DMV launches online license renewal system

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MONTPELIER — The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has launched a permanent online system for license renewals.

This dovetails with Gov. Phil Scott's March 18 directive for the DMV to transition to online, mail and phone transactions to reduce the spread of COVID-19, according to a Friday media release from Scott's office.

"This is a key step forward in the modernization of DMV services for Vermonters," said DMV Commissioner Wanda Minoli in the release. "The option to renew online will ease the process for many customers and will result in greater efficiency and cost savings for the state."

Vermonters will receive their new license or ID in the mail 7-10 business days after the DMV submits the renewal for printing, according to the release.

Renewal notices will continue to be mailed to all license-holders, and will include the URL for the online service and a unique PIN for the online form.

"I appreciate the work of the DMV, and so many across state government, to continue to provide critical services to Vermonters throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis," Scott said in the release. "Online license renewals allow Vermonters to maintain valid licenses and IDs while promoting social distancing practices and going forward this provides Vermonters with a significant convenience."

The DMV switched to a new license and identification card system in the summer of 2019. These new credentials have advanced security features to help prevent fraud and identity theft and are printed off-site at a secure facility, according to the release.

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