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Guide to the Vermont DMV

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Do you have questions about the Vermont DMV? Use this helpful online guide to get your answers. Get assistance with your Vermont vehicle registration, driver’s licensing and more.

If you’re new to Vermont, or have recently purchased a car, you may need to understand the vehicle licensing and registration process.

Vermont Vehicle Registration

New residents to Vermont must sort out registration within sixty days of establishing residency. Vehicles in Vermont are able to be registered for one year or two years. If you’ve bought your vehicle from a dealer, the dealership will submit your vehicle registration papers for you. You may also need to have a vehicle identification number (VIN) verification performed if your vehicle is used and you are issued the out-of-state title.

If you purchased a vehicle from an out-of-state dealership, you will have to show a manufacturer’s certificate of origin for a new vehicle, or a signed title for a used vehicle. You will also bring to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):

Vermont Vehicle Inspections

Vermont requires all vehicles in the state to undergo safety inspections within fifteen days of registration. Some vehicles also require emissions tests; your automobile will be required if it is  a gasoline-powered vehicle from 1996 or newer, or a diesel-powered vehicle from 1997 or newer and weighing under 8,500 pounds. Your vehicle must also undergo a VIN inspection before registering. To get an inspection, visit a state-approved inspection station. Fees will vary by location.

Vermont Vehicle Registration Renewal

You will need to renew your registration annually with the Vermont DMV before it expires.

You will usually be notified that your term is coming to an end by mail, about three weeks before your registration expiration. You can renew your vehicle online, only during the month it expires, if you have your renewal notice. You are also entitled to renew by phone, by mail, or in person. Fees to renew your registration will cost between $27 and $76 for one year, depending on the type of vehicle you own.

Getting a Vehicle Title in Vermont

You can complete a Vermont Title and Tax Application (Form TA-VT-28) if you do not wish to register your vehicle. If you are also registering your vehicle at the same time, you will complete a  Registration/Title/Tax Application (Form TA-VD-119). You will also have to pay all applicable fees. It is usually $35 for a title.

Getting Your Vermont Driver’s License

New residents are allowed to transfer their out-of-state licenses within sixty days of establishing permanent residence in the state. You will also have to provide proof of your identification, birth date, lawful U.S. presence, Social Security number, and Vermont residency. You will need to pass a vision test, a written knowledge exam, and a road test. You’ll have to have your photo taken. You’ll also have to pay the appropriate fees (between $32 and $51).

Vermont Auto Insurance Requirements

Liability insurance and uninsured motorist coverage is required for every vehicle in Vermont. The minimum amount of coverage you’re required to have is:

  • $25,000 for bodily injury liability per person, per accident
  • $50,000 for total injury or death if multiple people are hurt in the accident
  • $10,000 for property damage
  • $50,000 uninsured motorist coverage for bodily injury to one person
  • $100,000 uninsured motorist coverage for total injury if multiple people are injured or killed