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    Determine the Status of Your License

    Because you are required to hold a valid driver's license to operate a vehicle, you must renew your license by the date specified on your license. If you're a minor under 21 years old, you must wait until your 21st birthday to renew. Specific renewal situations are explained below.

    You must also carry car insurance. You can shop and compare rates at our Insurance Center.

    Valid License

    When it comes to renewing a valid Class R license or motorcycle endorsement, you have two options:

    • In person
    • By mail

    If you're unsure of your license's current status, you can find out by checking your driving record.

    NOTE: Visit our CDL section for commercial license information.

    Expired License

    There are no late fees if you allow your license to expire, but you will be ticketed if caught by the police driving with an invalid license.

    You can renew by one of two ways:

    • In person
    • By mail

    If your license remains expired for more than 1 year, you will be required to take the written and road tests again when you decide to renew.

    The expiration date is printed on your license. Or, if you prefer, you can confirm by checking your driving record.

    Suspended License

    Only the following suspensions can be reinstated at a driver's license office:

    • Unpaid tickets (for Colorado and elsewhere)
    • Child support
    • Points on a license

    All other suspensions must be renewed by mail. If you have questions about this, call the Driver Services office at (303) 205-5613; TDD callers can dial (303) 205-5940.

    If you're unsure of your license's current status, you can learn by checking your Reports & Recordsdriving record.

    More detailed information can be found on our license suspension page.

    If your suspension causes your insurance rates to spike, you can shop for a new provider at our Insurance Center.

    Lost License

    Visit our Replacing a Lost License page for full details.

    Check Your Renewal Notice

    Your renewal notice should indicate whether you can renew by mail, online or in person. If you don't receive a notice, call your local driver's license office.

    Renew Online

    You cannot use the online option if:

    • Your license has been expired for over 1 year.
    • You are younger than 21 years old or older than 65 years old
    • You last renewed your license online or by mail
    • Your license is tied to an immigration document
    • Your license can't be renewed without immigration papers
    • You have a medical restriction on file
    • You don't have a Social Security number on file with the DMV
    • You're renewing a CDL
    • You have an outstanding judgment or warrant on record
    • You have a returned check on file
    • You're required to pass a written test prior to renewing

    If eligible:

    1. Go to Colorado's online site
    2. Have your Colorado driver's license
    3. Make payment with Visa, MasterCard or American Express

    Your new license will arrive in the mail within 30 days.

    Renew by Mail

    If you are eligible to renew by mail, you will receive a renew-by-mail application in the mail. Or, you can download an application if you are eligible. To learn if you're eligible for a downloadable mail-in application, you must:

    • Visit the Colorado Department of Revenue's Driver's License Renew by Mail page
    • Follow the instructions given
    • Eligible drivers will be given access to print a Renew by Mail Application

    If you are eligible, you need to:

    1. Complete the application
    2. Write a check for $21
    3. Mail to the address located on the application

    Renew in Person

    Visit any driver's license office with:

    • Your current driver's license
    • Proof of residency
    • Your Social Security number
    • Cash, check or money order (credit cards not accepted) to pay the $21 license fee.

    You'll be handed a temporary license until your permanent license arrives in the mail.

    NOTE: You'll also be asked to take a vision test, be fingerprinted and photographed.

    Update Your Driving Skills

    Though not mandatory, taking a supplemental traffic school course every few years will keep your driving skills sharp and, depending on your carrier, lower your insurance rates.

    If your carrier doesn't offer a discount for a supplemental course, you might want to give thought to shopping at our Insurance Center for one that rewards traffic school enrollment.

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