Apply for Vermont driver's license

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Vermont has three options:

* Operator’s License (Class D)
* Motorcycle License (Class M)
* Commercial License (CDL) (Class A, B, C)

If you are under age 18, you need to get a permit, take a driver’s ed course, and complete Vermont’s Graduated Driver Program before applying for an operator’s license.

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Under age 18 – You must take a driver’s ed class

18 and older – If you’re getting an operator’s license for the first time, it is recommended, though not mandatory, that you take a driver’s education class.

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Study the Driver’s Manual and take a few practice tests to prepare for the written exam. A supplemental course is also helpful.

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It is highly recommended you make an appointment at the DMV, though walk-ins are accepted. Call Central Scheduling at (802) 828-2085.

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At the exam station, you must:

* Provide proof of identity
* Provide proof of Vermont residency
* Provide your Social Security number (or J2 Visa)
* Have a parent or guardian with you if you’re under age 18
* Pass a vision screening

The test has 20 questions, and you must get at least 16 correct to pass. If you fail, you must wait at least one day before retaking the exam.

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When you feel confident, visit the DMV for your appointment. Notify the scheduling operator if you have trouble reading so assistance can be arranged. If you are not confident with English, you can bring a dictionary or interpreter.

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Once you pass the written exam, you’ll need a car to practice driving. Consider a used car, but be sure to get a Vehicle History Report so you know all about the vehicle’s past.

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Car insurance is legally required, even if you only hold a permit.

Take the Driving TestApply-License

Make an appointment through Central Scheduling at (802) 828-2085. Bring to the DMV test site:

* Another licensed driver
* A vehicle in working order with a valid inspection sticker
* Cash or check for the test and license fee ($40 for a two-year license, $55 for a four-year license)

Applicants without a learner permit, must:

* Bring another licensed driver
* Provide valid identification
* Bring a vehicle in working order with a valid inspection sticker
* Provide an auto insurance identification card
* Have cash or a check to pay the road test/licensing fee
* Pass the vision and written test

New residents with valid out-of-state licenses (or expired for less than a year) do not need to take the road test.

Once you pass, you will immediately receive a permanent license.

If you fail, you’ll need to wait one week before taking the road test again.

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If you didn’t take the road test at a site with a DMV office, bring your test results to a DMV office to be issued your license.


If you are a tourist, Vermont will recognize your license for one year. If you establish residency, it will recognized for 60 days. It is highly recommended you have an International Driving Permit to go with your license.