People wishing to drive must first get a Learner Permit, i.e. must be at least fifteen years old to take the test. If the applicant is under the age of eighteen, the decision to learn must be approved by a parent or guardian in writing. People over the age of eighteen are assumed to know whether they are safe to be on the roads. The initial test is written and there’s a test to ensure eyesight is not impaired.
A Junior Driver’s License is issued to people who are sixteen or seventeen who have passed an approved education and training course. These courses are offered by the Vermont Department of Education in high schools and by driving schools. Everyone who passes through the course successfully is issued a certificate. Note there are no exceptions to this rule. It applies to everyone under the age of eighteen who wants to learn driving.
A Driver’s License is issued to everyone over the age of eighteen who passes the relevant examination. The standard examination applies to driving noncommercial vehicles. If a person wants to drive a motorcycle, commercial vehicle or a school bus, there are further examinations.
To take a permit or license exam, you should contact the Department of Motor Vehicles for an appointment. It may be possible to sit the permit examination as a walk-in, but this can be slow. The testing center takes everyone with an appointment first and only administers the test to walk-ins when the others have been tested.
Vermont has created laws and guidelines for driving schools and instructors. For teaching people to drive noncommercial vehicles, young people under the age of eighteen are required to go through a course with a minimum classroom attendance of thirty hours. They are also required to watch another driver behind the wheel for six hours, and to gain at least six hours experience of being behind the wheel with others watching. Do not waste your time getting certificates online. Vermont only recognizes the formal training courses.
Training adults or running refresher courses is more flexible. The basic recommended course is 6+6, i.e. six hours in the classroom and six hours behind the wheel with positive instruction.
Anyone who meets the education requirements can qualify as an instructor. This can be a Vermont Board of Education Teaching Certificate, or there are external state college courses for credentialing or certifying people as instructors which involve written examinations. There’s a different process of certification required for people who want to operate a driving school. This includes a criminal background check, and providing evidence of sufficient liability car insurance cover 300/500/100 for every motor vehicle made available for training purposes. Where the driving school is approved and licensed by the DMV, the instructors can be certified to administer the DMV driver license road test. Even though licensed by the DMV, instructors who work outside the school system cannot administer the test.