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Getting your license reinstated after a DUI charge in Colorado

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Dui/dwai |

Losing a driver’s license after a DUI charge can disrupt daily life. You may wonder what you need to do to get your license back.

In Colorado, the process to get a license reinstated involves several steps.

Step 1: Complete the suspension period

After a DUI charge, the court suspends the driver’s license for a certain period. The length of this suspension depends on the number of prior offenses and the specifics of the case. You should serve the full suspension period before taking further steps.

Step 2: Enroll in an alcohol education program

Colorado requires individuals with a DUI to complete an alcohol education and treatment program. These programs vary in length, from 12 to 86 hours, depending on the severity of the offense and prior history. Completing this program is mandatory for license reinstatement.

Step 3: Pay all fines and fees

There are fines and fees associated with a DUI charge. These must be paid in full before applying for reinstatement. This includes court costs, treatment program fees and reinstatement fees. It is important to keep receipts and proof of payment.

Step 4: Obtain SR-22 insurance

Colorado requires SR-22 insurance for those seeking license reinstatement after a DUI. SR-22 is a form that proves high-risk insurance coverage. Contact an insurance provider to file an SR-22 form with the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles. Maintaining SR-22 insurance is necessary for up to three years.

Step 5: Submit a reinstatement application

Once the suspension period is over, the treatment program is complete and you pay the fines, submit a reinstatement application. This application is available on the Colorado DMV website. Include all necessary documentation, such as proof of completed education and SR-22 insurance.

Step 6: Pass the driving tests

After submitting the application, schedule and pass the required driving tests. This may include a written test, a vision test and a driving test. These tests ensure the driver understands road rules and is safe to drive again.

Step 7: Follow up with the DMV

After completing all steps, follow up with the Colorado DMV to confirm reinstatement. Keep all records and documentation in case of any issues so you can and to protect your rights. By following these steps, it is possible to regain driving privileges and return to the road.

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