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Learner's Permit

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

How to obtain a Learner's Permit

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

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

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

Who needs a Learner’s Permit

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

When and Where can I drive with a Permit?

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

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