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  • Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Vermont

    Vermont officials are well aware that even though teenagers only comprise 7% of all drivers, they account for 14% of all car fatalities. They also know that car accidents are the leading cause of death for young adults between the ages of 15 and 19. To help curb these numbers, the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employs a stringent graduated driver licensing process for teenage drivers.

    When applying for a learner’s permit or junior license, you’ll need to provide:

    • 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, with:
      • Your Social Security Card.
      • OR
      • A W-2 form
      • A Social Security Administration 1099 form.
      • A pay-stub that includes your SSN.
    • 2 documents that prove your Vermont residency, including:
      • Mail that includes your name and address.
      • Utility bills.
      • Rental agreements.
      • OR
      • A parental residency affidavit and 1 proof of residency documents.
      • Proof of relationship.

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

    Learner's Permit

    Applying for a Permit

    To begin your licensing quest, you must first apply for a learner's permit. To do this, you must:

    1. Be at least 15 years old.
    2. Call Central Scheduling at (802) 828-2085 to schedule a learner's permit written test at one of the state's testing locations.
    3. Fill out 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.
    4. Proof of identification, Social Security number, and residency.
    5. Pay a $30 fee for the written test PLUS a $17 fee for the learner's permit, as well as an $18 fee for the eye exam.

    Written Test

    You must pass the DMV's multiple-choice test to be issued a learner's permit. Vermont's Driver's Manual rates as your best study source for the written exam. The test features questions based on information gleaned directly from the manual. There are no trick questions.

    If You Pass

    You will be immediately issued a learner's permit following the exam if you pass. This will allow you to drive anywhere at any time within the state as long as you are accompanied in your vehicle's front seat by a licensed and unimpaired parent or guardian, driving instructor, or person older than 25 years old.

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    Vermont Drivers Preparation Course

    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.

    Vermont Driver Prep Course $14.95
    Vermont 100 Question Practice Test
    + Driver Prep Course
    $24.95

    Looking for a specialized driver preparation course? I Drive Safely also provides Motorcycle License Prep Course and Commercial (CDL) Prep Course as well.

    Junior Operator's License

    Applying for a Junior License

    Once you've had your learner's permit for one year, completed driver's education, and practiced driving for an additional 40 hours (including 10 hours at night), you may take the driving test and get a junior operator's license. Before you can even consider applying for a junior operator's license, you must:

    1. Own a learner's permit for at least 1 year.
    2. Be at least 16 years old.
    3. Hold a driver education certificate that confirms you have completed at least 30 hours of classroom study, and at least 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training, and at least 6 hours of observation with a state-approved driver education program.
    4. Possess a Driving Practice Log Sheet (Form TA-VN-210) signed by a parent or guardian testifying that you have completed an additional 40 hours of practice driving time, with at least 10 of those hours at night.

    If you meet all conditions, you are free to call Central Scheduling at (802) 828-2085 to schedule a test at one of the state's testing locations. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian must sign your Application for License/Permit (Form TA-VL-21) granting you permission to take the road test.

    Driving Test

    When you arrive for your on-road driving skills test, be sure to bring:

    1. Proof of identification, Social Security number, and residency.
    2. A car with a valid inspection sticker, a registration certificate, and an automobile insurance identification card.

    The exam itself will test how you handle a car in real road conditions. Be sure to fasten your seatbelt and obey all speed limits.

    If You Pass

    You will pay an $18 fee for the driving test PLUS a $30 fee for the license, and only then will you be issued a junior operator's license. Keep in mind that this is a provisional license; that means your parent or guardian can snatch it away if they think you are an unsafe driver.

    Junior License Restrictions

    You can't be employed to drive with only a provisional license (no delivering pizzas or being a courier) until, depending which comes first, you have owned the license for 1 year or turned 18 years old.

    During the first 3 months you hold this license, you must drive alone unless accompanied in the front seat by an unimpaired driver over 25 years old. In other words, if you want to drive your friends around, you'll have to bring an adult along too.

    Senior Operator's License

    Applying for an Operator License

    If you are 18 years old or older, you can apply for a plain old operator license by calling Central Scheduling at (802) 828-2085 to make an appointment at one of the state's testing locations. This license is the real deal―it doesn't come with any restrictions, and you don't need a parent's signature on your Application for License/Permit (Form TA-VL-21).

    If you already have a learner's permit and you turned 18 years old before getting a junior operator's license, you can just skip that and get the regular operator's license instead by taking the driving test.

    Senior's License Test

    When you arrive for the road exam, make sure:

    1. You are accompanied by another licensed driver.
    2. You bring proof of identification, Social Security number, and residency.
    3. Your testing car has a valid inspection sticker, a registration certificate, and an automobile insurance identification card.

    If you don't own a learner's permit, you will be required to take all three tests: eye, written, and road. The driving test alone costs $18; the written test costs an additional $30; and the eye test costs $18.

    If You Pass

    You will be given the option for getting a driver's license valid for 2 years ($30) or 4 years ($48) license. Those fees are in addition to the testing fees mentioned above.

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