Colorado DUI Lawyer

Colorado DUI Defense
Office of Jim Forslund
3780 S. Broadway
Englewood, CO 80113
FAX: 303-672-6815

The Secret To Getting A Colorado Driver License If You've Lost Your License in Another State

Don't take the risk of driving on a fake license or an international driver license.

       You have to start off with the Interstate Driver License Compact. And the compact basically says, for the states that are members, if you won't give them a license because of a traffic matter, we won't give them a license.

       So, if any state has a hold on your license, it keeps you from getting a license in all the other states which are members of the Compact. Which is almost all the other states. In fact, even some of the non-Compact states won't give you a license if yours has been taken away by another state.

       And all traffic matters which caused you to lose your license are counted. There are also some non-traffic matters which may have caused it, too.

       There is one exception to this. And that is Colorado.

       You see, Colorado will give you a license if the applicable Colorado law allows you to drive here, if you are a Colorado resident ("Resident" means any person who owns or operates any business in this state or any person who has resided within this state continuously for a period of ninety days or has obtained gainful employment within this state, whichever shall occur first). This is regardless of what your home state's law says.

       In practical terms this means that if you qualify for a license under Colorado law, you must move to Colorado to become a Colorado resident and have not driven for at least a year. And you should also know that Colorado does not have a certain length of stay residency requirement if you have a job or are operating a Colorado business. When we talk I'll give you more information about this.

How Do You Know If You Qualify?

       It's simple, really. All I need to do is ask you a few questions (Colorado License Interview), and I can tell you if you may qualify (But please understand, I cannot guarantee that you will get a Colorado license. I'm not the one who makes that decision.).

       Except in a few cases, the longest you can lose your license here in Colorado for traffic matters is five years. There's not much I can do about that. But if your state has revoked or suspended your license for 10 years, being able to get a license back after five years is very meaningful. Particularly if you are close to the end of five years.

       Depending on your record, you may be eligible for a Colorado license after even fewer years. Here is the regulation that makes a license possible even though another state has a hold on you. If the hold is by Michigan or Massachusetts, just follow the instructions on this page. *

       In addition, for a DUI conviction, if you're a Colorado resident you can get a license with an interlock after one year in many cases.

Here's Exactly How it Works

       First, you would apply for a license here in Colorado. Because of the hold from another state, you will be turned down. You must have proper identification when you apply and must tell about the hold, unless the hold is from Michigan or Massachusetts *. Also you will need documentation of your address.


*EFFECTIVE April 4, 2011*

In order to be compliant with the Federal Real ID Act, ALL applicants must show one document to prove their residential address.  (A minor child may use the parent's address indicated on their license if it is correct.)  Applicants may provide one of the documents listed below if it contains the applicant's current address:

  • Utility bill
  • Credit card statement
  • Pay stub or earnings statement
  • Rent receipt
  • Telephone bill
  • Transcript or report card from an accredited school
  • Bank statement
  • Mortgage document
  • Tax document
  • Homeowners/renter's insurance policy
  • Vehicle registration
  • Other items with address that can be reviewed by Driver's License personnel

When you are turned down, you should ask for a written denial.

       We then request a hearing on your behalf. It will take a few weeks to get a hearing set up. At the hearing you may be asked to prove that you're a resident, showing, for example, the fact that you have a job, Colorado business, or your address and how long you have been there, etc. Then we present documentation on why you lost your license. The hearing office will request information from the state with the hold, but seldom gets much, so you should have current driving records from all states that are holding you. You must also be found to be safe to put on the road. This is important when you have drunk driving convictions. You will need documentation of your alcohol classes, treatment and AA attendance.

       The hearing itself is not lengthy. The whole process usually only takes about a six weeks or less . . . but don't hold me to that.

       If we're successful here, the hearing officer will lift your denial. You'll then have to apply for a Learner's Permit (which includes a written test), go to a commercial driving school (because it takes what seems like forever to get set up for a test with the State), and take the school's test. The driving school will provide you with the car and get you tested within a couple of days.

       If you pass their test, you take the certificate indicating you passed the driving test which they give you and present it to the State driver's license office to get your license.

       For full information on whether or not you may qualify to get a Colorado driver's license even though yours is revoked or suspended in your home state, then call me today at 303-761-6067, and I'll give you a full rundown of what you need to know.

* "I contacted 'Colorado Dui' back in April of 2014 after losing my drivers license in Michigan in November of 2013 and hearing from a friend that I could obtain a license in Colorado. I was contacted shortly after my initial phone call to Jim Forslund and I told Jim my ordeal. Within in moments of explaining my situation to Jim, Jim explained to me that I was able to obtain a Colorado Drivers license even though my license was revoked in Michigan. Jim told me the reason I would be able to obtain one is because of the drivers license compact and that Michigan and Colorado do not communicate to each other. After hearing this news I was super excited but also a little weary of the process and if this was actually possible. I took a gamble and hired Jim and his colleague Gary to help me obtain a Colorado license. I was advised by Jim and his legal team to do a couple things prior to planning my trip to Denver and than in June I booked my trip to Colorado. Jim and his staff setup the appointment at the DMV for the dates of my trip and advised me what to bring and when to show up. I showed up to the DMV in early July a little nervous as I was concerned if I was going to get the license. Jim's colleague Gary met me at the DMV and reassure me that everything was going to be ok. After a written test and also a road test which took about two hours combine I was granted a Colorado license and able to drive everywhere except Michigan. I left the DMV totally excited and was truly pleased with Jim and Gary expertise. I actually rented a car that very afternoon and drove all week of my trip. I would definitely recommend Jim Forslund and his legal team to anyone trying to obtain a Colorado license if you are revoked in another state. Jim and his team did exactly what they promise and reassure me of what to expect. I wanted to write this testimonial for others that are unsure if this is possible as I have actually been though the process now first hand. I am truly grateful for Jim and his legal team and would highly recommend them to anyone else in my shoes. Thanks Jim and Gary for all your hard work you have taken a whole load off of mind. "

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