Drivers Permits in Vermont
A learner's permit is the first step in Vermont's graduated license program. It's designed to give you road experience while also educating on the rules and responsibilities of operating a vehicle.
Applying for a Permit
Once you're 15 years old, you can apply for your Vermont learner's permit. Simply follow these steps:
- Schedule a learner's permit written test at one of the state's testing locations. Call the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Central Scheduling at (802) 828-2085.
- Complete an Application for License/Permit (Form TA-VL-21). A parent or legal guardian must sign for you if you are under 18 years old.
- Provide appropriate forms of identification and residency. Each form must be an original or a certified duplicate displaying the raised certification stamp.
- Pay the $30 testing fee and the $17 permit fee.
In order to get your learner's permit, you must pass the DMV's multiple-choice test. Because the test features questions based on information in Vermont's Driver's Manual, it's best to study the manual.
Or, better yet, gauge your road acumen by taking a practice exam. It will give you a good heads-up on what to expect and provide indication on whether or not you're test-ready.
If You Pass
Good news! If you pass your exam you'll immediately get your learner's permit.
You're allowed to drive anywhere at any time, as long as you're within Vermont and a licensed adult 25 years old or older is in the front passenger seat.
You must own a learner's permit for at least 1 year before applying for a Junior Operator's license.
Don't sweat it out. Lost driving forms and documents are a way of life with the DMV. To file for a duplicate complete the Duplicate/Corrected Registration/License or Learner Permit (Form TA-VL-15) and mail it along with a check for $17 to:
- Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
- 120 State St.
- Montpelier, VT 05603-0001
If you let your learner's permit lapse you can easily renew by completing an Application for License/Permit (Form TA-VL-21). Be sure to accompany this application with the $17 payment.
In no time, you'll be ready for your junior operator's license and then your senior operator's license. Find details in our Vermont Teen Drivers section.Other Topics in This SectionOrgan Donation Survey
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