In Vermont, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP) provides people convicted of driving under the influence with the opportunity to openly examine facts about alcohol and other drugs, and discuss the role these substances play in their life. The program curriculum includes lectures, reading materials, videos and small group discussions.
If you are convicted of driving under the influence, you must successfully complete the IDRP before your privilege to drive can be reinstated. If treatment is required, you must successfully complete a treatment program with a licensed or certified alcohol and drug counselor. The program evaluator will explain the process and requirements at your intake evaluation.
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA)
Due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules, the IDRP can correspond with all of the program's clients, counselors, family members, attorney, any state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), including Vermont, providing that the IDRP has a State of Vermont IDRP Release of Confidential Information form signed by the client. The program cannot release any information without having this signed form on hand.
Other requirements or suspensions may need to be satisfied before your privilege to drive can be reinstated. In these instances, contact the Vermont DMV at 802-828-2050.
Weekday or Weekend Programs
If you have a first or second offense, you may choose to participate in the weekday or weekend IDRP. If you have a life suspension, please complete an intake at the IDRP office in your area—completion of the educational component of the IDRP is not required.
Weekday Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Programs are held at the following locations. Call the facility in your area to register.
|Bennington||Turning Point Center||802-753-7369|
|Hartford||Health Care & Rehabilitation Services||802-886-4500|
|Middlebury||Counseling Service of Addison County||802-388-6751|
|Montpelier||Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services||802-223-4156|
|Newport||Northeast Kingdom Human Services||802-334-5246|
|Rutland||Rutland Mental Health||802-747-3588|
|St. Johnsbury||Northeast Kingdom Human Services||802-748-1682|
|Springfield||Health Care & Rehabilitation Services||802-886-4500|
Weekend Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Programs are offered at two locations. Call or go to the agency website for registration information.
|Northeast Kingdom Human Resources||802-748-1682|
|Clara Martin Center||802-295-1311|
Sleepy Hollow Inn,
Out of State Programs
If you live out of state and do not have a life suspension, you are required to complete the requirements below. The Vermont IDRP must receive documented proof from the organizations providing the services directly prior to processing any paperwork.
- The state licensed driving while impaired educational program as it is written in your state.
- Evaluation with a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
- Treatment if required based on your evaluation. If you have multiple offenses, you will be required to complete (at a minimum) 20 sessions over 24 weeks of counseling. If you are unsure about how many offenses you have, please contact the Vermont IDRP.
- Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program - Release of Confidential Information
Impaired driver educational programs in surrounding states:
|Connecticut||Pre-Trial Alcohol Education Program||(860) 263-5223|
|Maine||Driver Education and Evaluation Program||(207) 626-8600 or firstname.lastname@example.org|
|New Hampshire||Impaired Driver Care Management Program||(603) 271-6107 or
|New York||Impaired Driver Program|
In-State clients who have a lifetime suspension, and are interested in applying for a license through the Total Abstinence Application Process will still need to complete an IDRP intake, Multiple Offender treatment requirements, and an IDRP Exit Interview. The Total Abstinence application is now maintained by the Vermont DMV and clients can obtain a copy by visiting the DMV website.
Out of state clients who have a lifetime suspension are not eligible to apply for a license through the Total Abstinence process. For further information, please visit the DMV website.
For more information or questions, please contact the Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program. Please leave your phone number and a good time to reach you. Messages will be returned within two business days.
Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program
Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 651-1574