New Colorado Residents

Driving requirements if you're new to Colorado

Colorado Drivers Ed

Get your license with America's #1 online driving school.

Colorado Practice Permit Test

Take our DMV practice permit tests to help you ace the real thing

Home / DMV Information / Colorado / New Resident

New Colorado residents must follow certain procedures if they wish to own or operate a vehicle in the Centennial State. If you own or operate a business, have accepted employment, or have resided in Colorado for the last 90 days, you are considered a resident and must follow the vehicle and driver requirements set down by the DMV.

You must register your vehicle within 30 days (unless you are not employed; in this case, the grace period is 90 days) and should apply for a new license immediately. The vehicle registration number must also be verified before your new Colorado vehicle registration can be considered valid.

If you are 16 years of age or older and have a valid license from another U.S. state you will normally not be required to take the written test or driving test. But if there's a problem with your physical aptitude analysis or vision screening, you will have to take a driving test. You must also surrender your valid out-of-state drivers license and bring a second form of I.D. with you that verifies your lawful presence when you apply for your new license (a passport, birth certificate, etc.).

For more information about driver licenses and vehicle registration for new Colorado residents, please visit the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles website. You will need to learn about driving rules and regulations in Colorado before getting you license. The driving courses found at are excellent sources for those who want to know about driving in the state.

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. is a privately held company and is in no way associated with the Department of Motor Vehicles, any other government agency, or the driving schools listed in this website. All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public. does not testify to, sponsor or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages.