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Driving with License Suspended Program (DLS)

The DLS Diversion Program is designed to help people regain their driver’s license while they pay off their fines and fees. Participants work with Court Diversion DLS staff to develop a plan to get reinstated. This can sometimes include a payment plan that is presented to the Vermont Judicial Bureau (VJB) for review to pay off any outstanding tickets. Upon approval by a VJB Hearing Officer, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is notified that the person is in compliance with the VJB. DMV re-instatement requirements must also be met before the person’s driver’s license is re-instated.


In order to be eligible for participation in DLS, a person must have met the underlying suspension requirements, such as a serving out a suspension period required by accumulation of points.



Participants must:

  • Attend an initial meeting with a Court Diversion DLS staff person to examine:

    • The reasons for license suspension,

    • Their financial situation,

    • Steps needed to get the driver’s license reinstated,

    • How to pay off their fines and fees.

  • Develop and follow a plan to pay off fines and fees owed to the State of Vermont.

  • Attend follow up meetings as needed.

Upon approval of the payment plan by the Vermont Judicial Bureau – and satisfaction of other DMV requirements (such as a road test, obtaining SR-22 auto insurance, taking care of any traffic fines owed to other states, etc.) – participants in the program will have their driver’s license reinstated. Failure to follow the payment plan, and any other re-instatement requirements, may lead to suspension of the person’s driver’s license. Successful completion means past civil violations will not count toward more serious criminal charges.


For DLS-related questions and concerns, contact Alicia Kane at or 802-752-2096.

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