The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) maintains motor vehicle records for resident drivers within the state. The motor vehicle records more commonly are referred to as driving records and are available to the respective drivers and others with legitimate reasons to obtain them.
How to Obtain Your Colorado Driving Record
You can obtain a copy of your Colorado driving record by filing a request online, by mail or at a full-service DMV office. You can obtain a certified copy that the DMV will mail to you via certified postal mail. You also can obtain a non-certified copy that the DMV will email to you. The certified copy helps to affirm the record is genuine and enables you to provide it with the seal unbroken if needed to ensure the contents are what the state provided.
Applying to Get the Driving Record
You can obtain a copy of your personal driving record at a Colorado DMV office and make a verbal request while providing your identification. You also can request a copy of your driving record online and will need to provide the DMV with a valid credit card and email address to obtain the record in about 10 minutes or less. The DMV also fulfills requests made by mail.
When you want to obtain a copy of your driver record, you must provide your full name, date of birth, license number, a legible signature, and a photocopy of your photo ID. You also must complete a DR2489 form and pay the appropriate fee.
Fees for Getting Your Driving Record and Payment Options
The DMV charges $9 for a non-certified record and $10 for a certified record. You can obtain one in person at a DMV service center, online or by mail.
Types of Driver Records
The DMV maintains motor vehicle records that provide seven years’ of an individual’s driver history. The history includes any dates of issuance, any convictions for moving violations and any suspensions or restrictions that might have been placed on the motorist. The state does not limit the number of years on a driver record, and all records are seven-year records. While some states provide records for three, seven and eleven years or longer for different requests, Colorado only offers a seven-year record. Auto insurers typically only need the most recent three years’ of driving records to determine appropriate auto insurance rates.
Prospective employers might be happier with driving records that date back more than seven years, but they are not available in Colorado. The seven-year record does a good job of showing the respective driver’s most recent driving experiences and whether or not he or she might be a potential liability on public roads.
The DMV also provides driving records of other residents but only with the respective individual’s permission. A properly completed Driver Record Search-Requestor Release form enables the state to provide a driving record for another person.