Colorado Identification Or Driver's License
Two types of documents are issued by the State of Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles. The first is a Colorado ID card, which is a small plastic document about the size of a credit card that serves as a photo identification document. It contains your
photo, name, date of birth, and address. The other document is a Colorado driver’s license that both provides the same identity information and serves as permission to operate a motor vehicle in Colorado and the United States. If you do not
plan to drive in the U.S., then the Colorado ID will be sufficient, but if you plan to drive in the U.S. and will be here for more than a few months, a Colorado driver’s license would be appropriate and recommended.
To receive an ID or driver’s license, individuals must be able to demonstrate that they have legal permission to remain in the US for an 6 months beyond their date of application for the document, and that they have taken up residence in Colorado.
To receive a Colorado driver’s license, a person must also show the ability to operate a motor vehicle. Most individuals will be required to take a written test on driving regulations and safe operation of a motor vehicle, as well as a road
or practical test during which applicants demonstrate they can safely and properly operate a motor vehicle. Canadian, French, and German citizens can convert their home country licenses into a Colorado license without taking the road or written tests;
however, they must surrender their home country license, which is destroyed. Those with driver’s licenses from other states will turn in that license, which will be returned to the issuing state.
To apply for a Colorado identification document or driver’s license you must go to a Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) full-service office. To find the location of the office nearest you, read about the Colorado driving rules, and obtain
study help for the written and driving tests, please visit the Colorado DMV’s website at http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Revenue-MV/RMV/1177024843078.
When you go to the DMV office, you will need to bring the following documents:
- A valid passport with print out of I-94 record.
- All DS-2019 forms, including the form with the original entry stamp and the currently valid form.
- Your original J-1 invitation letter or offer letter.
- A letter from your department written within the past 30 days confirming that you are working at or visiting the University.
The DMV office will also need to check your legal status in the USCIS S.A.V.E. database. Sometimes the database available to the local DMV office does not show a person’s status immediately. If that happens, the office personnel should explain the
process you need to follow. This often involves making a trip to the main DMV office on Pierce Street in Lakewood with your original documents and copies to give to the investigators who will confirm your status with the USCIS status verifying office.
Once issued, your driver’s license will be valid until the expiration date on your DS-2019 or until the expiration of your grace period, whichever date the S.A.V.E. database shows.