The Colorado graduated licensing process takes students through the following steps:
Learning in class
Passing a written test
Receiving their permit
Practicing driving with their family and driving instructors
Getting tested on the road
Receiving their license
This guide aims to help parents navigate each step in the process.
Planning, as early as 6 months in advance, is required in order to avoid surprises and delays. At this time, all appointments with the DMV need to be made 1-3 months in advance. No walk-ins are currently accepted.
Here are the detailed steps of the Colorado driver education process, as of July 2021:
If the applicant doesn’t already have a State ID, a pre-registration number will be necessary to start an account at the DMV. It’s an online-only process, and will take about 10 minutes. It can be done any time before classes start.
We open our classes 3 to 6 months ahead of time. Try to time the class so it ends when your student is about 14 years and 11 months old. Paperwork expires after 180 days.
(First Time CO DL/ID/Permit)
Choose a date/time. Your student must be 15, has completed the class and a permit test.
Please note that proof of a Social Security number is necessary to obtain a driving permit.
After the class ends, students can take a permit test at our school starting 1 month before turning 15.
If you prefer, you can schedule a written test appointment at the DMV (Written Test) for when your student turns 15. If you choose to test at the DMV, your student will receive the permit in the same appointment.
After getting the permit, a student can legally drive on public roads with their parent. Start in an empty parking lot to teach basic car control, then slowly progress to quiet streets. Document all drive hours, as the DMV will require students under the age of 18 to provide a written log of a minimum of 50 hours (10 at night).
Keep in mind that to receive the license before age 16½, six hours of behind-the-wheel driving lessons with a Driving School instructor are mandatory.
At least 12 months after the permit’s date of issue, schedule a license test with us. The DMV doesn’t currently provide this service. We test 7 days a week.
7- (OPTION 1) Schedule a DMV appointment to get the license
(First Time CO DL/ID/Permit)
Schedule your student’s license appointment at the DMV for a few days after the scheduled license test. This will allow for the eventualities of an unsuccessful first test, or inclement weather. Do this 1-3 months in advance.
7- (OPTION 2) Upgrade from a permit to a license online
("Driver/ID Services", then "Upgrade from a permit to a license")
Students under 18 will need to upload their drive time log sheet. The DMV will then process the request within 1-2 business days. If you have set up your Digital ID before the request, your Digital ID will convert to a license as soon as the request is approved. The digital app MyColorado is required on the student’s phone as proof of license until the physical license arrives in the mail (7-10 days later).