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    Determine the Status of Your License

    You must own a driver's license to operate a vehicle, making it mandatory to renew your license either every 2 years or 4 years.

    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 license, only valid for 2 years or 4 years.

    Valid License

    Typically, you may renew your valid driver's license in person or by mail, but due to recent federal guidelines, Vermont now requires you to conduct your 1st renewal after January 1, 2014 in person at a DMV office.

    If you're curious to the current status of your license, obtaining a detailed driving record report is easy.

    NOTE: Visit our commercial section for step-by-step information on how to renew a CDL.

    Expired License

    If you happen to miss the date to renew your license, it will only be valid for 14 days after its expiration date. After that, you may not drive with it.

    If your license has remained lapsed for more than 3 years and you decide to renew, you will be required to pass the vision, road, and written tests for a new license.

    Your license should display an expiration date. But, if you prefer, you can order a driving record report, which will, among other things, tell whether your license is expired or not.

    Suspended License

    Ordering a driving record report will give you a current update on the status of your suspended license. When (if) you become eligible to renew, you may notice that your insurance rates have jumped significantly due to the suspension. It's your call, but you may want to consider shopping for lower premiums at our Insurance Center.

    For more information on how to renew a suspended license, visit our license suspension page.

    Lost License

    Has your license disappeared or been stolen? Need a duplicate? Visit our Lost License page.

    Check Your Renewal Notice

    The DMV typically issues a renewal notice around 30 days before your license expires. If you don't receive a notice, you'll have to complete another driver license application.

    You must renew your driver’s license in person during your first renewal after January 1, 2014.

    Renew in Person

    Visit any DMV office with:

    • Your completed and signed registration renewal form.
    • A completed Application for License/Permit (Form VL-021) if you did not receive a renewal notice.
    • Proof of your ID, birth date and lawful U.S. presence with documents including:
      • A valid U.S. passport.
      • A U.S. birth certificate.
      • A valid foreign passport and current Visa/I-94 form.
      • U.S. Department of Homeland Security documents.
    • Proof of your Social Security number, which can include:
      • Your Social Security card.
      • A W-2 form.
      • A Social Security Administration 1099 form.
      • A pay-stub that includes your SSN.
    • Proof of Vermont residency, including:
      • Mail that includes your name and address.
      • Utility bills.
      • Rental agreements.

    For a complete list of acceptable documents, please see the Vermont DMV website.

    Renewal by Mail

    If you still opt to renew by mail for your 1st renewal after January 1, 2014, you will NOT be issued a federally-compliant driver's license. Instead, you will receive a non-Real ID compliant license, which is only valid for the next 2 years. In order to receive your valid Real ID license, you MUST follow the steps above.

    Update Your Driving Skills

    To keep your driving skills sharp and honed, you should consider enrolling in a supplemental traffic school course every few years. Though not required, it will help keep you road-alert while behind the wheel, and, maybe, depending on your carrier, give you a discount on your insurance rates.

    If your carrier does not acknowledge the benefits of a traffic school, you can always shop online for a new carrier that does at our Insurance Center.