With the implementation of the Driver’s License Electronic Renewal By Seniors Act (HB21-1139), Colorado seniors now have the permanent ability to renew their driver license or identification card online.
The new law also adjusts the process for renewing driver licenses online. Now Coloradans who are older than 21, but younger than 80, must attest that they have had an eye examination within one year before renewing their driver license online. Previously, Coloradans had to attest to having had an eye examination by an optometrist or ophthalmologist within the last three years.
Additionally, Coloradans who are older than 80 and renewing their driver license electronically will need to obtain a signed statement (DR 2402) from an optometrist or ophthalmologist attesting that the person renewing their license has had an eye examination within six months and the results of the examination. This statement will need to be uploaded as part of the online renewal application process.
Prior to the public office closures and under emergency guidance from Gov. Jared Polis, the DMV opened up online renewals to Coloradans 65 and older on March 10, 2020. From March 2020 to August 2021, about 136,000 Colorado seniors renewed their license or ID online.
By continuing online renewals to seniors, the DMV was able to serve thousands of Coloradans without the need to visit a State driver license office.
Coloradans who are concerned about an elder family member’s ability to drive should email firstname.lastname@example.org for information about a re-examination request due to physical or mental constraints.
The new law also allows more people to sign a permit holders’ drive time logs. Now the permit holder’s drive logs can be signed by a parent or guardian, or by a responsible adult, even if they were not the person who signed the soon-to-be-driver’s affidavit of liability. Requirements for drive time logs vary depending on the age of the permit holder.
The new law eliminates the previous requirement that the person who signed a permit holder’s affidavit of liability must be the person who signs that permit holder’s driving logs.
The DMV is expanding online services which is allowing the DMV to bring even more essential services to Coloradans wherever they are. Part of that expansion is empowering seniors to renew their driver licenses online.
The DMV offers a growing selection of online services, with over 40 currently available, including license and ID card renewals, upgrading a permit to a license, vehicle registration renewals, paying a traffic ticket, motor vehicle records, first-time vehicle registration and many more. Coloradans can access the convenient and time-saving features on many internet-connected devices, including smartphones, computers and tablets.
The DMV encourages Coloradans to save time, go online by using DMV online services. Visit DMV.Colorado.gov/Save-Time for information, direct links and more about DMV online services.
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