New to Colorado from another country?

All new residents who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must follow CO-RCSA SB251 requirements.  Click here for more information.

Appointments

  • Appointments are strongly encouraged
    • Applicants who are not lawfully present in the United States must schedule a CO-RCSA SB251 appointment
    • Temporary lawful present applicants may visit any driver license office during regular business hours, but also have the option of scheduling a new license appointment to take the written exam.  Drive skills tests require a drive test appointment

During Your Visit

Identification Requirements

No matter where your license is from or what type of license you hold,  you are required to comply with all identification requirements

Testing

Colorado has reciprocal agreements with the following countries. If you have a driver license from any of these countries, the testing requirements will be waived.
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • The Republic of South Korea
  • Taiwan 

International driver license holders or licenses from any other country are required to successfully pass both the written exam and drive skills tests prior to applying for a Colorado driver license.  

Applicants may work with a driving school to complete testing.

Rental cars may be used for drive skills test if the driver taking the test is listed as a driver on the rental car contract.  Some rental car agencies specifically state that their vehicles cannot be used for drive tests.  If using a rental car for the drive skills test, you must bring the contract with you.

Adult Drivers (18 & Over)

You may take your written exam and eye exam, purchase an instruction permit, take drive skills test and purchase a driver license on the same day if over 18 years old.  

Minor Driver (Under 18)

Minors under 18 years old must hold their permit for at least one year prior to testing and applying for a driver license.

Motorcycle and Commercial Drivers

Motorcycle and Commercial Driver License (CDL) endorsements from other countries will not transfer to a Colorado Driver License. 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  IF YOU ARE TEMPORARILY LAWFULLY PRESENT IN THE U.S. OR IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE LAWFUL PRESENCE YOUR NEW DRIVER LICENSE OR IDENTIFICATION CARD WILL DISPLAY A NOTIFICATION STATING "NOT VALID FOR FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION, VOTING OR PUBLIC BENEFIT PURPOSES".