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Colorado Driver License

To obtain a Colorado driver’s license, you must apply to the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles. You must also meet the state requirements to be eligible for the driver’s license.

Before you start the licensing process, you should choose the type of license you want or need. There are different types of licenses, classifications. Hence, it is important to choose the one, which best suits your needs and desires.

Then you should go through the process, which includes driver education, written and driving tests. You will also need to take a vision test as a part of the process, as well as pay the required fees for licensure.

Equally important is renewing the license prior to the expiration date. To clarify, you should not wait until it expires and must provide the necessary documents to finish the renewal process. In addition to this, we will provide you with exactly what you need to gather the supporting documentation.

Steps to get an instruction permit in Colorado

If you are between 15 and 21 years of age, then you can drive legally providing that you get an instruction permit (junior learner). Below you may find the necessary steps to complete to be eligible for the license:

  • Visiting a DMV office and applying for the instruction permit
  • Demonstrating lawful presence in the US,
  • Bringing necessary documentation (identity, Colorado address documents, Social Security Number)
  • Showing evidence of having completed driver education
  • Having your parent or a reliable person sign the Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship in the office
  • Taking and passing the written knowledge test (road signs, driving under the influence, driving rules, safety rules, legal items)
  • Having your fingerprints taken
  • Paying the required fees

Steps to get a minor driver’s license in Colorado

  • In the first place, you must have an instruction permit for at least twelve months
  • Secondly, you should practice supervised driving under the supervision of a licensed driver
  • Thirdly, you should visit a DMV office and apply for the minor license in person
  • You should also bring necessary documentation (identity, Colorado address documents, Social Security Number)
  • Another key point is passing the vision test, which indicates whether you see well enough to drive safely
  • Pass the drive skills test, which will assess your skills of driving
  • Pay the required fees

Steps to obtain a Colorado driver’s license

Requirements for a driver’s license

  • In the first place, you must be 21 years old or older, and obtain driving education
  • Secondly, you must hold your instruction permit in Colorado
  • Thirdly, you should practice supervised driving and practice your driving skills
  • You must also take and pass physical, written examinations, including the drive skills test
  • Passing a vision test is another major requirement (at least 20/40)
  • You must pass a background history check, as well as have your fingerprints and pictures taken
  • Paying the required fees is one of the requirements

Necessary documentation

To obtain a Colorado driver’s license, you must submit required documents, including identification establishing date of birth, full legal name, identity and lawful presence in the state. To clarify, you should bring the following documentation:

  • Unexpired U.S. passport or U.S. passport card
  • Your Colorado instruction permit
  • Social Security Number (Social Security card, 1099 form, W-2 form, Pay stub)
  • Two current physical documents, which demonstrate Colorado residence address (for example, Credit card statement, insurance policy, lease agreement/mortgage statement, vehicle registration/title)

Note that the documents must not be altered. On the contrary, the documents should be certified originals, certified amended originals or true copies. Moreover, the department will not accept photocopies, notarized documents or online printouts.

Get a duplicate of the Colorado driver’s license

There are cases, when people lose, accidentally wreck/spoil or have their driver’s license stolen. For exactly such cases, you may qualify for a duplicate license. Accordingly, you should:

  • Visit a driver license office
  • Confirm losing the credential
  • Request a duplicate license

Steps to renew your driver’s license in Colorado

If you want to use your driver’s license, you must renew it when it is due to expire. Usually, it is preferable to renew the license about two months before the expiration date.

Requirements for renewal

  • Being a US citizen and from 21 to 65 years old
  • Holding a current license, which is authentic or expired for less than a year
  • Not having the license renewed online the last two times
  • Having the social security number is on file with the Department of Revenue
  • Not changing the name on the current license
  • Having no bad checks on file.

Necessary documentation

  • The present Colorado driver’s license or instruction permit
  • Social Security Number
  • Colorado residence address (including street address, city, and state)

How to renew the license

If you want to renew the license, you may schedule an appointment here and renew the license in the driver license office.

You may also renew your Colorado driver’s license online, using a valid credit card and an email address.

To renew the license by mail, you should complete the renewal form and send it the following mailing address:

State of Colorado
Department of Revenue
Division of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 173345
Denver, CO 80217-3345

It is important to know, that you will not need to take any tests to renew the license. On the other hand, you will still need to take a written and driving test, as well as complete required education if your licensed has expired for more than a year.

Colorado driver’s license classifications

The state of Colorado issues a driver’s license based on your age group and the type of vehicle you want qualify for.

Class R (regular license)

To clarify, this license allows the licensee to use any motor vehicle (including a low-power scooter), other than a motorcycle or commercial vehicle.

Commercial Class A

This driver license, in short, allows you to operate any motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more.

Commercial Class B

The license, in short, permits the driver to operate any motor vehicle with GVWR of 26,001 pounds or more (towing a vehicle with GVWR not in excess of 10,000 pounds).

Commercial Class C

To clarify, this license allows the driver to use any vehicle, which is designed to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver), or which transports quantities of hazardous materials, requiring warning placards.

Class M

This, in short, is an endorsement, which gives permission to drive two or three-wheel motorcycles.

Costs associated with a Colorado driver’s license

  • Driver’s License Fee: $30.87
  • Renewal Fee: $30.87
  • Instruction Permit Fee: $18.52
  • Identification Card Fee (under 60 years): $12.67
  • Duplicate Fee: $12.00

Commercial license fees

  • License Fee: $17.08
  • Instruction Permit Fee: $18.52
  • Duplicate Fee: $9.00

Note that you can pay the fixed fees by cash, check (made payable to DOR) or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card). Otherwise, the office will not accept other forms of payment, including Payroll and 3rd party checks.

Driver’s license number

The Colorado driver’s license number, mostly referred to as customer identifier, is on the Field 4d, while Field 5 is the document discriminator.

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