Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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  • 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.
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  • Determine what is needed to repair the vehicle
  • Contact dealer to find out if the repair is covered under emissions warranty.
  • If not covered under the emissions warranty obtain a written repair estimate and talk to your mechanic to determine what options exist. You may be eligible for a time extension.
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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.

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Prior to 2019 vehicles were allowed a conditional pass allowing time for repairs prior to the next inspection. As of January 2019, state law no longer allows for a conditional pass.

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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.
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DMV recommends consumers do not wait until the last minute to get an inspection. Customers can take vehicles in for inspection up to two months before the inspection is due. Customers need to work with their mechanic/dealer to get vehicle repaired as soon as possible. Always carry the Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) in the vehicle, showing that you are working towards compliance.

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

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The vehicle should be driven under a variety of normal operating conditions in order for the OBD system to become ready. These operating conditions include a mix of highway driving and stop and go, city type driving, and at least one overnight-off period. Your vehicle owner’s manual should provide more specific information on getting your vehicle’s OBD system ready. For more information on readiness, please visit: http://dec.vermont.gov/ sites/dec/files/aqc/ mobile-sources/ documents/ Readiness.pdf

If your vehicle’s OBD system is not ready, the inspection of the OBD system cannot be completed. While this does not necessarily mean that your vehicle has a problem, it does indicate that your vehicle’s OBD system has not yet completed it’s tests, and problems may be present, but not yet identified. A recently disconnected or discharged (run down) battery, or recent servicing using a scan tool are the most likely reasons for a vehicle’s OBD system being “not ready.” Note that there are a few vehicles which should not be rejected as “not ready”. Ask your inspection station or the Department of Motor Vehicles for further information about these exceptions. 

  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 at all when the ignition key is turned to the “on” position. When the vehicle’s OBD system detects a problem, it turns on the warning light to alert the driver to a problem. However, if the light cannot illuminate because the bulb has burned out or is otherwise not working, the driver would not be alerted to the problem. 
  3. The Malfunction Indicator Light on the instrument panel is on (and/or commanded on by the vehicle’s on board computer) while the engine is running. This indicates that the OBD system has identified a problem which must be repaired. In this case, one or more diagnostic trouble codes will also be reported by the vehicle’s OBD system and these codes will help your technician diagnose and repair your vehicle. 

If your vehicle failed, it must be repaired in order to receive a new inspection sticker. Your vehicle should be repaired by a qualified, trained automotive service technician equipped with the appropriate diagnostic and repair tools. Depending on your vehicle’s age and mileage, repairs may be covered by the vehicle manufacturer’s warranty. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for specific information on warranty coverage.

First, the vehicle is checked to see if the Malfunction Indicator Light (commonly called the “check engine” or “service engine soon” light) on the instrument panel illuminates when the ignition key is turned to the “on” position and then when the engine is running. Next, an electronic device known as a scan tool is connected to the vehicle, and used to communicate with the vehicle’s on board computer. The on board computer is checked to confirm that the vehicle has completed self-tests, to determine if the computer has attempted to turn on the Malfunction Indicator Light, and if applicable, to retrieve diagnostic trouble codes. The results are recorded, and the scan tool is disconnected from the vehicle. The entire OBD check typically takes less than 5 minutes. 

Motor vehicles are the largest source of toxic and ozone-forming air pollutants in Vermont. While modern vehicles are getting much cleaner due to newer engine management technology and emission control components, emissions stay low only when all these systems are working properly. OBD technology helps to ensure that vehicles are operating as designed, and the OBD check ensures that the vehicle’s OBD system is doing its job. 

OBD technology was developed in the 1980s by vehicle manufacturers to help technicians diagnose and service the computerized engine management systems of modern vehicles. A new generation of OBD (often referred to as OBD II) is present on 1996 and newer vehicles. OBD II monitors all components of the engine management system and can detect a malfunction or deterioration of these components usually well before the driver becomes aware of any problem. When a problem is detected, the OBD system turns on a warning light on the instrument panel to alert the driver of the need to have the vehicle checked by a service technician. 

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.

CDL (9)

Commercial Driver's License

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

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If a mistake is found on your license/ID please contact us.

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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 petition for 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.

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.

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

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

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

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Yes, if either of the following applies:

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

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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 sec.state.vt.us/safe-at-home

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Many shelters allow the use of their address or have Post Office Boxes set up for this purpose. Call 211 or visit vermont211.org for more information.

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No. The mailing process used to send Driver’s Licenses and IDs is similar to that used by the financial services industry to send your credit and debit cards. There is no indication on the outside of the envelope that it contains a driver license or ID card. If a license can’t be delivered, it will be returned to the DMV. Also, mailing the driver license and ID card helps DMV ensure applicants provide us with legitimate addresses.

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Your wait time at a DMV office may be less with a centralized production method. With central issuance, you don’t have to wait for the permanent license to be produced. You leave the office with the Temporary License/ID which takes a few seconds to print. All security checks are done after you leave the DMV office.

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Activities such as boarding airplanes and completing financial transactions will be easier with your permanent card in your possession.

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DMV urges drivers to renew their licenses early. Do not wait until your license or ID card expires. By coming in early, you continue to use your currently valid license or ID card. Vermont Driver’s Licenses can be renewed as early as six months prior to the renewal date.

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There are no changes to the application requirements for a Driver License. The change occurs in the printing process. Instead of leaving the office with your permanent card, you will receive a Temporary License/ID and can expect to receive your permanent card in the mail within 10 calendar days at the address you provided the DMV.

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The 7 to 10-day turnaround from the time you apply for a license to when you receive it in the mail gives the DMV time to verify applicants. We check to ensure applicants have not already received one or more Driver’s Licenses or Non-Driver Identification cards under different names. We also make certain applicants aren’t using a fraudulent or stolen Social Security number, immigration card, or birth certificate. If identity fraud or theft is suspected, we are able to suspend production of the driver license for further investigation.

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The 7 to 10-day turnaround from the time you apply for a license to when you receive it in the mail gives the DMV time to verify applicants. We check to ensure applicants have not already received one or more Driver’s Licenses or Non-Driver Identification cards under different names. We also make certain applicants aren’t using a fraudulent or stolen Social Security number, immigration card, or birth certificate. Mailing ensures an accurate address was provided. If identity fraud or theft is suspected, we are able to suspend production of the driver license for further investigation.

No, the DMV will not offer this option as licenses and ID's are printed off site in a secure facility.

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You may contact us to inquire if the license/ID was returned to the DMV as undeliverable. If the license/ID has not been returned, you must complete a replacement license/ID application (VL-040). The fee for the replacement is $20.00 or $15.00 (CDL), and an additional $30.00 if the license/ID is enhanced.

Yes. In fact the majority of U.S. states have moved to centralized production of license/ID cards.

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DMV urges you to plan ahead. Do not wait until your license/ID card expires. Vermont licenses/ID's can be renewed as early as six months prior to the expiration date.

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There are no changes to the application requirements for a license/ID. The change occurs in the printing process.  

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Central Issue (CI) is a process in which all licenses/ID's are produced and mailed directly from a secure facility. More information about CI here.

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In person applicants will be given a paper temporary license/ID. Allow at least 7-10 business days for delivery of your permanent license/ID.

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 The status of your license/ID can be verified by contacting us. No you will not receive a tracking number and cannot pay extra to receive one.

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There will be no increase in the cost of a license/ID. Central issuance offers added technological and security enhancements that could not otherwise be reached, offering the additional benefit of peace of mind to customers across the state.

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Licenses/ID's are produced in a secure facility.  All employees, full-time, part-time, or temporary, go through criminal and credit backround checks prior to hire, at both local and national levels. Additionally, background checks of current employees shall be preformed and reviewed on an annual basis. All employees of the contractor must attend mandatory security training annually. 

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Yes, all card types will be printed and mailed through Central Issuance from a secured facility.

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The new licensing system will provide improved customer services including increased system up-time as DMV staff no longer need to maintain equipment.  In addition, there will be new and improved card security features. In the future customers will have the ability to renew online (a service not currently available), therefore saving them a trip to the DMV.

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Licenses/ID's are produced in a secure facility. All employees, full-time, part-time, or temporary, go through criminal and credit backround checks prior to hire, at both local and national levels. Additionally, background checks of current employees shall be preformed and reviewed on an annual basis. All of the contractors employees must attend mandatory security training annually. 

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DMV mail is not forwarded. If you provide the DMV the new address your permanent license/ID will be sent to that address. If you applied for a license/ID longer than 20 days ago and you have not received your permanent card, please contact us.

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We offer a special mailing option to have your license/ID mailed to a different address from the address DMV has on file. DMV mail will not be forwarded. 

We offer a one time special mailing option to have your license/ID mailed to a different address from the address DMV has on file.

 We offer a one time special mailing option to have your license/ID mailed to a different address from the address DMV has on file.

The license/ID is trackable up to the point it is mailed. Please contact us.

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As long as your address is correct, you should receive your permanent license/ID in the mail no later than 7-10 business days after your application has been submitted.  If you applied for a license/ID card longer than 20 days ago and you have not received your permanent card, please contact us

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No, the Vermont DMV Branches will no longer be printing licenses/ID's.

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When obtaining a License/ID, allow 7-10 business days for delivery. If you have not received your new license/ID within 20 days please contact us.

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Commercial Vehicles (30)

Relating to commercial vehicles regulations.

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

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.

In general, a USDOT Number is required if you are operating in interstate commerce and:

You have vehicles that are over 10,000 lbs.
You transport between 9 and 15 passengers (including the driver) for compensation, whether direct or indirect
You transport 16 or more passengers
You haul hazardous materials

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

The 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.

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.

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

Requests should be made to:

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

You can also access the Overweight & Over-dimension Permit Rules here (form #VX-012)

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.

The Engineering Review can take up to 10 working days.

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

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.

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

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.

You may apply for a permit during off-hours but a permit will not be issued until normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 7:45am to 4:30pm (except holidays).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The following vehicles are exempt from titling.  However, these may be titled if the proper documentation and fees are submitted.

  1. "Road Making Appliances" are vehicles drawn by a separate motorized power unit, and designed for and used exclusively for building, repair, or maintenance of roads or highways or while being transported from job to job in connection with the building, repair or maintenance of roads or highways, except contractor's trailers. These vehicles as defined in law are listed below:
  • Pavement Heaters
  • Bulldozer
  • Scrapers
  • Rollers
  • Screening Plants
  • Graders
  • Spreaders
  • Pavers
  • Compressors
  • Excavator
  • Retreading Machines
  • Rock Crushers
  • Power Shovels
  • Rooters
  • Bucket Loaders
  • Snow Loaders
  • Steam Boilers
  • Concrete Mixer
  • Asphalt Reclaimers
  • Asphalt Scarifiers
  • Traffic Control Boards
  • Sweeper
  • Portable Electric Generators
  1. The following are also exempt but are not considered "Road Making Appliances".
  • Backhoe
  • Street Sweepers
  • Fork Lift
  • Skidder
  • Cement Mixer (trailer type)
  • Sidewalk Snow Plows
  • Euclid

The standard for stopping a vehicle in Vermont is “reasonable suspicion”. However, commercial vehicles are subject to inspection, upon demand, by an enforcement officer certified to inspect such vehicles.

You must register your fleet apportionally if the fleet travels in Vermont and any other IRP jurisdictions and:

  • Is used for transportation of persons for hire or is designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property, and
  • Is a power unit having a gross weight in excess of 26,000 pounds and/or
  • Is a power unit having three or more axles regardless of weight and/or used in combination when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
  • Is a commercial vehicle operating intrastate in 2 or more jurisdictions regardless of weight.

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

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.

Dealers (1)

Relating to car dealerships.

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.

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EDL (3)

Relating to Enhanced Driver's Licenses or Enhanced Identification.

If a mistake is found on your license/ID please contact us.

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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 petition for 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.

Maybe; The Vermont Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) is a driver’s license that can also be used as a cross-border travel document to enter the U.S. by land and sea. It denotes both identity and citizenship, per (WHTI). The Vermont EDL is a Real ID card and also a cross-border travel document for entering the U.S. by land and sea. However, not every Vermont Real ID card is also an EDL.

Only Vermont Licenses marked as “Enhanced” may be used for cross-border travel.

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Emissions (14)

  • 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.
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  • Determine what is needed to repair the vehicle
  • Contact dealer to find out if the repair is covered under emissions warranty.
  • If not covered under the emissions warranty obtain a written repair estimate and talk to your mechanic to determine what options exist. You may be eligible for a time extension.
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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.

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Prior to 2019 vehicles were allowed a conditional pass allowing time for repairs prior to the next inspection. As of January 2019, state law no longer allows for a conditional pass.

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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.
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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

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The vehicle should be driven under a variety of normal operating conditions in order for the OBD system to become ready. These operating conditions include a mix of highway driving and stop and go, city type driving, and at least one overnight-off period. Your vehicle owner’s manual should provide more specific information on getting your vehicle’s OBD system ready. For more information on readiness, please visit: http://dec.vermont.gov/ sites/dec/files/aqc/ mobile-sources/ documents/ Readiness.pdf

If your vehicle’s OBD system is not ready, the inspection of the OBD system cannot be completed. While this does not necessarily mean that your vehicle has a problem, it does indicate that your vehicle’s OBD system has not yet completed it’s tests, and problems may be present, but not yet identified. A recently disconnected or discharged (run down) battery, or recent servicing using a scan tool are the most likely reasons for a vehicle’s OBD system being “not ready.” Note that there are a few vehicles which should not be rejected as “not ready”. Ask your inspection station or the Department of Motor Vehicles for further information about these exceptions. 

  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 at all when the ignition key is turned to the “on” position. When the vehicle’s OBD system detects a problem, it turns on the warning light to alert the driver to a problem. However, if the light cannot illuminate because the bulb has burned out or is otherwise not working, the driver would not be alerted to the problem. 
  3. The Malfunction Indicator Light on the instrument panel is on (and/or commanded on by the vehicle’s on board computer) while the engine is running. This indicates that the OBD system has identified a problem which must be repaired. In this case, one or more diagnostic trouble codes will also be reported by the vehicle’s OBD system and these codes will help your technician diagnose and repair your vehicle. 

If your vehicle failed, it must be repaired in order to receive a new inspection sticker. Your vehicle should be repaired by a qualified, trained automotive service technician equipped with the appropriate diagnostic and repair tools. Depending on your vehicle’s age and mileage, repairs may be covered by the vehicle manufacturer’s warranty. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for specific information on warranty coverage.

First, the vehicle is checked to see if the Malfunction Indicator Light (commonly called the “check engine” or “service engine soon” light) on the instrument panel illuminates when the ignition key is turned to the “on” position and then when the engine is running. Next, an electronic device known as a scan tool is connected to the vehicle, and used to communicate with the vehicle’s on board computer. The on board computer is checked to confirm that the vehicle has completed self-tests, to determine if the computer has attempted to turn on the Malfunction Indicator Light, and if applicable, to retrieve diagnostic trouble codes. The results are recorded, and the scan tool is disconnected from the vehicle. The entire OBD check typically takes less than 5 minutes. 

Motor vehicles are the largest source of toxic and ozone-forming air pollutants in Vermont. While modern vehicles are getting much cleaner due to newer engine management technology and emission control components, emissions stay low only when all these systems are working properly. OBD technology helps to ensure that vehicles are operating as designed, and the OBD check ensures that the vehicle’s OBD system is doing its job. 

OBD technology was developed in the 1980s by vehicle manufacturers to help technicians diagnose and service the computerized engine management systems of modern vehicles. A new generation of OBD (often referred to as OBD II) is present on 1996 and newer vehicles. OBD II monitors all components of the engine management system and can detect a malfunction or deterioration of these components usually well before the driver becomes aware of any problem. When a problem is detected, the OBD system turns on a warning light on the instrument panel to alert the driver of the need to have the vehicle checked by a service technician. 

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.

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Commercial Vehicle Enforcement and Safety

The standard for stopping a vehicle in Vermont is “reasonable suspicion”. However, commercial vehicles are subject to inspection, upon demand, by an enforcement officer certified to inspect such vehicles.

Complete an application for employment with the State of Vermont.  If selected, you would then be required to successfully complete;

  • a background check
  • polygraph test, and
  • entrance exams for the full-time Police Academy

After successfully passing these, and if hired, you must then successfully complete the full time Law Enforcement Academy. 

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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

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.

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

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

FMCSA (2)

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an agency in the United States Department of Transportation that regulates the trucking industry in the United States. The primary mission of the FMCSA is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

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.

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

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Gift (1)

Relating to gifting a vehicle to another person.

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

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The primary purpose of a Driver’s license is to establish the holder of that license has the minimum skills required to safely operate a motor vehicle. Many entities have decided that this driving document can be accepted as proof of ID. The department does not have any authority to mandate that other entities accept our driving documents as proof of ID. 

Note that Vermont is Real ID compliant. The Vermont Driver Privilege Card is Not Real ID compliant.  See more on Real ID here

 

A Vermont license which is NOT Real ID compliant will be labeled as a "Driver's Privilege Card." The Privilege Card is available to anyone that is a Vermont Resident and a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Permanent Resident Alien or, an Undocumented Immigrant in the United States

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 petition for 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.

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.

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.

IID (15)

Ignition Interlock Device

Contact the manufacturer of the IID installed in your vehicle.  A list of manufacturers can be found on our website dmv.vermont.gov or may be found in the information, pamphlet or manual you received when the IID was installed in your vehicle. 

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Vermont requirements still need to be maintained.  Contact the manufacturer of your IID to locate an authorized interlock installer in the jurisdiction you will be in, who will provide you with the required services.  It is your responsibility to work with your interlock manufacturer and authorized installer to provide us with all required reporting until you return to Vermont.

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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.

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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.  

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The device will give you a reminder 7 days prior to a scheduled service date, followed by a warning to obtain service within 5 days.  If you fail to bring your vehicle to the installer for service within those 5 days, the IID will place your vehicle in a permanent lockout state; the vehicle would have to be towed to the installer for service before you can operate it again.  Failure to bring your car in for service will result in an extension of your RDL requirements.  

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Yes.  When the IID is serviced every 30 days, the installer forwards the data reports to DMV.  If the data report indicates a failure to comply with any of the interlock program requirements, it may result in an extension of your RDL requirements.

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The IID collects and stores the information below, which is reported to the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Corrections.  This information is also provided to Project CRASH.

  • The date and time of any use, or attempted use of a vehicle including a photo of the driving compartment.
  • The date and time of any attempt to tamper, circumvent or bypass the device.
  • The date, time and alcohol concentration, in grams per 210 liters, of each breath sample provided to the device.
  • The date and time of any malfunctions of the device.
  • The date and time of any failures to provide retest samples.
  • The date and time a “service required” message is issued to the customer by the device.
  • The date any service is performed.
  • The mileage and hours of operation of the vehicle since the previous service was performed.
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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.
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To prevent a driver from having someone else blow into the IID to start a vehicle, and to prevent a driver from drinking while driving, the IID requires the driver to submit to random retests at variable intervals after a driver has passed an initial breath test and started the vehicle.  The IID will signal you to take a retest within a certain amount of time after starting your vehicle.

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When certain violations are logged by the IID, when the vehicle is turned off, the IID will not allow the vehicle to start again under any circumstances.  The vehicle would need to be towed to the installer for servicing before you can operate it again.  The violations which result in a permanent lockout state are:

  • If the IID detects tampering, circumvention or bypass attempts.
  • A scheduled service date is missed.
  • Service is not obtained within 5 days of the service reminder.

Some of the above violations will also result in an extension of your RDL requirements.

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Yes. 

  • You must install an IID that is equipped with a camera. 
  • if your BAC was .16 or above, you will be required to install a camera-equipped IID with GPS capabilities, and have it in your vehicle for the entire period of time you must operate under the terms and requirements of an RDL.
  • in some cases, the courts or Department of Corrections may require you to install a device that has “Real-Time” reporting” and/or GPS capabilities.
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Contact your installer for specific instructions on how to handle this situation.  Depending upon the amount of damage to your vehicle, you may need to obtain a new IID.  Should you have to replace your vehicle, you will need to have a device installed in your new vehicle.  Have the installer complete a Certification of Ignition Interlock Device Installation, VL-082, and return it to this Department.

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Prior to selling the vehicle you must have the IID removed by the installer and then installed in your new vehicle.  You will also need to have the installer complete a Certification of Ignition Interlock Device Installation, VL-082, and return it to this Department.

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If you remove the IID from your vehicle before you are eligible, we will receive notification from the IID installer/manufacturer, you will be suspended for the remaining term of your original suspension.  A new suspension with a 10-day lead time will be mailed to you.  The lead time and any Departmental processing time will not be counted towards your suspension.

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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.

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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.

IRP (1)

Relating to International Registration Plan regulations.

You must register your fleet apportionally if the fleet travels in Vermont and any other IRP jurisdictions and:

  • Is used for transportation of persons for hire or is designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property, and
  • Is a power unit having a gross weight in excess of 26,000 pounds and/or
  • Is a power unit having three or more axles regardless of weight and/or used in combination when the weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
  • Is a commercial vehicle operating intrastate in 2 or more jurisdictions regardless of weight.

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

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

Lemon Law (5)

The Consumer's Repair Summary For A 3-Times-Out Claim will help you organize the repair history when filing under the "3 times out" provision.

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3-Times-Out Claim (Filing Method A):

  • A Demand may be filed after the manufacturer/authorized dealer has had reasonable opportunities to repair a warranted defect(s). The lemon law presumes that three unsuccessful repair attempts meet this requirement. The first attempt must occur within the manufacturer's express warranty.
  • A consumer filing with fewer than three repair attempts must convince the Board that the manufacturer was allowed a reasonable opportunity to repair. This could be for a safety-related defect/condition, if the dealer/manufacturer presents the condition is characteristic and no repair is needed, or for other reasons.
  • The symptom of a claimed defect(s) must be present as of the date of filing.
  • Please review the eligibility requirements prior to filing and enclose the requested supporting documentation, which must be received prior to the scheduling of a hearing.

30 Days Out-Of-Service Claim (Filing Method B):

  • A Demand may be filed after a vehicle has been out-of-service for multiple days by reason of a reasonable number of repairs within the manufacturer's express warranty.
  • The lemon law presumes that a reasonable number of repairs have been made when the vehicle has been out-of-service for 30 calendar days.
  • A consumer may file with fewer than 30 days out-of-service but must demonstrate why the Board should accept fewer than 30 days as being reasonable.
  • "Out-of-service" is defined as the vehicle being unavailable for the consumer's use for a major portion of the day (4 hours or more) while being under the control of the manufacturer, its agent or authorized dealer.
  • The 30 days may be cumulative or consecutive.
  • Please review the eligibility requirements prior to filing and enclose the requested supporting documentation, which must be received prior to the scheduling of a hearing.
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Used vehicles are covered under the lemon law if the first repair occurred within the manufacturer's express warranty and other eligibility requirements have been met. A "new motor vehicle" means a passenger motor vehicle which is still under the manufacturer's express warranty. 9 V.S.A. Section 4173(9).

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There are two methods for filing a Demand For Arbitration. A consumer may choose Filing Method A: "three times out", or Filing Method B: "30 days out-of-service". The defect or condition must be present as of the date of filing for a "three-times-out" claim. There is no requirement for a current condition for a "30 days out-of-service" claim because the defect is the repair history during the time out-of service. There are circumstances under which a Demand may be filed with fewer than three repair attempts or fewer than 30 days out-of-service as described below. Please review the other eligibility requirements prior to filing and enclose the requested supporting documentation, which must be received prior to the scheduling of a hearing.

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A Demand For Arbitration will be docketed for a hearing when it is completed in full, accompanied by the information requested and submitted per the Filing Instructions. The claim will be returned if applicable enclosures are omitted. Please remember the preparation and presentation of the case is your responsibility.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • The vehicle was purchased or leased in Vermont or is registered in Vermont.
  • At least the first repair attempt for the claimed defect(s) was covered by the manufacturer's express warranty for a "three-times-out" claim.
  • The defect(s)/condition(s) is present as of the date of filing for a "three- times-out" claim.
  • The gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) for a truck cannot exceed 12,000 pounds. Refer to the GVWR label on the inside edge of driver's door or refer to manufacturer or dealer documentation.
  • A business or commercial enterprise may have a maximum of two registered or leased vehicles.
  • Vehicles within a government entity are not covered under Vermont's lemon law.
  • A vehicle finance account must be current as of the date of the hearing.
  • A consumer is precluded from filing through the State of Vermont process if the manufacturer's dispute settlement mechanism is elected. This third-party option is usually referenced in the owner's manual.
  • A claim must be filed within one year after the expiration of the manufacturer's express warranty.
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License (36)

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.

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You may contact us to inquire if the license/ID was returned to the DMV as undeliverable. If the license/ID has not been returned, you must complete a replacement license/ID application (VL-040). The fee for the replacement is $20.00 or $15.00 (CDL), and an additional $30.00 if the license/ID is enhanced.

No, a temporary license/ID will not be provided to you if applying through the mail. 

Yes, non-photo licenses are still being issued to those who are eligible.

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If a mistake is found on your license/ID please contact us.

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A replacement temporary license/ID can be issued to you at no fee. You may visit any of the DMV locations or contact us.

If you have applied for a REAL ID compliant license/ID, please know that your paper temporary will NOT be compliant. Only the permanent license/ID that is mailed to you will be REAL ID compliant. 

We offer a special mailing option to have your license/ID mailed to a different address from the address DMV has on file. DMV mail will not be forwarded. 

We offer a one time special mailing option to have your license/ID mailed to a different address from the address DMV has on file.

 We offer a one time special mailing option to have your license/ID mailed to a different address from the address DMV has on file.

Your temporary license is valid for driving purposes only. If you are unsure whether the tax preparer or Department of Taxes will accept your temporary license/ID for identification purposes, you should contact them.

You will be required to surrender your out of state license to VT. A paper temporary license will be issued to you.The permanant license will be received within 7-10 business days.  

Your temporary license is valid for driving purposes only. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states they will accept the temporary driver's license document in conjunction with the expired driver's license to board an aircraft until you receive the permanent card in the mail. You should verify TSA has not updated this policy by contacting them.

If you are applying for a license/ID in person at any of the DMV Branch locations you will receive a temporary. If requesting a license/ID by mail you will not receive a temporary.

The primary purpose of a Driver’s license is to establish the holder of that license has the minimum skills required to safely operate a motor vehicle. Many entities have decided that this driving document can be accepted as proof of ID. The department does not have any authority to mandate that other entities accept our driving documents as proof of ID. 

Note that Vermont is Real ID compliant. The Vermont Driver Privilege Card is Not Real ID compliant.  See more on Real ID here

 

A Vermont license which is NOT Real ID compliant will be labeled as a "Driver's Privilege Card." The Privilege Card is available to anyone that is a Vermont Resident and a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Permanent Resident Alien or, an Undocumented Immigrant in the United States

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 petition for 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.

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.

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.

Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover

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

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

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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.

 

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

Locations (2)

Relating to a DMV branch office or skills test location.

DMV is closed for all State Holidays. To see a list of holidays visit Vermont Department of Human Resources. Any legal holiday which falls on a Saturday shall be observed on the preceding Friday.  Any legal holiday which falls on a Sunday shall be observed on the following Monday.

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Our main office in Montpelier is open Monday through Friday 7:45am to 4:30pm, with extended hours until 6:00pm on Wednesdays. Find detailed information about our
Vermont DMV offices here.

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Relating to motorcycles or motor-driven cycles (mopeds).

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.
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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.

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Motorcycles are provided for students taking an IRC.

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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.

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You must enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program Intermediate Rider Course.  Standby students are not accepted for these courses.

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

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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.

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Students enrolling in a Basic or Intermediate Rider Course are not required to have a motorcycle permit. 

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Yes, Vermont Rider Education Program courses are held as scheduled during inclement weather, unless the program determines the conditions are not safe for the participants.

You will be required to bring the following riding gear; over the ankle footwear (not canvass); long sturdy pants; long sleeved shirt or jacket; full fingered gloves; protective eye wear.

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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.

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It is best to enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program course to be guaranteed an opening in the course you wish to attend. Courses fill quickly and once full additional students cannot be added to the course.

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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.

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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.

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Oversize/Overweight (4)

Referencing oversize, overweight, or over dimension motor vehicles.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Permit (4)

You may apply for a permit during off-hours but a permit will not be issued until normal business hours, Monday through Friday from 7:45am to 4:30pm (except holidays).

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

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

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

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

Plates (5)

Relating to license plates.

Yes.

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. See Law Enforcement Bulletin here.

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

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  • For vehicles issued registration plates with dimensions of approximately 12 x 6 inches, in the lower right corner of the rear registration plate; and
  • For vehicles issued a registration plate with a dimension of approximately 7 x 4 inches, in the upper right corner of the rear registration plate.
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I've moved to another state from Vermont and I'm registering my vehicle there. What do I do with my Vermont plates and can I get a refund?

When you leave Vermont and register your vehicle in another state you must return your Vermont license plates:

Refer to CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION

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RDL (9)

Vermont requirements still need to be maintained.  Contact the manufacturer of your IID to locate an authorized interlock installer in the jurisdiction you will be in, who will provide you with the required services.  It is your responsibility to work with your interlock manufacturer and authorized installer to provide us with all required reporting until you return to Vermont.

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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.

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RDL

Your RDL must be renewed on a yearly basis.  A renewal notice, along with 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.  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.

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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.
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RDL

You are not eligible for an RDL for any of the following reasons:

  • You are currently under suspension for driving while under the influence of drugs.
  • You currently hold a Learner’s Permit.
  • You currently hold a Junior Driver's License
  • You are under suspension for a reason other than a driving under the influence conviction.
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You must be under suspension for an alcohol driving offense in Vermont. 

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

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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

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RDL

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

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Real ID (9)

If a mistake is found on your license/ID please contact us.

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The primary purpose of a Driver’s license is to establish the holder of that license has the minimum skills required to safely operate a motor vehicle. Many entities have decided that this driving document can be accepted as proof of ID. The department does not have any authority to mandate that other entities accept our driving documents as proof of ID. 

Note that Vermont is Real ID compliant. The Vermont Driver Privilege Card is Not Real ID compliant.  See more on Real ID here

 

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).

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A Vermont license which is NOT Real ID compliant will be labeled as a "Driver's Privilege Card." The Privilege Card is available to anyone that is a Vermont Resident and a U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Permanent Resident Alien or, an Undocumented Immigrant in the United States

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 petition for 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.

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.

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.

Maybe; The Vermont Enhanced Driver's License (EDL) is a driver’s license that can also be used as a cross-border travel document to enter the U.S. by land and sea. It denotes both identity and citizenship, per (WHTI). The Vermont EDL is a Real ID card and also a cross-border travel document for entering the U.S. by land and sea. However, not every Vermont Real ID card is also an EDL.

Only Vermont Licenses marked as “Enhanced” may be used for cross-border travel.

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Registration (23)

Relating to vehicle registration.

No. Anyone can register a vehicle in the state of Vermont.  You do not have to hold a Vermont License.

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

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Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover

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

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

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

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

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

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Complete the application for a replacement registration (form #VD-040) and submit it to this Department with the appropriate fee

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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I've moved to another state from Vermont and I'm registering my vehicle there. What do I do with my Vermont plates and can I get a refund?

When you leave Vermont and register your vehicle in another state you must return your Vermont license plates:

Refer to CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION

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Yes, we accept Visa, MasterCard & Discover

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

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

Rental (2)

Once the registration has been processed the Exemption form will be filed with the Rental Company License and Application for audit purposes

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The 9% rental tax must be collected on all vehicles being rented on a short term basis.

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Replacement (1)

Refers to a document issued to replace a lost, misplaced, or damaged license, ID, registration, title, etc.

A Temporary License/ID is issued when the customer makes a material change. The customer must wait to receive the new license by mail. Customer can retain the license or ID provided there are no changes other than the address. For address changes, there is no change in the procedure of notifying DMV of the new address.

Safety (1)

For a Type I school bus: No.

For a Type II school bus: Yes.

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School Bus (19)

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.

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Yes, if either of the following applies:

  • If the school bus is owned or operated by a school or in connection with school activities.
  • If transporting Head Start children in a situation where a school bus or MFSAB is required.
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For a Type I school bus: No.

For a Type II school bus: Yes.

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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.

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

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  • 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).

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

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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.

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Scooter (10)

The Scooter Basic RiderCourse is for those individuals that have made the decision 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.

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

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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.

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Helmets are provided to students needing one for all Vermont Rider Education Program courses.

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You will be required to bring the following riding gear; over the ankle footwear (not canvass); long sturdy pants; long sleeved shirt or jacket; full fingered gloves; protective eye wear.

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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.

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Students enrolling in a Scooter Basic RiderCourse are not required to have a scooter/motorcycle permit.

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Yes, the Vermont Rider Education Program and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation require students to pass the Scooter Basic RiderCourse written and skill tests to successfully complete the course.

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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.

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Yes, Vermont Rider Education Program courses are held as scheduled during inclement weather, unless the program determines the conditions are not safe for the participants.

SSN (1)

Social Security Number

Visit a federal Social Security Administration office to obtain a card. Replacement cards can be requested online. More information is available on the SSA’s website: www.ssa.gov.

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Suspension (2)

Regarding a driver's license suspension or reinstatement.

Tax (1)

Related to tax collected by DMV.

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.

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A Temporary License/ID is issued when the customer makes a material change. The customer must wait to receive the new license by mail. Customer can retain the license or ID provided there are no changes other than the address. For address changes, there is no change in the procedure of notifying DMV of the new address.

If you have not received your driver license within 20 calendar days from the issue date of your Temporary License/ID contact us.

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.

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

The Temporary License/ID is valid for driving purposes and other forms of identification. For instance, you may register a vehicle with your Temporary License/ID if you already hold a Vermont license. Banks, retail, alcohol and other outlets that use licenses and ID cards for identity should not accept the Temporary License/ID as a stand-alone document, but only accept it with the expiring license or ID card. 

The 7 to 10-day turnaround from the time you apply for a license to when you receive it in the mail gives the DMV time to verify applicants. We check to ensure applicants have not already received one or more Driver’s Licenses or Non-Driver Identification cards under different names. We also make certain applicants aren’t using a fraudulent or stolen Social Security number, immigration card, or birth certificate. Mailing ensures an accurate address was provided. If identity fraud or theft is suspected, we are able to suspend production of the driver license for further investigation.

A temporary document may not be accepted for identification purposes.

No, a temporary license/ID will not be provided to you if applying through the mail. 

Yes, your temporary driver's license is valid for driving purposes only.

A replacement temporary license/ID can be issued to you at no fee. You may visit any of the DMV locations or contact us.

If you have applied for a REAL ID compliant license/ID, please know that your paper temporary will NOT be compliant. Only the permanent license/ID that is mailed to you will be REAL ID compliant. 

No, the Vermont DMV Branches will no longer print licenses/ID's.

Your temporary license is valid for driving purposes only. If you are unsure whether the establishment  will accept your temporary license/ID for identification purposes, you should contact them directly. 

Your temporary license is valid for driving purposes only. If you are unsure whether the dealership/lender will accept your temporary license/ID for identification purposes, you should contact them directly. 

Your temporary license is valid for driving purposes only. If you are unsure whether the tax preparer or Department of Taxes will accept your temporary license/ID for identification purposes, you should contact them.

You will be required to surrender your out of state license to VT. A paper temporary license will be issued to you.The permanant license will be received within 7-10 business days.  

Your temporary license is valid for driving purposes only. If you are unsure whether the rental company will accept your temporary license/ID for identification purposes, you should contact them directly.

Your temporary license is valid for driving purposes only. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states they will accept the temporary driver's license document in conjunction with the expired driver's license to board an aircraft until you receive the permanent card in the mail. You should verify TSA has not updated this policy by contacting them.

If you are applying for a license/ID in person at any of the DMV Branch locations you will receive a temporary. If requesting a license/ID by mail you will not receive a temporary.

Title (6)

Relating to vehicle title.

The following vehicles are exempt from titling.  However, these may be titled if the proper documentation and fees are submitted.

  1. "Road Making Appliances" are vehicles drawn by a separate motorized power unit, and designed for and used exclusively for building, repair, or maintenance of roads or highways or while being transported from job to job in connection with the building, repair or maintenance of roads or highways, except contractor's trailers. These vehicles as defined in law are listed below:
  • Pavement Heaters
  • Bulldozer
  • Scrapers
  • Rollers
  • Screening Plants
  • Graders
  • Spreaders
  • Pavers
  • Compressors
  • Excavator
  • Retreading Machines
  • Rock Crushers
  • Power Shovels
  • Rooters
  • Bucket Loaders
  • Snow Loaders
  • Steam Boilers
  • Concrete Mixer
  • Asphalt Reclaimers
  • Asphalt Scarifiers
  • Traffic Control Boards
  • Sweeper
  • Portable Electric Generators
  1. The following are also exempt but are not considered "Road Making Appliances".
  • Backhoe
  • Street Sweepers
  • Fork Lift
  • Skidder
  • Cement Mixer (trailer type)
  • Sidewalk Snow Plows
  • Euclid

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

See types of vehicle ownership for more information.

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If the vehicle is more than 15 years old you may use the "bill of sale."

If the vehicle is 15 years old or less, you must obtain a replacement title.

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Total Abstinence (1)

<p>If you have lost your license because of DUI, you may apply for reinstatement with proof of a three‐year period of abstinence from all alcohol and drugs and successful completion of a treatment program.</p>

If you have lost your license for life, because of DUIs, civil suspensions and/or refusals, you may apply for license reinstatement with proof of the required three‐year period of abstinence from all alcohol and drugs and the successful completion of a substance abuse treatment program.

Training (19)

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

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Students enrolling in an Experienced Rider License Waiver Course must have a valid motorcycle permit.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Motorcycles are provided for students taking an IRC.

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You must enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program Intermediate Rider Course.  Standby students are not accepted for these courses.

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

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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.

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Students enrolling in a Basic or Intermediate Rider Course are not required to have a motorcycle permit. 

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Yes, Vermont Rider Education Program courses are held as scheduled during inclement weather, unless the program determines the conditions are not safe for the participants.

You will be required to bring the following riding gear; over the ankle footwear (not canvass); long sturdy pants; long sleeved shirt or jacket; full fingered gloves; protective eye wear.

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

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Helmets are provided to students needing one for all Vermont Rider Education Program courses.

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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.

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It is best to enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program course to be guaranteed an opening in the course you wish to attend. Courses fill quickly and once full additional students cannot be added to the course.

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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.

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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.

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Transfer (2)

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

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

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

See types of vehicle ownership for more information.

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Vehicle Inspection (11)

Relating to vehicle safety inspection.

DMV recommends consumers do not wait until the last minute to get an inspection. Customers can take vehicles in for inspection up to two months before the inspection is due. Customers need to work with their mechanic/dealer to get vehicle repaired as soon as possible. Always carry the Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) in the vehicle, showing that you are working towards compliance.

The vehicle should be driven under a variety of normal operating conditions in order for the OBD system to become ready. These operating conditions include a mix of highway driving and stop and go, city type driving, and at least one overnight-off period. Your vehicle owner’s manual should provide more specific information on getting your vehicle’s OBD system ready. For more information on readiness, please visit: http://dec.vermont.gov/ sites/dec/files/aqc/ mobile-sources/ documents/ Readiness.pdf

If your vehicle’s OBD system is not ready, the inspection of the OBD system cannot be completed. While this does not necessarily mean that your vehicle has a problem, it does indicate that your vehicle’s OBD system has not yet completed it’s tests, and problems may be present, but not yet identified. A recently disconnected or discharged (run down) battery, or recent servicing using a scan tool are the most likely reasons for a vehicle’s OBD system being “not ready.” Note that there are a few vehicles which should not be rejected as “not ready”. Ask your inspection station or the Department of Motor Vehicles for further information about these exceptions. 

  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 at all when the ignition key is turned to the “on” position. When the vehicle’s OBD system detects a problem, it turns on the warning light to alert the driver to a problem. However, if the light cannot illuminate because the bulb has burned out or is otherwise not working, the driver would not be alerted to the problem. 
  3. The Malfunction Indicator Light on the instrument panel is on (and/or commanded on by the vehicle’s on board computer) while the engine is running. This indicates that the OBD system has identified a problem which must be repaired. In this case, one or more diagnostic trouble codes will also be reported by the vehicle’s OBD system and these codes will help your technician diagnose and repair your vehicle. 

If your vehicle failed, it must be repaired in order to receive a new inspection sticker. Your vehicle should be repaired by a qualified, trained automotive service technician equipped with the appropriate diagnostic and repair tools. Depending on your vehicle’s age and mileage, repairs may be covered by the vehicle manufacturer’s warranty. Refer to your vehicle owner’s manual for specific information on warranty coverage.

First, the vehicle is checked to see if the Malfunction Indicator Light (commonly called the “check engine” or “service engine soon” light) on the instrument panel illuminates when the ignition key is turned to the “on” position and then when the engine is running. Next, an electronic device known as a scan tool is connected to the vehicle, and used to communicate with the vehicle’s on board computer. The on board computer is checked to confirm that the vehicle has completed self-tests, to determine if the computer has attempted to turn on the Malfunction Indicator Light, and if applicable, to retrieve diagnostic trouble codes. The results are recorded, and the scan tool is disconnected from the vehicle. The entire OBD check typically takes less than 5 minutes. 

Motor vehicles are the largest source of toxic and ozone-forming air pollutants in Vermont. While modern vehicles are getting much cleaner due to newer engine management technology and emission control components, emissions stay low only when all these systems are working properly. OBD technology helps to ensure that vehicles are operating as designed, and the OBD check ensures that the vehicle’s OBD system is doing its job. 

OBD technology was developed in the 1980s by vehicle manufacturers to help technicians diagnose and service the computerized engine management systems of modern vehicles. A new generation of OBD (often referred to as OBD II) is present on 1996 and newer vehicles. OBD II monitors all components of the engine management system and can detect a malfunction or deterioration of these components usually well before the driver becomes aware of any problem. When a problem is detected, the OBD system turns on a warning light on the instrument panel to alert the driver of the need to have the vehicle checked by a service technician. 

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.

VREP (40)

The Vermont Rider Education Program (VREP) was established in 1990 to offer motorcycle rider training to anyone who wishes to enjoy the sport of motorcycling. The Program offers instructional courses to make your motorcycling safer and more enjoyable.

Pre-enrolled students successfully completing the course will have the motorcycle endorsement added to their Vermont 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. These students must take the completion card to a Department of Motor Vehicles office to have the motorcycle endorsement added to their Vermont driver’s license.

 

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

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Students enrolling in a Basic RiderCourse are not required to have a motorcycle permit

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Yes, the Vermont Rider Education Program and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation require students to pass the Basic RiderCourse written and skill tests to successfully complete the course.

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You will be required to bring the following riding gear; DOT approved 3/4 or fullface helmet, if you do not have a proper helmet the program will have one available for you to use during the course; over the ankle footwear (not canvass); long sturdy pants; long sleeved shirt or jacket; full fingered gloves; protective eye wear

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Helmets are provided to students needing one for all Vermont Rider Education Program courses.

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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.

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Motorcycles are provided for students taking a BRC.

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The easiest and fastest way to register is via our online service. Alternatively, you could call 800-529-2535 or 802-828-2913 to have course schedules and registration information mailed to you.

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It is best to enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program course to be guaranteed an opening in the course you wish to attend. Many courses fill quickly and once full additional students cannot be added to the course. You can show up for a scheduled course and attempt to attend on a standby basis. Standbys are added to a course only when there is an available opening and are taken on a first come first served basis. Openings may be available if a course does not have the maximum number of allowed students scheduled to attend or if a scheduled student fails to show for a course.

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$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.

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

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The Scooter Basic RiderCourse is for those individuals that have made the decision 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.

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

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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.

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Helmets are provided to students needing one for all Vermont Rider Education Program courses.

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You will be required to bring the following riding gear; over the ankle footwear (not canvass); long sturdy pants; long sleeved shirt or jacket; full fingered gloves; protective eye wear.

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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.

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Students enrolling in a Scooter Basic RiderCourse are not required to have a scooter/motorcycle permit.

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Yes, the Vermont Rider Education Program and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation require students to pass the Scooter Basic RiderCourse written and skill tests to successfully complete the course.

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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.

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

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Students enrolling in an Experienced Rider License Waiver Course must have a valid motorcycle permit.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Motorcycles are provided for students taking an IRC.

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You must enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program Intermediate Rider Course.  Standby students are not accepted for these courses.

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

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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.

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Students enrolling in a Basic or Intermediate Rider Course are not required to have a motorcycle permit. 

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Yes, Vermont Rider Education Program courses are held as scheduled during inclement weather, unless the program determines the conditions are not safe for the participants.

You will be required to bring the following riding gear; over the ankle footwear (not canvass); long sturdy pants; long sleeved shirt or jacket; full fingered gloves; protective eye wear.

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

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Helmets are provided to students needing one for all Vermont Rider Education Program courses.

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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.

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It is best to enroll in a Vermont Rider Education Program course to be guaranteed an opening in the course you wish to attend. Courses fill quickly and once full additional students cannot be added to the course.

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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.

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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.

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