To get a driver’s license renewal in Vermont, drivers registered in the state can submit a request in-person and by mail. The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) oversees all DMV license renewal applications and runs offices across the state that process requests. All applicants for a renewed license in Vermont must meet some basic eligibility criteria in order to be able to renew their driving privileges. Not all drivers are eligible for renewal by mail.

Unlike in some states, driver’s license renewal online is not available to residents of Vermont. Special conditions apply to the application procedures and requirements for drivers who are active duty in the military or out of the state for official purposes. Standard renewal application fees apply to all renewal requests. Read on to learn more details about getting a license renewal in Vermont.

Eligibility for Drivers License Renewal in Vermont

Vermont Drivers License

Note: The expiry date of your VT driver’s license can be found in the front of the driving license card.

Whether a driver chooses to visit a driver’s license office in person or mail in an application for renewal, all Vermont applicants must meet some basic requirements. Vermont applicants for a driver’s license renewal must prepare the following material to successfully submit a request:

  1. Proof of Identity and birth date, such as a valid U.S. passport, REAL ID driver’s license or I.D. or certified copy of a birth certificate.
  2. Proof of lawful presence in the U.S., often the same documents used to prove identity. Foreign citizens are required to provide a valid foreign passport and visa, alien registration receipt card (green card), or other proof of legal presence for inspection and copying.
  3. Proof of Social Security Number (SSN), such as a SSN card, W-2 form, 1099 form or pay stub.
  4. Proof of residency and current address in Vermont

Instances When You Cannot Renew Your Drivers License in Vermont

Drivers who have had their license suspended or revoked in another state are ineligible for renewal in Vermont. A VT driver with an expired driver’s license, depending on how long it has been expired, may not be able to renew his or her license and may have to follow the procedures to apply for a new license in the state. All residents of Vermont have the choice to renew their license with a period of two years or a period of four years for differing application costs.

Vermont DMV License Renewal Options

All drivers registered in Vermont should receive a renewal notice in the mail 30 days before their license expires with specific renewal instructions. Once you have read over the notice, you can choose to apply for a renewal using the following methods:

How to Renew Your Driving License by Mail

VT drivers that have taken a license photo in the last four years and are not applying for a Commercial License are eligible to renew by mail. The process for how to renew a driver’s license by mail can be completed in a few simple steps:

  1. Gather the necessary supporting material in acceptable formats.
  2. Complete the DMV license renewal notice you received in the mail. If you did not receive a notice, print or pick up the Application for License/Permit form. Complete, sign and date it.
  3. Prepare a check or money order for the necessary amount.
  4. Package the application or notice card, supporting material and application fee and mail it to the Vermont DMV.

How to Renew Your Drivers License in Person

Vermont drivers that do not meet the abovementioned criteria to submit a driver’s license renewal form by mail or tat would like to upgrade to a REAL ID card must submit an application in-person to an approved licensing agent. In addition to the basic eligibility requirements that apply to all renewing drivers, drivers submitting a request in-person who have recently changed their name must complete a Commercial License/Permit Application form.

Once the window of time for a Vermont resident’s DMV license renewal has opened, he or she can begin preparing to submit the renewal application. Drivers applying in-person in Vermont can take the following steps:

  1. Locate your closest VT DMV licensing agency. Make sure you are familiar with their available payment methods before heading in.
  2. Gather the necessary supporting material in acceptable formats.
  3. Complete. sign and date the driver’s license renewal notice you received in the mail. If you did not receive a notice, print or pick up the Application for License/Permit form.
  4. Head into your nearest DMV to submit your complete application packet.

Military & Out of State Renewal in Vermont

All Vermont drivers who are active members of the military have an extension of four years from the date of the document’s printed expiration to apply for an updated license, if during that time they can prove they are in active duty outside of Vermont.

What you need to renew your driver’s license once you have been discharged from your post is about the same as civilian drivers renewing their licenses on time. The only additional driver’s license renewal requirement for drivers in this category is providing proof of their active duty status or recent discharge from the military, written on official letterhead. Ex-military members have thirty days to renew their license according to standard policies once they return.

Vermont REAL ID Drivers License Renewal

Most identifying documents issued by Vermont driver’s license offices are REAL ID compliant according to federal standards. Both the Vermont Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) and the Enhanced Non-Driver ID (EID) are REAL ID compliant, allowing card holders to use the document as valid ID at federal locations.

Vermont Drivers License Renewal Fees

The driving license renewal fee in Vermont is standard, regardless of how an applicant chooses to submit his or her renewal request. All payments made in-person at a licensing office can be paid with major credit or debit cards. VT drivers can expect to pay one of the following fees when submitting their DMV license renewal application in-person or by mail:

  • Renewal Driver’s License: $32.00 (two years) or $51.00 (four years)
  • Transfer Driver’s License (converting from another state): $51.00 (two years) or $70.00
  • Duplicate/Replacement Driver’s License: $20.00
  • Enhanced Driver’s License (additional fee): $30.00
Last updated on Tuesday, March 3 2020.