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    What does IFTA stand for?

    International Fuel Tax Agreement. It's a pact recognized by Canada and the United States that streamlines the fuel tax reporting process for interjurisdictional carriers. IFTA was created in order to assure an even fuel tax collection and distribution system between the two nations. Vermont joined IFTA in 1997.


    How do I apply for a Vermont Diesel Tax refund?

    Some vehicles in Vermont are exempt from having to pay the diesel tax. For a refund of the tax paid at the pump, complete an aptly named Vermont Diesel Fuel Refund Application (Form VP035). The application details which vehicles are eligible for a refund. Then mail the form to:

    • Commercial Vehicle Operations
    • 120 State St.
    • Montpelier, VT 05603

    If you have questions, call Commercial Vehicle Operations at (802) 828-2070.


    How do I apply for a bus driver license?

    You must first attend a state-certified School Bus Training Clinic. These are limited to only 30 drivers each, so be sure to register early. Vermont provides a variety of clinic locations throughout the state, and classes generally cost between $30 to $40.

    These clinics cover road skills, rules and regulations, and how to apply for a license. Studying the state's School Bus Drivers Manual prior to attending is strongly suggested.


    How do I upgrade my CDL to a higher class?

    If you want to add endorsements or operate combination vehicles, you must take and pass all necessary knowledge (written) and road tests for those classes or endorsements.


    How often do I have to take a physical?

    If you are held to Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations, you must get a physical every 2 years.


    What's the difference between interstate and intrastate licenses?

    An interstate license will allow you to operate a commercial vehicle in any state, whereas an intrastate license is valid only in Vermont.


    How long do I have to transfer my CDL after establishing Vermont residency?

    You have 30 days.

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