Identification Cards in Vermont

SUMMARY: Vermont Identification Cards

Applications for an ID card (including renewals and replacements) must be made in person at a Vermont DMV office. You will need to bring proof of your identity, age, SSN, and residency, and pay the required fee.

Continue reading this page to learn how to apply for an ID card from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Vermont REAL ID Licenses

The Vermont DMV issues federally-compliant REAL ID driver’s licenses and ID cards in addition to standard driver’s licenses. Beginning October 2021, the REAL ID will allow you to continue using your license for domestic travel and entry into federal and military buildings—a standard ID will no longer suffice for these activities. After that date, without a REAL ID, you will need another form of federal identification (like a passport or birth certificate).

You can choose to receive a REAL ID upon application—details are outlined below. For more, visit the state's guide to REAL IDs.

Apply for a Vermont ID Card

As long as you're a Vermont resident, you will be eligible for an ID card.

You must apply in person at a Vermont DMV office. You will need:

  • A completed Application for Vermont Non Driver ID (Form VL-017).
  • 1 document proving your identity and age, such as your:
    • U.S. passport.
    • U.S. citizenship certificate.
    • Foreign passport (including visa) and I-94 print out.
    NOTE: Must also prove lawful U.S. presence.
  • Proof of your Social Security number (SSN) OR ineligibilty, such as your:
    • Social Security card.
    • Pay stub.
    • Letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration.
  • 2 documents proving your Vermont residency, such as your:
    • Utility bills.
    • Lease agreement.
    • Renters insurance.
  • Proof of your name change (if applicable), such as your:
  • To pay the fee.

NOTE: Visit the VT DMV website for a complete list of accepted and required documents.

The Vermont DMV will mail you an enhanced ID card (EID) that is compliant with the REAL ID Act.

Fees for an Identification Card

  • Standard ID card: $29.
    • Those receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability (SSD): $10.
  • Enhanced ID card (EID): $46 in addition to standard ID card fee.
  • Duplicate ID card (including EID): $29.
    • SSI/SSD individuals: $10.

The Vermont DMV accepts payment by:

  • Cash.
  • Personal or business check.
  • Money order.
  • Travelers check.

NOTE: Credit or debit cards are not accepted for in person transactions.

Renew an ID Card in VT

Your Vermont ID card is valid for 2 years or 4 years and expires on your birthday. The VT DMV will send you a renewal notice before the expiration. You can either renew your ID card by mail or in person depending on your circumstances and what steps your renew notice directs you to take.

NOTE: If this is your first renewal after January 1, 2014, you must renew your ID card in person.

Renew your Vermont ID card by visiting your local VT DMV office and:

  • Submitting your completed renewal notice you received in the mail.
  • Presenting the documents required to obtain an original ID card (see above).
  • Paying the required fee.

NOTE: You will receive a new EID, even if your expired ID card was not REAL ID-compliant.

Replace an Identification Card

You may need a replacement ID card if:

  • Yours is lost, stolen, or damaged.
  • You have a standard ID card (not REAL ID compliant) and would like an enhanced ID card.

Replacing a Vermont ID card must be done in person at a VT DMV office. Follow the instructions listed above for applying for an original ID card.

Change Your Name or VT Address

If you've changed your name or address, you must notify the Vermont DMV within 30 days.

Name changes must be completed in person at a VT DMV office and you will need to obtain a replacement ID card.

You can update your address either:

  • Online.
  • In person.
  • At a kiosk.
  • By mail.

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