In Vermont, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
If you are convicted of driving under the influence, you must complete the Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP) to reinstate your privilage to drive. The IDRP includes lectures, reading materials, videos and small group discussions. If it is determined that treatment is required, you must complete a treatment program with a licensed counselor. The IDRP program evaluator will provide additional information about the process and requirements at your intake evaluation.
Other requirements or suspensions may need to be satisfied before your privilege to drive can be reinstated. In these instances, contact the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at 802-828-2050.
If you live in Vermont and have a first or second offense, you may participate in either the intensive or non-intensive IDRP. After the evaluation, the educational component takes 10 hours to complete. Non-intensive programs are over 4 weeks, while intensive programs are over 2 days, generally on weekends. To register, call your preferred program or visit the agency's website.
|Non-Intensive Programs (10 Hours over 4 weeks)|
|Bennington||Turning Point Center||802-753-7369|
|Montpelier||Central Vermont Substance Abuse Services||802-223-4156|
|Rutland||Rutland Mental Health||802-747-3588|
|St. Johnsbury||Northeast Kingdom Human Services||802-748-1682|
|Springfield||Health Care & Rehabilitation Services||802-886-4500|
|Intensive Programs (10 hours over 2 days)|
|St. Johnsbury||Northeast Kingdom Human Resources||802-748-1682|
|White River Junction||Rutland Mental Health||802-747-3588|
Out of State Programs
If you live out-of-state and recieve an impaired driving offense in Vermont, you must complete your state’s approved program and provide proof of completion.
Vermont is a member of the 47 State Driver License Interstate Compact, which is to exchange information concerning license suspensions and traffic violations of non-residents. For more information, read the compact.
If you live in Vermont and have a lifetime suspension, you will need to apply for reinstatement of your license through the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Total Abstinence Reinstatement Program. Applications can be found at the DMV website. In addition, you also must complete the following:
- IDRP Intake
- Multiple Offender treatment requirements
- IDRP Exit Interview
If you live out-of-state and have a lifetime suspension, please contact your state's DMV.
Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program
Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: 802-651-1574 (Please leave your phone number and a good time to reach you. Messages will be returned within two business days.)