Obtain the Vermont State Learner's Permit:
- Read the Vermont Driver's Manual (https://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/documents/VN-007-License_Manual_0.pdf) and study for the written exam.
- Make an appointment to take the Learner's Permit exam by calling Central Scheduling at 802-828-2000.
- Bring the following documents to the nearest Department of Motor Vehicles site:
- F-1 Visa (Not required for students from Canada/Mexico/adjacent islands)
- Current Form I-20
- Current Form I-94A Card, I-94 stamp in passport, or I-94 electronic printout
- Student ID
- Official Champlain transcripts
- US Social Security Card OR Letter from Social Security stating that you are ineligible*
- Any 2 documents that include your name and current Vermont residential address that demonstrate residency in the state of Vermont: a) piece of mail with current name and Vermont street address including city/town, b) utility bill (must list service address), c) property tax bill with physical location, lease or landlord statement, homeowners/renters insurance policy, or Vermont EBT or Vermont AIM identification card.
*If you do not have a US Social Security Number, you must:
Pay the required fees and pass the vision and written tests - The fees for the Vermont State Learner's Permit is $47.00 USD (exam fee is $30.00 USD and the permit fee is $17.00 USD). Please note: You must pay by check or money order payable to: Department of Motor Vehicles. NO CASH!
- Request a letter from the Assistant Director, International Student Services in OIE stating that you are not eligible for a Social Security Number
- Take the letter with supporting documentation to the closest Social Security Administration site (Burlington).
- The SSA will print a second letter saying that you are ineligible for a Social Security Number.
- Take this letter to the DMV with the other documents listed above.
Once you have obtained your Vermont State Learner's Permit you may drive with someone who already has a Vermont State Operator's License AND is 21 years or older.
Take the Road Test
- Read the Vermont Driver's Manual (https://dmv.vermont.gov/sites/dmv/files/documents/VN-007-License_Manual_0.pdf) to prepare for your Road Test.
- Make an appointment for the road test exam by calling Central Scheduling at 802-828-2085.
- Have someone with a valid driver's license come with you.
- Have a vehicle that is clean and in good mechanical condition with a valid inspection sticker. Be sure that the emergency/parking brake is working properly.
- Bring your auto insurance identification card and registration certificate - both are required to do the road test.
- Your license will be issued after you pass the road test and pay the fees.
- The Vermont State Operator's License (Driver's License) is $66.00 USD (road test and 4 year license). Please note: You must pay by check or money order payable to: Department of Motor Vehicles. NO CASH!