How to Get Colorado Learner's Permit & Driver License

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Let's face it: all the excitement aside, getting your Colorado learner's permit can be pretty overwhelming. I Drive Safely is here to simplify things for you, giving you all the information you need to get through the licensing process without missing anything. Here's a comprehensive guide to getting your license in Colorado, so you can be sure you're on track for your license.

Requirements for Your Learner’s Permit & Driver’s License in Colorado

Step 1-

Getting your Instruction Permit

  1. You must go to the DMV and provide 2 forms of accepted identification:
    • These can include a birth certificate, Social Security card, or proof of Colorado residence address. Please visit the Colorado DMV website for a full list of acceptable forms of ID.
  2. You must present a completed Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship.
  3. If you are applying for a:
    • Driver Education Permit, you must also present an Affidavit of Completion of a Driver Education Classroom Course.
    • Driver Awareness Permit, you must provide proof that you have successfully completed a driver awareness program.
  4. Once you do all of these things, you must pass a vision screening test, a physical aptitude analysis AND A WRITTEN DMV EXAM.
    • PLEASE BE AWARE: Applications and written testing are on a first come, first served basis so be sure to allow yourself ample time before closing to complete the process. No written test will be given after 4:15 p.m. at those offices with 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. hours of operation.
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Step 2-

Getting Your License in Colorado

  1. You must complete Behind the Wheel Training (ONLY required for teens younger than 16 years and 6 months old).
    • By attending an approved school offering 20 or more hours of driver education training per week, which includes both classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction.
    • If there is no approved school within 30 miles of the your home, you may instead complete 12 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a parent, guardian, or alternate permit supervisor. (This means that if you complete the I Drive Safely Teen Driver Education Online Course you may be able to earn your Driver Education Permit without stepping foot inside a classroom!)
    • In addition, all minors under the age of 18 are required to present a written log indication that they have completed 50 hours of drive time practice with the adult who signed their Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship or with an alternate supervisor. At least 10 of the 50 hours must be at night.
  2. You must pass the DMV Drivers Exam!
    • Drive tests are by APPOINTMENT ONLY so please allow sufficient time to complete the test and any processing. The last appointment for a drive test is 4:00 p.m. at those offices with 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. hours of operation.
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