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    Vermont Driver’s Training

    Teenagers applying for a new driver’s license in Vermont must complete both driver’s training and supervised driving practice with a licensed adult. This is a requirement of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) graduated driver’s license (GDL) program.

    Behind-the-wheel driving practice will help you gain driving experience and help you ace your DMV road test. You'll be better prepared to take on the challenges and responsibilities of a new, young driver and handle yourself in a variety of driving conditions.

    On this page you’ll find information about the Vermont DMV behind-the-wheel requirements and the next steps towards your first driver’s license.

    VT Behind-the-Wheel Requirements

    If you are younger than 18 years old, you’ll need to:

    • Complete the driver’s training component of a Vermont driver’s education program.
    • Complete at least 40 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving practice with a licensed adult.

    You can begin the behind-the-wheel requirements of the VT DMV GDL program when you are at least 15 years old by enrolling in a Driver’s Ed program and then applying for your learner’s permit.

    For more information about applying for a learner's permit and enrolling in driver's education, please visit our pages on those topics.

    VT Driver’s Training Course

    Your driver’s education program will include 30 hours of classroom training, at least 6 hours of behind-the-wheel practice, and 6 hours of in-car observation.

    The behind-the-wheel practice is in addition to the classroom component of your Driver’s Ed course and is usually the final stage of the course.

    After you complete both components of your Driver’s Ed program, you should receive a certificate of completion, which you may need to submit to the VT DMV.

    Vermont Behind-the-Wheel Practice

    In addition to behind-the-wheel practice with a driving instructor, if you’re a teenager, you must also complete supervised behind-the-wheel practice with a licensed driver who is at least 25 years old.

    Before advancing from the learner’s permit to a junior driver’s license, you’ll need to complete at least 40 hours of behind-the-wheel driving practice with at least 10 hours completed at night.

    You can keep track of your driving practice with a Driving Practice Log Sheet (Form TA-VN-210), which your parent/legal guardian will need to sign before you submit it to the Vermont DMV.

    Next Steps - Getting Your Junior Driver’s License

    You will be able to take your Vermont DMV road test and obtain your provisional driver’s license when you have:

    • Turned at least 16 years old.
    • Held your learner’s permit for at least 1 year.
    • Had no suspensions/cancellations within the last 6 months.
    • Completed your driver’s education.
    • Completed your behind-the-wheel supervised training and submitted your Driving Practice Log Sheet (Form TA-VN-210).

    When you meet the requirements above, you can schedule your driving test with the Vermont DMV. If you have already taken the test with your Driver’s Ed instructor, you won’t need to take the road test again.

    For more information, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Vermont page.