The Vermont Graduated Driver’s License Program Made Simple

The Vermont Graduated Driver’s License Program Made Simple

Most states have implanted at least some form of the GDL program, though the specific rules may vary for each of them. This means that if you are going to travel across state borders before acquiring an unrestricted license, you will have to obey the GDL rules for the state you are entering.

Vermont also requires all operators under the age of 18 to complete a certified driver’s education course before being licensed, but we do not have nighttime driving restrictions for new drivers.

First Step

Apply for a learner’s permit when you turn age 15 by taking the written knowledge test. You will have to hold the permit for at least 12 months, during which time you are to accumulate at least 40 hours of supervised driving practice and ten of those hours must be driven at night.

Anytime you are behind the wheel you must have your supervisor with you. This person must be your parent, guardian, or driving instructor who is licensed and over the age of 25.

Second Step

After having the permit for a year, and reaching the age of 16, you can apply for an intermediate license by taking the road test. Warning: if you have any convictions within the six months prior, you will not be eligible for this license.

For the first 90 days of having this license, you are only allowed to have a parent, guardian, or certified driving instructor as your passengers. After that, you are only allowed to have your siblings in the vehicle.

Third Step

If your license has not been suspended in the prior six months, then you are eligible for an unrestricted license at age 16 years and six months.

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