Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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 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