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    SUMMARY: Colorado Driver Handbook

    The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has various publications available to help you be a safe driver. These include the CO driver handbook, commercial handbook, and motorcycle handbook. To learn more about various traffic laws, you can read the Colorado Vehicle Code.

    This page contains links to the available CO driver manuals and publications you need to get your driver’s license.

    Colorado Driver Handbook

    Prior to getting your CO driver's license, you’ll need to prepare for the written test by studying the traffic rules and regulations in Colorado.

    The Colorado Driver Handbook (also available in Spanish) offers a complete overview of driving-related topics, such as:

    • Applying for a CO driver’s license.
    • Safe driving and mountain driving tips.
    • Rules of the road.
    • Traffic signs.
    • Sharing the road with pedestrians and cyclists.
    • DMV written exam in Colorado.

    NOTE: The manual is also available at your nearest Colorado DMV driver services office.

    Don't Forget an Online Practice Test!

    A perfect complement to studying the CO Driver Handbook is preparing for the written test with the help of an online practice test. These industry-leading study assistants have been created to ensure passing the test on your first attempt. Our certified partner offers practice tests for cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.

    Commercial Driver Handbook

    If you’re applying for a commercial driver's license (CDL) in Colorado, you may want to read the CDL Driver's Handbook in preparation. You’ll find helpful information about the following topics:

    • How to apply for a CO CDL.
    • CDL endorsements.
    • Vehicle classes.
    • Operating a commercial vehicle safely.
    • DMV point system.
    • Traffic laws, and other rules of the road.
    • Transporting hazardous materials.

    For more information about Colorado CDLs, visit our Commercial Drivers section.

    School Bus Manual

    The CO DMV also offers the School Bus Driver Training Manual if you’re a CDL holder who would like to add an "S" endorsement to drive a bus. You’ll learn about topics, such as:

    • Loading and unloading children.
    • Emergency procedures.
    • Student supervision.
    • How to use your mirrors properly.

    CO Motorcycle Operator’s Handbook

    If you need your motorcycle license in Colorado, the Colorado Motorcycle Operator’s Handbook will help you apply and become a safe rider. You’ll learn about:

    • How to avoid a motorcycle collision.
    • Switching lanes.
    • What type of motorcycle gear to wear.
    • Troubleshooting mechanical issues.
    • Riding at night or in groups.
    • Carrying passengers and cargo.

    Refer to our Motorcycle License section for more details.

    Colorado Vehicle Code

    Have a look at the CO Vehicle Code for specific details about motor vehicle laws and regulations in Colorado.

    Click on “ Colorado Revised Statutes,” in the left hand column and then see “Title 42: Vehicles and Traffic.

    NOTE: Depending on which Internet browser you are using, you may be required to create a custom ID to access the statutes.

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