Renewing Your License in Vermont
Renew Your Vermont Driver's License
You're required to have a valid driver's license in Vermont if you plan to operate a vehicle. Every so often, you'll need to renew it with the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
If you need information about other types of driver's licenses in Vermont, visit our other pages:
NOTE: If you need to update your address or name with the Vermont DMV, you'll need to indicate the change of address on your renewal application and/or provide documentation for the name change.
In Vermont, your driver's license will be valid for either 2 years or 4 years at a time.
As of January 1, 2014, you MUST CONDUCT YOUR NEXT RENEWAL IN PERSON, so as to comply with federal REAL ID requirements. If you do not renew in person, you will be issued a non-REAL ID compliant driver's license.
The VT DMV will send you a renewal notice around 30 days before your driver's license expires. If you don't receive a notice, you'll have to complete the driver's license application. Continue reading below for more details.
Expired Driver's License
If you happen to miss the date to renew your driver's license, it will only be valid for 14 days after its expiration date. After that, you cannot legally drive in the state.
If your driver's license has been expired for more than 3 years and you decide to renew, you will be required to pass the vision, road, and written tests again.
Your driver's license will show the expiration date. However, you can also order a Vermont driving record, which will, among other things, tell whether your driver's license is expired or not.
NOTE: Your first renewal after January 1, 2014, must be done in person.
You can renew a valid Vermont driver's license in person at your local DMV office or by mail.
To renew your driver's license in person, visit your local Vermont DMV office and bring:
- Your completed renewal notice, if you have it.
- A completed Application for License/Permit (Form TA-VL-21), if you did not receive a renewal notice.
- 1 document to prove your identity and date of birth, such as your:
- Valid U.S. passport.
- U.S. birth certificate.
- Proof of your lawful U.S. presence, such as your:
- Valid foreign passport and current immigration documents.
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security documents.
- Proof of your Social Security number (SSN), which can include:
- Your Social Security card.
- A W-2 form.
- A Social Security Administration (SSA) 1099 form.
- A pay-stub that includes your SSN.
- 2 documents to prove your Vermont residency, such as:
- Mail that includes your name and address.
- Utility bills.
- Rental agreements.
- Payment for the renewal fee.
- See “Fees to Renew Your VT Driver's License" below.
For a complete list of accepted identification documents, please see the Vermont DMV website.
NOTE: You may need to have your photograph taken.
NOTE: If you decide to renew by mail for your 1st renewal after January 1, 2014, you will NOT be issued a federally compliant driver's license.
To renew your VT driver's license by mail, you'll need to:
- Answer all the questions in your renewal notice.
- If you did not receive one, complete an Application for License/Permit (Form TA-VL-21).
- Provide payment for your driver's license renewal fee.
- See “Fees to Renew Your VT Driver's License" below for more details.
- Mail your documents and fees to:
120 State St,
Montpelier, VT 05603
In this case, you will receive a non-REAL ID compliant driver's license, which is only valid for the next 2 years. In order to receive your valid REAL ID license, you MUST renew your driver's license in person.
If you are out-of-state temporarily when your Vermont driver's license needs to be renewed, you can renew it by mail; however, you won't be issued a REAL ID-compliant license. See “Renew Your Vermont Driver's License" above.
If you are a resident of Vermont and currently out of state on active-duty military service, you can get an extension of your VT driver's license for up to 4 years from its expiration date. You must renew your VT driver's license within 30 days of your discharge.
To apply for an extension, you'll need to send the following to the Vermont DMV:
- A completed Application for License/Permit (Form TA-VL-21).
- Proof of your identity, date of birth, Vermont residency, and lawful status in the U.S.
- Visit the Vermont DMV website for a complete list of accepted documents.
- Your Social Security number (SSN).
- Proof of the dates you were an active-duty military member.
- A statement on the Armed Forces letterhead signed by a commissioned officer (other than yourself).
- A copy of your discharge papers.
For more information, please see our Drivers in the Military page.
The cost for renewing your operator's license in Vermont is dependent on its validity period, and is as follows:
- 4 years: $48.
- 2 years: $30.
- 4 years with exam: $66.
- 2 years with exam: $48.
Acceptable Payment Methods
Vermont DMV offices accept the following payment methods:
- Check or money order.
Mailed-in renewals must be paid by check or money order only. DO NOT send cash.
Some DMV kiosks in Vermont will accept credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, Discover).
We recommend you contact your local Vermont DMV office for specific details on how to pay your driver's license renewal fees.
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