Title 23: Motor Vehicles
Chapter 9: OPERATORS' LICENSES
23 V.S.A. § 601. License required
§ 601. License required
(a) A resident who intends to operate motor vehicles shall procure a proper license. A resident who has moved into the state from another jurisdiction with a valid license to operate motor vehicles under section 411 of this title shall procure a license within 60 days of moving into the state. Operators' licenses shall not be issued to nonresidents. All operator licenses issued under this chapter shall expire every four years at midnight on the eve of the anniversary of the date of birth of the applicant at the end of the term for which they were issued. All junior operator licenses shall expire at midnight on the eve of the anniversary of the date of birth of the applicant at the end of the term for which they were issued. A person born on February 29 shall, for the purposes of this section, be considered as born on March 1.
(b) The commissioner shall, at least 30 days before the birth anniversary of each operator licenseholder on which the license is scheduled to expire and biennially for each junior operator licenseholder, mail first class, to the licensee an application for renewal of license. A person shall not operate a motor vehicle unless properly licensed.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, a licensee may request a two-year license renewal.
(d) The commissioner may, in his or her discretion, determine that certain types of motor vehicles require that an operator possess specialized skill or knowledge to operate those vehicles so that the public safety may not be endangered. If the commissioner so determines, he or she may prescribe different classes of licenses for the operation of particular types of vehicles. The commissioner is authorized to make rules prescribing forms and procedures for applications, license classifications, restrictions, endorsements, examinations, driver training requirements, and disqualifications consistent with this title as necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.
(e) A motor-driven cycle may be operated only by a licensed driver at least 16 years of age. (Amended 1966, No. 38 (Sp. Sess.), § 1; 1967, No. 86, § 1; 1977, No. 20, § 10; 1981, No. 130 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1989, No. 51, § 34; 1989, No. 239 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 1991, No. 88, § 2; 2003, No. 56, § 71, eff. June 4, 2003; 2003, No. 154 (Adj. Sess.), § 4; 2005, No. 188 (Adj. Sess.), § 3; 2007, No. 153 (Adj. Sess.), § 40; No. 188 (Adj. Sess.), § 5; 2009, No. 152 (Adj. Sess.), § 19e, eff. Sept. 1, 2010.)