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 privilege to drive.
The IDRP Process:
- Evaluation: An IDRP Clinical Evaluator will evaluate your program requirements.
- Education: 10 hours of education including lectures, reading materials, videos and small group discussions. This education is the same anywhere in Vermont and can be completed in 2 days or over 4 weeks.
- Treatment: If the Evaluator decides that treatment is required, you must complete the mandatory number of hours with a licensed clinician.
- Exit Interview: The Evaluator may require an exit interview after you complete your requirements.
Contact the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) at 802-828-2000 for other requirements or suspensions.
IDRP Clinical Evaluator Forms
- Policies and Procedures
- Treatment Requirements Form
- Evaluation Form
- Completion Report Form
- Notice of Decision Form
Treatment Clinician Forms
|IDRP Clinician Training - May 31, 2019|
|Watch Presentation||PDF of Presentation|
If you have a first or second offense, you may participate in either the intensive (10 hours in 2 days) or non-intensive (10 hours over 4 weeks) IDRP. Contact your preferred program listed below to register.
|Non-Intensive Programs (10 Hours over 4 weeks)|
|Bennington||Turning Point Center||802-379-5117|
|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)|
|Bennington||Turning Point Center (starting Feb 2020)||802-379-5117|
|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 receive 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 allows the exchange of information concerning license suspensions and traffic violations of non-residents.
If you live in Vermont and have a lifetime suspension, you will need to complete the IDRP and apply for reinstatement of your license through the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Total Abstinence Reinstatement Program.
frequently asked questions
The costs vary based on requirements. The mandatory evaluation is $180. The non-intensive (10 hours over 4 weeks) education program is $220. The cost for the intensive program varies by location.
Contact your preferred location from the list of programs above.
After you complete all of your requirements, the IDRP Central Office will process your paperwork within 10 days and provide it to the DMV. The DMV usually processes the paperwork within 5 business days.
Your treatment clinician must complete the Treatment Information Form.
Contact your IDRP Clinical Evaluator to schedule an exit interview after you have completed all requirements.
Contact the IDRP Central Office for information about acceptable out of state programs.
|Minimum hours of Required Treatment|
|1st Offense||4 or more hours, if treatment is requred by the IDRP Clinical Evaluator|
|2nd Offense||20 or more hours|
|3rd Offense or more
|20 or more hours, plus DMV Total Abstinence Program|
Your clinician may require more than the minimum number of treatment hours based on your progress. These additional treatment hours must be completed to complete the IDRP.
Yes! You can start treatment at any time.
No, unless the court requires that you complete the IDRP as part of the agreement of your charges being dropped.
Online programs are not accepted by the IDRP. If you do not live in Vermont, please contact the IDRP Central Office for help.
No. You may be required to complete counseling in addition to the education program, but it cannot replace it. If you have a lifetime suspension, contact the IDRP Central Office for help.
No. The court may require you to attend a victim's impact panel, but it is not part of the IDRP.
No. The court may require you to take the Safe Driving Program, but is it not part of the IDRP.
No, but the IDRP may be required to remove the ignition interlock device to avoid suspension.
You may be asked to submit urine drug screens or engage in a period of abstinence by the IDRP Evaluator or the treatment clinician.
The federal government requires that all states participate in the National Driver Register to prevent people who have a suspended license in one state from getting license in another state. Some states only recently began checking the register.
Impaired Driver Rehabilitation Program (IDRP) Central Office
Department of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs
108 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401
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