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    Teen Driver's License in Vermont

    If you're a teenager applying for a new driver's license, you'll need to meet the graduated driver license (GDL) requirements of the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    The GDL program will not only help you develop and practice valuable driving skills and knowledge, but it will also help you pass your DMV driving test and get behind the wheel with your first driver's license.

    On this page you'll find information about the Vermont GDL program and the next steps towards your unrestricted driver's license.

    New to Vermont?

    If you've recently moved to Vermont, you will need to transfer your out-of-state driver's license within 60 days or before your driver's license expires (whichever comes first).

    Visit your local VT DMV office and:

    • Surrender your out-of-state driver's license.
    • Pass the vision, written, and road tests, if your driver's license has been expired for more than 1 year or you don't have it with you.
    • Prove your VT residency.
    • Provide 2 proofs of identification.
    • Show your car insurance card.

    Vermont GDL Program

    If you are younger than 18 years old, you'll need to complete the following phases of the Vermont GDL program:

    • Driver's education.
    • Learner's permit.
    • Junior driver's license.
    • Senior driver's license.

    Age Requirements

    The minimum age requirements to begin each phase of the VT GDL program are as follows:

    • Learner's permit: 15 years old.
    • Junior driver's license (provisional license): 16 years old.
    • Unrestricted, senior driver's license: 18 years old.

    Vermont Learner's Permit

    To begin the steps towards your first driver's license, you must first enroll in Driver's Ed and apply for a learner's permit.

    For more information about the driver's education requirements in Vermont, please see our Driver's Ed page.

    To apply for your learner's permit, you must visit your local Vermont DMV office and:

    • Be at least 15 years old.
    • Be enrolled in a Driver's Ed course.
    • Provide proof of your identity, birth date, legal presence, Social Security number and residency. (Please refer to the Vermont DMV website for a complete list of acceptable documents.)
    • Pass the DMV written test. (Call Central Scheduling at (802) 828-2085 to schedule a learner's permit knowledge test at one of the state's testing locations.)
    • Complete an Application for License/Permit (Form TA-VL-21).
      • If you are under 18 years old, a parent or legal guardian must sign your application granting you permission to take the test.
    • Pay the $30 written test fee, the $18 eye exam fee, and the $17 learner's permit fee.
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    Think you need a little more help understanding the rules of the road? Our Vermont Driver's Preparation Course was made just for you! This one-hour course is designed to be a condensed version of your driver's education course, which means you'll get all the information you need in a fraction of the time.

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    Learner's Permit Restrictions & Next Steps

    With your learner's permit, you'll be able to drive only while supervised by:

    • A licensed adult who is at least 25 years old.
    • Your parent or guardian.
    • Your certified Driver's Ed instructor.

    Before moving on to your provisional license, you'll need to:

    • Complete your Vermont Driver's Ed course.
    • Complete an additional 40 hours of supervised driving practice, including 10 hours at night.
    • Hold your learner's permit for at least 1 year.
    • Have had a clean driving record for the past 6 months.

    Junior Driver's License

    You'll be able to move on to the next step of the Vermont GDL program and obtain your provisional license after you:

    • Turn 16 years old.
    • Have held your learner's permit for at least 1 year.
    • Complete Driver's Ed.
    • Complete an additional 40 hours of supervised driving practice with 10 hours completed at night.
    • Have had a clean driving record for at least 6 months before applying.

    Once you meet all of the conditions above, you can call Central Scheduling at (802) 828-2085 to schedule a driving test at one of the Vermont DMV testing locations.

    To obtain your junior operator license, you'll need to visit the Vermont DMV office on your road test day and:

    • Complete an Application for License/Permit (Form TA-VL-21) with your parent/legal guardian's signature.
    • Submit your Driver's Ed completion certificate.
    • Submit your Driving Practice Log Sheet (Form TA-VN-210).
    • Provide proof of your identity, birth date, legal presence, Social Security number and residency. (Please refer to the Vermont DMV website for a complete list of acceptable documents.)
    • Take and pass the DMV road test. (You'll need to provide a vehicle with valid insurance and registration.)
    • Pay the $18 road test fee and the $30 provisional license fee.

    Junior Driver's License Restrictions & Next Steps

    While holding your provisional driver's license, you are subject to the following restrictions:

    • You can't be employed to drive (no delivering pizzas or being a courier) until you have held the license for 1 year or have turned 18 years old.
    • You cannot carry any passengers for the first 3 months, unless you are accompanied by a licensed adult who is at least 25 years old.
    • You can have your family members as passengers only during the second 3 months.

    After 6 months, there are no passenger restrictions.

    You are eligible for an unrestricted driver's license once you are at least 18 years old and have had no driver's license recalls, suspensions, or cancellations in the past 6 months.

    Unrestricted Senior Driver's License

    You'll be eligible for your unrestricted, senior driver's license after you are at least 18 years old and have had a clean driving record for the past 6 months.

    To obtain your unrestricted driver's license, you'll need to visit your local Vermont DMV office and:

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