Plaza Voices: Driver's License and ID Updates

Senate Bill 13-251, The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, authorizes the issuance of a Colorado driver’s license, instruction permit, or identification card to those individuals who either cannot demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S. or can only demonstrate temporary lawful presence in the U.S., beginning August 1, 2014.

Services will be provided by appointment only at 5 locations. As of July 1, 2014, appointments can be made on the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website. (This is the official website. Please do not make an appointment via third party websites.) See our instructions on how to use the appointment scheduler.

The Denver Public Library will have informational workshops presented in partnership with an attorney to provide more information and updates. The Colorado Department of Revenue will also hold several workshops in upcoming months. When you should talk to a lawyer first (PDF), information from the AILA (American Immigration Lawyers Association).

The DMV has posted flow charts, fact sheets, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), fee information, and workshop schedules. These documents are available in English and Spanish, and should answer any questions about eligibility, cost, and necessary documentation.

Please call the DMV at 303-205-2335, or contact a legal representative, for any further questions related to this new bill. 

--With Will C.

Written by Amanda R. on July 11, 2014


Anonymous on July 11, 2014


Thank you for this information!

nh on July 12, 2014


Thank you for this information! :)


YAY SB 13-251! So glad this has finally passed.
I have been checking on available appointments via the DMV, and the website shows "No Appointments Available" for all five locations through October 31, 2014. Is this a website issue, or are all locations booked solid through October?

Will C on July 15, 2014


Thank you for your comments Shanna. As of this morning, all five DMV locations have been booked solid through October 2014. However, there MAY be cancellations so you could keep checking on a daily basis until more dates become available.


so THAT'S why there's no appointments available! I was helping someone with this just today and I thought it had to be a glitch in their website. Thanks for clarifying!

Anonymous on July 15, 2014


This law frightens me. Why would anyone who "cannot demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S" register? Is it possible this could be used for deportation?

Will C on July 16, 2014


There are many questions about the benefits and even potential risks associated with this new law that will take effect on August 1, 2014. If you are not lawfully present in the US, you may want to consult a lawyer before applying to better understand the risks that may be involved with this new law.

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