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Vermont DMV issues Driver’s Licenses, Learner Permits and IDs from a central location and mails them to customers

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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 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?


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.

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.