When planning for a trip to the DMV, consider the best times to avoid long waits.
- Mornings are generally less crowded than afternoons.
- Mid-week is less crowded than Mondays or Fridays.
- Any day before or after a holiday will likely be more crowded.
- The first and last days of the month are often busy with customers conducting last minute business.
- DMV staff often go on lunch break starting around noon, leaving a reduced crew. Try to avoid the lunch hour.
- Be sure to arrive with plenty of time before closing to complete your transaction. This is especially important if you need to be complete a written test or road test.
If you need other services from the DMV you must visit a branch office. You can find a map of DMV offices by clicking here. http://dmv.vermont.gov/locations/map-and-directions
To apply for a Vermont driver license or permit, you must present several required documents.
- Identity and date of birth – with an original, certified birth certificate or a valid US passport. These documents will also prove your lawful status in the United States.
- Social Security number – Use your Social Security card, W-2 form or pay stub showing the Social Security number.
- Proof of Vermont residency – You will need two pieces of mail showing name and address.
- To schedule a written, vision or road test to earn a driver’s license you can make an appointment in two ways. First you can Central Scheduling at (802) 828-2085. Alternatively you can send an email to [email protected]. Include your complete name, date of birth, Vermont Personal Identification Number (PID) from your Permit or Non-Driver ID (if one is available), telephone number and email address, type of test (please specify written test, eye test or road test), location you wish to take the test and several dates and times you are able to take the test. You may also take these tests on a walk-in basis if there is availability. CDL applicants must have an appointment for a road test.
- When renewing a driver license http://dmv.vermont.gov/licenses/drivers/renewal , you must submit the application http://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/pdf/DMV-VL021-License_Learner_Permit_App.pdf in person. If you have kept your address current, you will receive a renewal notice about a month before the license expires.
- You can renew the registration http://dmv.vermont.gov/registrations/drivers/renew for your vehicle in several ways. Renewals are available in person, at a self-serve kiosk, through the mail, by calling the interactive voice response system at 866.259.5368 or by going online to DMV Express. https://secure.vermont.gov/dmv/express
- To register a new or used car for the first time http://dmv.vermont.gov/registrations/drivers/new applicants must complete the application http://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/pdf/DMV-VD119-Vehicle_Reg_Tax_Title_App.pdf before going to DMV. You should first read the instructions http://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/pdf/DMV-VD119i-Registration_App_Instructions.pdf for all the details about registering a new car purchase.
- If you need to replace a lost or stolen license http://dmv.vermont.gov/licenses/drivers/replacement you must complete the application http://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/pdf/DMV-VL015-Duplicate_License_Reg_App.pdf and submit it at a DMV office.
- For a name change to your license http://dmv.vermont.gov/licenses/drivers/name complete the name change form http://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/pdf/DMV-VL015-Duplicate_License_Reg_App.pdf and turn it in at a DMV office.
- If you have moved you should change your address with DMV within 30 days. You may do this in person, at a self-serve kiosk or online through Vermont’s DMV Express https://secure.vermont.gov/dmv/express
Save time at the DMV in Vermont by scheduling an appointment to take a driving test. Many other functions can also completed online through Vermont’s DMV express. https://secure.vermont.gov/dmv/express You may be able to skip an entire trip to the DMV office by following the links to complete certain transactions.