Temporary License

When you apply for a Driver's License or Non-Driver Identification you will be given a temporary paper license or temporary paper non-driver identification. The temporary license/identification card is valid for 45 days; the permanent card will be mailed to your Vermont mailing address within 7-10 business days. The temporary license/identification card is paper with a black and white digital image.

Use of Temporary License for Identification Purposes

Your temporary Driver's License is valid for driving purposes as a stand-alone document. If you intend to use your temporary license for any other identification purpose, you may have to provide a secondary form of identification. If you are unsure whether another business or organization will accept your temporary license or non-driver identification for identification purposes, you should contact them directly. If you have applied for a REAL ID compliant Driver's License or Non-Driver Identification card, please know that your paper temporary will NOT be compliant. Only the permanent license or non-driver identification card that is mailed to you will be REAL ID compliant. If you have applied for an Enhanced Driver's License or Non-Driver Identification card, please know that your paper temporary can NOT be used for border crossing. Only the permanent license or non-driver identification card that is mailed to you will be fully Real ID or EDL compliant.

Mailing Address

You must have a current, valid mailing address in order to receive your permanent Driver's License or Non-Driver Identification. You will not receive your permanent license/identification card if you have one of the following issues with your address:

  • Your address on file at the DMV is not your current address.
  • Your mail is forwarded to a different address; DMV mail will not be forwarded.
  • You have registered as "temporarily away" at the Post Office.

If your address on file at the DMV is incorrect, you must submit an address change.

Note: We offer a special mailing option to have your license/ID mailed to a temporary address. 

Tracking Your License

As long as your address is correct, you should receive your permanent Driver's License or Non-Driver Identification in the mail in about 7-10 business days after you apply. If you applied for a license/identification card longer than 20 days ago and you have not received your permanent card, please contact us.

Related Links

Sample Temporary License

Address Change/Update

FAQs

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. 

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.

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.

Contact Us

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

Monday-Friday: 7:45am-4:30pm
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