Vermont DMV

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.

What phone number can I call to reach DMV?

See a list of phone numbers here.

Driver Records

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

See the DMV Records Request information.

Driver's License

I am suspended in a state I do not live in why can I not renew the license I already have in my home state?

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.

Does a Driver's License or ID card marked “limited term” have different or lesser privileges?

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.

If I have temporary lawful status in the United States, will the Driver's License or ID card issued to me be different?

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.

Is an Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Non-Driver ID (EID) acceptable for Real ID compliance?

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).

Why is the license picture black and white?

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.

What if I am a victim of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking and do not want my address on my license?

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.

How can I get a new photo on my License, Permit or ID?

You must get a new picture taken at least once for every other renewal. You may get a new photo at any time for any reason (for a fee). Complete the required documents and schedule an appointment to visit an office.

What is REAL ID?

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
My registration, license or title has not arrived yet. What should I do?

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 

Driver's Privilege Card (DPC)

What is a Driver's Privilege Card?

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.

Who can get a Driver's Privilege Card?

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.

Is a Driver's Privilege Card Real ID compliant?

No

Enforcement

Who needs to get a USDOT number?

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

How do I get a USDOT number?

To get a USDOT number, new applicants must register online via the Unified Registration System

What is considered over weight enough to get a ticket/fine?

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.

If a truck is overweight who is at fault, the operator or the owner of the vehicle

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

Enhanced Driver's License (EDL)

Is an Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Non-Driver ID (EID) acceptable for Real ID compliance?

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).

How can I get a new photo on my License, Permit or ID?

You must get a new picture taken at least once for every other renewal. You may get a new photo at any time for any reason (for a fee). Complete the required documents and schedule an appointment to visit an office.

What is REAL ID?

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

Entry Level Driver Training (ELDT)

What is the Training Provider Registry (TPR)?

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.

What is a training provider?

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.

Who can provide Entry-Level Driver Training?

Only training providers listed on the TPR can provide ELDT.

How can an entity become eligible to be listed on the TPR?

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.

To provide ELDT, do I also need to be licensed as a driving school in Vermont?

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.

What training must an entry-level driver complete to take a commercial driver license (CDL) skills test?

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.

What training must an entry-level driver complete to obtain a Hazardous Material (H) endorsement?

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.

Will Vermont accept ELDT completion from other states?

Yes. If the training provider is on the TPR, Vermont will accept the ELDT completion.

If I obtained my commercial driver license (CDL) before February 7, 2022, but have not obtained a school bus (S), passenger (P), or hazardous materials (H) endorsement before February 7, 2022, am I still subject to the ELDT requirements?

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.

What role will the Vermont DMV play in the ELDT regulations?

 Vermont DMV will verify that an entry-level driver has completed the required training before allowing the driver to proceed with testing.

How can I confirm that my training provider is on the TPR?

For the most updated list of training providers on the TPR, visit the FMCSA’s ELDT website for details.

What is FMCSA’s CDL ELDT requirement?

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.

Who Is Exempt from ELDT?
  • 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.
Where can I find the list of Vermont licensed CDL training school providers?

Exam/Test

I disagree with the scoring of some of the questions on the test and I failed. What do I do?

We can research and get back to you regarding your test. Contact us here.

Will I have to pay if I fail and have to take another test?

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

How many times can I take the test?

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

How long do I have to wait to re-test if I fail?

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.

My child is on an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Am I allowed to assist with the test?

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

Do I need an appointment?

All exams are by appointment only.

For all other services, appointments are recommended but not required.

If you need to schedule an appointment, please visit mydmv.vermont.gov or call 888-970-0357.

Fees

Can I pay using a credit card?

We accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover for online and in-person services.

If you are mailing paperwork that requires payment, send a check or money order.

Who do I make checks payable to?

Vermont DMV

FMCSA

Can a commercial truck driver carry a handgun in a commercial vehicle

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.

Gift

I am gifting my vehicle to someone, can I also gift my plates to them to use?

No, you may gift your personally owned vehicle to anyone you choose, but the plates belong to you, not the vehicle. The new owner must apply for new plates and registration under their name.

Exception: some low-number plates can be transferred to a family member.

Graduated License

Do I have to hold the permit for a year prior to taking my driver’s 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.

Hours

What are your hours?

Hours vary by location.

Appointments are recommended, visit mydmv.vermont.gov to schedule a visit.

What are your holiday hours?

DMV is closed for all Vermont State Holidays.

IID

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.

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, you can take an alcohol treatment program there.

You must contact the Vermont Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP) before enrolling in a program outside of Vermont. Not all alcohol treatment programs are accepted, and you must ensure that you participate in an acceptable program.

Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP)
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Phone: 802-651-1574
Fax: 1-866-272-7989
Email: AHS.VDHIDRP@vermont.gov

What is an Ignition Interlock Device

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.

Does the IID need to be serviced or maintained in any way?

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.
What kind of information does the IID record?

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 the Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP).

  • 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.
What happens if I fail the breath test when I try to start my car?

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.  

What happens if I have repair work or a Vermont State Inspection done on my IID equipped vehicle?

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.

Inspection Stations

Can a Winnebago Travato be inspected in Vermont?

Yes.

The Vermont Periodic Inspection Manual (VPIM) inspection criteria say this would be a failure. After careful consideration by the Enforcement and Safety Division, Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, it has been determined that the vehicle should pass provided the following is true -

If the vehicle is manufactured in this manner, has a properly affixed Vehicle Emission Control Information (VECI) label, and has not been altered by the customer, it should pass inspection. The properly affixed VECI label means the vehicle meets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and U.S. federal vehicle regulations specifying design, construction, performance, and durability requirements for motor vehicles and regulated automobile safety-related components, systems, and design features.

If an inspection mechanic is concerned about the vehicle, they should contact their regional inspector.

Junior Driver's License

Does a Driver's License or ID card marked “limited term” have different or lesser privileges?

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.

If I have temporary lawful status in the United States, will the Driver's License or ID card issued to me be different?

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.

How can I get a new photo on my License, Permit or ID?

You must get a new picture taken at least once for every other renewal. You may get a new photo at any time for any reason (for a fee). Complete the required documents and schedule an appointment to visit an office.

What is REAL ID?

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

Learner's Permit

Can I drive in Vermont if I have a Learner's Permit from another state?
Does a Driver's License or ID card marked “limited term” have different or lesser privileges?

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.

If I have temporary lawful status in the United States, will the Driver's License or ID card issued to me be different?

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.

I am 18 years old (or older) and just got my permit. Do I still have to drive with a licensed adult who is 25+?

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

Do I have to hold the permit for a year prior to taking my driver’s 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.

I disagree with the scoring of some of the questions on the test and I failed. What do I do?

We can research and get back to you regarding your test. Contact us here.

Will I have to pay if I fail and have to take another test?

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

How many times can I take the test?

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

How can I get a new photo on my License, Permit or ID?

You must get a new picture taken at least once for every other renewal. You may get a new photo at any time for any reason (for a fee). Complete the required documents and schedule an appointment to visit an office.

How long do I have to wait to re-test if I fail?

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.

My child is on an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Am I allowed to assist with the test?

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

How does DMV verify the information on the application without seeing any type of identification?

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.

What if my child did this without my permission?

Please contact us and we will review the application. 

Once I have taken the permit test and paid the fee, do I need to wait for the actual permit to come in the mail?

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.

License Renewal

Is there a grace period for renewing a Driver's License?

Yes, a standard Class D license has a 14 Day grace period. CDL classes A, B & C do not have a grace period.

23 V.S.A. § 611

Can I renew my license early?

A license can be renewed six (6) months before the expiration date.

For more information on license renewal, dmv.vermont.gov/licenses/renew

How long before I receive my license/ID if I apply online?

7-10 Business days. 

Will I receive a temporary license if I apply online?

No. You will receive a printable confirmation receipt.

Is the receipt valid for driving or identification purposes?

No. The receipt is only to show payment confirmation.

I hold an RDL can I apply online?

Yes as long as you meet all other online requirements.

Is there an additional fee if I apply online?

No. The same fees apply if you were to apply in person or through the mail.

How will I know when my license/ID is shipped? Will I receive a tracking number?

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.

What if I do not know my license number can I still apply online?

Your license/ID number is a requirement to log into the online portal.

I'm currently out of state. Can my license/ID be sent to a temporary address?

You may enter a special mailing address if all of the required identifying information is provided.

Can I have my license/ID expedited?

There are no expedited services available.

Can I upgrade from REAL ID to an EDL online?

No. You must visit a permanent DMV office with all of the required
documents to upgrade to an EDL.

I lost my renewal PIN, can DMV provide it for me?

No. DMV staff do not have access to your renewal letter PIN.

I entered all of the correct identifying information but the system will not log me in. Why?

It is possible the DMV has conflicting identifying information in your record. Please contact us for assistance.

I am no longer required to wear eyeglasses to drive. Can I remove this restriction from my license online?

No. Endorsements and restrictions cannot be removed or changed online.

My license /ID number has the letter A at the end. Does the A need to be capitalized when applying online?

Yes. When entering the license/ID number online you must enter a capital A.
 

License Suspension

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 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 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.

I am suspended in a state I do not live in why can I not renew the license I already have in my home state?

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.

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.

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.

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, you can take an alcohol treatment program there.

You must contact the Vermont Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP) before enrolling in a program outside of Vermont. Not all alcohol treatment programs are accepted, and you must ensure that you participate in an acceptable program.

Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP)
Vermont Department of Health
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Phone: 802-651-1574
Fax: 1-866-272-7989
Email: AHS.VDHIDRP@vermont.gov

Lien

How Can I Check Vehicle for Vermont Liens?

Go to mydmv.vermont.gov, and click the ‘Check Vehicle for Vermont Liens’ under the Vehicle Inquiry section. Select the vehicle type (Boat or Vehicle) and then enter the identification number. Check the checkbox to verify that you are not a robot, and click the ‘Search’ button.

The results of the vehicle search are displayed. Please note that liens held by individuals will not display personal information; you would need to contact the DMV for further information if needed.

Limited Term

Does a Driver's License or ID card marked “limited term” have different or lesser privileges?

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.

If I have temporary lawful status in the United States, will the Driver's License or ID card issued to me be different?

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.

Locations

Do I need an appointment?

All exams are by appointment only.

For all other services, appointments are recommended but not required.

If you need to schedule an appointment, please visit mydmv.vermont.gov or call 888-970-0357.

Motorcycle

What is the Vermont Rider Education Program 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.

Why should I take the Basic Rider Course?

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.

Do I need a motorcycle to take the Basic or Intermediate Rider Course?

No, Motorcycles are provided for students.

Can I use my own motorcycle when taking a Basic or Intermediate Rider Course?

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.

Do I get my motorcycle endorsement if I pass the Basic or Intermediate Rider Course?

Students successfully completing the Rider Course will have the motorcycle endorsement added to their Vermont driver’s license without further testing.

What is the Vermont Rider Education Program Intermediate Rider Course?

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.

What are the requirements to enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program IRC course?

Individuals enrolling in an Intermediate Rider Course must have completed an entire Basic Rider Course during the past twelve (12) months.

Do I need a motorcycle to take the Intermediate Rider Course?

Motorcycles are provided for students taking an IRC.

What are the Vermont Rider Education Program Experienced Courses?

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.

What are the requirements to enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program ERC course?

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.

Do I need a motorcycle to take an Experienced Rider License Wavier or Skills Plus Course?

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.
Do I get my motorcycle endorsement if I pass an Experienced Rider License Waiver Course?

Students successfully completing the Experienced Rider License Waiver Course will have the motorcycle endorsement added to their Vermont driver’s license without further testing.

After successfully completing the Scooter Basic RiderCourse how do I get the motorcycle endorsement added to my license?

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.

I have a motorcycle permit. Will I be required to pass the Basic Rider Course written test to pass the 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.

Do I get my motorcycle endorsement if I pass the Basic RiderCourse?

Students successfully completing the Basic RiderCourse will have the motorcycle endorsement added to their Vermont driver’s license without further testing.

Motorhome

Can I convert an old school bus to use as a motor home?

Yes.

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.  

myDMV

How do I change the address on my license/ID?

In-Person: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and schedule an appointment to visit a Vermont DMV Office.

By Mail: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and mail with any required fees to:

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

Online: Go to mydmv.vermont.govclick the ‘Change Address on My License’ button at the center of the home screen, or click the ‘Change My License/ID Address’ link under the Driver License, Permit and ID section. You will need to provide your name, date of birth, license/permit/ID number, and two forms of identification.

How do I create a my.vermont.gov account?

On the home screen in the upper right-hand corner, select the ‘Sign in with myVermont’ button. On the next screen, look at the bottom of the panel, where it says, ‘Don’t have an account? Sign up. Click the ‘Sign up’ link.

Required information:

  • Email
  • First name
  • Last name
  • Secondary email
  • Primary phone
  • Password

Passwords must contain:

  • 8 characters minimum
  • One upper case character
  • One lower case character
  • One number
  • One special character/symbol

After entering this information, click the ‘Agree & Create Account’ button. This will send an email to the address you provided. Use this email to activate your myVermont account and log in to myDMV.

myDMV access is limited to customers with a Vermont driver’s license, permit, or non-driver ID. You will be asked to submit information from your issued license/permit/ID to finalize your myDMV account.

Note: If you have an account with CVO Online, you can link your existing account to your myDMV account. myDMV will walk you through the process the first time you log in.

How do I use the site to contact DMV?

When you log into your account, click View Messages in the I Want To panel. Alternatively, you can view ‘More…’ and click ‘View Messages’ underneath Communications. From there, click “Send a Message,’ and you can specify the account or send a general message to the DMV with your question.

If you need additional assistance, use our Contact form or call us.

What can I do with myDMV?

myDMV has many convenient features for you to manage your vehicles and make inquiries related to the Vermont DMV. myDMV removes the barrier of requiring you to come into the office or mail in documents for certain services. You can do the following activities with myDMV:

  • Vehicle Registration
    • Renew your registration
    • Request a replacement registration/plate
    • Apply for a temporary registration & plate
    • Log in to manage your vehicles
      • Note: Logged-in offerings are more comprehensive. For example, you can update your address or change your plate during a logged-in renewal but not during a non-logged-in renewal.
  • Vehicle Inquiry
    • Estimate tax due on a vehicle
    • Check vehicle for Vermont liens
    • Check personalized plate availability
    • Request sample plates
    • Claim a diesel fuel refund
    • Order Vermont Strong plates
  • Driver's License, Permit, and ID
    • Renew/replace your license/ID
    • Change your license/ID address
    • Apply for a learner’s or motorcycle permit
    • Register for a motorcycle course
    • Apply for a MFSAB Type II knowledge test

Please note that your myDMV account will only contain options for managing your vehicles or business accounts. License management will still be in a separate application.

Online services for commercial vehicle accounts have been brought into myDMV from the former CVO Online as well. These options include the following:

  • 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
  • IFTA Account
    • File and pay for Quarterly IFTA returns
    • Request and/or replace IFTA decals
    • Renew your IFTA license
  • IRP Account
    • 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
  • Diesel Refund
    • Request a diesel refund
  • Additional Activities
    • 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
Is a payment made on myDMV effective as of that day as long as it is before 11:59 pm?

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.

What if my contact information or email address has changed?

Once you have created your account, you may update your information within the myDMV system.

My company pays via electronic funds transfer, is that an option instead of using myDMV?

You will be allowed to pay in any accepted method whether or not your activity is done online, on paper, or in person. However, licensed Distributors must remit funds via an electronic funds transfer. 

How do I Log In to Manage My Vehicles?

Under the Vehicle Registration section, click the ‘Log In to Manage My Vehicles’ link. Enter the email address and password associated with your myDMV (and myVermont) account. If you need to create an account, please follow the separate steps to create your account and link it to your myDMV access.

Please note that, as of yet, your myDMV account will apply to your vehicles only.

How can I renew my vehicle registration on myDMV?

Non-Login: Click the ‘Renew My Vehicle Registration’ button at the center of the home screen or the ‘Renew My Registration’ under the Vehicle Registration section. You should review the information in the Getting Started section and will need to acknowledge that you are not a robot before continuing to the next screen.

Enter your vehicle type, the last four characters of your vehicle’s VIN, and the plate number. Click ‘Next’. If myDMV is able to find the vehicle, you will see the vehicle returned on this page. Select your desired registration period (1- or 2-year) and enter your email address where your confirmation will be sent. Click ‘Next’ to review the fees and ‘Next’ again to review and submit.

Then, follow the prompts to complete payment, after which your renewal will be processed.

Login: Once inside your account, click the ‘Renew Registration’ link for any of your listed vehicles. The process will be similar for non-login renewals listed above, with the addition of the option to change your vehicle’s address and/or request a replacement plate.

How can I estimate the tax due on a vehicle?

Click the ‘Estimate Tax Due on a Vehicle’ button at the center of the home screen or the ‘Estimate Tax Due on a Vehicle’ link under the Vehicle Inquiry section. Enter the type of vehicle and then the required information (e.g., VIN, salvage status, odometer reading, purchase date/price). Additionally, enter any trade-in vehicles that you would be reporting. Then click ‘Get Estimate’. The estimated tax due is displayed.

How do I change the address on my registration?

In-Person: Complete the Replacement Registration Form (form #VD-040) and schedule an appointment to visit a Vermont DMV Office.

By Mail: Complete the Replacement Registration Form (form #VD-040) and mail with any required fees to:

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

Online: Go to mydmv.vermont.govlog into your myDMV account. Once logged in, select the ‘Update My Address’ link in the I Want To panel. The first address available for changing is your mailing address for the vehicle; you can choose to change this address or not. The next address displayed is the physical address, which you can also choose to change or not. Selecting ‘Yes’ to either of these options will bring up fields where you can enter the new address. At the end of the process, click ‘Submit’ to process the request.

How can I Check Personalized Plate Availability?

Go to mydmv.vermont.gov and click the ‘Check Personalized Plate Availability’ link under the Vehicle Inquiry section. Enter the Vehicle Type and Plate Type of the plate you would like to check, followed by the text to check in the Plate ID field. Check the checkbox to verify that you are not a robot, then click the ‘Check Availability’ button to run the search.

The check’s results will be displayed in the space beneath the plate image on the right-hand side of the screen.

Name Change

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 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.

How do I change the name on my license/ID?

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

This includes:

  • 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.

Marriage certificate

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.

Can I change my name online?

No. Name changes must be done in person at a DMV office location.

NMVTIS

How can I tell what ownership document exists for a vehicle?

You can research the vehicle history using NMVTIS or any approved NMVTIS providers to determine where the vehicle was last registered/titled.

You may also call the DMV or visit an office, and we can check and advise what it is, what state it is from, and provide the title number.

What if I buy a 1966 Plymouth Fury from someone who has it stored in their barn and there is no record of it at all in NMVTIS?

You will need

  • Completed form VT-025
  • VIN verification
  • Copies of bills of sale from the previous owner to you

Off-Road

Do I need an Out of State Registration Certification form to register my off road vehicles such as my boat, snowmobile or ATV.

No. Sometimes, you must register these vehicles in Vermont even if you don’t live here.

Oversize/Overweight

What is considered over weight enough to get a ticket/fine?

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.

If a truck is overweight who is at fault, the operator or the owner of the vehicle

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

Payment

Can I pay using a credit card?

We accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover for online and in-person services.

If you are mailing paperwork that requires payment, send a check or money order.

Who do I make checks payable to?

Vermont DMV

Permit

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 a complex issue. To obtain information about the type of permits available please contact Commercial Vehicles at 802-828-2064 or use our contact form.

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 the schedule of holidays. In most cases, a permit clerk should take approximately 45 minutes to respond. However, a 4-hour turn-around time has been established to consider the Unit's workload during busy periods.

How long are single trip permits 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, 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 a list of holidays.

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.
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 (form #CVO-106).

How long does an Engineering Review take?

Engineering Reviews can take up to 10 working days.

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 overweight/overdimension rules?

Download a PDF below or use our contact form to request a copy.

Commercial Vehicle Operations
Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001
Phone: 802-828-2064

If a truck is overweight who is at fault, the operator or the owner of the vehicle

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

Plates

I just received plates, where is the sticker?

Date validation stickers are no longer required.

On June 1, 2023, Act 41 was signed into law. Among other things, Act 41 amends multiple sections of codified law to eliminate the annual (or biennial) validation sticker that previously went on license plates.

I no longer need my plates, what do I do with them?

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.

How can I Check Personalized Plate Availability?

Go to mydmv.vermont.gov and click the ‘Check Personalized Plate Availability’ link under the Vehicle Inquiry section. Enter the Vehicle Type and Plate Type of the plate you would like to check, followed by the text to check in the Plate ID field. Check the checkbox to verify that you are not a robot, then click the ‘Check Availability’ button to run the search.

The check’s results will be displayed in the space beneath the plate image on the right-hand side of the screen.

How can I Request Sample Plates?

Go to mydmv.vermont.gov and click the ‘Request Sample Plates’ hyperlink on the Vehicle Inquiry panel. You should review the information in the Getting Started section and will need to acknowledge that you are not a robot before continuing to the next section.  

Enter the Requester’s name. Use the ‘Add a Plate’ hyperlink to add the sample plates you would like to purchase. Select the plate type and enter the number of plates you want to order. Click ‘Next’.  

Enter the mailing address. Click the ‘Verify Address’ button and confirm the verified address. Click ‘Next’ to continue.  

Confirm the number of plates and transaction fees. Click ‘Next’.

Review the name, mailing address, and amount due for the order. Click ‘Submit’.

Review the items in the cart and click ‘Checkout.’

Then, follow the prompts to complete the payment.  

Click Confirm to submit the payment, after which the sample plate order has been completed.  

RDL

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 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.  More information on RDL...   

What is an Ignition Interlock Device Restricted Driver’s License?

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

How and where do I apply for an RDL?

Application for an RDL must be made by contacting the Department, by phone, at 802-828-2061. 

Who is eligible for an RDL?

You must be under suspension for an alcohol driving offense in Vermont. 

If I am eligible, are there any other requirements?

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.
How often do I need to renew my RDL?

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.

How do I get my unrestricted license back after I serve the required period of time of operating under the terms and requirements of an RDL?

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.

Real ID

Does a Driver's License or ID card marked “limited term” have different or lesser privileges?

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.

If I have temporary lawful status in the United States, will the Driver's License or ID card issued to me be different?

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.

Is an Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) or Non-Driver ID (EID) acceptable for Real ID compliance?

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).

Can I board a plane with a Temporary License/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

Is a Driver's Privilege Card Real ID compliant?

No

What is REAL ID?

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

Refund

I bought a new car in Florida and paid "Vermont" tax. Now I have sold my old car, can I get a tax refund?

No, not from Vermont.

Several states, including Florida, will collect taxes equal to the rate of your home state. In this example, the Vermont tax is 6%, so they will charge you 6% tax. That tax money is not transferred to Vermont. The only way to get any portion of it refunded to you is to contact the state that collected the tax.

List of DMVs from other states.

Registration

When must a vehicle be registered in Vermont?

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.

Does the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles assess any tax on my vehicle when I register it?
Can someone else fill out the registration application form for me?

Someone else can complete the form for you, but the owner(s) must sign and date the application.

If the application is signed by someone who is acting as the "authorized agent" of the owner(s), you must include a completed DMV Power of Attorney (form VN-101).

How long 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 driven within these 15 days (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.

How do I take a name off my registration?

Both owners listed on the title must sign it over to whoever will remain on the title (in section one on the back of the title). Fill out sections 1-4 and 8 on the registration application and mail the title and 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.

Do I need a Vermont license to register a vehicle in Vermont?

No, not necessarily. For more detail visit the "Moving to Vermont" page.

I just received plates, where is the sticker?

Date validation stickers are no longer required.

On June 1, 2023, Act 41 was signed into law. Among other things, Act 41 amends multiple sections of codified law to eliminate the annual (or biennial) validation sticker that previously went on license plates.

My registration, license or title has not arrived yet. What should I do?

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 

If I need to appoint a Power of Attorney, can I use my own form?

No. You must use the Vermont DMV Vehicle Power of Attorney form (VN-101)

If I have a vehicle jointly registered with a Vermont resident but I live out of state, do I need the Out of State Registration Certification form?

No

Can I register my vehicle in Vermont if I don’t reside there?

Yes. However, you must have the Out of State Registration Certification form (VN-102) completed by your home state DMV or a comparable agency, verifying that you have no requirement to register your vehicle there.

Please note this form is reviewed by our DMV Enforcement Division. It’s advisable to check with your home state before registering in Vermont.

Is the Out of State Registration Certification form required for vehicles not being titled in Vermont?

Yes. Any motor vehicle being registered using an out-of-state address must have this form.

How do I change the address on my registration?

In-Person: Complete the Replacement Registration Form (form #VD-040) and schedule an appointment to visit a Vermont DMV Office.

By Mail: Complete the Replacement Registration Form (form #VD-040) and mail with any required fees to:

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

Online: Go to mydmv.vermont.govlog into your myDMV account. Once logged in, select the ‘Update My Address’ link in the I Want To panel. The first address available for changing is your mailing address for the vehicle; you can choose to change this address or not. The next address displayed is the physical address, which you can also choose to change or not. Selecting ‘Yes’ to either of these options will bring up fields where you can enter the new address. At the end of the process, click ‘Submit’ to process the request.

Registration Renewal

Is there a grace period for renewing a Registration?

No

I just received plates, where is the sticker?

Date validation stickers are no longer required.

On June 1, 2023, Act 41 was signed into law. Among other things, Act 41 amends multiple sections of codified law to eliminate the annual (or biennial) validation sticker that previously went on license plates.

Can I change the month my registration expires?

Yes. At the next renewal, we can prorate the fees and renew for a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 24 months, allowing you to select the month it will be due in future years.

Call us for the correct fees and renew by mail, or visit any location up to 2 months before the registration expiration month.

How can I renew my vehicle registration on myDMV?

Non-Login: Click the ‘Renew My Vehicle Registration’ button at the center of the home screen or the ‘Renew My Registration’ under the Vehicle Registration section. You should review the information in the Getting Started section and will need to acknowledge that you are not a robot before continuing to the next screen.

Enter your vehicle type, the last four characters of your vehicle’s VIN, and the plate number. Click ‘Next’. If myDMV is able to find the vehicle, you will see the vehicle returned on this page. Select your desired registration period (1- or 2-year) and enter your email address where your confirmation will be sent. Click ‘Next’ to review the fees and ‘Next’ again to review and submit.

Then, follow the prompts to complete payment, after which your renewal will be processed.

Login: Once inside your account, click the ‘Renew Registration’ link for any of your listed vehicles. The process will be similar for non-login renewals listed above, with the addition of the option to change your vehicle’s address and/or request a replacement plate.

Can I renew my registration early?

A registration can be renewed sixty (60) days before expiration.

For more information on registration renewal, dmv.vermont.gov/registrations/renew

Safety

What if I am a victim of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking and do not want my address on my license?

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.

School Bus

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).

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.

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

For a Type I school bus: No.

For a Type II school bus: Yes.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 a school bus endorsement be added to an out-of-state CDL?

No, the school bus endorsement must be added by the state that issued the CDL.

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.

Why do school buses not require seat belts?

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.

Scooter

After successfully completing the Scooter Basic RiderCourse how do I get the motorcycle endorsement added to my license?

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.

I have a scooter/motorcycle permit. Will I be required to pass the Scooter Basic Rider Course written test to pass the 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.

I am under 18 years of age. Can I enroll in a course?

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.

Can I use my own scooter when taking the Scooter Basic Rider 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.

What are the requirements to enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program SBRC course?

Scooter Basic RiderCourse students are required to have a valid driver’s license.

What is the Vermont Rider Education Program Scooter Basic Rider 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.

Self-Designated Descriptors

How do I change the gender on my license/ID?

Online: Update your gender online.

In-Person: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and schedule an appointment to visit a Vermont DMV Office.

By Mail: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and mail with any required fees to:

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

How do I change the height on my license/ID?

Online: Update your height online.

In-Person: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and schedule an appointment to visit a Vermont DMV Office.

By Mail: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and mail with any required fees to:

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

How do I change the weight on my license/ID?

Online: Update your weight online.

In-Person: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and schedule an appointment to visit a Vermont DMV Office.

By Mail: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and mail with any required fees to:

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

How do I change the eye color on my license/ID?

Online: Update your eye color online.

In-Person: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and schedule an appointment to visit a Vermont DMV Office.

By Mail: Complete the Replacement License Form (form #VL-040) and mail with any required fees to:

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

SSN

What is Social Security Number verification?

Social Security Number Verification System is an application that allows employers and third-party representatives to verify employees' names and Social Security numbers (SSNs) against Social Security records.

See SSA for more information.

Tax

Are dealer documentation fees taxable?

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.

I am gifting my vehicle to someone, can I also gift my plates to them to use?

No, you may gift your personally owned vehicle to anyone you choose, but the plates belong to you, not the vehicle. The new owner must apply for new plates and registration under their name.

Exception: some low-number plates can be transferred to a family member.

I bought a new car in Florida and paid "Vermont" tax. Now I have sold my old car, can I get a tax refund?

No, not from Vermont.

Several states, including Florida, will collect taxes equal to the rate of your home state. In this example, the Vermont tax is 6%, so they will charge you 6% tax. That tax money is not transferred to Vermont. The only way to get any portion of it refunded to you is to contact the state that collected the tax.

List of DMVs from other states.

How can I estimate the tax due on a vehicle?

Click the ‘Estimate Tax Due on a Vehicle’ button at the center of the home screen or the ‘Estimate Tax Due on a Vehicle’ link under the Vehicle Inquiry section. Enter the type of vehicle and then the required information (e.g., VIN, salvage status, odometer reading, purchase date/price). Additionally, enter any trade-in vehicles that you would be reporting. Then click ‘Get Estimate’. The estimated tax due is displayed.

Temporary License

Is my temporary License valid in other states?

Yes, your temporary Driver's License is valid in every US State.

Can I board a plane with a Temporary License/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

What information is contained on the Temporary License/ID?

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.

Temporary Plate

How Can I Apply for a Temporary Registration & Plate?

You can apply for a 60-day temporary registration/plate that you can display on your vehicle until you are able to come into a DMV office to complete your full registration. Click the ‘Apply for a Temporary Registration & Plate’ link under the Vehicle Registration section. You should review the information on the Getting Started section and will need to acknowledge that you are not a robot before continuing to the next screen.

Enter your Vermont driver’s license/permit/ID number, as well as the Document Discriminator number available on your physical card. Then enter your last name, the vehicle type for the vehicle you are applying for, and the VIN. Click ‘Next’ to progress to the section where you can verify the year, make, model, and color of the vehicle. Click ‘Next’ to fill out details about you as a customer, including your email and street addresses.

The next sections allow you to verify the fees, declare your certifications, and review a summary of the application. Click ‘Submit’ to process the request and progress to payment.

Temporary Registration

How Can I Apply for a Temporary Registration & Plate?

You can apply for a 60-day temporary registration/plate that you can display on your vehicle until you are able to come into a DMV office to complete your full registration. Click the ‘Apply for a Temporary Registration & Plate’ link under the Vehicle Registration section. You should review the information on the Getting Started section and will need to acknowledge that you are not a robot before continuing to the next screen.

Enter your Vermont driver’s license/permit/ID number, as well as the Document Discriminator number available on your physical card. Then enter your last name, the vehicle type for the vehicle you are applying for, and the VIN. Click ‘Next’ to progress to the section where you can verify the year, make, model, and color of the vehicle. Click ‘Next’ to fill out details about you as a customer, including your email and street addresses.

The next sections allow you to verify the fees, declare your certifications, and review a summary of the application. Click ‘Submit’ to process the request and progress to payment.

Title

Do I need a title for a twenty (20) year old vehicle?

Maybe.

My registration, license or title has not arrived yet. What should I do?

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 

What is a Bonded Title?

A bonded title, also known as a Certificate of Title Surety Bond or Lost Title Bond, is a document that establishes who owns a vehicle, trailer, vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle. A bonded title can be used instead of a traditional title to register, get insurance for, or sell the vehicle, trailer, vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle. 

When Is a Bonded Title Required?

The exact circumstances in which owners must take out a Bonded Title vary case by case. However, in most cases, if you own or wish to buy a vehicle, trailer, vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle that lacks a title or if that title is incomplete, then a Bonded Title is necessary.

What Can a Bonded Title Be Used For?

The central use of Bonded Titles is to act as a form of financial protection for potentially harmed parties. However, it also holds benefits for the bondholder. It can allow the bondholder to possess proof of ownership instead of an incomplete, non-existent, or lost title bond.

This is essential, as proof of legal ownership is necessary for buying insurance or selling the vehicle, trailer, vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle. The bond may also be passed between owners if the vehicle, trailer, vessel, snowmobile, or all-terrain vehicle is sold, in much the same way a title transfer occurs when an original title is present.

If I need to appoint a Power of Attorney, can I use my own form?

No. You must use the Vermont DMV Vehicle Power of Attorney form (VN-101)

How Can I Check Vehicle for Vermont Liens?

Go to mydmv.vermont.gov, and click the ‘Check Vehicle for Vermont Liens’ under the Vehicle Inquiry section. Select the vehicle type (Boat or Vehicle) and then enter the identification number. Check the checkbox to verify that you are not a robot, and click the ‘Search’ button.

The results of the vehicle search are displayed. Please note that liens held by individuals will not display personal information; you would need to contact the DMV for further information if needed.

How can I get a title for a vehicle not previously required to be titled?

If you registered a vehicle before January 1, 2024, and it was not titled but now you would like to get one;

  • Complete a registration & title form (see below)
  • Check "Title Only"
  • Bring to any office or submit by mail
  • The title fee will be due

For more information, visit the Title page.

Can I sell my vehicle without a title if it was registered prior to the title change?

Yes, but you must provide the registration certificate to the new owner as proof of ownership.

Does Vermont still titles boats over 16 feet, motorcycles over 300 cc’s, large trailers, snowmobiles and motorboats?

Yes, everything we used to title is titled today. The only change is that the 15-year rule no longer applies.

I registered my 1967 Ford Mustang prior to the law change.  Do I have to get a title and/or can I get one?

You do not have to get a title, but you may get one if you wish by completing a registration application and submitting it with the title fee and a copy of your registration.

What if I buy a 1963 Karmann Ghia from someone today who registered it in VT prior to the law change?

If they have a title, you need it, and it must be properly signed over to to you.

If they only have the registration certificate, you will need that and a bill of sale.

How can I tell what ownership document exists for a vehicle?

You can research the vehicle history using NMVTIS or any approved NMVTIS providers to determine where the vehicle was last registered/titled.

You may also call the DMV or visit an office, and we can check and advise what it is, what state it is from, and provide the title number.

What if I am unable to obtain the last issued title or registration certificate?

The vehicle must be bonded.

What if I buy a 1966 Plymouth Fury from someone who has it stored in their barn and there is no record of it at all in NMVTIS?

You will need

  • Completed form VT-025
  • VIN verification
  • Copies of bills of sale from the previous owner to you

Vehicle Inspection

What equipment is needed to inspect OBD Systems?

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 :

  1. automatic initialization with any vehicle,
  2. determining readiness status of OBD monitors,
  3. determining malfunction indicator light status, and
  4. 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.

What are some possible reasons for failing the OBD check on a vehicle inspection?
  1. 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. 
  2. The Malfunction Indicator Light does not illuminate 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 of 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. 
  3. The Malfunction Indicator Light on the instrument panel is on (and/or commanded by the vehicle’s onboard computer) while the engine is running. This indicates that the OBD system has identified a problem that 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. 
How do I get my vehicle’s OBD system “ready”?

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/Rea…

Are emissions system repairs covered by the vehicle manufacturer warranty?

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

Why do we have emissions testing?

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.
What if my vehicle has an emissions problem?

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.

Why was my vehicle “Not Ready” for the inspection?
  • 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.
Is there a grace period for Vehicle Inspection?

No

Can a Winnebago Travato be inspected in Vermont?

Yes.

The Vermont Periodic Inspection Manual (VPIM) inspection criteria say this would be a failure. After careful consideration by the Enforcement and Safety Division, Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, it has been determined that the vehicle should pass provided the following is true -

If the vehicle is manufactured in this manner, has a properly affixed Vehicle Emission Control Information (VECI) label, and has not been altered by the customer, it should pass inspection. The properly affixed VECI label means the vehicle meets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and U.S. federal vehicle regulations specifying design, construction, performance, and durability requirements for motor vehicles and regulated automobile safety-related components, systems, and design features.

If an inspection mechanic is concerned about the vehicle, they should contact their regional inspector.

I have an Agriculture plate, do I need to get an inspection?

Vermont Strong

Are Vermont Strong Plates available for purchase?
What type(s) of front license plates are allowed?

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 plate is allowed.

How should I display the Vermont Strong Plate?

You may display your Vermont Strong plate, but it must be on the front of your vehicle.

How can I check the status of my VT Strong plate order?

If you placed an order for a Vermont Strong plate that has not arrived yet, Thank you for your purchase, which will support victims of the 2023 Vermont flooding. We have had an overwhelming response and are working diligently to process all orders quickly and in the order they were received.

If you do not receive your order within two weeks, please feel free to email us at VTStrong@vermont.gov.

VIN

What if I buy a 1966 Plymouth Fury from someone who has it stored in their barn and there is no record of it at all in NMVTIS?

You will need

  • Completed form VT-025
  • VIN verification
  • Copies of bills of sale from the previous owner to you

VREP

What is the Vermont Rider Education Program 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.

Why should I take the Basic Rider Course?

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.

Do I need a motorcycle to take the Basic or Intermediate Rider Course?

No, Motorcycles are provided for students.

Can I use my own motorcycle when taking a Basic or Intermediate Rider Course?

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.

Do I get my motorcycle endorsement if I pass the Basic or Intermediate Rider Course?

Students successfully completing the Rider Course will have the motorcycle endorsement added to their Vermont driver’s license without further testing.

What is the Vermont Rider Education Program Intermediate Rider Course?

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.

What are the requirements to enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program IRC course?

Individuals enrolling in an Intermediate Rider Course must have completed an entire Basic Rider Course during the past twelve (12) months.

Do I need a motorcycle to take the Intermediate Rider Course?

Motorcycles are provided for students taking an IRC.

What are the Vermont Rider Education Program Experienced Courses?

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.

What are the requirements to enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program ERC course?

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.

Do I need a motorcycle to take an Experienced Rider License Wavier or Skills Plus Course?

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.
Do I get my motorcycle endorsement if I pass an Experienced Rider License Waiver Course?

Students successfully completing the Experienced Rider License Waiver Course will have the motorcycle endorsement added to their Vermont driver’s license without further testing.

After successfully completing the Scooter Basic RiderCourse how do I get the motorcycle endorsement added to my license?

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.

I have a scooter/motorcycle permit. Will I be required to pass the Scooter Basic Rider Course written test to pass the 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.

I am under 18 years of age. Can I enroll in a course?

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.

Can I use my own scooter when taking the Scooter Basic Rider 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.

What are the requirements to enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program SBRC course?

Scooter Basic RiderCourse students are required to have a valid driver’s license.

What is the Vermont Rider Education Program Scooter Basic Rider 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.

What are the requirements to enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program Basic Rider Course course?

Basic Rider Course students are required to have a valid Vermont driver’s license.

How much does the Basic Rider Course cost?

$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.

How do I enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program course?

The easiest and fastest way to register is via our online service

Or, call 802-828-2913.

Can I use my own motorcycle when taking the Basic Rider Course?

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.

I have a motorcycle permit. Will I be required to pass the Basic Rider Course written test to pass the 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.

Do I get my motorcycle endorsement if I pass the Basic RiderCourse?

Students successfully completing the Basic RiderCourse will have the motorcycle endorsement added to their Vermont driver’s license without further testing.

Does Vermont DMV accept the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Rider Course completion card from another state?

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.