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Central Issuance of Driver Licenses and ID Cards

To help prevent identity theft and fraud, Vermont DMV issues Driver’s Licenses, Learner Permits and IDs from a central location and mails them to customers. 

Drivers receive a 30-day Temporary License/ID, and their permanent License, Permit or ID card arrives before the temporary certificate expires.

The certificate may be used only for driving purposes. It cannot be used for identification. Drivers may renew their License or ID as early as six months before their card expires.

Why did Vermont decide to move to central issuance?

It provides greater security and helps to protect against identity fraud. New and renewed credentials will be produced at a secure location that meets federal requirements for both safeguarding the raw materials used to produce licenses and IDs as well as mailing them to customers.

Are other states doing Central Issuance?

Yes. In fact, the majority of U.S. states have moved to centralized production of Driver’s Licenses and ID cards for the same reasons as Vermont did. This method enables us to increase the security of the card itself as well as the overall issuance process. This protects you from identity fraud as well as enables us to work more efficiently to improve our service to you.

FAQs

What if I'm homeless and do not have an address?

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.

How long am I going to have to wait at the DMV for all additional security checks to be completed?

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.

Why is renewing early so important?

A temporary document may not be accepted for identification purposes. Activities such as boarding airplanes and completing financial transactions will be easier with your permanent card in your possession.

How is mailing a license more secure than handing it to me?

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.

If I apply for a renewal of my drivers license/ID by mail, can I include a FedEx or UPS envelope to have the license/ID mailed back to me?

No.

Will this cause a delay for the customer receiving a license/ID?

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.

How will I know when my license/ID ships? is there a tracking system? Will I receive a tracking number? Can I pay extra to receive a tracking number?

 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.

I’m having trouble with mail service, can I have my license/ID sent to another address?

 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.

Is my license/ID trackable?

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

What if I go to Montpelier, will they hand me my license/ID to me over the counter?

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