While the myriad rules and regulations enforced by the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) apply to drivers of all ages and stages, the state has a specific procedure used most often to prevent older drivers from becoming unsafe.
Specifically, Vermont accepts requests from doctors, family members, and others for the DMV to conduct unsafe driver investigations.
Vermont launched a system to renew driver's licenses online in April 2020. The system only allows one renewal and two replacements within a 180-day time period.
Time limits: All drivers must renew their licenses every four years, unless the license specifies a shorter period.
Vision test: May be required at renewal.
Written test: May be required at the discretion of DMV personnel.
Road test: May be required at the discretion of DMV personnel.
The DMV can place restrictions or conditions on a person’s driver's license. The most common restriction for older drivers is to require glasses or corrective contact lenses.
In Vermont, other common requirements the DMV may impose on older drivers include driving only vehicles with specified equipment such as special brakes, hand controls, or other adaptive devices.
The Vermont DMV will accept information from family members, doctors, and public safety officers who are concerned that a person may have a physical or mental condition causing him or her to become unsafe behind the wheel.
Those concerned may file a written request to have the driver re-examined, which must include:
The request should be mailed to the DMV Commissioner’s Office.
For information on how to get back a license that has been suspended or revoked in Vermont, contact one of the DMV offices located throughout the state.
Disabled person parking placards and license plates can be issued to drivers with impaired mobility if a licensed medical practitioner certifies the condition.
The placards and plates are available for those who:
To obtain a disabled placard or plate:
Mail the original application and report to the Vermont DMV; 120 State Street; Montpelier, VT 05603.
The DMV website has a wealth of information for Vermont drivers, including a special page for “Mature Drivers,” detailing warning signs of unsafe driving and listing local resources targeted to older drivers. Also of interest is the “Driver’s Manual,” which includes explanations of licensing drivers and registering vehicles, as well as safe driving tips and summaries of local rules of the road.
You can use Nolo’s Lawyer Directory to find a local lawyer experienced in representing older people who need help with auto accidents or traffic tickets in Vermont.