How to Renew a Motorcycle License in Vermont
Renewing a motorcycle license is often similar to renewing a license for other types of motor vehicles. Many states offer their residents online renewal options, which make it easy and convenient for motorcycle riders to renew their driving privileges. Many states also grant motorcycle operating privileges as an endorsement on a non-commercial drivers license. This means that you can oftentimes renew your motorcycle license while also renewing your regular drivers license. However, there may be certain situation where you cannot renew your motorcycle license online. Our downloadable, state-specific guide provides you with details on whether you can renew your license online in your state and what the procedures are for renewing your license. Our guide also includes valuable information on how to get your motorcycle license for the first time and how to replace your license if you lose it.
2. By Mail
Some states allow resident drivers to renew their motorcycle licenses via mail. However, you may need to fulfill certain eligibility requirements in order to renew your license in this way. Mail-in renewals typically take a long time to process because you need to wait on the postal service to deliver your application to the DMV and also wait for it to deliver your new license to you. You also risk getting your credentials lost in the mail, further delaying the process. Our downloadable guide has all the information you need on how you can renew your motorcycle license, including whether your state offers a mail-in renewal option and any eligibility requirements you may need to fulfill in order to use this option.
3. In Person
The most direct way to renew your motorcycle license is in person at your local DMV office. Many times, your state’s DMV will issue you your new license on the same day as your office visit. However, some states may make drivers wait to receive their new credentials. Visits to the DMV can also take up a lot of time. It is therefore important to be prepared with the right forms, documents and fees before you visit the DMV. Our comprehensive guide provides you with all the details you need to know to make your visit to the DMV as smooth and efficient as possible. It will also provide details on how your state’s DMV issues renewed motorcycle licenses and whether there is a waiting period.
You may need to renew a motorcycle license in Vermont if your current license and motorcycle endorsement are nearing the expiration date. If you plan to drive a vehicle or operate a motorcycle within the state, you must have a valid and active license. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle or motorcycle without active and proper credentials and if you do so, you may be charged with a violation that results in paying penalty fees or a dealing with a license suspension.
It is important to learn about the motorcycle license renewal process in the state when you obtain your license, permit or endorsement. While the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will send you a notification to remind you that your renewal is coming up, it is still your responsibility to keep track of the expiration date of your license or permit. Depending on your situation, you may be able to renew by mail or you may be required to renew in person at a local DMV office. To find out more about how to renew motorcycle permit credentials and the methods available to you when renewing your motorcycle license with the department, review the information below.
When to Renew a Motorcycle License in Vermont
You should consider renewing a motorcycle license in VT about a month before the expiration date. You should receive a renewal notice from the DMV by mail about 30 days before your license and endorsement expire. However, if you do not receive this notification for any reason, it is still your responsibility to initiate the renewal process before your license expires.
You have a motorbike license renewal grace period of 14 days. However, 14 days after the expiration date, your license is no longer valid. At that time, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle or motorcycle after this date if you have not yet started the renewal process.
When you obtained your driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement, you could choose for your license to stay valid for two or four years. Therefore, your expiration date may vary, depending on the choice you made when you earned your license. The expiration date will fall on your birthdate and when you renew, you again have the choice to renew for two or four years.
If you need to renew a motorcycle permit, you will receive a renewal notification 30 days before the permit is set to expire with instructions on renewing your permit. Your motorcycle permit is valid for 120 days. If you need more time before you feel comfortable completing the exams to earn your license, you must renew this permit before it expires to continue legally practicing riding your motorcycle.
Eligibility for Motorcycle License Renewal in Vermont
There are certain Vermont motorcycle renewal requirements you must meet before you can renew your license. To be eligible for a renewal, your license cannot have a status of revoked or suspended. If your license has been expired for three years or more, you are also no longer eligible to renew your driving privileges and you must re-apply for a license.
Additionally, to renew bike license credentials, you must be:
- At least 18 years of age.
- A Vermont resident.
- Mentally and physically capable of operating a motor vehicle and motorcycle.
- A U.S. citizen or lawfully permanent resident.
You must be able to prove your eligibility when applying for your renewal.
There are documents required to renew a motorcycle license if you need to visit the DMV or if you plan to upgrade your license to a Real ID or Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL). To be eligible for the renewal, you must provide:
- One proof of your identity and date of birth, such as a:
- S. passport.
- Permanent Resident Card.
- S. birth certificate.
- Certificate of Citizenship.
- One proof of lawful status in the United States, including your:
- S. birth certificate.
- S. Citizenship and Immigration Services documents.
One proof of your Social Security Number, such as a:
- W-2 form.
- 1099 form.
- Social Security card.
- Two proofs of Vermont residency, including:
- Utility bills.
- Lease or landlord statements.
- Homeowner or renter insurance policies.
If your name has changed or you are a non-citizen, you may be required to provide additional information. You are also required to bring in your current driver’s license with motorcycle endorsement when applying for a renewal.
Instances When You Cannot Renew Your Motorcycle License in Vermont
You may not be permitted to renew an M1 license in VT if your current license is revoked or suspended. If it has been expired for three years or longer, your renewal will also be denied. If you no longer reside in the state or are not a legal citizen, you are not eligible to renew with the Vermont DMV.
If a family member has reported that you are no longer fit to drive a motor vehicle or operate a motorcycle, your renewal may also be denied. You may be asked to visit a local DMV to re-take the knowledge, driving and vision exams.
How to Renew a Vermont Motorcycle License by Mail
You can only complete the Vermont motorcycle endorsement renewal and driver’s license renewal process by mail if the photo on your license was taken less than four years ago. You are also only eligible to renew by mail if do not have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) of any kind and you do not need to complete a name change, take any exams or upgrade your driver’s license.
You will receive a motorcycle license renewal notification letter that will indicate the renewal methods you can use. This letter will also provide you with details on how to complete the renewal process by mail successfully if you qualify for this method. The renewal notification includes a form that you must thoroughly complete, sign, date and mail back to the DMV. Include any address changes you may have had on the form.
If you did not receive a renewal notification letter but you know you are eligible to renew by mail, you can download and print a renewal application on the DMV site. When you have completed this form or application, you must also provide the license renewal fees in the form of a check, made payable to the “Vermont DMV.” You can mail the check and your completed renewal notice or application to:
Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001
How to Renew a Vermont Motorcycle License in Person
You may need to find out where to renew a motorcycle license in VT if you do not qualify to renew your license by mail. You may be required to visit a local DMV office to complete the renewal process if:
- You want to upgrade your driver’s license to a Real ID or EDL.
- You have not had your photo taken in four years or longer.
- You need to take exams.
- You need to change your name.
- Proof of identity, citizenship or residency is requested.
- You cannot pay the renewal fees by check.
You can find a list of DMV office locations where you can renew a motorcycle endorsement on the department’s website. Review the entry details of your desired office location so you can learn the services offered and the hours available. Some offices may accept appointments while other offices only accept walk-ins.
Bring all required documents and your current driver’s license with you, along with renewal fees. To pay your renewal fees, most offices accept:
- Personal checks.
- Traveler’s checks.
- Money orders.
- Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and Discover).
In some cases, a DMV office may charge an extra 3 percent transaction fee for using a credit card as payment.
How to Renew a Motorcycle Permit in Vermont
You can renew a motorcycle permit in Vermont about 30 days before the permit is set to expire. Your permit remains active for 120 days and you will receive a renewal notification in the mail 30 days before the expiration date. If you need more time operating your motorcycle with your permit before completing the requirements to earn your endorsement, you can renew your permit twice. After the second renewal, however, if you still have not completed the requirements to earn your endorsement, you must wait 12 months until you can attempt to obtain a new permit.
To renew your permit, you must complete the renewal form and mail it to the DMV, along with a check for the renewal fee. If you did not receive a renewal notification by mail, you can download, print and fill out a motorcycle permit renewal application and send it into the DMV with your fee. You can also visit your local DMV to turn in the renewal application or form, pay the renewal fee and turn in your current permit for a renewal. When you successfully apply for a renewal, you are provided with a new permit that is valid for another 120 days.
Vermont Motorcycle License Renewal Costs
The VT motorcycle license renewal fee you must pay depends on the period of time you choose to renew your driver’s license, either two or four years. Your motorcycle endorsement renewal is added into this fee. If you are renewing a motorcycle permit, your renewal period is 120 days.
The fees you may owe for your renewal are as follows:
- Driver’s License Two-Year Renewal With Motorcycle Endorsement: $38
- Driver’s License Four-Year Renewal With Motorcycle Endorsement: $63
- Motorcycle Permit Renewal: $20
- Motorcycle Endorsement Renewal: $3/ year