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’s 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 would be great if the Colorado state government had digitized their DMV services but alas, they’re still operating mostly through mail. You may have 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.
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 $2.20, and a more detailed certified copy costs $2.70. 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
If you’re willing to brave the lines at the local DMV, you’ll have to head to one of Colorado’s many Driver’s License Offices. There are several kinds of offices, from Limited Service to Full Service, and all can provide you with your records. 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 requisite 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.