How to Get a Driver’s License in Colorado

Whether you are a teenager hoping to get you first driver’s license or an older person trying to get a Colorado driver’s license, the application process can be daunting. Where do you begin? First you should access the Online Driver’s License Office to find information about requirements for a driver’s license and location of the nearest Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. You can also find information about driver education and testing. Call 303-205-5694 for additional information.

Teenagers Applying for Colorado Driver’s Permits
Teen aged prospective drivers face rigorous driver’s education requirements. There are different requirements for different age groups. For all levels of teen permits, the young person must pass written and vision screening tests. In order to pass the written test, the teenager should obtain a copy of The Colorado Driver’s Handbook which is available online or can be picked up at any DMV Driver’s License Offices. The Handbook is available in English and in Spanish. It contains information about the rules and regulations of driving which must be learned before going to a DMV office to obtain a permit. The cost of the Colorado dmv permit test is $14.00

All teenage applicants must take driver’s education courses in order to get a driver’s permit, the first step in getting their driver’s license. Young people age 15 years to 15 years and 6 months of age must get a Driver’s Education Permit which is valid for 3 years. To get this permit, you must visit a DMV office and present your birth certificate or other acceptable form of identification, your social security number and documentation that you have completed a state approved in-classroom 30 hour driver’s education class, which you can also take on line. You must also fill out an Affidavit of Liability Guardianship and have your parent or guardian with you so that they can sign the form in the presence of a DMV employee or Notary Public. Once this is completed, the teenager can begin to log their 50 hours of required driving time with a parent, guardian or Driver Education Instructor with them. Teenagers 15 years and 6 months to 16 years of age can apply for the Driver’s Instruction Permit, which will allow them to log 50 hours of actual driving time with their parent or guardian, Alternative Permit Supervisor, or Driver Education instructor in the car with them. Teenagers between the ages of 16 and 21 can apply for the Minor Instruction Permit which is valid for three years. This permit also requires the teen to log the 50 required hours of supervised driving time before they can proceed to the next step, that of actually applying for a driver’s license. If the teen is under 18, he or she must hold this permit for 12 months before applying for a regular driver’s license. They must present their birth certificate, social security number and Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship. More details can be found at the website of the Colorado Driving Institute, LLC, or by calling the DMV hotline at 303-205-5694 for answers to further questions. Teens between the ages of 18 and 21 need only to pass the written exam and the behind-the-wheel driver’s test in order to get their Minor Instruction Permit.

Drivers Applying for a new Colorado Driver’s License
Although application forms can be obtained online, all drivers applying for a new Colorado driver’s license must go to a DMV office to fill out the application. They must be able to show proof of their legal name, identification, age, lawful right to be in the United States, and residential address. Your social security card and a state-issued birth certificate will satisfy the Lawful presence requirement, as well as the name and identity requirements. If you changed your name when you married, you must show your original Marriage Certificate, or other legal evidence of name change. Verification of residential address can be provided by having a copy of your mortgage bill, a utility bill, a property tax bill or other similar documents showing your name and address. For a full listing of documents which will satisfy each of the requirements, go to the Identification Requirements Chart provided by the DMV. Once you have passed these hurdles, you only need to pass the vision test, the written test and the driver’s test, and pay the fee of $21.00 for the license cost. It would be best to schedule an appointment to have your application and documents reviewed at the nearest DMV office and for the driver’s test. By scheduling an appointment you will shorten your wait time once you arrive at the local DMV office.

Hopefully this information has been helpful to those wanting to apply for a Colorado Driver’s License. You see, it wasn’t so complicated after all.

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