Vermont Drivers License: A New Driver’s Guide

Today you will learn what’s required to get a Vermont driver’s license.

To begin, a Vermont license is required for anyone wanting to legally drive on state roads and highways. The license application process doesn’t take long if you have the appropriate paperwork and time needed when visiting your local VT DMV.

The process in this article assumes you’re an adult applying for a new license or have a provisional license as a teen through the state’s GDL program. If this doesn’t describe you, see our learner’s permit and/or provisional licensing guides to begin the steps through the graduated licensing program.

Ready? Let’s begin.

Getting Your License in Vermont: Step-by-Step

This guide assumes one of the following:

  • You’re an adult and want to apply for a new license
  • You’re transferring an out-of-state license (within 60 days)
  • Your old license expired you allowed it to lapse renewal/reinstatement
  • You’re holding a learner or provisional license (going through the GDL)

If one of these describes you, you can apply for a new driver’s license by visiting a Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). There, you’ll submit the appropriate paperwork, pass your required tests, and pay the appropriate fees to get your VT license.

You may choose to get an enhanced driver’s license (EDL) during the application process. This is part of the REAL ID Act, giving you greater flexibility with your identification. Be ready to bring additional forms of personal identification with you during the application.

When you’re ready, you will complete these steps to get a Vermont license:

  1. Be eligible:
    1. 18 years old or older
    2. Have held a provisional license without convictions
  2. Submit the licensing form you choose:
    1. Application for License/Permit (VL-021)
    2. Enhanced License/ID Application (VL-018)
  3. Provide proofs:
    1. Identification
    2. VT residency
    3. Social Security number
    4. Lawful presence
    5. Name change (if applicable)
  4. Pass your tests:
    1. Vision
    2. Knowledge
    3. Road
  5. Get your photo taken
  6. Pay the fees:
    1. License: $32 (2 years) or $51 (4 years)
    2. Enhanced: Licensing fee + $30
    3. Road or eye exam: $19
  7. Make an appointment for your road test

The written/knowledge test examines your understanding of road rules and signs. You can practice using the state’s license manual. Or, take an online practice test to improve your passing chances.

The road test examines your ability to control the vehicle and adhere to signs and commands. This may include your ability to change lanes, maneuver the vehicle, park, and more.

Check with the local DMV as you may need to request an appointment for your road test. Your vehicle is required to have VT auto insurance when taking this test.

Congratulations, You’re a Licensed Driver in Vermont

Submitting these documents, taking these steps, and passing the tests will grant you a driver’s license in Vermont. Keep note of your license expiration date as you’ll want to renew a VT license as it draws close. Failing to renew on time can result in loss of driving privileges.

The open roads of Vermont are now yours to explore. Enjoy yourself and happy travels!