In Vermont, a CDL renewal is the only way to ensure that you retain your commercial driving privileges and, should your license expire, you will not be legally permitted to operate a commercial vehicle. Furthermore, you may be required to complete retesting whenever you do apply for a new CDL license. Therefore, it is important to review the CDL expiration grace period as well as learn how and when to perform a renewal in order to avoid expiration altogether.

By answering the important, “What do you need to renew your CDL license in Vermont?” you will be better prepared for your visit to the Vermont DMV and avoid having to make a second trip to complete your renewal. Additionally, familiarizing yourself with the fees you will be expected to pay upon renewal can better prepare you for the renewal application process. You can learn more about commercial driver’s license renewals within the sections below.

When to Renew Your CDL License in Vermont

Before reviewing CDL renewal requirements in Vermont, it is important to learn how long your current CDL will remain valid as well as when you should renew your license in order to avoid its expiration. A commercial driver’s license will remain valid in Vermont for a period of either four or two years, depending on the duration that you chose when you first obtained a CDL. However, it is worth knowing that CDLs that have HazMat or School Bus endorsements can only be issued for a four year period.

You will receive a CDL renewal notice approximately one month prior to the date that your current CDL is set to expire, unless you hold a HazMat or School Bus endorsement. Due to the additional amount of time that it can take to renew these types of CDLs, you will receive a renewal notice six months prior to the expiration of your current license. However, you will not receive your notice if you do not notify the Vermont of a change to your mailing address.

CDL Renewal Testing Requirements in Vermont

When you renew a commercial drivers license in Vermont, you will be required to complete the appropriate knowledge and driving exams should you wish to upgrade your commercial license alongside your renewal to a different class or to include an additional endorsement. Additionally, you may be required to complete a vision exam before a new license can be issued to you. If you have a HazMat or school bus endorsement, you will be required to complete a knowledge test as part of the renewal of that endorsement. If your CDL has been left expired for a long period of time, you will likely be required to retake previous knowledge and driving exams before the Vermont DMV will issue you a new CDL.

What do you need to renew your CDL license in Vermont?

If you are wondering, “What do you need to renew your CDL license in Vermont?” it is important to review the list of documentation that will be required alongside of your application in order to be better prepare for you visit to the DMV. When submitting a CDL renewal, your application must include:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of lawful status within the United States
  • Your Social Security Number
  • A completed CDL Medical Certification form
  • The appropriate fees for your renewal

It is also worth knowing that if you have a school bus endorsement on your CDL license, you will be required complete a school bus clinic course and show proof of completion.

CDL Renewal Process in Vermont

When you need to renew a commercial driver’s license in Vermont, you may only do so in person by visiting a participating DMV location. As stated previously, the Vermont DMV will send you out a renewal notice for your CDL license one month prior to the expiration (six months prior for HazMat and school bus endorsement CDLs). This renewal notice will include an application for renewal that you can complete and bring with you to the office in order to shorten the duration of your visit. Alternatively, this application can also be obtained online or you may complete the application at the DMV during your visit.

As part of a CDL renewal, you may be required to complete a vision exam. You will also have a new picture taken that will be used for your new CDL license. By ensuring that you have the appropriate documentation with you for your renewal, you can avoid a second trip to the DMV.

Vermont CDL Permit Renewal Requirements

It is important to ask, “How long is a CDL permit good for in Vermont?” in order to avoid the expiration of your commercial learner’s permit (CLP). In Vermont, a CLP will remain valid for a period of 180. A CDL permit renewal can be performed once for an additional 180 days, so long as the renewal is performed within two years from the date that the original was issued.

However, if you renew an expired permit, you will be required to retake knowledge tests prior to being granted the renewal. A third renewal is not provided in Vermont. Should you need a new permit, you will need to begin the application process again and pay the fee for the permit again. In Vermont, you must hold a CLP for a minimum of 14 days before you can attempt the CDL exam and before you can apply for a commercial driver’s license.

Hazardous Material Endorsement CDL Renewal Requirements in Vermont

Before you can renew a commercial drivers license hazardous material endorsement, you will be required to complete a Federal security threat assessment with the TSA prior to your visit to the Vermont DMV. The Vermont DMV recommends that you complete the assessment at least four weeks prior to your visit to the DMV to ensure that the TSA has time to complete your assessment. You will be unable to renew your HazMat endorsement if you have not already completed all of the steps that the TSA requires you to take. This will include a Federal background check and fingerprinting at a participating location.

Before performing a CDL license renewal with the DMV, you can submit an application with the TSA for the background check and fingerprinting online or by contacting the TSA at 855-347-8371. The TSA Federal background check and threat assessment will cost $86.50. The TSA will guide you through this assessment process. After your online or by phone application has been submitted, you will be directed to a participating location in your area for fingerprinting. Once the TSA has completed your assessment, the results of that assessment will be forwarded to the Vermont DMV. If you are approved by the TSA, you will still need to successfully pass the HazMat endorsement knowledge test before the DMV will be able to renew your CDL license.

CDL Renewal Fees in Vermont

A Vermont CDL renewal cost is $60.00 for a two-year period and $90.00 for a four-year period. There is no additional fee for endorsements, except for HazMat endorsements, however, those fees are paid to the TSA. If you intend to upgrade your CDL or add additional endorsements, it is important to know that a CDL knowledge test is $32.00 and an endorsement test is $14.00.

The CDL renewal price for a permit is just $15.00. These fees must be paid upon submitting your application in order to successfully complete your renewal. However, it is worth knowing that, if you need your CDL to perform job duties, your employer may cover the cost of your renewal.

Last updated on Friday, March 6 2020.