Drivers can replace motorcycle license cards in Vermont in a few quick steps through the Agency of Transportation and its Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Drivers can apply for a duplicate motorcycle license by visiting a DMV licensing office in person or by submitting a completed application packet by mail.

All applications must include the necessary application fee in an acceptable format to be processed. Vermont drivers are required to order a replacement if their current license has been lost, stolen or severely damaged.

To replace M1 license credentials in Vermont, the DMV requires drivers to complete an application form and gather a number of supporting documents in most cases. Additional requirements may apply to drivers requesting different types of licenses, such as a REAL ID-compliant card. A specific form must be completed by drivers whose license was lost or stolen as well.

Some VT drivers may not be considered eligible for a replacement according to the DMV and may have to apply for a new license or complete the license renewal process. Read on to learn more about replacing your license for motorcycle driving in Vermont.

When is a motorcycle license replacement required in Vermont?

There are a number of reasons a driver may need to replace a motorcycle license through the DMV in Vermont. Drivers must order a duplicate motorcycle license if their current license has been lost, stolen or significantly damaged.

Any license that is damaged to the extent that any part of the document is illegible should be replaced to avoid trouble with the authorities. Completely destroyed licenses should be replaced immediately.

The DMV requires drivers dealing with a stolen or lost motorcycle license to fill out additional paperwork when submitting a duplicate request. Operating any type of motor vehicle in Vermont is illegal without having the proper documentation on the driver’s person. Drivers caught driving without a license will face fines by paying traffic tickets and other potential legal penalties.

Documents Required to Replace a Motorcycle License in Vermont

The documents needed to request a motorcycle license replacement in Vermont vary according to what type of license the driver is requesting and how he or she plans on submitting an application. The motorcycle license replacement documents required to apply for a standard, non-REAL ID compliant license are minimal.

Non-compliant licenses can be applied for by mail without including any paperwork in addition to the basic application form. Applying for this type of license in person generally requires the driver to provide two forms of valid identification.

How to replace a motorcycle license for drivers requesting a REAL ID-compliant license is somewhat different. These drivers must apply for a duplicate M license in person and provide four different types of supplemental material. Including the application, which must be completed by all drivers, the following documentation must be presented with every motorcycle license replacement request for a REAL ID-compliant license submitted to the VT DMV:

  • Proof of identity and date of birth by presenting one of the following documents:
    • A valid and current passport issued in the U.S.
    • An original or certified copy of a birth certificate issued by a U.S. governmental agency
    • A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) issued by the U.S. Department of State (Form FS-240, DS-1350 or FS545)
    • A valid and current Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551)
    • A Certificate of Naturalization (Form N-550 or Form N-570) issued by the DHS
    • A Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560 or Form N-561) issued by the DHS
    • A current and valid REAL ID compliant license or ID
  • Two proofs of Vermont residency that clearly state the driver’s name and current address, such as but not limited to:
    • Utility bills (gas, electric, landline phone, etc.)
    • Paystubs and W-2s
    • Rent or mortgage payment receipts or contracts
    • Official bank statements
    • Insurance contracts
    • IRS-issued tax documents
  • Proof of Social Security Number (SSN) from one of the following documents:
    • Social Security card
    • Paystubs and W-2s
    • SSA 1099
    • A letter from the Social Security Agency indicating the driver’s ineligibility for an SSN
  • Proof of lawful presence in the U.S. (often established through the proof of identity, however requiring confirmation in some cases of foreign nationals), such as but not limited to:
    • A U.S.-issued birth certificate
    • Official documents from the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS)

How to Replace a Vermont Motorcycle License by Mail

Drivers who choose to replace their M license by mail should note that the DMV cannot issue REAL ID-compliant licenses via the application by mail. All duplicate M licenses applied for by mail will be issued as standard, non-REAL ID-compliant licenses unless the driver has visited a DMV office in person since January 1, 2014.

In this case, the driver may be issued a REAL ID-compliant license. Standard licenses are not eligible for use as identification at federal locations and many state offices.

When applying by mail, the duplicate motorcycle license fee must be paid by check or money order to be correctly processed. Drivers can take the following steps to submit an application for a motorcycle license replacement in Vermont:

  1. Print out or request the Vermont Application for License or Permit (Non-Commercial). Complete and sign it.
  2. Prepare the necessary application fee by check or money order.
  3. Package the application material including all application forms and fees. Mail them to: Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, 120 State Street, Montpelier, Vermont 05603-0001.
  4. Wait to receive the permanent replacement in the mail within 10 to 15 business days.

How to Replace a Vermont Motorcycle License in Person

All Vermont drivers have the option of replacing their motorbike license by visiting DMV licensing offices in person. Drivers can apply for a duplicate M license in person by dropping into the DMV during open hours or by scheduling an appointment beforehand (at some locations). To help drivers locate their nearest licensing office, the VT DMV maintains an up-to-date list of all licensing offices accepting duplicate requests across the state.

Additional payment methods to checks and money orders are also available at most licensing offices. Drivers can inquire about available methods at their nearest location before heading in.

Drivers applying for a duplicate motorbike license in person will be issued a REAL ID-compliant license. To make this possible, applicants must provide original versions of several documents (listed above) before the DMV can issue their replacement. Vermont drivers can apply for an M license replacement by taking the following steps:

  1. Print out or pick up a copy of the Vermont Application for License or Permit (Non-Commercial) or the Corrected or Replacement License/Permit form is submitting any change requests. Complete and sign the necessary form.
  2. Gather the necessary supporting application material to proof of identity, VT residency, SSN and lawful presence in the U.S.
  3. Prepare the appropriate application fee in an acceptable format.
  4. Head to the nearest DMV licensing office to submit the application.
  5. Submit the completed application package to the DMV. Wait to receive the replacement license.

How to Report a Lost Motorcycle License in Vermont

The process for replacing a lost license is almost the same as the process for replacing a destroyed license in Vermont. To receive a duplicate motorcycle license to replace any lost or stolen document, drivers must apply in person at a nearby DMV licensing office with the same supporting material mentioned for license holders previously.

However, these applicants must complete a different application, the Corrected or Replacement License/Permit application form. This form is specifically for drivers replacing lost licenses or requesting a name change or address change.

Vermont Motorcycle License Replacement Fees

How much does it cost to replace a motorcycle license for most drivers in Vermont? The DMV requires a motorcycle license replacement fee of $20 for duplicate permits and driver’s licenses.

The cost for the driver’s license is only this price is the driver is not transferring between a non-REAL ID-compliant card and a federally compliant card. Drivers converting their standard driver’s license to an Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL) that is REAL ID-compliant will have to pay an additional $30 fee for a total replacement cost of $50.

Last updated on Wednesday, March 4 2020.