Colorado Driving Licensing: When You Can Apply
|Age||Type of License||Prerequisites|
|15+ (First Timers)||Instruction Permit||You must have completed Driver's Ed. Also pass a Knowledge Test and a Vision Examination.|
|15 ½+ (First Timers)||Instruction Permit||You must have completed Driver's Ed or a Driver Awareness Program. Also pass a Knowledge Test and a Vision Examination.|
|16+ (First Timers)||Instruction Permit||Pass a Knowledge Test and a Vision Examination.|
|16+ (Instruction Permit Holders)||Minor Driver License||Must have held Instruction Permit for one year. Also complete behind-the-wheel (BTW) training with an approved driving instructor, practice driving for 50 hours (10 hours at night), and pass a Vision Examination and a Drive Skills Test.|
|16 ½+ (Instruction Permit Holders)||Minor Driver License||Must have held Instruction Permit for one year. Also practice driving for 50 hours (10 hours at night) and pass a Vision Examination and a Drive Skills Test.|
|18+ (Instruction Permit Holders)||Minor Driver License||Pass a Vision Examination and a Drive Skills Test. (Note: This option is not available to you if you are at least 21 years of age.)|
|21+ (Instruction Permit Holders)||Full (Adult) License||Pass a Vision Examination and a Drive Skills Test.|
|21+ (Minor Driver License Holders)||Full (Adult) License||None. (Note: Restrictions on your unsupervised driving end at age 18, effectively giving your minor driver license the same privileges as a full adult license.)|
Note 1: To apply for any type of instruction permit or license, you must first obtain consent from your parents or guardians if you are under 18 years of age.
Note 2: If more than one line of this table applies to you, you can choose either option unless otherwise specified.
Colorado Driver's License & Permit FAQ
How Can I Apply for my CO Driver's License? Frequently Asked Questions
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How old must I be in Colorado to be eligible for a license?You must be at least 15 in order to be eligible for a permit in Colorado. You must be enrolled in a state-approved driver’s education program and have an Affidavit of Completion of a Driver Education Classroom Course.
Are there any documents I should take with me when I go to apply for my Colorado license?Yes. If it is your first time applying for a license in the Centennial State, you will need to have:
- Documents that verify your identity.
- Documents that prove you are a Colorado resident
- Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship ( if under 18)
- Affidavit of Completion of Driver Education Classroom Course (if between 15 and 15½)
- Completion of a 4-hour driver awareness program ( if between 15 ½ and 16 years old)
How do I become eligible for a learner’s permit in Colorado?There are three types of permits available in Colorado.
- Driver Education Permit for age 15 – 15 ½
- Driver Awareness Permit for age 15 ½ -16.
- Minor Instruction Permit for ages16 ½ - 21.
I’m ready to apply for my license in Colorado, where do I go?Driver’s licenses are issued at local Colorado offices. Find any location at http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Revenue-MV/RMV/1217585327248.
How do I contact a Colorado Motor Vehicle office?You can contact the main customer service line by calling 303-205-5694.
You can also access the online driver’s license office at http://www.colorado.gov/apps/dor/dmv/smartstart/cardCenter.jsf.
Who needs to bring me for my Colorado permit test?This will be best determined by your age. If you are under 18, your parent will need to sign an Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship. This is usually done in front of an official at the motor vehicle office. Contact a Colorado Motor Vehicle office directly for other options if your legal guardian is unable to bring you.
Should I get a physical when getting a license in Colorado?A motor vehicle office employee will briefly check to see if you have any physical ailments or disabilities that may affect your driving.
Do I need a vision test before getting a license in Colorado?Yes. You will have to submit to a vision test.
Where do I go to get my driver’s license photo in Colorado?You will have your picture taken at the Motor Vehicle office when you pass your exam.
How do I apply for my Colorado driver’s license?This is what you will need to do in order to get a license in Colorado.
- Be at least 16 years old
- Have your permit for at least 12 months
- Complete and sign a Drive Time Log
- Get a 6-hour behind the wheel certificate (if younger than 16 ½)
What happens next after I apply for my Colorado driver’s license?Now that you have taken the first step in applying for your license and have received your permit, it’s time to prepare for the road test. You should have your learner’s permit at least a year before getting your license. During this time, you must log 50 hours of supervised driving, with 10 of those hours being at night.
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