Drivers Permits in VermontA 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 11 testing locations. Call Central Scheduling at (802) 828-2085.
- Complete an application form. A parent or legal guardian must sign for you if you are under 18.
- Provide two forms of identification―one primary and one secondary. Each form must be an original or a certified duplicate displaying the raised certification stamp.
- Pay the $45 fee ($18 for the permit plus $30 for the written test).
In order to get your learner's permit, you must pass the Department of Motor Vehicle's (DMV) multiple-choice test. Because the test features 20 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 one 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 appropriately named Duplicate or Corrected Vermont Registration, License, or Learner Permit 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 Vermont Operator's License, Junior Operator's License, or Learner Permit. 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.
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