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Frequently Asked Questions - Colorado Teen Driver

To apply for a permit, applicants must do the following:

• You must present acceptable identification.
• You must be able to pass a written exam.
• You must be able to pass a vision-screening test
• You must provide your social security number.
• You must submit an Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship form signed by a parent, stepparent, legal guardian or a grandparent who has Power of Attorney (POA). A notary public or a driver’s license employee must verify this form.

Legal Guardian—Must present original court documents showing legal guardianship, adoption or custody.

Grandparent—Must present an original POA and a copy of the POA must be given to the DMV.

The State of Colorado has the following restrictions on driver’s permits, which are outlined below:

Driver’s Education Permit Restrictions
• You are only allowed to drive with a driver’s education instructor or the person(s) who signed the Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship form. This restriction will be lifted when you reach the age of 18. You will then be allowed to drive with any Colorado licensed driver who is 21 years of age or older.

• If the person(s) who signed the Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship form (DR2460) does not have a valid Colorado driver’s license, they can appoint an Alternate Permit Supervisor to instruct the minor while driving. The Supervisor must have a valid Colorado driver’s license and be 21 years or older. The drive time completed with the Supervisor will count towards the required 50 hours to obtain a Colorado driver’s license. The person who signed the DR2460 form can also appoint another person who is a licensed driver over the age of 21 to supervise the minor. However, driving time will not count towards the 50 hours required.

Driver’s Awareness Permit Restrictions
• You can only drive with the person(s) who signed the DR2460 form or until you reach 18. This restriction will be automatically once you have reached the age of 18. Then you are allowed to drive with any licensed driver who is 21 years or older.

• If the person(s) who signed the DR2460 form does not have a valid Colorado driver’s license, they can appoint an Alternate Permit Supervisor to instruct the minor while driving. The Supervisor must have a valid Colorado driver’s license and be 21 years or older. The drive time completed with the Supervisor will count towards the required 50 hours to obtain a Colorado driver’s license. The person who signed the DR2460 form can also appoint another person who is a licensed driver over the age of 21 to supervise the minor. However, driving time will not count towards the 50 hours required.

Applicants must have the following education when applying for a permit:

• You must complete a four-hour Driver Awareness Program, or
• You must complete 30 hours of a state-approved classroom study course within six months of applying for your permit.

All teen drivers are required to log 50 hours of driving and 10 of those must be at night. You must keep a written log and give this to the DMV when applying for a Colorado driver’s license.

In the State of Colorado you must be at least 15 years and 6 months old before you can apply for a driver’ education or driver’s awareness permit. Outlined below are the requirements that must be met by the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):

Driver’s Education Permit
• You must be between the ages of 15 and 15 and a half years old.
• You must provide proof that you have completed and passed a State-approved driver education course within six months prior to applying for your permit. The 30 hours of classroom study can be done in a classroom or completed over the Internet.
• You must present an Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship also known as a DR2460 form.
• Your permit will be valid for a period of three years from the date it was issued.

Driver’s Awareness Permit
• You must be between the ages of 15 and a half and 16 years old.
• You must provide documentation that shows you have completed a State approved four-hour “Driver Awareness Program”.
• You must hold the permit for a twelve months minimum before applying for a Colorado driver’s license.
• You must present an Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship also known as a DR2460 form.
• Your permit will be valid for a period of three years from the date it was issued.
• You can choose to take a driver education course instead of the four-hour Driver Awareness Program but you must complete behind-the-wheel training before a driver’s license will be issued.

Minor Instruction Permit
• You must be between the ages of 16 and 21 years old.
• Minors who are under 18 must have the permit for twelve months minimum before applying for a Colorado driver’s license.
• Your permit will be valid for a period of three years from the date it was issued.

The Colorado DMV requires you to pass a written exam about driving safety, hazardous road conditions and traffic signs. The test contains a list of multiple-choice questions and you must correctly answer 20 out of the 25 questions. You should study the Colorado Driver Handbook before taking the test, which can be found at any DMV office or on the Colorado DMV website.

You will need to fill out an application and choose which instruction permit or class of license you are applying for. Class R licenses covers all vehicles except for motorcycles and commercial vehicles. Class M is an endorsement covering motorcycles, not an actual license. Class A, B, and C covers all commercial vehicles and must be renewed every four years.

The DMV requires all applicants to provide legal name, age, identity and proof of lawful presence in the United States by submitting a certified copy or original of the following documents:

Stand Alone Documents
• Colorado license (expired less than ten years with photo on file)
• Colorado identification card (expired less than 10 years with photo on file)
• United States passport (expired less than ten years)
• Out of State driver’s license or identification (expired less than one year)
• Foreign passport with photo, U.S. Visa and I-94 form
• Valid military identification or common access card
• Certificate of Naturalization with photo less than 20 years old
• Certificate of Citizenship with photo less than 20 years old
• Valid I-551 endorsement
• Valid employment authorization document
• Refugee/Asylee I-94 with photo less than 20 years old

Lawful Presence Documents
• Social Security card verified by Social Security Online Verification (SSOLV)
• United States birth certificate
• Certificate of Citizenship from the Department of Interior
• United States adoption order with birth information
• Asylee/Refugee I-94 (no photo required)

Name, Age and Identity Documents
• Colorado license (expired less than ten years, no photo on file)
• Colorado identification card (expired less than ten years, no photo on file)
• Out of state driver’s license or identification (expired less than ten years)
• Bureau of Indian Affairs card with photo (less than 20 years old)
• Military identification or common access card (expired less than 10 years)
• Veteran’s Affairs card with photo
• Parent or guardian affidavit if under 21 years
• United States school record (less than 12 months old)
• Colorado Department of Corrections or Federal Bureau of Prisons identification card

In addition to the above, applicants must also provide one of the following documents that prove residential address in Colorado:

• Utility bill
• Credit card statement
• Pay stub or earnings statement
• Rent receipt
• Phone bill
• Transcript or report card from an accredited school
• Bank statement
• Mortgage document
• Tax document
• Homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy
• Vehicle registration

A DMV employee can review other items with a local address.

Any minor who has a driver’s education permit must complete behind-the-wheel training before applying for a driver’s license. This can include:

• 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a driving instructor or
• 12 hours of behind-the-wheel training with parent, legal guardian or an Alternate Permit Supervisor if there is no approved school offering 20 hours of behind-the-wheel training within 30 miles of your residence.

Minors under 18 are required to submit a written log document 50 hours of drive time, with 10 of those at night.

When applying for a minor driver’s license, you need to meet the following requirements:

• You must have an instruction permit for 12 months if you are under 18.
• You must be between the ages of 16 and 20.
• You must submit a signed and completed Drive Time Log if under 18 years of age.
• You must have a six-hour behind-the-wheel training certificate if you are under 16 and a half or 12 hours of behind-the-wheel training if supervised by a parent, legal guardian or Alternate Permit Supervisor.
• Pass a driving test with a third-party tester or at a Colorado driver’s license office.

Your minor driver’s license expires 20 days after your 21st birthday.

What restrictions if any are there for new drivers?
Teens under the age of 18 who have a Colorado driver’s license are restricted from the following:

• No passengers under 21 are allowed in your vehicle until you have had your license for six months.
• No more than one passenger under 21 until you have had your license for a year.
• No driving is allowed between 12:00 and 5:00 am until you have had your license for a year unless you are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, driving to or from your job or due to an emergency.