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So you've taken your first step towards becoming a new driver in Vermont? Congratulations!
As you probably already know, driving is a valuable skill, but can also be extremely dangerous. Therefore, to help new teen drivers develop safe driving habits during their first few years behind the wheel, the State of Vermont has implemented a graduated driver license program for Vermont drivers who are under the age of 18.
We’ve summarized a few things you’ll need to know as you begin the process of becoming a licensed driver in Vermont.
You will be able to apply for an instruction permit in Vermont after you reach your 15th birthday.
When you're ready, call to make an appointment with your local driver's license office. When you go to your appointment, remember to take the following paperwork with you:
You will first be given a vision screening test and if that goes well, you will need to pass the written test (based on material covered in the Vermont Driver's Manual). Once you pass the written test, you will be issued an instruction permit.
Instruction Permit Restrictions:
You can apply for your junior license if you meet the following requirements
When you're ready to upgrade to a junior license, make an appointment with your local driver's license office to take your road test. When you go to your appointment, remember to bring your ID forms, proof of insurance, and your instruction permit. If you pass your road test, you will be issued a junior license.
After you turn 18, these restrictions no longer apply.
State law requires that you have at least a certain amount of auto insurance/liability coverage on any vehicle you drive. The minimum amount of liability coverage required in Vermont is as follows:
Driving without the required amount of auto insurance is a crime. If you are found to be driving while uninsured, you risk losing your license and paying a hefty fine.
Drinking while under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited in Vermont, and the law is strictly enforced.
Upon your FIRST Vermont DUI conviction, you will face the following penalties:
Further DUI convictions will result in even more severe penalties, including extended jail time, fines, community service, and the revocation of your driver's license.
There is currently no state law in Vermont which prohibits drivers from using cell phones while driving. (That does not mean it's safe to use them while you are driving a motor vehicle!)
For more information on approved drivers education courses available to teen-age drivers in Vermont, please visit the state's DMV website.