Colorado


Driver licensing agency
contact information
Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles
Driver License Administration
1881 Pierce Street, Room 136
Lakewood, CO 80214
www.mv.state.co.us/mv.html
303 205-5646
Licensing Requirements
Visual acuity







Visual fields
Color vision requirement
Restricted licenses
Each eye with/without correction
Both eyes with/without correction
If one eye blind—other with/without correction
Absolute visual acuity minimum



Are bioptic telescopes allowed?
Minimum field requirement
None**
Available based on doctor’s recommendations
20/40*
20/40
20/40
No absolute minimum acuity. The DMV will license any individual whom a physician/optometrist feels is not a danger.
Yes
None**
Licensing Renewal Procedures
Standard







Age-based renewal procedures
Length of license validation
Renewal options and conditions
Vision testing required at time of renewal?
Written test required?

Road test required?


At age 61, renewal period is reduced to every 5 years; no renewal by mail at age 66+.
10 years
If eligible, mail-in every other cycle
Yes, at in-person renewal
Only if point accumulation results
in suspension
No, unless condition has developed since last renewal that warrants
road test.
Reporting Procedures
Physician/medical reporting


Immunity
Legal protection

DMV follow-up

Other reporting
Anonymity
Drivers should self-report medical conditions that may cause a lapse of consciousness, seizures, etc. Physicians are encouraged but not required to report patients who have a medical condition that may affect their ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
N/A
No civil or criminal action may be brought against a physician or optometrist licensed to
practice in Colorado for providing a written medical or optometric opinion.
The driver is notified in writing of the referral and undergoes a re-examination. Medical clearance may be required from a physician, and restrictions may be added to the license.
Will accept information from courts, police, other DMVs, and family members.
Not anonymous or confidential
Medical Advisory Board
Role of the MAB
Colorado does not currently retain a medical advisory board.

* Unless the customer is blind in one eye, individual eye acuity is not normally tested nor is there an individual eye minimum acuity requirement. The DMV is concerned with the acuity of both eyes together, unless the applicant is applying for a Commercial Driver’s License.

** Based on discussions with ophthalmologists and optometrists, the DMV does not currently test peripheral vision or color vision as accommodations can be made for these deficiencies. However, testing is performed for phoria.



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