Renewing Your License in Colorado
Renew Your Colorado Driver's License
Since you are required to hold a valid driver's license to operate a vehicle in Colorado, make special note of when you must renew your license.
The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) processes all driver's license renewal applications. This page provides information on how to renew your driver's license if it is valid or expired.
As of August 2015, the Colorado DMV requires 2 documents proving your CO residency for applicants whose registration has been expired for over 1 year. Both documents must be within 1 year of issue.
If you're holding a different type of driver's license or permit, please click on any of the following links for more information:
- Commercial driver's license (CDL) renewals
- Identification cards
- Learner's permits
- Motorcycle license
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When to Renew Your CO Driver's License
If you're a minor under 21 years old, you must wait until your 21st birthday to renew your driver's license.
See “ Renew Your Colorado Driver's License" below for specific instructions on how to process your renewal.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver's License
If you lost your CO driver's license but you are within 18 months of the expiration date, you can simply process a driver's license renewal instead of ordering a replacement. For more information on lost, stolen, or damaged driver's licenses, please read our page about Replacing a Lost License.
Expired Driver's License
If your Colorado driver's license has been expired for more than 1 year, you will be required to take the written and road tests again when you decide to renew. You will also be required to submit 2 documents proving your residency, both of which must be dated to within 1 year. You may want to study the Colorado driver's manual and take an online DMV practice test beforehand.
The expiration date is printed on your CO driver's license. You can find other details about your driver's license on your driving record.
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Renew Your Colorado Driver's License
You can renew your CO driver's license either online, by mail, or in person at your local DMV office. Make sure you go to a driver's license office, NOT your county registration office.
NOTE: If you want to update the photograph on your driver's license, you will need to appear in person at your local Colorado DMV office. For more information, see “In Person “ below.
To be eligible to renew your CO driver's license online, you'll need to meet all of the following requirements:
- You are a U.S. citizen.
- You are over 21 years old.
- You are under 65 years old.
- Your regular adult CO driver's license is valid OR expired less than 1 year ago.
- You received your current driver's license in person, or have not renewed online the past 2 renewals.
- You've had an eye exam with an optometrist within the last 3 years.
- Your name has not changed.
- The DMV has your Social Security number (SSN) on file.
- You are not required to take a written or road test.
- You have no medical restrictions, outstanding tickets, or pending actions on file.
- You have not submitted any bad checks to the Colorado DMV.
If you're eligible to renew your driver's license online, you'll need to:
- Use the Colorado DMV online renewal system.
- Have your Colorado driver's license on hand.
- Make payment with VISA, MasterCard, or American Express. (See “Fees to Renew Your CO Driver's License" below.
- You will be subject to an administrative processing fee.
Your renewed CO driver's license will arrive in the mail within 30 business days. You will NOT receive a temporary driver's license.
NOTE: If you recently relocated, you can update the CO DMV with your new address during this online renewal process.
If you're eligible to renew your CO driver's license by mail, the DMV will send you a “Renew by Mail" application.
You may also download an application online if you are eligible and are at least 21 years old. To find out if you're eligible, visit the Driver's License Renew by Mail website and follow the instructions given.
If you're eligible, you'll need to:
- Complete the Renew by Mail application form provided.
- Write a check for $26.
- Mail the above to the address specified on the application form.
To renew your CO driver's license in person, you'll need to visit a CO DMV licensing office and:
- Submit your current driver's license AND Social Security number.
- Show 2 documents to prove your CO residency if:
- Your license is expired over 1 year.
- Your current address does not appear on you license
- Visit the DMV website for a complete list of accepted documents.
- Provide payment for the $26 driver's license fee.
- See “Fees to Renew Your Colorado Driver's License" below.
- Pass a vision test.
- Give your fingerprint.
- Get your photograph taken.
You'll be handed a temporary driver's license until your permanent Colorado license arrives in the mail.
NOTE: If you changed your name recently, you will be required to bring in additional documentation. Visit our Name Change page for more details.
Out-of-State & Military License Renewals
If you are currently stationed in Germany, please be aware that some states require you to have a valid U.S. driver's license in addition to your USAREUR license. Read our article for more information.
NOTE: If you're an active-duty military member, please visit our page for drivers in the military.
If you're a active duty military out of the state or country temporarily, the Colorado DMV will grant you a one-time extension on your CO driver's license for 3 years. If you're civilian then you may only apply for a 1 year extension. You must obtain the extension at least 90 days before the driver's license expires.
To request an extension on your CO driver's license, you'll need:
- A letter stating your request and including your name, date of birth, current driver's license number, and out-of-state/country mailing address.
- A completed Out-of-State Extension application (Form DR 2989).
- A letter from your commanding officer confirming your military status (applicable to service members only).
For military members, this extension is free. For civilian out-of-state residents, include payment for the $6.50 extension fee.
Send the above to:
Department of Revenue
Division of Motor Vehicles
Room 164 - ROS
PO Box 173350
Denver, CO 80217
Fees to Renew Your Colorado Driver's License
- Adults 21 years old and older: $26.
- Minors Under 21 years old old may not renew their driver's license.
If you're not a U.S. citizen, your fee will be $79.58 and your driver's license will be valid for 3 years.
Accepted Payment Methods
Most of the Colorado DMV offices accept the following payment methods:
- American Express.
NOTE: The Lakewood office only accepts cash or check.
Contact your local CO DMV licensing office to confirm accepted methods of payment.
Use this form if you are requesting a duplicate license and/or renewal extension and you are outside of CO.