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As most people already know, teenagers are a high-risk group when it comes to driving. Statistics show that 25 percent of 16-year-old drivers either receive a ticket or are involved in a traffic accident during their first year of driving. That's why, on July 1, 1999, Colorado approved a graduated drivers license law.
The law aims at reducing the number of vehicle-related death among teens by gradually introducing teenagers to driving. According to the law, a teenager is forced to go through stages before he or she can obtain a full drivers license.
The graduated drivers license law in Colorado closely resembles those in other states. A teenager who is trying to obtain a drivers license is required to go through three stages:
In Colorado, the type of permit you get depends on your age. If you are between 15 and 15 ½ years old when you apply for your permit, you'll receive a Driver Education Permit. In order to qualify for your permit once you are 15, you need to complete a DMV-approved drivers education course and receive an affidavit of completion.
As of April 23, 2007, if you are at least 14½ years old, you can take an approved Colorado drivers education course entirely online and receive a DMV-approved Affidavit of Completion.
Once you pass the written permit test, you'll be issued a Driver Education Permit if you are younger than 15 years and 6 months old. If you are between 15 years 6 months and 16 years old, you'll get a Drivers Awareness Permit and if you're 16 to 21 years old, you will be issued a Minor Instruction Permit. All these three permits types expire three years from the date of issue.
If you hold your instruction permit for at least 12 months and meet all of the above conditions, you can then apply for the road test and obtain a minor drivers license, which will expire 20 days after you turn 21. The minor drivers license has the following restrictions:
Note: This article was accurate when it was published. Please confirm all details directly with the CO DMV. You can visit the CO DMV website or call the DMV for more information.
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