Colorado Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
No, drivers are not required to take a motorcycle training course. However, they are encouraged to do so. By taking a Motorcycle Safety Foundation class, riders become exempt from taking the written knowledge and road skills exams necessary to obtain a motorcycle driving license in Colorado. The only time these courses are required is when the applicant is between 15 and 16 years old.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Colorado

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Drivers under the age of 18 are required by law to wear Department of Transportation-approved helmets. On the other hand, riders who are 18 or older are not required to follow this rule. There are restrictions for young operators.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Colorado

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
There are a number of situations that will not allow a driver to renew car registration in Colorado, such as:

  • If you did not undergo/did not pass emissions testing when it was required
  • If you have unpaid tickets
  • If you have unpaid late fees

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Colorado

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles requires that all documentation be updated when undergoing an address changing. This is done so that all important documents, whether they relate to your driving license or your auto registration, go to the correct address.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Colorado

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
No. You can only hold a car insurance policy in your state of residence. In addition, your coverage must meet the minimum amounts set forth by the state of Colorado.

For more information: How To: Save on Colorado Auto Insurance

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
No, you may not. The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles requires all commercial drivers to renew CDL license credentials in person at a local driver license office. Bring your current commercial drivers license, a valid physical examination form and payment for the renewal fee.

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
No. Certified driving records are only available in one location in Colorado. That is the Division of Motor Vehicles at 1881 Pierce St, Lakewood, CO 80214. On the other hand, non-certified records can be obtained in person at a local driver license office or online.

For more information: Your Colorado Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
No. The Colorado written exam can only be taken in person at a local driver license office in the state. To learn more about the exam and what you need to bring to obtain your learners permit, review the driver s manual and take some practice tests.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Colorado

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
Only interstate CDL licenses will be recognized all across the United States. A driver with an interstate license can only operate a commercial vehicle within the state where he or she obtained it.

For more information: Colorado Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Do boats need to be registered?
Yes, the state of Colorado requires that all boats equipped with sails or motors be registered. The registration of these vessels must be completed before they are taken out on waters that are open to the public.

For more information: How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Colorado

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
No, you do not. However, while a CO motorcycle endorsement is not required for the operation of a scooter or moped, a standard drivers license is. If you are caught operating one of these vehicles without the basic license, you will be fined.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Colorado

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
If you need to pay speeding ticket fines, it is up to the court to decide whether a traffic course is necessary as well. In the event that the court decides a course is not required, you may consider enrolling anyway. Passing a traffic school course can help you lower your insurance rates after the initial spike that follows a speeding ticket.

For more information: Traffic/Driving Schools in Colorado

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
Yes. Whether you are moving to or from the state of Colorado, you are required to have auto insurance in your state of residence. Thus, all previous policies must be canceled when you move so that a new one may be started.

For more information: How To: Save on Colorado Auto Insurance

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
No. The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles does not require that you file a police report when dealing with a stolen drivers license. In any case, drivers are still recommended to report the theft of important driving credentials to a local police station to help prevent fraudulent activity.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Colorado Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
While drivers are not required to report stolen car registration in Colorado, the CO DMV does recommend that you do so in the event of a loss or theft. Doing so will help minimize the issue and prevent fraudulent activity from occurring.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Colorado

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
To find out whether or not you are required to return license plates in Colorado, contact your local driver license office. The need to surrender your plates is determined by each Colorado county, so the procedure varies around the state.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Colorado

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Formal instruction only applies to certain applicants based on their age group. Drivers under the age of 16, for instance, must enroll in one of the following programs:

  • 30-hour drivers ed course
  • Four-hour driver awareness class

If you are between the ages of 15 and-a-half and 16, you may choose which of the above classes to take. Those under the age of 15 and six months must take the 30-hour course. In addition, if you are 16 or over, you do not need formal instruction to obtain a driving permit.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Colorado

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
The Division of Motor Vehicles in Colorado recommends that drivers turn in their damaged or illegible titles when obtaining duplicate car titles. This ensures that the original documents are disposed of correctly and do not fall into the hands of dangerous individuals.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
The Division of Motor Vehicles recommends that drivers turn in damaged registration cards when requesting a duplicate car registration in Colorado. Given that the original document still holds important information, it is crucial that it is disposed of properly, and the DMV will make sure that this happens.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Colorado

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
Yes, low-power scooters must be registered in the state of Colorado. Applicants must fill out and submit a Low-Power Scooter Registration Application DR 2701 form, along with the other standard registration documents.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Colorado

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
Emissions testing is required for Colorado vehicle registration if you live in any of the following counties:

  • Boulder
  • Broomfield
  • Denver
  • Douglas
  • Jefferson
  • Parts of Adams
  • Parts of Arapahoe
  • Parts of Larimer
  • Parts of Weld
  • Parts of El Paso

To find out if your vehicle requires testing, contact your local driver license office.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Colorado

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
Since auto insurance in Colorado is a necessity if you want to legally operate a motor vehicle, residents have to do the following in order to avoid incurring fines and drivers license suspension:

  • Surrender license plates
  • Cancel vehicle registration

For more information: How To: Save on Colorado Auto Insurance

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
To obtain a veteran designation on identification cards in Colorado, one must visit alocal driver license office and provide one of the following:

  • An original DD214, demonstrating the honorable discharge of the resident
  • A valid Military ID card

For more information: How to Apply for a Colorado Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
In order to familiarize yourself with all of the important road regulations and traffic signs, one must study the Colorado Driver s Handbook. To access this manual in an effort to help you obtain your license to drive, click here.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Colorado

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
The state of Colorado provides a variety of options for those who need to pay traffic tickets. Convicted drivers can pay these citations:

  • Online
  • By mail
  • In person
  • By phone

In any case, it is important to note that the payment options available to you are based on the county you reside in. Certain counties will feature every method, while others will only allow drivers to pay by mail or in person.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Colorado

How can I renew my drivers license?
Colorado drivers can renew drivers license documents in three ways: online, by mail and in person.

Online

To renew online, residents must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • This is not your first license.
  • This is not a 10-year license.
  • You are between the ages of 21 and 65.
  • You have not changed your name.
  • You are a US citizen.
  • Your Social Security Number is on file with the DMV.
  • You do not need to take any tests at the DMV.
  • You do not have outstanding tickets, bad checks or pending actions.
  • Your expired license has been expired for less than one year, if applicable.
  • You have not renewed online the last two times.

If you meet the qualifications, visit the CO online system and provide your credit card information, email address and Colorado drivers license number.

By Mail

Only CO residents who have clean driving records have the option to renew by mail. To do so, you must go online to print out a Renew By Mail Application form, which can only be done by providing the following information:

  • CO driving license number
  • Birth date
  • Full name

Print out and mail the form and payment to the address listed on the application.

In Person

In order to renew in person, one must follow these steps:

  1. Visit a local driver license office.
  2. Provide your Social Security Number.
  3. Provide your CO drivers license (must be expired for less than one year or not at all).
  • If your license has been expired for more than one year, you must take the driving test, written test and pay for a driving permit and license.

Show proof of residency:

  • Bank statement
  • Utility bill

Pass a vision test. Pay renewal fee. Give your signature and fingerprint.
Have your photo taken.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Colorado

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
Residents in Colorado can renew car registration in three ways: online, in person and by mail.

Online

Visit the CO DMV website and provide the following information:

  • Your license plate number
  • An active credit card or checking account information
  • A valid email address

After following the prompts and paying for a renewed Colorado auto registration, you will receive the new documents within 15 business days.

In Person

In order to renew in person, visit a local registration office and provide:

  • Your registration renewal notice.
  • Proof of car insurance, if necessary.
  • Proof of emissions testing, if necessary.
  • Payment for renewal fees.

o Some offices will allow you to pay with credit card, but many only take cash.

By Mail

Gather the above documents and mail them and payment to the address listed on your car registration renewal form.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Colorado

How can I transfer my registration to another state?
Within 90 days of becoming a resident, you must register car credentials in Colorado. To do so, go to a nearby driver license office with these documents:

  • VIN verification
  • Your out-of-state registration or car title
  • Proof of emissions testing, if necessary
  • Proof of auto insurance in Colorado:
    • Insurance card
    • Copy of insurance policy
  • Secure and Verifiable Identification Information:
    • License to drive
    • US passport
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Payment for taxes and fees

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Colorado

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
In order to apply for a CDL in Colorado, one must perform the following steps:

1. Hold a standard driving license and be at least 18 years old.

2. Visit a driver license office and pass the written exam for the CDL class you are pursuing.

3. Depending on the class of your desired CDL, you may have to also take an air brakes exam, a combination exam, a hazardous materials test or a passenger vehicle test.

4. Purchase the $14 CO CDL permit.

5. Practice driving with your permit and then take the road skills exam at an approved institution.

6. Return to DMV office with the following documents:

  • DOT medical card
  • Original Social Security card, unless you know your SSN
  • Proof of address:
    • Utility bill
    • Bank statement
  • Road skills test completion form
  • Payment for $35 CDL license

For more information: Colorado Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
Follow the steps below to apply for disabled parking placards and plates:

  1. Fill out a Parking Privileges Application DR 2219 form
  2. Get a licensed medical professional (physician, surgeon, nurse practitioner, etc.) to certify the form
  3. Submit the form during CO auto registration

For more information: Information for Disabled Drivers in Colorado

How do I apply for a drivers license?
In order to apply for drivers license documentation, follow the steps outlined below:

1. Compile necessary identification documents (either one standalone document or a combination to prove name, age, identity and legal presence):

  • US passports and valid I-551 cards act as standalone documents
  • Birth certificates, Certificates of Citizenship prove legal presence
  • Military ID, ID cards, out-of-state licenses prove name, age and identity

2. Schedule your driving test.

3. Visit a local driver license office and provide:

  • Active driving permit
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of address:
    • Credit card statement
    • Utility bill
  • Certificate of completion form (if you already passed the road skills test)
  • Valid car registration and car insurance (if you are about to take the road skills test)
  • Payment for the $21 licensing fee

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Colorado

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
The process to apply for a drivers permit in Colorado varies based on age. Before you visit the driver license office, make sure to:

1. Complete a 30-hour drivers ed course or four-hour driver awareness class (when under 16)

2. Pass the written test

3. Gather necessary documentation

  • One standalone document (US passport) OR
  • Legal presence, name, age and identity documents (Social Security card, CO ID card, Military ID, etc.)

Once these steps are completed, you may move on to the process of applying at the DMV:

1. Provide a certificate of the driving course (if under 16)

2. Give the written test completion form, if applicable

3. Provide one of the following:

  • Original or certified copy of your birth certificate
  • US passport with full legal name (not expired more than 10 years)
  • Military ID

4. Give your Social Security Number

5. Have a parent or guardian sign an Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship DR 2460 form and/or Affidavit of Identity, if you are a minor

6. Provide proof of address

  • Utility bill
  • Credit card statement

7. Pay the $14.00 learners permit fee

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Colorado

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
There are two ways to apply for a motorcycle license endorsement in Colorado. The first way is to take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. After completing the class, you may bring the MSF card to a driver license office and buy your new license with the attached endorsement.

The second way requires you to follow these steps:

1. Pass a motorcycle written exam

2. Buy a motorcycle permit

3. Pass a road skills motorcycle test

4. Buy a new motorcycle drivers license at a driver license office

  • The licensing fee is $21 plus $2 for the endorsement

It is important to note that all minors under 18 must hold a motorcycle permit for 12 months before obtaining a license. In addition, minors under 16 need to take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course and be supervised by one of the instructors at all times when driving a motorcycle.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Colorado

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
In order to successfully submit an address change request with your vehicle insurance company, one may be asked to provide proof of identity, an insurance policy number and proof of new address (utility bill and bank statement). This can be done in person at a local branch, and some companies allow you to update information online.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Colorado

How do I change my address on my car registration?
In the state of Colorado, a CO DMV car registration address change can only be completed in the county where the vehicle is registered. In addition, the specific procedures for the address change vary from county to county.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Colorado

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
Commercial drivers are not allowed to update information online or by mail. In order to change address on CDL credentials, one must visit a driver license office in person and provide the necessary forms and documentation:

  • Colorado CDL license
  • Proof of address
  • Social Security Number

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Colorado

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
Address changing can be done in three different ways in the state of Colorado: online, in person and by mail. If changing addresses online, simply provide the necessary information. Otherwise, you must complete a Change of Address DR 2285 form and submit it at a local driver license office or mail it to the following address:

Division of Motor Vehicles Driver Control Section; Room 164 P.O. Box 173350 Denver, CO 80217-3350

Once mailed, print out a new address label and paste it to your drivers license. Drivers who want a replacement license must apply in person and pay a fee for the duplicate. Additionally, drivers can choose to change address when renewing credentials.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Colorado

How do I change my address on my ID card?
Residents can submit an address change request to update their ID card online, in person or by mail. When applying online, one must provide the following information:

  • Colorado identification card number
  • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number
  • New and mailing addresses

Otherwise, download and fill out a Change of Address DR 2285 form and submit it in person at a local driver license office or by mail to:

Division of Motor Vehicles Driver Control Section; Room 164 P.O. Box 173350 Denver, CO 80217-3350

To obtain a duplicate credential with your new address, you must go to the office in person and provide your new address.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Colorado

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
When you petition for name change at the local DMV, you must also remember to update personal information with the car insurance company. Fortunately, most providers only require a phone call or a visit to rectify their records. Typically, they will ask that you provide your name, policy number and a description of your vehicle.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
The process to change names on registration in Colorado varies by county. To find out exactly what documents you need to bring and the fees you will have to pay, as these vary by county as well, contact your local driver license office.
How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
The Colorado DMV requires that adult drivers license and ID card holders renew their credentials when they request a name change. In order to do so, visit a driver license office and bring:

  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of name change:
    • Court order
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
  • Proof of ID:
    • CO license or identification card
    • US passport
  • Proof of address:
    • Bank statement
    • Utility bill
  • Payment for the $21 fee
How do I change my name on my ID card?
Adult ID card holders are required to renew their credentials if they petition for name change. To perform this task, visit a driver license office with the following documents:

  • Social Security Number
  • Name change proof:
    • Court order
    • Marriage certificate
    • Divorce decree
  • Identification proof:
    • CO license or identification card
    • US passport
  • Address proof:
    • Bank statement
    • Utility bill
  • Payment for the $10.50 fee
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
Residents must perform an official name change with the Social Security Administration before they move on to the DMV. The process can be done in person at a local SSA office or by mail with the following documents:

  • Proof of name change:
    • Court order
    • Divorce decree
    • Marriage certificate
  • Proof of identity:
    • CO drivers license
    • US passport
  • Proof of legal presence in the United States:
    • US birth certificate
    • Permanent Resident Card

Visit the Social Security Administration website for more information.

How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
Fraudulent activity is a serious threat to any driver in Colorado. To report any such activity on your DMV record, fill out a Motor Vehicle Investigations Unit Request for Investigation DR 2848 form and return it (signed) by mail to P.O Box 173350, Denver, Colorado 80217-3350 or by fax to 303-205-5615.

For more information: Your Colorado Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
While it is not required by law that drivers reportstolen car registration, the DMV recommends that you take the time to visit your local police department and file the appropriate forms. Simply notify a police officer of your situation and provide the requested information. Once you have done so, the police department will be able to keep tabs on your registration to monitor it for fraudulent activity.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Colorado

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
While the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles does not require drivers to file a police report before they replace car title in CO, the group does recommend that you do so to prevent fraudulent activity. Simply visit your local police department and provide the necessary information to a representative. He or she will provide you with any necessary forms to fill out.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
In order to get a copy of your Colorado DMV driving record, you must provide the following:

  • Your birth date
  • Your drivers license number
  • Your signature
  • A photocopy of an ID
  • Payment for the fee

The above can be taken to a driver license office or mailed to this address:

Division of Motor Vehicles 1881 Pierce Street Lakewood, CO 80214

For more information: Your Colorado Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
The state of Colorado does not allow residents over the age of 21 to obtain a replacement DMV ID card. Instead, one must visit a nearby driver license office and provide the following for renewal:

  • Proof of ID:
    • US passport
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Proof of residency in CO:
    • Utility bill
    • Bank statement
  • Payment for duplicate documents:
    • $10 if under 60
    • $14 if non-US citizen
    • Free of charge if 60 years old or older

If eligible, residents may renew online or by mail as well.

For more information: How to Apply for a Colorado Identification Card

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Due to your out-of-state status, you must fill out an Out of State Reissue/Extension DR 2989 form. After the application is completed, send it to the address that is listed on the form, and be sure to include your out-of-state address so that it arrives at the proper location.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Colorado Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
The specific Colorado court that is handling your case will say whether or not you can get your traffic ticket dismissed. If the offense is minor, the court may decide that enrollment and completion of a defensive driving course will allow you to get the ticket dismissed. In other cases, dismissal is only an option if you hire a ticket attorney and win the case.

For more information: Get a Colorado Traffic Ticket Lawyer to Fight Your Ticket

How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
Drivers can obtain a copy of someone else s driver record in one of two ways. They can either go to a local driver license office in person or submit their request by mail to the following address:

Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles Driver Control Section 1881 Pierce Street Lakewood, CO 80214

In any case, the applicant must fill out a Requestor Release and Affidavit of Intended Use DR 2489 form and provide payment for the certified or non-certified record.

For more information: Your Colorado Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
In order to replace car registration in Colorado, visit a local registration office and provide the following:

  • Coloradodrivers license
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Current auto registration card, if replacing tabs
  • Vehicle information:
    • VIN
    • Make
    • Model
    • Year
    • License plate number
  • Payment for the fees:
    • $2.20 for registration card
    • $2.37 for registration tab

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Colorado

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
In order to obtain a car title copy in Colorado, one must visit a motor vehicle office and provide the following:

  • Secure and Verifiable Identification:
    • Colorado drivers license
    • US passport
    • Valid I-551

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
Only minors, out-of-state drivers and commercial drivers can obtain drivers license replacements in the state of Colorado. All other drivers are required to go through the process of renewing drivers license credentials. Renewals can be done online, by mail or in person at a local driver license office.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Colorado Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
In order to obtain salvage car title in the state of Colorado, one must fill out an Application for Salvage Title DR 2410 form. This form must include the vehicle s VIN number, title number, make, model, year and more.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

How do I obtain car registration?
In order to obtain auto registration in Colorado, one must visit a DMV office with the following materials:

  • Proof of emissions testing, depending on your county of residence
  • Proof of CO auto insurance:
    • Insurance card
    • Copy of insurance policy
  • Secure and Verifiable Identification Information:
    • Drivers license
    • US passport
    • Certificate of Citizenship
  • VIN verification, if titled in another state
  • Vehicle title in the name of the owner or current out-of-state registration
  • Payment for the fees and taxes

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Colorado

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
The process for reinstating a license after refusing a BAC test includes the same steps as reinstatement after a DUI. If convicted of a charge of driving under the influence, you must:

1. Wait out the suspension period.Take an alcohol awareness class, if necessary.

  • Drivers who refuse a BAC test will incur an additional one-year revocation.

2. Install ignition interlock device, if necessary.

3. Purchase SR22 insurance.

4. Pay all fines.

5. Fill out an Application for Reinstatement DR 2870 form.

6. Pay the $95 reissue fee.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Colorado

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
The process for reinstating suspended drivers license documentation varies based on your situation.

Unpaid citations (both inside Colorado and out-of-state):

  • Pay court receipt.
  • Pay $95 reinstatement fee.
  • Purchase a new CO drivers license.
  • Unpaid child support:
    • Pay child support and make sure DMV receives compliance from agency.
    • Pay $95 reinstatement fee.
  • Point-based suspensions:
    • Wait for the suspension period to end.
    • Pay $95 reinstatement fee.
    • Provide proof of liability insurance.

This process can be completed at a local driver license office or by mail. Applicants who want to apply by mail must fill out an Application for Reinstatement DR 2870 form.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Colorado

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
If you have committed a driving violation and received a citation, you can get points reduced from your license by paying traffic ticket fines in a timely manner. The only other way to make sure that points do not go on your driving license is to make sure that the ticket gets dismissed, which can be done by taking a defensive driving course or winning the case with the help of a lawyer.

For more information: Get a Colorado Traffic Ticket Lawyer to Fight Your Ticket

How do I renew my driving permit?
Learning permits for minors are valid for a period of three years. In order to renew this credential, follow the steps below:

1. Bring your current driving permit to the drivers license office

  • If permit is expired for more than one year, you must retake written exam.

2. Have your Social Security Number or proof of your SSA ineligibility.

3. Provide proof of address:

  • Utility bill
  • Credit card statement

4. Pass a vision test.

5. Pay the $14 renewal fee.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Colorado

How do I renew my ID card?
There are three ways to renew an ID card in Colorado: online, by mail and in person. However, each method had its requirements.

Online

To renew online, one must meet the following criteria:

  • Your last renewal was not done online or by mail.
  • You do not have any pending action on record.
  • Your current ID did not expire more than one year ago.
  • You do not have a returned/NSF check with the Division of Motor Vehicles.
  • Your ID is not associated with any immigration documents.
  • Your Social Security Number is on file with the DMV.
  • You do not have any outstanding judgments or warrants.
  • You are between 21 and 65 years old.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you can provide your current ID card number, your SSN, a credit card and an email address and renew your identification card online.

By Mail

If you are 21 or older, did not change your name and do not require a new photo, you can renew by mail by sending in the applicable form and payment. The only other exception is a Colorado ID card that is valid for 10 years. These credentials cannot be renewed by mail or online.

In Person

When visiting a local driver license office, applicants must bring the following:

  • Current identification card
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residency:
    • Utility bill
    • Bank statement
  • Payment of fee
    • $10.50 if under the age of 60
    • $14 for non-US citizens

For more information: How to Apply for a Colorado Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Out-of-state residents have multiple options for renewing drivers license documents. First of all, you can request a three-year extension by filling out an Out of State Reissue/Extension DR 2989 form. Your second option is to renew by mail and have your renewed license sent to your current duty station address.

It is important to note that drivers licenses that have been expired for more than one year must be renewed in person in Colorado.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Colorado

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
Commercial drivers in Colorado must keep their Department of Transportation medical report up to date by taking a new exam every two years. Simply visit an FMCSA-certified medical examiner in the area to take the test. Once you have done so, you can submit the certificate in any of the following ways:

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
The process to renew your Class M motorcycle license in Colorado is as follows:

1. Visit a nearby driver license office

2. Provide current drivers license, which can be expired for no more than one year.

  • Drivers with licenses expired more than one year must retake the written exam, buy a permit and retake the road skills test.

3. Give your Social Security Number.

4. Show proof of address:

  • Bank statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Utility bill

5. Pay for the renewal fee.

  • Eligible individuals may also apply online or by mail, if their licenses were not valid for 10 years.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Colorado

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
Standard drivers are not allowed to replace drivers license credentials. Instead, they are required to go through the process of getting a renewed license. During this process, non-US citizens are required to go to a local driver license office in person and cannot apply online or by mail.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Colorado

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
If you are an adult driver who has lost their drivers license while out of state, fill out an Out of State Reissue/Extension DR 2989 form. Once the application is completed, mail it in to the address listed on the form with payment to obtain a Colorado drivers license replacement.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Colorado Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
The process to transfer car title between states varies from location to location. The best way to find out the specific procedures employed by your new state of residence is to contact their Department of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: Colorado State-to-State Transfer of Title

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
In the event your original title has been lost or stolen, you must order a car title replacement. To do so, fill out a Duplicate Title Request and Receipt DR 2539A form and mail it with payment to the following address:

Colorado Department of Revenue DMV-Titles Section Denver, CO 80261-0016

This process can also be done at a local county office with proof of ID and the VIN and title number. Once you receive a duplicate title, you will be able to transfer.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

How do I transfer my car title?
Whereas drivers are not required to take any steps to fulfill a car title transfer in Colorado after buying a new vehicle at a dealership, as the dealer takes this responsibility, the purchase of a used vehicle requires the following actions of the buyer and seller.

The seller must:

  • Fill out the Certificate of Title for the buyer, including the following information:
    • Odometer reading
    • Name and address of the buyer
  • Fill out a bill of sale for the buyer, with the following information:Give the buyer the Emissions Inspection Certificate, if applicable
    • Date of sale
    • Selling price
    • Name, address and signature of buyer and seller
    • Vehicle information
  • Take off the vehicle license plates

The buyer must:

  • Bring all of the above documents and payment to a local title and registration office.
  • Provide proof of ID and proof of auto insurance.

Additionally, if the car was originally titled in another state, a Verification of Vehicle Identification Number form must be filled out by a licensed motor vehicle dealer, emissions testing station or law enforcement officer.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
In order to transfer the title of a recreational vehicle, follow the steps associated with a standard Colorado title transfer. This includes filling out a Certificate of Title, a bill of sale and providing proof of ID and insurance.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
Members of the military are required to go through the same steps as civilians when pursuing a motorcycle endorsement. They must either enroll in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course or pass the written exam to obtain a permit. Then, these applicants must pass a driving skills exam and purchase a new endorsed license at a local driver license office. The standard fee is $21 plus $2 for the endorsement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Colorado

How does the DMV check my vision?
The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles realizes the importance of strong sight when it comes to driving. Thus, in order to obtain a drivers license, your field vision and recognition of basic colors will be tested. If you do not pass this test, you may be required to see an eye specialist and obtain correctional lenses.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Colorado

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
Residents must hold driving permits for at least a full year in order to apply for a driving license. For more information on how to apply for an official license, visit our Drivers License page.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Colorado

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
Refusing to take a chemical test will result in a one-year revocation of your license. Any other drivers license suspension will be added on to the end of the revocation period. Additionally, drivers who refuse to take this test will also incur an automatic two-year ignition interlock requirement.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Colorado

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
When performing ID card renewal online, residents of the state of Colorado can expect to receive their updated credentials within a period of 30 business days.Thus, it is recommended that you renew documentation as soon as you are able.

For more information: How to Apply for a Colorado Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
The amount of points necessary for a drivers license suspension in Colorado vary based on the age of the driver. The complete breakdown is as follows:

  • If you are under 18:
    • Six points in 12 months
    • Seven points during any period of time
  • If you are between 18 and 21:
    • Nine points in 12 months
    • 12 points in 24 months
    • 14 points during any period of time
  • If you are 21 or older:
    • 12 points in 12 months
    • 18 points in 24 months

For more information: Your Colorado Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
Yes. In certain cases, if a driver cannot get his or her traffic ticket dismissed in court, he or she may be allowed to enroll in a traffic school course to remove points from adriving record. This is only an option when the offense is minor and the court accepts the request.

For more information: Your Colorado Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
The fee to change name on car registration varies depending on your county of residence. Registration fees typically vary based on the type and weight of the vehicle.
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
In order to change name on car title in Colorado and obtain a duplicate, one must fill out the Duplicate Title Request and Receipt DR 2539A form. The cost to get the updated credentials is $8.20.
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
The cost of changing your name at a DMV office will vary based on the documents that you are updating. The breakdown of Colorado name changing fees is as follows:

  • Updated drivers license: $21
  • Updated motorcycle endorsement: $2
  • Updated CDL: $35
  • Updated ID card: $10.50, if under the age of 60
    • ID cards are free for individuals 60 years and over
  • Updated vehicle title:$8.20
  • Updated registration: Varies based on county
How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
In the state of Colorado, the Division of Motor Vehicles allow for CO drivers license renewals approximately six weeks before the expiration of someone s driving license. Keep in mind that not renewing credentials before the expiration date will result in your having to pay a late fee of $15 to the DMV.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Colorado

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
The steps necessary to transfer titles to an heir are not very different from those in the standard transfer process. You will have to show proof of ID, prove that you meet the insurance minimums and fill and pay the appropriate fees. The only addition is that the new owner must provide a death certificate and the notarized will of the deceased to complete the transfer.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
Yes. Drivers who do not renew car registration by the due date will be subject to monthly fines. While there is a one-month grace period after expiration, every following month will result in a $25 fee. The limit of fees that a person can pay is $100 (four months).

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Colorado

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
The CO DMV does not require that drivers report a stolen or lost drivers license. Thus, the Division of Motor Vehicles will not waive any fees for replacing credentials.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Colorado Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
In the event that a police officer is at the scene of the accident and he or she has already obtained the necessary information, you do not need to provide any forms unless you receive a letter from the DMV requesting that you do so. On the other hand, if an officer is not present, fill out a crash report and provide detailed information on the vehicle, the damages and the other driver.

For more information: How To: Save on Colorado Auto Insurance

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
Yes. As long as you are considered a resident of the state of Colorado, the Division of Motor Vehicles requires that you have the state minimum amounts of vehicle insurance. It does not matter how long you are gone in a given year.

For more information: How To: Save on Colorado Auto Insurance

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
For those individuals who have lost their citation and still need to pay traffic ticket fines, the easiest way to find out the required information is to contact the local Troop Office where the traffic citation was given. If it has been more than 14 days since the ticket was issued, contact the DMV.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Colorado

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
Since the Colorado DMV does not allow residents over 21 to obtain duplicate identification cards, an out-of-state resident must apply for renewal online or by mail. As long as you do not need a new photo and did not undergo a name change, you can renew by mail. The requirements to renew online are stricter:

  • You must be between 21 and 65 years old.
  • You cannot have changed your name.
  • You cannot have any outstanding judgments, warrants or payments.
  • Your ID cannot be associated with immigration documents.
  • You did not perform your last renewal online or by mail.
  • Your current ID has not been expired for more than one year.
  • Your Social Security Number is on file.
  • You do not have pending action on record.
  • You do not have an NSF/returned check with the Division of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: How to Apply for a Colorado Identification Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
If you are arrested and convicted of driving while intoxicated in Colorado, you will have to wait out your suspension/revocation period, pay all applicable fees and file for liability insurance. Once all of this is done, you can visit a driver license office and request your confiscated license back.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Colorado

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
In order to obtain replacement license plates, you must visit a local motor vehicle office and follow the steps below:

  1. Fill out the Lost or Stolen License Plate/Permit Affidavit DR 2283 form
  2. Provide the remaining license plate, if applicable.
    • Damaged plates should be turned in as well.
  3. Provide your CO drivers license.
  4. Pay the duplicate fee.

The only substantial difference between replacing standard and CO personalized plates is that fees will be higher for personalized license plates.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Colorado

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
In the state of Colorado, drivers must be at least 18 years old to obtain a CO commercial driving license that will allow them to operate a commercial vehicle within the state. To get an interstate license, which allows for state-to-state travel, the driver must be at least 21 years old.

For more information: Colorado Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
No. As long as you have a valid Colorado drivers license, you can apply for CO drivers license renewal. However, for online drivers license renewals, you must be between 21 and 65 years of age.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Colorado

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
All drivers should keep their car registration documents in the car at all times. This allows drivers to have easy access in case they get pulled over by a police officer.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Colorado

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
When requesting a duplicate drivers license in Colorado as a minor or CDL driver, your replacement will be mailed to the address that is currently on file with the Division of Motor Vehicles. The same thing goes for standard drivers who are renewing their license.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Colorado Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
Senior drivers can renew their driving license by mail every other cycle. In addition, renewals in person at a local driver license office are always allowed. When visiting a branch, they must pass a vision test and bring:

  • CO drivers license.
  • Your Social Security Number or proof of ineligibility from the SSA.
  • Proof of address:
    • Utility bill
    • Credit card statement
  • Payment for the renewal fee.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Colorado

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
There are a few instances in which it is required to transfer car title in Colorado. They are:

  • If you are buying a used vehicle from a private seller
  • If you are moving to another state
  • If you received a car as a gift or as inheritance
  • If you have satisfied your lien
  • If you are donating a car
  • If you are changing your name or adding an owner

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
There are a number of ways that a driver can incur a drivers license suspension in the state of Colorado. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Driving under the influence.
  • Driving with a suspended license.
  • Reckless driving.
  • An excess of violation points.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Colorado

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
In order to obtain a motorcycle permit, one must be at least 15 years old. Riders between the ages of 15 and 16 must enroll in a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course. Additionally, new motorcyclists under the age of 18 must always wear a helmet and are required to hold their permit for 12 months before applying for a motorcycle license endorsement.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Colorado

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
In addition to the standard Colorado CDL license, interested commercial drivers can also apply for endorsements. The options available include:

  • Class H: Hazardous Materials.
  • Class P: Passenger-Carry Vehicles.
  • Class T: Double or Triple Trailers.
  • Class S: School Bus.
  • Class N: Tanker Vehicles.
  • Class X: Tanker and Hazardous Materials.

For more information: Colorado Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
Drivers who are caught operating a vehicle with a suspended drivers license in Colorado can expect to incur the following penalties:

  • A lengthened suspension period
  • Possible imprisonment
  • Fines of up to $500

For more information: Suspended License Information for Colorado

What are the different types of driving records?
The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles offers two different types of driving records to residents. They have certified and non-certified records.

For more information: Your Colorado Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
In order to get ID card credentials in Colorado, residents are required to pay the applicable fee. These fees vary based on the age and status of the individual. The breakdown is as follows:

  • ID for residents under 60: $10.50
  • ID for residents 60 years old and older: Free
  • ID for non-US citizens: $14

For more information: How to Apply for a Colorado Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
If you are a minor or a commercial driver, it will cost you $7.50 to obtain a first duplicate drivers license. A second duplicate will cost $14. However, if you are not a minor or a CDL driver, you must go through the process of renewal and pay the applicable fees:

  • $21 for standard drivers license
  • $23 for license and CO motorcycle endorsement

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Colorado Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
As long as a driver is under the age of 18, he or she can only operate a motor vehicle while supervised by a licensed driver that is at least 21 years old. The supervisor can be a parent, legal guardian or someone approved by the parent/guardian, like a driving instructor. In addition, all drivers under 18 must meet the drivers permit requirements of 50 driving hours, including 10 at night.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Colorado

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
Concerning the medical requirements necessary to obtain a commercial driving license in Colorado, drivers are only required to pass a Department of Transportation medical exam. Once they have done so, they must submit the certificate, which can be no more than 24 months old, by any of the following means:

For more information: Colorado Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
There are a few different reasons why someone would have to replace car registration in Colorado. The most common are:

  • Their original card has been lost.
  • Their registration card has been stolen.
  • Their card has been damaged or destroyed.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Colorado

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
Minor drivers who incur traffic tickets become more likely to receive a Colorado drivers license suspension. The amount of points required for suspension varies based on age:

  • Under 18:
    • Six points in 12 months
    • Seven points in any period of time
  • Between 18 and 21
    • Nine points in 12 months
    • 12 points in 24 months
    • 14 points in any period of time

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Colorado

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
DUI citations come with a number of added punishments in the state of Colorado, which vary based on the number and severity of the violation. Depending on your situation, these penalties can include:

  • Jail time
  • Fines
  • Drivers license suspension
  • Ignition interlock installment
  • SR22 insurance filing

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Colorado

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
The fee to reinstate suspended drivers license credentials in Colorado is $95. In addition to this charge, drivers will also have to pay any unpaid traffic fines or child support. Furthermore, a new license fee is added to any ticket-based suspension.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Colorado

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
In the state of Colorado, auto registration fees vary based on the county of residence and the empty weight of the vehicle in question. Fees include the licensing fee, sales tax (based on the vehicle s purchase price) and the ownership tax. Many county websites have car registration fee calculators available for your convenience.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Colorado

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
The fee to obtain a car title replacement in Colorado is $8.20. This fee applies to both residents of the state of Colorado and nonresidents.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
The price to obtain an auto registration replacement card is just $2.20. A replacement tab is $2.37. When going in person to a local registration office, one will typically have to pay in cash. Only certain offices allow drivers to pay with a major credit card.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Colorado

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
The fees for renewing car registration in Colorado vary based on a variety of factors. These factors include:

  • The age of the vehicle.
  • The type of license plate.
  • The date of purchase.
  • The vehicle s weight.
  • The car s taxable value.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Colorado

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
In order to operate a three-wheel motorcycle in the state of Colorado, you must hold one of the following licenses:

  • A Class M motorcycle license
  • A Class 3 motorcycle endorsement

The Class M license allows riders to operate both two- and three-wheel motorcycles, while the Class 3 only gives residents the authority to ride trikes.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Colorado

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles does not offer hardships licenses. However, eligible drivers who were convicted of driving under the influence can submit a Restricted License Ignition Interlock Agreement Affidavit DR 2058 form to obtain an ignition interlock license.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Colorado

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
Any driver who fails the driving test on their first attempt will have to reschedule and retake the exam at a later date. You are encouraged to continue studying the official CO Driver s Manual, as well as take a Practice Test.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Colorado

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
The documents and forms that must be provided when applying for a CO driving permit are as follows:

  • Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship DR 2460 form, if the applicant is a minor
  • Proof of address
    • Utility bill
    • Credit card statement
  • One standalone document (US passport) or a combination of documents that prove name, identity, age and legal presence:
    • Social Security card
    • Birth certificate
    • Military ID
  • Certificate of driving course completion, if applicable
  • Certificate of written test passing, if applicable

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Colorado

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
The documents required to obtain a Colorado motorcycle endorsement vary based on your situation. Standard drivers, for instance, must provide:

  • Proof of ID, age and Colorado residency:
    • Drivers license
    • US passport
    • Valid I-551
  • A Motorcycle Safety Foundation course card, if you took the course.
  • Motorcycle permit, if you took the written exam and are planning to take the driving test.

In addition to the above, applicants under the age of 18 must provide an Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship DR 2460 form.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Colorado

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
In order to successfully submit a drivers license application, residents must provide all of the following documents:

  • Proof of address
  • Proof of road skills exam completion (or registration/proof of insurance, if taking the exam)
  • Proof of ID (either one standalone document or a combination of documents that prove your name, age, identity and legal presence)

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Colorado

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
The documents required to obtain a duplicate car title vary based on your situation. The complete list of necessary documents is as follows:

  • Secure and Verifiable Identification:
    • CO driving license
    • United States passport
    • Valid I-551
  • The Vehicle Identification Number or car title number
  • A lien release, if there is a lien on the car
  • A power of attorney, if you are applying on behalf of the owner

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
Any of the following documents can be used as proof of residency when attempting to change address on DMV documents:

  • Pay stubs
  • Utility bills
  • Bank statements
  • Mortgage agreements
  • Voter registration cards
  • School transcripts

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Colorado

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
Non-US citizens are required to go in person to submit the Colorado DMV address change form. These residents must also provide:

  • Your original CO drivers license/identification card
  • Social Security Number
  • Proof of address:
    • Utility bill
    • Bank statement

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Colorado

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
In order to obtain a car registration replacement card, one must bring the following documents:

  • CO drivers license
  • Proof of car insurance in Colorado

Additionally, if a driver wants to obtain replacement tabs, he or she must also bring the vehicle s current car registration.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Colorado

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
The documents necessary to register car credentials in Colorado are numerous. They include:

  • Secure and Verifiable Identification Information:
    • Driving license (from in or out-of-state)
    • US passport
    • Certificate of Citizenship
    • Proof of emissions testing, if applicable
  • Proof of Colorado auto insurance:
    • Insurance card
    • Copy of insurance policy
    • VIN verification, if titled in another state
    • Vehicle title in the name of the owner or current out-of-state registration

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Colorado

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
Drivers who are renewing car registration in person at a local registration office or by mail must provide a number of documents. These include:

  • The vehicle registration renewal notice
  • Proof of emissions testing, if applicable.
  • Proof of car insurance, if necessary.

If renewing online, you only need to provide your license plate number, credit card information and an email address.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Colorado

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
If you visit a driver license office in person, you must provide the following documentation:

  • Proof of CO residency:
    • Bank statement
    • Utility bill
    • Credit card statement
  • Current drivers license
  • Social Security card (or just the number, if you know it)

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Colorado

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
In order to transfer titles in Colorado at a local title and registration office, one must bring the following documents:

  • A filled out Certificate of Title
  • A completed bill of saleProof of auto insurance
    • This form must include odometer reading and selling date and price of vehicle, if the title does not.
  • Proof of ID (drivers license)
  • An Emissions Inspection Certificate, if necessary in the county

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
The state of Colorado does not allow non-minors and non-CDL drivers to apply for a CO drivers license copy. Instead, these drivers must renew their credentials. The documents required for an in-person renewal are as follows:

  • Proof of ID:
    • US passport
    • Valid I-551
  • Proof of Colorado residency:
    • Bank statement
    • Utility bill
    • Credit card statement
  • Social Security card (or just the number, if you know it)

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Colorado Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
Depending on how you want to obtain a CO motorcycle endorsement, you may not have to take any tests in the process. If you choose to take a Motorcycle Safety Foundation course, there is no testing requirement. If you do not, you must pass the written knowledge exam and the road skills test.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Colorado

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
There is only one form that must be filled out in order to obtain a duplicate car title in Colorado. The necessary application is the Duplicate Title Request and Receipt DR 2539A form. Be sure to include all of the required information and verify that everything is accurate before submitting it to a motor vehicle office or mailing it to:

Colorado Department of Revenue DMV-Titles Section Denver, CO 80261-0016

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
If a Colorado commercial driver is convicted of a traffic offense and incurs a ticket, he or she must report this citation to their employer within 30 days of the incident. In addition to possible punishments given by the employer, the DMV can suspend the CDL driver s license if they commit certain offenses, such as:

  • Refusing a chemical test
  • Driving under the influence

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Colorado

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
Given that driving under the influence is considered a major offense against a commercial driver, the penalties for committing the violation are severe:

  • The first violation: One-year CO commercial driving license disqualification
    • Three years if the driver was transporting hazardous materials
  • Subsequent violations: Lifetime CDL disqualification
What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
There are a number of ways to deal with your original title if the document is located after a duplicate car title has been issued. The options are as follows:

  • The driver can turn in the original document to a motor vehicle office.
  • The driver can dispose of the invalid document at home.
  • The driver can store the original title in a safe place for their records.

Regardless of your choice, it is important to keep in mind the sensitive information featured on car titles. Take extra care to ensure that criminals do not have access to the document.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

What information does a driving record contain?
A Colorado DMV driving records contains a great deal of information. Drivers who order this record can expect to see the following:

  • Drivers license suspensions
  • License revocations
  • License cancellations
  • Traffic violations, citations and fines
  • Accidents you were involved in
  • Points against you

For more information: Your Colorado Driving Record

What is an ID card?
Colorado identification cards are considered primary proof of ID for individuals who do not have a drivers license. These credentials feature your name, date of birth, signature and address and can be used to enter government buildings as well as any other location that requires proof of ID.

For more information: How to Apply for a Colorado Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
The cost of being charged with driving under the influence varies based on the number and severity of your offense. First-time offenders can pay fines of up to $1,000. On the other hand, third-time offenders can pay up to $1,500 worth of fines.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Colorado

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
The cost of traffic fines varies based on the specific traffic ticket in question. Certain charges, such as driving under the influence, will cost more than others, depending on the severity of the offense committed.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Colorado

What is the cost to get a driver record?
The cost to obtain a driving record varies based on the kind of record you desire. The Colorado certified driver record is $2.70, while the non-certified document is $2.20. In addition, there are also authorized third parties who provide these records online at a very fast rate.

For more information: Your Colorado Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
If a commercial driver is caught with a BAC above 0.04 percent, he or she will face a one-year suspension for the first offense of driving under the influence in CO. If transporting hazardous materials, the suspension is three years. Any subsequent DUI conviction will result in a lifetime disqualification of a CDL license.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Colorado

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
Any minor convicted of DUI in Colorado will immediately incur a one-year drivers license revocation for their first offense. A second offense is considered a Class Two Misdemeanor and also comes with a one-year revocation. In addition, a six-month drivers license suspension will be applied to minors who are convicted of supplying alcohol to anyone under 21.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Colorado

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
In order to operate a vehicle legally within the state of Colorado, one must meet the following minimum liability auto insurance requirements:

  • $15,000 in property damage protection
  • $25,000 for bodily injury/death for one person
  • $50,000 for bodily injury/death to multiple people

For more information: How To: Save on Colorado Auto Insurance

What is the passing score for a written test?
The Colorado written knowledge exam contains 25 questions. In order to pass and obtain your CO learning permit, one must answer 20 of these questions correctly and finish with a passing score of 80 percent.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Colorado

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
Scooters and motorcycle must be titled the same way that standard passenger vehicles are. The operator must visit a local title and registration office with the following:

  • Proof of vehicle insurance
  • Proof of Secure and Verifiable ID
  • Current car title
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • Proof of emissions test, if necessary
  • A bill of sale
  • A mortgage document, if a lien must be recorded
  • Proof of vehicle weight, if the car is being titled for the first time:
    • Manufacturer s Statement of Origin
    • A certified weight slip
    • A valid car registration or title showing the weight

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

What languages is the written test available in?
The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles offers their handbook in both English and Spanish to accommodate a variety of their residents. Studying the guide is crucial before attempting to take the drivers license written exam. The test itself is available in English and Spanish, with the option to bring an interpreter if you speak a different language.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Colorado

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
If convicted of driving under the influence in Colorado, you must take the following steps to reinstate your license:

  1. Wait for the suspension time to conclude.
  2. Take an alcohol awareness course, if necessary.
  3. Install an ignition interlock device, if necessary.
  4. Purchase SR22 insurance.
  5. Pay all fines associated with your charges.
  6. Fill out an Application for Reinstatement DR 2870 form.
  7. Pay the $95 reissue fee at a driver license office.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Colorado

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
Not performing a motor vehicle change of address in Colorado is very risky, given the important documents that the DMV sends its residents. Driver can miss out on drivers license suspension notices and car registration renewal papers. Additionally, residents who do not update their address on time will be charged a late fine when they go to update registration documents.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Colorado

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
In the event you do not renew expired drivers license credentials in due time, you will incur a late fine when you finally choose to update your documentation. The late fee is $15. In addition, Colorado police can write you a ticket for your expired license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Colorado

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
There are a few ways that a driver in Colorado can prove that they meet state minimum auto insurance requirements. Simply bring one of the following:

  • An insurance card
  • A letter from your provider on company letterhead
  • A copy of your coverage policy

For more information: How To: Save on Colorado Auto Insurance

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
In the event you do not receive your new registration tags within 15 business days, contact the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles and notify them of the issue. Reach the DMV by phone at 303-205-5600 or by email at dor_mvadmin@state.co.us.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Colorado

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
When renewing drivers license credentials by mail or online, it can take up to 30 business days to receive your new license. If 30 business days pass and you are still without a license, it is recommended that you call 303-205-5600 for details on the processing time.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Colorado

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
In order to obtain a permit for driving in Colorado, one must pass the CO DMV written test. This exam features questions on road regulations and traffic signs, to help you get into the mindset of a safe driver.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Colorado

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
To obtain a license to drive commercial vehicles, drivers must first pass a written knowledge exam and a road skills test. Both of these examinations will test your knowledge of road regulations, traffic signs and commercial operating procedures. Additionally, extra exams will be required if you apply for CDL endorsements.

For more information: Colorado Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
In order to get drivers license credentials, one must pass the written knowledge and road skills exams. These tests use material found in the Colorado Driver s Handbook to make sure that you will be a safe driver.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Colorado

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
The state of Colorado requires that all drivers have liability vehicle insurance in the following areas:

  • Property damage
  • Bodily injury/death
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Bodily injury/death

For more information: How To: Save on Colorado Auto Insurance

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
As a standard driver, the Class R noncommercial driving license is the credential that you are looking for. Before applying, look into information on the application process and what documents one must bring in order to obtain these privileges.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Colorado

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
If you are caught operating a motor vehicle without CO auto insurance, you face the following penalties:

  • A minimum fine of $500
  • Four points on your driving record
  • Community service
  • Registration and drivers license suspension
    • For first offenses, the suspension will last until you show proof of coverage.
    • Subsequent offenses will result in suspensions of up to eight months.

For more information: How To: Save on Colorado Auto Insurance

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
The amount of time that you have to wait to reinstate your suspended drivers license in CO depends on the nature of your original offense. The breakdown for different violations is as follows:

  • A failure to pay child support: Reinstatement is possible after the bill is paid.
  • Unpaid tickets: Reinstatement can begin after fines are paid.
  • Point-based suspensions: Reinstatement is possible after your predetermined suspension period is done.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Colorado

When does my car registration expire?
If you are not sure when your auto registration tags expire, wait for your renewal notice to arrive. In addition to listing the owed fee and the mailing address of your county clerk, the notice will also detail the final date for renewing car registration.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Colorado

When does my ID card expire?
The standard Colorado ID card is valid for five years. However, there are credentials that last all of 10 years. The latter cannot be renewed by mail or online.

For more information: How to Apply for a Colorado Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
Drivers in the state of Colorado must file CO address change forms with the Division of Motor Vehicles within 30 days of establishing residency.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Colorado

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
A CO bill of sale should be completed when a private party is selling a used vehicle. This form is required when the title does not feature a space for the selling date or sale price. It should also include:

  • The names and signatures of both parties.
  • Vehicle information:
    • Odometer reading
    • Make
    • Model
    • Year
    • VIN

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

When will I need to renew my license?
Drivers are required to perform drivers license renewal in Colorado before the expiration date listed on their card. If you would like to renew early on, the CO DMV allows residents to update credentials about six weeks before their license is set to expire.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Colorado

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles is very selective of who can receive a drivers license replacement. Whereas minors and commercial drivers can get the duplicate credential, standard drivers are required to go through the process of renewing their license. In any case, a license replacement can take up to 30 business days to be delivered.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Colorado Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
If you are not sure if your drivers license has been suspended or are not sure when the suspension period is over, you can contact customer service at 303-205-5613 or fill out the online form here. Another way to access drivers license suspension information is by ordering your driving record online.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Colorado

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
If you need to perform any task related to Colorado car registration, such as obtaining, renewing or replacing credentials, you must visit a county registration office. Fortunately, these locations are spread all throughout the state.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Colorado

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
An ignition interlock device may be required if you receive a DUI ticket in Colorado. While they do have their restrictions, convicted drivers may apply for a restricted license that allows them to drive with such a device. To learn more about this device and its associated restricted license, click here.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Colorado

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
Many counties in the state of Colorado will not allow you to find ticket information online. Only some counties, such as Jefferson County, provide digital systems.If you live in a county that does not provide this service, you must contact the Troop Office where you received the ticket or the DMV for more information.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Colorado

Where can I find the DMV locations?
Please follow the link below for your nearest DMV location:

Colorado DMV Office Contact Information

Where can I get a new drivers license?
A drivers license must be applied for in a driver license office. Fortunately, these can be found all across the state. To find the location nearest you so that you can begin the process of applying, click here.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Colorado

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
Requests for a Colorado car title copy can be made at a local motor vehicle office. If you would prefer to mail in your Duplicate Title Request and Receipt DR 2539A form, send the application and a check or money order to the following address:

Colorado Department of Revenue DMV-Titles Section Denver, CO 80261-0016

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

Where can I obtain an ID card?
Residents of the state of Colorado canget ID card documentation at any local driver license office. To find the one that is closest to you, click here.

For more information: How to Apply for a Colorado Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
In the state of Colorado, all vehicles that are registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles must meet the CO car insurance minimum requirements of the state. This includes passenger vehicles, motorcycles, pickup trucks, commercial vehicles and more.

For more information: How To: Save on Colorado Auto Insurance

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
Drivers under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present when applying at the driver license office. A Colorado learners permit will not be issued without one such individual present.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Colorado

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
It can take some time for the most recent violations to be placed on your Colorado driver record. So if you do not see a recent ticket or points that you have just incurred against your license, do not be surprised. The DMV will log the necessary information in time.

For more information: Your Colorado Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
Yes. Drivers who choose to go in person to a local driver license office for Colorado drivers license renewal should expect to undergo a vision test. This is done to ensure that your vision meets state standards for safe driving.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Colorado

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Yes. Drivers in the state of Colorado should receive renewal notices once it approaches to time to renew drivers license credentials. However, if you did not receive a notification letter and your license is about to expire, it is still your responsibility to renew.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Colorado

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
Yes. If a driver commits a serious offense, they will receive points on their drivers license in addition to having to pay Colorado traffic fines. The number of points that go on your license will vary based on the severity of the offense.

For more information: Colorado Motor Vehicle Division Point System

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
The Colorado court that oversees your case will determine if you need to take an alcohol awareness class. This often happens as a result of a plea bargain or a deferred sentence for a CO DUI charge. However, even if the court decides that a driver does not need to enroll in a course, Colorado law may still require the completion of a class in order to reinstate suspended drivers license credentials.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Colorado

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
You may need to fill out a form to replace car registration in Colorado. It all depends on the county that you live in. Boulder County, for instance, requires drivers to fill out an application, but El Paso County does not. Contact your local registration office to find out more information.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Colorado

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
No. The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles does not require drivers to provide proof of coverage when they apply for a CO car title replacement. However, proof of ID and vehicle information must be provided.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Colorado residents should receive a CO car registration renewal notice in the mail when their due date is approaching. This notice will include insurance and emissions testing requirements (if applicable), the mailing address of your local county clerk and the registration fees you owe.

Drivers who do not receive a notice are still responsible for renewal if their expiration date is near.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Colorado

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
For your vehicle registration s specific expiration date, check the auto registration renewal notice that you received in the mail. These notifications will provide the due date as well as the fees that you owe, the mailing address of the county clerk and insurance/emissions requirements.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Colorado