How do I apply for a drivers license if I am relocating to Colorado? Colorado

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Relocating to Colorado and Applying for a Driver License

If you're moving to Colorado you'll need to apply for a Colorado drivers license within 30 days of your relocation and establishing residency. The state defines residency as:

  • Anyone who resides in Colorado for 90 consecutive days.
  • Anyone who is gainfully employed in Colorado.
  • Anyone who owns a business in Colorado.

If You Own a Drivers License


If you possess a valid out-of-state driver license, or one that has not been expired for more than one year, you will not be required to take a license test. You will, however, be asked to pass a vision screening.

To obtain a CO drivers license visit any DMV office with:

  • Two primary forms of identification.  
  • Your Social Security number.
  • Proof of Colorado residence.
  • Your out-of-state drivers license.
  • Cash or a check to pay the $21 driver license fee.

If You Don't Own a Drivers License


As a new resident you'll first need to obtain a permit. This requires visiting any DMV office with:

  • Proof of your Social Security number.  
  • Proof of Colorado residency.
  • Proof lawful presence.
  • Proof of age and identity.
  • Cash or a check to pay the $14 learners permit fee.
You'll also have to pass a vision screening and written test. To prepare for the test you'll need to study the state's drivers manual in its entirety. You can obtain a copy from any DMV office, or from the DMV website. After studying the manual you should take at least one online practice test.

If you're 18 or older you do not need to hold your permit for a specified amount of time. You can apply for a drivers license immediately. To do so, call the DMV and arrange for a license test appointment. On the day of the exam, be sure to bring:

  • Your permit.
  • A working vehicle with proof of insurance and registration.
  • Cash or a check to pay the $21 drivers license fee.
If you pass, you'll receive a temporary driver license. Your permanent CO drivers license will arrive in the mail within 30 days.

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