(State of Colorado)


1. The driver's license


1.1. Persons required to have a driver's license:

Any person who operates a motor vehicle, motor-driven cycle or moped on the public streets and highways in Colorado is required to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid driver's license.


Special exemptions c.r.s. 42-2-102 and 24-60-1106

The following persons need not obtain a Colorado License provided they are 16 years of age or older and possess a valid license from their home state or state of last assignment.

COLORADO RESIDENTS: Any resident of this state who is employed in another state, where the laws of that state require licensing to drive in order to engage in a regular trade or profession, does not need a Colorado Driver's license as long as such other license to drive is valid and the employment is not terminated. This special exemption applies only if the other state is a member of the Interstate Driver's license Compact Agreement.

MILITARY: Anyone who is serving as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty; this also includes the spouse and children of such members.

FOREIGN MILITARY PERSONNEL: On duty or assigned to temporary duty with the United States Armed Forces; this also includes the spouse and children of such members.

STUDENTS: Any nonresident who is temporarily residing in Colorado for the PRINCIPAL purpose of furthering his/her education and is considered a nonresident for tuition purposes.

NON-RESIDENT ALIENS: Foreign tourists, instructors, and business persons may drive any private (noncommercial) vehicle with their personal Driver's license.


1.2. Persons who cannot be issued a colorado driver's license

- Any person who does not submit proof of age, proof of identity, or both, as required by the department.

- Any person unable to pass the Driver's license examination.

- Any person with a license from another state that does not surrender that license.

- Any person under suspension, revocation, or denial of driving privileges in this or any other state.

- Any person whose presence in the United States is in violation of federal immigration laws.

- Any person adjudicated to be mentally incompetent, an alcoholic, or an habitual user of narcotic drugs.

- Emancipated minors without an Affidavit of Liability.

- Any person who has unpaid fines or outstanding judgments for traffic violations.

- Any person under 16 years of age.



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