License

Why is the picture black and white?

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”. 

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.

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.

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 30 days; the permanent card will be mailed to your Vermont mailing address within 7-10 days. The temporary license/identification card is paper with a black and white digital image.

License Restrictions | As of Summer 2019

Code Restriction Definition Notes
A Accompanied by Licensed Operator 25 or Older Vermont Specific
B Corrective Lenses AAMVA Standard
C Mechanical Devices (Hand Controls or other Adaptive Devices) AAMVA Standard
D Prosthetic Aid AAMVA Standard
E No Manual Transmission-Equipped CMV AAMVA Standard
F No Consumption of Alcohol or Drugs

New license/ID will allow third gender option starting this summer

04 June 2019

“When an ID does not match the gender identity or expression of the holder, the person can be exposed to potentially uncomfortable situations,” said DMV Commissioner Wanda Minoli. “Thanks in large part to the hard work of Vermonters in the LGBTQ community, we saw an opportunity to allow a third gender option for increased safety and inclusion of al

I forgot to update my address on my license/ID application. How can I receive my license/ID?

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.

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

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