You may renew your adult driver license or ID card at any time prior to the expiration date - you shouldn't wait until it expires‚ online renewals aren't possible if your license is expired over one year. Non-commercial driver licenses and instruction permits can be renewed without testing up to one year after the license/permit expires.
- Check eligibility to renew online
- Please note that when you renew your driver license or identification card online, your printed receipt and the old/expired credential will serve as your temporary credential. You will not be issued the same temporary credential that is issued to those who visit a driver license office in person.
- Coloradans who are younger than 80 and renewing electronically must attest that they have had an eye examination within one year before the renewal
- Coloradans who are older than 80 and renewing electronically must obtain a signed statement (Optometrist/Ophthalmologist Statement (DR 2498) from an optometrist or ophthalmologist attesting that the person has had an eye examination within the preceding 6 months and attesting to the results of the examination
Online renewal FAQs
- I’m over 80. Can I renew my driver license online?
Yes, you can renew online. Coloradans who are older than 80 and renewing electronically will need to upload to myDMV.Colorado.gov a signed statement (DR 2498) from an optometrist or ophthalmologist attesting that the person has had an eye examination within the preceding 6 months and attesting to the results of the examination.
Your application will be reviewed and approved by DMV staff before your renewal can be completed. If your vision now requires a corrective lenses restriction, which your current license does not (or vice versa), you may not be able to renew online. There may be other issues in the review process as well. In these cases, you may need to schedule an appointment in an office instead. DMV will notify you of the outcome.
- I’m older than 21 but younger than 80. What do I need to renew my driver license or ID card online?
Coloradans who are between 21 and 80 must attest that they have had an eye examination within one year before the renewal, if renewing electronically. The self attestation is part of the onscreen process and doesn’t require a supporting document to be uploaded.
- I’m under 21. Can I renew my driver license or ID card online?
No, the Driver's License Electronic Renewal By Seniors Act (HB21-1139) didn’t allow for this age group to renew online. Coloradans younger than 21 were previously able to renew their driver license or credentials online due to an emergency order, which has since expired.
- I’m concerned with my relative’s ability to drive safely. What should I do?
Coloradans who are concerned about a family member’s ability to drive should email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about a re-examination request due to physical or mental constraints. The email should include name and DOB of driver, reason for concern and name and relationship to the driver. Any driver who is required to complete a reexamination has the right to know who submitted the reexamination request to the Department by performing a record request. More information can be found on on motor vehicle records page.
- Who can submit a re-examination request?
Immediate family, law enforcement and medical professionals can submit a request for re-examination.
- Check eligibility to renew by mail.
In An Office
Individuals Turning 21
Applicants turning 21 years of age must apply for their adult driver license, permit, or identification card on or after their 21st birthday to receive an over 21 license or ID
What to Bring to Your Appointment
- Your valid (or expired less than one year) Colorado driver license, instruction permit or identification card
- License or ID lost or stolen?
- If your driver license is expired for more than 1 year you will be required to successfully pass the written exam, purchase an instruction permit, successfully pass the drive test, then purchase a driver license.
- List of driving schools offering drive tests. The DMV is not currently offering drive tests.
- Please note: If your Colorado driver license or identification card is currently expired, and you are a U.S. citizen or are permanent legal resident, you will need to bring an additional document to demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S. Please see Form DR2300A for document examples.
- Proof of current Colorado address (DR 2300A)
- Applicable fee
What to Expect During Your Office Visit
- Vision screening (for driver licenses and permits)
- Review temporary document for accuracy
- Signature capture
- Fingerprint capture
When Will I Receive My New License?
- Your new driver license, permit or ID card will be mailed to the address you provide.
- Documents usually arrive in 10-14 business days, but may take up to 30 business days to be delivered.
- If you have not received your new license and it has been more than 30 days, please check your status using our online service.
Information for SB251 residents (non-citizens)
- Undocumented residents may renew online, by mail or at a DMV office that handles SB251 applications. Documentation must be provided when renewing. See the "Undocumented" section for the documents required and offices that handle these requests.
- Temporarily Legally Present (TLP) residents must renew in person at any state DMV office. Online and mail options aren't accepted. Documentation must be provided when renewing. See the "TLP" section for the documents required.