Colorado ranks dead-center in terms of driving safety in the nation. It’s a consistently calm state as far as the roads are concerned. Keep a watchful eye out and you shouldn’t encounter any problems. Aside from Denver and Boulder, there are precious few urban centers, so you’re mostly driving through small towns, farmland, and gorgeous plains and rock formations. Even the legalization of marijuana has had almost no effect on the state’s decidedly middle-ground traffic statistics, and thus, obtaining your driving record is no great hassle.
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Get Your Colorado Driving Record Online
The state of Colorado offers several options for obtaining a driving or vehicle record. For instance, there are several websites, such as Inteligator, that can provide you with a driving record if you can provide the usual credentials of social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, and whatnot. These sites sometimes try to pile on some extra fees for further background checks so be wary of which boxes are checked when you place your order, and since these are third-party affiliates, their reliability is sometimes spotty. It’s great that the Colorado state government has digitized their DMV services just recently. So you can now request your driving record online through their website. They’re still operating through mail if you wish to settle for a mail-order record, or bite the bullet and hike down to your local Colorado DMV to obtain the records you need.
Now that Colorado has an easier process of obtaining your driving record, you can request for it in just a matter of five to ten minutes. Simply submit a request by filling out the form available at the Colorado DMV website here. Just prepare your credit card information, your driver’s license, and a valid email address. You will need to provide your date of birth, driver’s license number, your signature, and a photocopy of your photo ID with your signature.
You can choose the type of record you want to purchase. Once completed, if you requested an uncertified driving record (costs $9), it will be emailed to the address you have provided as soon as it has been processed. However, a certified copy (costs $10) will be sent via postal mail and it may take a couple of weeks before you receive it.
Get Your Driving Record By Mail
The Colorado state government requires you to send in a written request to obtain a mail-order copy of your driving records. There’s no specific form you have to fill out, so you’ll have to write an actual letter addressed to the Department of Motor Vehicles explaining your request. You need to include your full name, date of birth, and driver’s license number, and also specify if you require a certified or non-certified copy of your records. Make sure you sign your letter.
A non-certified copy of your record costs $9, and a more detailed certified copy costs $10. If you’re paying via check or money order, make it out to the Department of Revenue.
If you need a certified copy, you’ll have to send your letter to the Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, Driver Control Section at 1881 Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO 80214.
For non-certified, slightly quicker service, you can send your letter to the Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles, Driver Control Section, Denver, CO 80261-0016. Either way, brace yourself for the usual one or two week wait.
Get Your Driving Record In Person
Bring your driver’s license, social security number, some info on your vehicle, and some cash just in case fees might crop up (DMV’s sometimes don’t even accept credit cards so cash is preferable). Most of the Full Service Driver’s License Offices are located in Denver, but there are a few sprinkled here and there in the rural areas of the state. They’ll provide the required forms so there’s nothing you need to print out.
So there you have it. It could be some time before Colorado joins the rest of us in the 21st century and digitizes all of their forms and functions. For now, you’ll either have to brave the world of third party websites or pack some sandwiches and get ready for a trip down to the DMV. It’s not fun, but you’ll get the info you need.
What To Do With Your Colorado Driving Record?
Once you receive your driving record, the first thing that you need to do is to verify if the information on your record is accurate. Although Colorado driving records are always precise, there is still a slim chance that you may find an error on your MVR.
Should you find any inaccurate information on your record, immediately reach out to the Colorado DMV to sort things out. You can call them at (303) 205-5600 or at TDD (303) 205-5940.
Avoid Points on Your Record by Attending an Online Traffic School
The state of Colorado does not have a statewide program for dismissing traffic tickets by completing a defensive driving course. But if you received court permission to attend Colorado traffic school, you may get your fine waived or reduced or your ticket dismissed. You may also be able to reinstate a suspended license and get a reduction in your auto insurance cost.
Now, if you decide to take this course, iDriveSafely’s online traffic school in Colorado is approved by several individual courts throughout the state (check here for the list of courts). GoToTrafficSchool offers the cheapest course in Colorado because of their price-match guarantee.
So there you have it! The different ways you can obtain your driving record in Colorado.
Ordering a copy of your driving record once in a while will not only help you find out how many more offenses are left before your license gets suspended, it can also help you keep your insurance rates low, or get hired for a job you are applying for.
Thankfully, online services are now available to make things easier for you. But if you still prefer getting your record through mail or in person, you can do so, too.
I hope you find this article helpful!