Colorado DMV passes 1 million online renewals

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DENVER -- The Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles is encouraging drivers to avoid the long lines and renew licenses online. This week, the department celebrated its 1 millionth online renewal since the program started in 2007.

“It’s for the customers' convenience and to keep people out of our offices, keep our wait times lower so the people that do have special circumstances and need to be in an office we can take care of them as well,” said Lynn Granger, director of communications for the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Last year, there were more than 180,000 online renewals that represent 44 percent of all eligible Colorado residents. The department said that is a great result, but it hopes the number will continue to grow.

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase every year since we’ve started the online services and our hope is to make it easier and more convenient for customers,” Granger said.

Eligible customers can renew licenses or identification up to two consecutive times online, meaning you could potentially go 15 years without needing to visit the DMV.

To be eligible to renew online, Colorado residents must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You are between 21 and 65 years old.
  • You have a regular adult license that is valid or has been expired for less than one year.
  • You have not renewed online two consecutive times.
  • Your name is the same as the name on your current driver license or identification card.
  • Your Social Security number is on file with the department.
  • No tests are required (written or road) to renew the license.
  • There are no pending or final departmental actions on your record.
  • All outstanding tickets are paid.
  • You have a good payment record with the department (i.e. no bad checks on file).

The driver's license and identification card renewal are not the only services the Colorado DMV offers online.

Eligible residents can also renew motor vehicle registration, change their address, change their emergency contact information and make an appointment to visit a driver's license office.