Vermont DMV Handbook and Regulations FAQ

If you’re preparing to apply for your Vermont driver’s license, then you’ll want to pick up a copy of the Vermont Driver’s Handbook as soon as possible and start studying. All of the material your written knowledge test will cover is found within that handbook. (You may also want to study with a good practice test to help you better understand what to expect.) Additionally, the following FAQ may help you better anticipate what you can expect from the process of dealing with the DMV and becoming a Vermont driver in general.
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How old do I need to be before I can come in and apply for my Vermont driver’s license?
In the state of Vermont, you need to be at least 15 years old before you can apply for your learner’s permit and begin the process of learning how to drive in earnest.
When I apply for my learner’s permit, what documents should I bring with me?
When you arrive to apply for your Vermont state driver’s privileges, you’ll need to bring government recognized proof of your identity and residency in the state of Vermont. You’ll also need to provide your social security number. If you are under 18, be prepared to have a parent or legal guardian sign your application as well.
Do I need to pass a physical in order to obtain my Vermont driver’s license? What about a vision test?
In Vermont, you are not required to pass a full physical in order to get your driver’s license. However, you will be expected to take and pass a vision test at the time you apply for your driving privileges, so make sure you arrive wearing any prescription eyewear you require. If you fail your eye exam, you will be instructed to visit an eye doctor and return to the DMV at a later date with a doctor’s report. Make sure the doctor you visit is DMV-approved.
Once I have my learner’s permit, what do I need to do next in order to get my permanent license?
If you are 18 years of age or older, there are no strict time limits or criteria you need to fulfill before you can take your road test and get your license. Just make an appointment and take care of business as soon as you feel you’re ready. If you are under 18, you will need to hold your learner’s permit for at least one year. During that time, you will need to complete 40 hours of hands-on, supervised driving practice. You’ll also need to have completed a DMV-approved Vermont driver’s education course.
I’m new to Vermont. How do I go about transferring my out-of-state driver’s privileges?
If you have recently moved to Vermont or are planning to do so in the near future, then you should know that you’ll be expected by the state to get your new Vermont driver’s license within 60 days. The process of successfully doing so will involve doing the following.
  • Surrender your existing license from out of state.
  • Show proof of your residency in the state of Vermont.
  • Show government recognized proof of your identity, date of birth, United States residency, and social security number.
  • Show proof of insurance for your automobile.
If you’re looking to transfer your driving privileges and your license has been expired for more than a year, you should arrive at the DMV prepared to retake your vision, written, and road tests. The same may be required of you if you don’t actually have your driver’s license with you at the time.
Does Vermont have a graduated driver’s licensing program (GDL) in place? What ages do I need to be to qualify for each stage?
Yes. Like many states, Vermont has decided to implement a graduated driver’s licensing program (GDL) to help young drivers gain the skills they need at the right points throughout the process. GDL guidelines only apply to young drivers that are younger than 18 years of age.
  • You are eligible for your learner’s permit at 15 years old.
  • You are eligible for your junior operator’s license at 16 years old.
  • You are eligible for your unrestricted adult driver’s license at 18 years old.
You must also meet all additional requirements for each stage of the program before you can move on to the next one.
Does it cost me anything to take my written test? What about my road test?
Yes. You will be expected to pay any and all applicable state fees before you’ll be allowed to take the necessary tests. In Vermont, you’ll be expected to pay a $17 learner’s permit fee at the time you apply. It will also cost you $30 to take your written test, as well as an additional $18 to take your road test at the point you’re ready to take it.
I’m new to Vermont and I’m not a United States citizen. Is it still possible for me to get a driver’s license?
Yes. Providing you’re a minimum of 18 years old, you can still drive in Vermont according to certain rules. You can drive under your existing foreign driver’s license for up to one year. However, before that time elapses, you will have to complete the application process for a non-citizen Vermont driver’s license. You’ll need to prove your lawful presence in the United States though. You will also need to show the same additional documents proving identity and so forth that any other applicant would be expected to show.
What are my options for renewing my Vermont driver’s license?
When you conduct your first Vermont driver’s license renewal, it must be done in person. After that, you may be eligible for renewal by mail providing you meet certain criteria. If you are renewing in person, you should arrive at the DMV with all of the same documents you used to first time in order to prove identity, residency, and so forth. You will also need to pay any applicable fees. It’s also possible that you will need to have a new photograph taken, so be sure to arrive looking your best.