Colorado DUI Lawyer

Colorado DUI Defense
Office of Jim Forslund
3780 S. Broadway
Englewood, CO 80113
303-761-6067
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. 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 compact 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 all the all states except Massachusetts and Michigan. In fact they may no give you a license if yours has been taken away by another state.

       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 after a hearing if it is safe to do so, at least on year has passed since you last drove, applicable Colorado would law allow you to drive here and 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 you must qualify for a license under Colorado law, qualify as 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.).

       Depending on your record, you may be eligible for a Colorado license after one year of not driving. 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, we will personally assist you at the application stage. You do not need to wait a year for these states.

       In addition, for DUI convictions, if you're a Colorado resident you may be able get a license with an interlock after one year.

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. 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. COLORADO LICENSE NOT ISSUED DR2663. Purchase a Colorado State Identity Card

       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. The hearing office will request information from the state with the hold, but sometimes does not get enough information to adjudicate your case, so you should have current driving records from all states that have holds on you. You must also be found to be safe to put on the road. This is important when you have drunk driving convictions. You shoud bring any documentation of your alcohol classes, treatment and AA attendance that you have.

       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 order DMV to issue you a license in spite of any holds. You'll then have to apply for a Learner's Permit (which includes a written test). Once you pass the test and get your picture Learner's Permit, you may take your driving test at a commercial driving school (because it takes what seems like forever to get set up for a test with the State). The driving school will provide the car and get you tested. Once you pass the driving test and take proof to DMV, you will be issued a license. Interlock documentation and class enrollment may also be required.

       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.

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