What to do when a loved one dies

Losing a loved one is never easy and is often complicated, but the Colorado DMV does its best to make the process as easy as possible. By closing out a driver license, identification card and/or an instruction permit, you are protecting your loved one’s identity. 

We understand if reaching out to the DMV is too emotionally difficult as you grieve. If you are unable to inform the DMV for any reason, please know the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will notify the DMV as well. For more information about vital records, visit the CDPHE website.

What to do
For a card holder who has passed, a family member, guardian and/or power of attorney can provide the DMV a valid and legible death certificate in a few ways and include:

These are processed between 7 to 10 business days; however, in most cases, the DMV processes the request in 2 business days or less.