Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles to update temporary driver licenses, ID cards, instruction permits


LAKEWOOD, Friday March 26, 2021 -- The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is updating its temporary credentials on March 28 and will start issuing the paper credentials on March 29. 

The DMV’s temporary credentials, which includes driver licenses, identification cards and instruction permits, are the paper credentials driver license offices issue to Coloradans while their permanent credentials are printed and mailed.

Coloradans typically receive their permanent credentials in about 10 business days, but can check the status of their credential online by selecting “Where’s my Driver License/ID?” at myDMV.Colorado.gov.

Coloradans should note the new temporary credentials are not REAL ID compliant, unlike the vast majority of credentials issued by the DMV. Once REAL ID takes effect on Oct. 21, 2021, Coloradans who have a temporary credential can still board aircraft as long as they have their temporary credential as well as their expired REAL ID-compliant credential, if applicable.

Coloradans should keep their temporary credentials until they receive their permanent card in the mail. 

The DMV encourages Coloradans to use its online services whenever possible. At myDMV.Colorado.gov, Coloradans can access dozens of online DMV services, including license and ID card renewals, vehicle registration renewals, paying a traffic ticket, motor vehicle records, first-time vehicle registration and many more. 

Additionally, almost 20 DMV online services are available on the myColorado™ app, available on Android and iOS devices.

Remember, the next time you need to visit the DMV, #SkipTheTripCO with myDMV.Colorado.gov. For more information, visit www.DMV.Colorado.gov.


The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles offers 35 online services at mydmv.colorado.gov. Renew your driver license, renew your motor vehicle registration, get a driving record and more!


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