Colorado Drivers Education
Road safety is vital for those learning to drive, which is why the state of Colorado places a strong emphasis on drivers education. To prepare yourself to get your license, select from the options below to get started:
2: Study the Colorado Driver Handbook
3: Download the appropriate study materials and practice tests
4: Enroll in a state-approved Drivers Ed course
In order to receive a drivers permit, an individual must attend a Colorado drivers education class. For both the Drivers Education Permit and the Drivers Awareness Permit, 30 hours of approved Colorado drivers education class time are required. The classes cover the information contained in the Colorado drivers education manual. An individual may pick up a Colorado drivers education manual at any Department of Motor Vehicles office.
Colorado Drivers Education Class Options
There isn't a Colorado drivers education class that is run by the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles. Instead, these classes are run by:
- Private businesses that are approved by the state to teach drivers education.
- Colorado also offers the option for individuals applying for the Driver's Awareness Permit to take a four-hour driver's awareness class, instead of the normal 30-hour drivers education class.
- Most of the Colorado drivers education classes can be taken online, but the Driver's Awareness program cannot.
Required Behind-The-Wheel Training
Every minor who has been issued a Colorado Drivers Education Permit and has completed their 30 hours of classroom instruction must complete behind-the-wheel training before applying for their full drivers license. There are two options for behind-the-wheel training:
- Six hours of behind-the-wheel training with a Colorado drivers education instructor if the individual is enrolled in an approved school.
- Twelve hours of behind-the-wheel driving with a parent, guardian, or alternate permit supervisor if there is not an approved drivers education school offering at least 20 hours of drivers education training per week within a 30-mile radius of the individual's residence.
In Colorado, you can bypass the six-hour behind-the-wheel training if you have taken the four-hour Driver Awareness Class. You can then apply for the Driver Awareness Permit instead of the Drivers Education Permit.
Colorado Driving Education Schools
The Colorado DMV publishes a list of all current driving schools on its website. For more information on times and availability of Colorado drivers education classes, contact the driving school directly. The individual may choose if they would rather complete their classroom instruction with other students, in a classroom setting, or if they prefer to learn at their own pace, with a Colorado drivers education online program. The state accepts online drivers education if completed by an approved driving school.
Most driving schools offer behind-the-wheel training as part of their overall Colorado drivers education class. The fees may vary from school to school, as these are privately run schools that do not receive funding from the Colorado Department of Revenue.
Find out how to get your Colorado Learners Permit here.