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How old do you need to be to have a permit in Denver, Colorado?


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You need to be at least 15 years of age to obtain a driving permit in the State of Colorado. According to the CO Department of Revenue (DOR), Division of Motor Vehicles, there are three types of permits available to minors which include:

1) Driver Education Permit is available to minors 15 years to 15 years 6 months.

  • Expires 3 years from the date of issue.
  • Must hold the permit for a minimum of 12 months before applying for a Driver's License.
  • Must present a completed Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship (DR2460)
  • Must present a completed Affidavit of Completion of a Driver Education Classroom Course or BTW (back of DR2460) showing completion of the classroom portion of a department-approved Driver Education Course within 6 months prior to applying for the permit.
  • May drive only with the driver education instructor or the person(s) who signed the DR2460 until the age of 18. This restriction is automatically lifted when the minor reaches 18. May then drive with any Colorado-licensed driver 21 years of age or older.
  • If the person(s) who signed the DR2460 does not hold a valid Colorado driver's license, they may appoint an Alternate Permit Supervisor to supervise the minor while driving. The Alternate Permit Supervisor must hold a valid Colorado Driver's License and be 21 years of age or older. Drive time with an Alternate Permit Supervisor will count toward the 50-hour total required on the log sheet. The person(s) who signed the DR2460 may also allow any person 21 years of age or older, who holds a valid license, to supervise the minor while driving but that driving time does not count toward the 50 hour total required on the log sheet.

2) Driver Awareness Permit is available to minors 15 years 6 months to 16 years

  • Expires 3 years from the date of issue.
  • Must hold the permit for a minimum of 12 months before applying for a Driver's License.
  • Must present a completed Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship (DR2460).
  • Must provide documentation indicating they have completed a 4-hour driver awareness program approved by the department.
  • May drive only with the person who signed the DR2460 until the age of 18. This restriction is automatically lifted when the minor reaches 18. May then drive with any licensed driver 21 years of age or older.
  • If the person(s) who signed the DR2460 does not hold a valid Colorado driver's license, they may appoint an Alternate Permit Supervisor to supervise the minor while driving. The Alternate Permit Supervisor must hold a valid Colorado Driver's License and be 21 years of age or older. Drive time with an Alternate Permit Supervisor will count toward the 50-hour total required on the log sheet. The person(s) who signed the DR2460 may also allow any person 21 years of age or older, who holds a valid license, to supervise the minor while driving but that driving time does not count toward the 50 hour total required on the log sheet.

3) Minor Instruction Permit is available to minors 16 years to 21 years of age.

  • Expires 3 years from the date of issue.
  • Minors under 18 must hold the permit for a minimum of 12 months before applying for a Driver's License.
  • Must present a completed Affidavit of Liability and Guardianship (DR2460).
  • May drive only with the person who signed the DR2460 until the age of 18. May then driver with any Colorado-licensed driver 21 years of age or older.
  • If the person(s) who signed the DR2460 does not hold a valid Colorado driver's license, they may appoint an Alternate Permit Supervisor to supervise the minor while driving. The Alternate Permit Supervisor must hold a valid Colorado Driver's License and be 21 years of age or older. Drive time with an Alternate Permit Supervisor will count toward the 50-hour total required on the log sheet. The person(s) who signed the DR2460 may also allow any person 21 years of age or older, who holds a valid license, to supervise the minor while driving but that driving time does not count toward the 50 hour total required on the log sheet.

In Colorado if you are under 18, an Affidavit of Liability (DR 2460) must be signed by a parent, stepparent, grandparent with Power of Attorney, legal guardian or spouse 18 years of age or older. If the signer is a grandparent with Power of Attorney (POA), the original POA must be presented and a copy of the POA must be surrendered upon application for the permit. If the signer is a legal guardian, original court documents showing guardianship, custody or adoption must be presented. Spouses must show the marriage certificate.

Whoever signs the Affidavit agrees to take legal responsibility for your actions as a driver. If the signer decides later not to accept responsibility for your driving, that person may withdraw their signature and your permit/license will be canceled.

Minors under age 18 must hold an instruction permit for at least twelve months and be 16 years old before they are eligible to take a driving test. Minors are given credit for any time they held a permit in this or any other state if they show the permit documentation.

Contact the CO Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for more information on how to get a permit and start driving on the roadways of Denver, Colorado.


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