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Extension of license for members of U.S. Armed Forces (23 V.S.A. § 616)

If you are on active duty, and a Vermont resident, the military extension validates your existing Vermont Driver's License for up to 4 years from the date it would normally expire. While it is necessary for the Department to send notice of all expiring licenses, you may disregard such notice if you have obtained a military extension.

Your Vermont license must be renewed within 30 days of your discharge date. To renew this extended license, you must do the following:

Veteran Designation on Driver's License (23 V.S.A. § 610)

Military veterans are now able to request a new credential with the distinguishing mark “VETERAN” added to the front of the card (see example below). A new Driver’s License/Identification Card application is required for this service along with a completed Vermont Certificate of Veteran Status (form #VG-168).

Veterans may also obtain the required forms by visiting any local Vermont DMV office or the Vermont office of Veterans Affairs.

Veteran & Military License Plates

Vermont offers a variety of Veteran and Military related specialty plates. 

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Military Skills Test Waiver for CDL (23 V.S.A. § 4108)

Veterans applying for a Vermont-issued Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) may qualify for a skills test waiver.

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Exemption for Vehicle (23 V.S.A. § 378)

No fees shall be charged an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who is a resident of the State of Vermont for the registration of a motor vehicle that the veteran has acquired with financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or for the registration of a motor vehicle owned by him or her during his or her lifetime obtained as a replacement thereof, when his or her application is accompanied by a copy of an approved VA Form 21-4502 issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certifying him or her to be entitled to the financial assistance.

Exemption from Title Fee (23 V.S.A. § 2002)

For a certificate of title for a motor vehicle acquired by a veteran with financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and exempt from registration fees pursuant to section 378 of this title, no fee.

Exemption from Tax (32 V.S.A. § 8911)

A motor vehicle acquired by a veteran with financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, or a vehicle obtained as a replacement to one acquired with such assistance, when accompanied by a copy of an approved VA Form 21-4502 issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certifying the veteran to be entitled to the financial assistance.

Exemption from Driver's License Fee (23 V.S.A. § 609)

No fees shall be charged an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces, who is a resident of the State of Vermont, for a license to operate a motor vehicle, when the veteran has acquired a motor vehicle with financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and he or she is otherwise eligible to be granted the license, and when his or her application is accompanied by a copy of an approved VA Form 21-4502 issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs certifying him or her to be entitled to the financial assistance.

Certified Inspection Mechanics (23 V.S.A. § 1227)

A service member or veteran shall not be required to pass an examination pursuant to subdivision (1)(C) of this subsection if he or she has been designated by the U.S. Armed Forces as a 91b Wheeled Mechanic or equivalent and has one or more of the following national certifications:

  • ASE Diesel Mechanic
  • ASE Light Truck Engine Repair
  • ASE Automobile Service Consultant
  • Certified Hazardous Material Manager
  • Associate Safety Professional

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Additional Benefits

Visit the Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs website for additional information and benefits assistance.

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Title ID# Description
Application for Military Test Waiver
VL-054
Waiver of the Commercial Driver's License (CDL) skills or select knowledge tests for Vermont service members who are/were employed within the past year (12 months) in a military position requiring the operation of a military motor vehicle equivalent to a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
Certificate of Veteran Status
VG-168
To apply for a Veterans plate and/or to have a Veterans designator added onto a VT license.
Gold Star Family Plate
VD-157
To request assignment of a Gold Star Family plate registration
Military License Extension
VL-023
Explains Vermont law which grants active duty military, and their immediate family, stationed out of state an extension on their license.
Next-of-Kin Family Plate
VD-149
To apply for a next-of-kin family license plate.