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Driver’s Education in Colorado
A DMV-approved driver’s education course will teach you everything you need to learn about getting your CO driver’s license, avoiding road hazards, and becoming a safer driver.
As mandated by the Graduated License Program, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires all prospective drivers between 15 years old to 15 1/2 years old to complete a driver’s education course either:
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- In a classroom.
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The Colorado DMV has different requirements for driver’s education depending on your age. You must successfully complete a Colorado Driver’s Ed course if you are:
- 15 years old to 15 1/2 years old and applying for a “driver education permit.”
- 15 1/2 years old to 16 years old and applying for a “driver awareness permit.” You can also complete 4 hours of a pre-qualification driver awareness program instead of driver’s education.
If you are older than 16 years old, the Colorado DMV does NOT require any official driver’s education to obtain your CO driver’s permit.
You can, however, still benefit from learning defensive driving tips and CO driving laws.
NOTE: When you visit a local CO DMV office to apply for a permit, you’re required to have completed the driver course within the past 6 months.
When you take an approved driver’s education course in Colorado, you will:
- Learn how to be a safe driver.
- Learn important driving laws.
- Access valuable information about passing the road skills test.
- Qualify for a Driver Training Auto Insurance Discounts .
- Receive a certificate of completion to submit to your local Colorado DMV office.
Your Driver’s Ed course will consist of 30 hours of instruction, which can be completed either:
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- In a classroom.
Did you know the Colorado DMV has approved online driver education programs you can take to satisfy the classroom requirement?
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You can take a driver education course through any approved third-party provider. These classes can be taken either in person or online.
While most CO Driver’s Ed schools include behind-the-wheel as part of their course, not all will provide this service. Schedules and fees may also vary depending on which provider you choose.
Contact your chosen Driver’s Ed provider directly for more information.
NOTE: If you are younger than 16 years and 6 months old, you will need to complete behind-the-wheel driving before applying for your CO driver’s license. See “Getting Your CO Instruction Permit” below.
After you complete the 30 hours of classroom or online driver’s education, you may apply for your Colorado instruction permit. Visit a Colorado DMV office in person and:
- Take the written and vision tests (study the driver manual).
- Submit identification.
- Show proof you have completed CO driver’s education.
- Complete an Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship (Form DR 2460).
- Pay the $14 fee.
For more information about applying for your Colorado driver’s permit, visit our CO Driver's Permit page.
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Once you receive your CO learner’s permit, you must complete one of the following before applying for your CO driver’s license (if you’re younger than 16 years and 6 months old):
- 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with a professional driver.
- 12 hours with your parent, guardian, or permit supervisor, if you do not have an approved drivers ed school within 30 miles of your home (must offer at least 20 hours of driving training per week).
If you’re under 18 years old, you must also:
- Accumulate 50 hours of driving practice and submit a completed Drive Time Log Sheet (Form DR 2324).
- Have held your instruction permit for at least 12 months.
For more details about applying for your Colorado driver’s license, please visit our page about Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in Colorado.Local Drivers Education
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