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How to Renew a Driver's License in Colorado

Colorado Drivers License Renewal

Drivers are advised to renew drivers licenses in Colorado in order to continue driving on public roads within the state. You need to begin with a drivers license renewal process when you approach the expiration date of your driver's license, if you want to avoid driving illegally with an expired drivers license. Drivers in Colorado have the option of renewing drivers licenses online, by mail or in person at the local DMV office. For both the online and the by-mail method you need to fulfill certain requirements. Read below for more information on how to renew drivers licenses in Colorado.

How to Renew Your CO Driver's License



Renew Colorado Drivers License

Note: The expiration date of your CO driver's license is written on the front of your driver's license card, right above the issue date.


Drivers must apply for a Colorado drivers license renewal process when they approach the expiration date written on their drivers licenses. Before you renew your drivers license in Colorado, you need to decide which renewal method you want to use: online, by mail or in person. Drivers who want to apply for a drivers license renewal online or by mail must fulfill certain requirements. You can check your eligibility at the official CO DOR website. If you are not eligible for an online or by-mail method for renewing drivers licenses, you will have to appear in person at the nearest CO DOR office on the previously scheduled appointment.

Fees

The driving license renewal fee in Colorado varies according to the type of license you want to renew. The fee for a regular driver's license is $26. Since the fees for renewing drivers licenses are constantly subject to change, you are advised to contact your Colorado Department of Revenue (CO DOR) beforehand. Drivers who are younger than 21 years of age are not required to renew their drivers licenses, which means that they do not pay any driving license renewal fees. Make sure to use a proper method of payment, such as cash, check, Visa, Discover, American Express or MasterCard.

Note: Colorado citizens who are non-US residents need to pay $79.58 driving license renewal fee for their license which is valid for three years.

When to Renew Your Colorado Driver's License

Drivers are required to renew their drivers licenses in Colorado after a five-year, validity period. You can apply for a drivers license renewal time prior to the expiration date. You can choose out of three methods for renewing CO drivers license: online, by mail or in person at the DMV office. Before you begin the renewal process, make sure that you are first eligible for your option of preference. If you are a minor younger than the age of 21, you will not be required to renew your drivers license. However, bear in mind that your minor license will expire 20 days after your 21st birthday.

Expired License

Drivers with a Colorado expired drivers license must complete the renewal process in order to continue legally operating motor vehicles. If you let your driver's license expire for more than a year, you will then have to retake both the written and driving test when renewing your drivers license. When visiting your local CO DOR office, you will also be required to present two proofs of state residency. Drivers are advised to renew expired drivers license within one year after the expiration date, so that they do not have to retake the written and driving tests.

Requirements To Renew A Colorado License

Drivers who are renewing drivers licenses in CO need to complete a certain set of requirements, which vary according to the method you choose to renew your drivers license: online, by mail and in person. Before completing a Colorado drivers license renewal online, you will have to check whether you are eligible. The same applies for the by-mail process for renewing your drivers license. Before completing the Renew By-Mail Application form and mailing it to the DMV office, you will need to check your eligibility on the official Colorado DOR website.

CO Drivers License Online Renewal

Colorado drivers who want to apply for a drivers license renewal online must satisfy certain eligibility requirements set by the CO Department of Revenue. You must:

  • Be a U.S citizen.
  • Be between 21 and 65 years of age.
  • Have a valid CO driver's license, not expired for less than a year.
  • Have not renewed your driver's license online the previous two times.
  • Have not made a name change.
  • Have previously provided your Social Security Number and the DMV has it on file.
  • Have not have citations on your driving record.
  • Have paid all traffic tickets.

Completing the drivers license renewal online in Colorado can be done instantly, but it may take up to 30 days for your license to arrive in the mail.

Note: You cannot renew drivers licenses online if it is valid for 10 years.

CO Drivers License Renewal By-Mail

Drivers who are at least 21 years of age, and who have decided to renew drivers licenses by mail, must check the CO DOR official website for a list of eligibility requirements that must be met. You can check your eligibility online by providing the following information:

  • Colorado driver's license number.
  • First, middle and last name, as well a suffix.
  • Date of birth.

If you have decided to renew your drivers license by mail, you will have to do the following:

  • Complete a Renew By-Mail Application form.
  • Pay the required fee.
  • Mail the application and payment to the CO DOR.

Upon completing the renewal process, you will receive the new driver's license in the mail within 30 days.

Renewing Your CO Drivers License In-Person

A Colorado drivers license renewal can be completed by visiting your nearest CO DOR office. Upon your visit, you will be required to have the following with you:

  • Present your current CO driver's license.
  • Present your Social Security Number.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Have your fingerprints taken.
  • Have your photo taken.
  • Provide your signature.
  • Pay the $26 fee.

Non US Citizen

Colorado driver's licenses for non U.S. citizens are valid for three years instead of five. Additionally, the CO driving license renewal fee for non U.S. citizens costs more than for citizens. Currently, the price of renewing drivers licenses in Colorado for a non citizen is $79.58.

Out-of-State Military Renewal

Drivers who want to renew their drivers licenses in Colorado but are on an active military duty outside of the state may get a three-year driver's license extension. Note that once the extension period ends, you may have the option to apply for a drivers license renewal online or by mail if you fulfill the eligibility requirements set by the Colorado DOR. In case you forget about the expiration date of your driver's license extension, you will be required to renew your drivers license in person at the CO DMV office. For more information about your specific situation, contact the Colorado Department of Revenue directly.

Drivers License Extensions

Drivers who are unable to renew their drivers licenses due to military service or a temporary stay out of Colorado are recommended to apply for a driver's license extension. If you are in the military, you are allowed to get an extension only once within a time span of three years. If you are a CO resident who is away for personal reasons, you can get an extension that lasts for a period of one year. If interested, you must apply for a driver's license extension up to 90 days before the expiration date by doing the following:

  • Complete an Out-of-State Extension Application.
  • Write a request letter with your personal information, such as: name, date of birth, current driver's license number, out-of-state mailing address.
  • Provide a letter from your commanding officer to confirm your military status, or a copy of your Military Identification Card.

Drivers must collect this documentation, as well as any required payment, and send it to the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Submitted by NovaNatalia on 15th Feb 2017

What are the laws and

What are the laws and requirements for license renewal after age 65? Does the license still expire every 5 years, or is it less? Are there any special actions or methods for someone over 65 that wants to renew the license? (additional testing, reaction times, etc?)

Submitted by ATrenner on 16th Jun 2015

I sat for 3 hours, waiting to

I sat for 3 hours, waiting to renew my license, and I wanted a new picture. How long does it typically take to get the new license in the mail?

Submitted by Denver Guy (not verified) on 31st Oct 2012

Typical idiots in state

Typical idiots in state government. Too stupid to make the PDF form typeable. You have to print it out and then complete it by hand.

Governments hire the dumbest of the dumb!

Submitted by Beberegale on 10th Apr 2015

No, the dumbest of the dumb

No, the dumbest of the dumb would be you for making such an ignorant comment. Bet you are a real genius at work. Not.

Submitted by jamee (not verified) on 10th Mar 2012

If I renew my license online,

If I renew my license online, can I get the new one without my social

security number and add myself as an organ donor

Submitted by Anonymous on 31st Mar 2011

My birthday is April 13, in a

My birthday is April 13, in a few weeks. This takes 8 weeks to get back. I'll be driving with an expired license, right? What to do if stopped by Police??

Thank you.

Submitted by Anonymous on 12th Apr 2011

Ben Dover

Ben Dover

Submitted by anonymous299 (not verified) on 5th Jul 2011

you'll get a ticket, but it's

you'll get a ticket, but it's not technically illegal to drive with a license expired under 12 months. just dont get pulled over for anything at all so they wont see your expired license. or dont drive til you get it. and dont do the mail in thing it takes 30 days.

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