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    ID Cards in Colorado

    If you do not have a driver’s license in Colorado, you can use a Colorado ID card as an alternative form of photo identification. You can use it for a number of things, including proving your identity when voting, making credit card transactions, and proving your age.

    CO ID Card Eligibility Requirements

    If you are a resident of Colorado, you can apply for a CO identification (ID) card at any age. You must be able to prove your:

    • Full name.
    • Identity.
    • Age.
    • Lawful presence in the U.S.
    • CO residency.

    You must also provide your Social Security number (SSN).

    You cannot hold both a Colorado driver’s license and identification card at the same time. If you hold a current CO driver’s license, you must surrender it when you apply for a CO ID card.

    Apply for a Colorado ID Card

    To apply for a Colorado ID card, you must visit a Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) driver’s license office in person. The driver licenses offices are run by the DOR’s Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV).

    You will need:

    • Proof of your name, identity, age, and lawful presence in the U.S., such as your:
      • U.S. passport.
      • Citizenship certificate.
      • Military ID card.
    • Your Social Security number.
    • Proof of your Colorado residency (P.O. boxes not accepted), such as a:
      • Utility bill.
      • Credit card statement.
      • Phone bill.
        • If you are a minor, you may use your parent/guardian’s address on their driver’s license as proof of residency.

    Documents proving your name, identity, age, and lawful presence must be certified originals, certified amended originals, or certified copies. Visit the Colorado DOR website for a full list of acceptable documents.

    If you are unable to satisfy the requirements above, you may be able to provide additional or alternative documents instead. Visit the Colorado DMV website for more information about exception processing.

    Colorado Identification Card Fees

    Your Colorado ID card will be valid for 5 years and will cost:

    • $10.50, if you’re under 60 years old.
    • Free, if you’re 60 years old or older.

    You may be charged an additional convenience fee when visiting certain county driver’s license offices.

    If you are in the military, it is free to have a military identifier added to your CO ID card. See the “ Military Members” section below for more information.

    Accepted Payment Methods

    In-Person Transactions

    • The DOR’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver’s license offices only accept cash or checks. They do not accept credit or debit cards.

    Online Transactions

    • For online transactions, the CO DOR accepts payment by VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit cards only. eChecks are not accepted.

    Mail Transactions

    • For mail-in applications, the CO DOR accepts payment by money order or personal check made payable to “Colorado Department of Revenue.”

    Renew Your Colorado ID Card

    You can renew your Colorado ID card online, by mail, or in person.

    If you are 21 years old or older, you can renew your CO ID card anytime before it expires. If you’re younger than 21 years old, you cannot renew your ID until you turn 21 years old.

    Renew Online

    To renew your CO identification card online, visit the CO DMV Online Driver’s License and ID Card Renewal website.

    You cannot renew your CO ID card online if:

    • You are between 21 years old to 59 years old.
    • Your last renewal was done online or by mail.
    • Your current CO ID card expired more than 365 days ago.
    • Your CO ID card is associated with an immigration document.
    • You have DOR action or pending action on record.
    • You have an outstanding judgment or warrant on record.
    • You have a returned or NSF check with the DMV.
    • Your SSN is not on file with the CO DMV.

    If you are ineligible to renew online, you should renew in person at your local CO DMV office.

    If you ARE eligible for online renewal, you will need:

    • Your current Colorado ID card.
    • Your SSN.
    • A valid credit card. See the “Colorado Identification Card Fees” section above for fees and payment options.
    • A valid email address.

    You will receive your renewed Colorado ID card in the mail within 30 days.

    Renew by Mail

    You can renew your Colorado ID card by mail if you:

    • Are 21 years old or older.
    • Haven’t changed your name.
    • Don’t need a new photo taken.

    To renew by mail, visit the CO DOR website to check your eligibility. If you are eligible, you will need to complete the Colorado DOR ID Card Renewal Application and Voter Registration form (Form DR 2748).

    Send your completed form and valid payment (see the “Colorado Identification Card Fees” section above for fees and payment options) to the address specified on the application.

    Renew in Person

    If you aren’t eligible to renew online or by mail, or would like to have a new photo taken, you must renew your CO identification card in person.

    You will need:

    • Your current Colorado ID card.
    • Your SSN.
    • Proof of your CO residency (P.O. boxes not accepted), such as:
      • Utility bill.
      • Credit card statement.
      • Phone bill.
    • Valid payment. See the “Colorado Identification Card Fees” section above for fees and payment options.

    A full list of accepted documents proving your CO residency can be found online.

    Change Your ID Card Address and Name

    Change Your Address

    You can change your address with the Colorado DOR either online, by mail, or in person. You do not need to have a new CO identification card issued.

    Online

    To change your address online, visit the CO DMV Driver’s License and State ID Address Change website.

    You will need to provide:

    • Your CO ID card number.
    • Your date of birth.
    • The last 4 digits of your Social Security number (SSN).

    Once you’ve changed your name online, you can print your own label with your new address and attach it to the back of your Colorado ID card.

    By Mail or in Person

    To change your address on your CO ID card by mail or in person, complete the CO DOR Change of Address (Form DR 2285) and mail it to the address specified on the form, or take it to your local CO DMV driver license office.

    You can then print your own label with your new address and attach it to the back of your Colorado ID card.

    Change Your Name

    If you change your name, you must inform the Colorado DOR and get an updated CO ID card showing your new name.

    You must visit a CO DOR driver’s license office in person. You cannot change your name online or by mail.

    Note: You must update your records with the Social Security Administration (SSA) first before changing your name with the CO DOR.

    You will need:

    • Proof of your name change, using either a:
      • Marriage certificate.
      • Divorce decree.
      • Separation decree.
      • Name change order.
    • Valid payment for your new Colorado ID card. See the “Colorado Identification Card Fees” section above for fees and payment options.

    Replace a Lost or Stolen CO ID Card

    If your CO identification card is lost or stolen, you should report it to your local law enforcement to reduce the chances of identity theft.

    You're required to visit a CO DMV driver’s license office in person to replace your CO ID card.

    You will need:

    • Proof of your identity, such as:
      • U.S. passport.
      • Citizenship certificate.
      • Military ID card.
    • Proof of your Colorado residency (P.O. boxes not accepted), such as:
      • Utility bill.
      • Credit card statement.
      • Phone bill.
    • Valid payment for your replacement Colorado ID card. See the “Colorado Identification Card Fees” section above for fees and payment options.

    A full list of accepted documents proving your identity and residence can be found online. For further details on replacing a driver's license or permit in Colorado, please visit our CO Replacing a Lost License page.