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 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 However, 14 days after the expiration date, your license is no longer valid.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 drivers 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 legal permanent resident.

You must be able to prove your eligibility when applying for your renewal.

Required Documents

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:
  • U.S. passport.
  • Permanent Resident Card.
  • U.S. birth certificate.
  • Certificate of Citizenship.
  • One proof of lawful status in the United States, including your:
  • U.S. birth certificate.
  • U.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 per year
Last updated on Wednesday, March 4 2020.