How do I update my Colorado driver license if I currently have an expired license? Colorado

Colorado Reinstate License Process

If it’s been expired for less than one year, you can still renew your license without having to take a written test or a license test. The state gives you three renewal options: online, by mail, and in person.

It's best to renew as quickly as possible. You will receive a traffic ticket and be fined if caught driving with an expired license.

Online License Renewal


You cannot use this option if you renewed last time by mail or online. You can find the online renewal application on the DMV website. To use it, you'll need to provide:

  • Your Colorado drivers license number.
  • Your date of birth.
  • The last four digits of Social Security number.
  • A valid credit card (American Express, Visa, MasterCard).
  • A valid E-mail address.

Renew Driver License by Mail


You can only renew by mail if you possess a spotless driving record and did not use the mail option during your last renewal.

To obtain a mail application either print one from the DMV website or request by phone. You'll then need to complete the application and mail it, along with a check, to the address listed on the application.

Renew an Expired License In Person


You must use this option if testing is required. You'll first need to pass the written test. When you arrive at the DMV, have with you:

  • Your Social Security number.
  • Proof of CO residency.
  • Proof of lawful presence.
  • Payment for the $14 permit fee.
If you pass, you'll next need to arrange for a road test appointment. On the day of the road test, you must bring:

  • Your permit.
  • A working vehicle with valid registration and insurance.
  • Payment for the $21 driver license fee. 
If you pass, you'll receive a temporary license until your permanent drivers license arrives in the mail within about four weeks.

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