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The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (Vermont DMV) is the state agency in charge of driver records. They issue them to government agencies, insurance companies, employers, and others in need of the information. For example, insurance providers often use these records before setting car insurance rates, and employers use them for background checks.
The state issues many different kinds of reports based on the driver, their accident history, crash reports, vehicle information, and previous license activity. In addition, they allow individuals to get a copy of their own and others to get copies as long as they follow strict Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) laws.
The records contain personal details such as the driver's name, address, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, and physical description. Other information in these reports includes crash history, vehicle information, auto registration details, license status, revocations, suspensions, and cancellations. They may also have auto insurance and criminal driving convictions.
Individuals can request records by downloading the proper form #VG-116 and bringing it along with the fee to the Montpelier office. Requestors must schedule an appointment. They do not accept walk-ins.
Companies, employers, and insurance companies must fill out a bulk request form #VG-118 and set up a subscriber agreement with the NIC Vermont.
The state of Vermont offers various driving and driver-related records. Each comes with a specific fee that the user must pay when purchasing. The list of record fees is as follows:
Anyone 15 years or older can apply for their Learner's Permit to begin driving. The state uses a graduated license program to allow drivers to drive legally.
Someone using a Learner's Permit must be accompanied by:
The driver must maintain a "clean" driving record for the previous two (2) years. Someone must possess a Learner's Permit for at least one (1) year before they can apply for their Junior Driver's License. Before applying for their Junior Driver's License, the driver must complete 40 hours of practice driving, with ten of them nighttime driving. They must be accompanied by one of the individuals above while practicing.
The Junior Driver's License also comes with some strict restrictions. When someone turns 18, they can apply for their full, unrestricted license. Some infractions that will revoke either a Learner's Permit or Junior Driver's License are:
Some other laws, according to the Vermont DMV, are:
The state of Vermont has various Vermont driver records. The most commonly ordered and useful types are as follows:
The record is a popular record containing personal information along with accident history, driving offenses, failed court appearances, license suspensions, revocations, and driving restrictions, along with other information. This report will only cover the last three years.
The certified complete operating record is a complete driving history that contains all the same information as the 3-year record but will cover all the time between the driver's first license up to their current one.
Criminal driving offenses are serious crimes that usually result in the driver spending time in jail or prison, paying a hefty fine, and losing their driving privileges. Sometimes the court will order them to take a defensive driving course also. Some examples of criminal driving offenses are:
Civil driving offenses are minor traffic violations that usually end up with just a fine. Some examples of these are:
The state of Vermont tracks all driving data to create programs that improve roadway and highway safety. Some interesting facts based on the state's findings are:
Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.
Vermont closely follows strict DPPA laws, so only someone with a valid legal interest can get a copy. That may include insurance companies, researchers, employers, private investigators, government agencies, and law enforcement, along with others who follow the laws and get your consent.
No. The state does not have an online system to request or view driver records.
When requesting a copy of your driving record, you will need your name, VIN, make, model, and license plate for your vehicle. Additionally, you will need your driver's license number, social security number, date of birth, license expiration date, and the timeframe of the report requested.
Yes, the state does use a point system, and if you accumulate 10 points over a two-year period, your license will be suspended.
According to the VDMV, "Reinstatement requirements will vary depending on your offense. Contact us for your specific requirements.
Common requirements may include:
Below are some helpful state driving record links.
Disclaimer: The materials presented here are for informational purposes only. The information is taken from state and local resources, and is current as of the most recent site update. Changes made by state and local departments and agencies after our latest update may render some information and fees outdated, and may cause links to break and forms to be unavailable. Infotracer strongly encourages you to visit the relevant state and local resources to ensure you have the most recent information.