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Colorado DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Colorado?

    You can apply for a Learner’s Permit in Colorado at age 15.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    If you are between 15 and 15½ you must fill out an affidavit verifying completion of a Driver Education Classroom Course or Behind the Wheel Training (BTW). If you are between 15½ and 16, you must show proof that you have completed an approved 4-hour driver awareness program. If you are 16 to 21, you must provide your birth certificate and one more form of identification. Then you must pass written knowledge and vision tests.

    If you are between 15½ and 16, you must show proof that you have completed an approved 4-hour driver awareness program.

    If you are 16 to 21, you must provide your birth certificate and one more forms of identification.

    You must also pass a written knowledge test (permit test) and a vision test.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    There are 25 questions on Colorado’s written knowledge test.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 20 questions correctly to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    The Colorado written exam covers motor vehicle laws, traffic signs and safe driving techniques.To ensure you are prepared for the test, study the Colorado Driver’s Manual and take multiple practice exams, which is a good way to evaluate your preparedness and ensure you are ready to earn your permit as fast as possible.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Statistics indicate that approximately 70% of first-time test takers fail to pass the Colorado written knowledge test. One of the best ways to ensure you are prepared to pass the test the very first time is to take multiple practice exams, which have been designed to closely mirror the actual exam. If you fail the test, you will have to wait one day to retake it.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    You will need to pay a $14 fee.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The Colorado Department of Revenue’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for offering the written test. Visit to find a location and/or schedule an appointment.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    You will need to show proof of identity and residence address. You will also need to bring with to the local Colorado DMV office a signed affidavit of Liability and Guardianship. Within six months of applying for your permit, you will also need to complete a 4-hour Driver Awareness Program or a 30-hour classroom study course.

The Colorado DMV Learner’s Permit — What Your Need to Know

We understand your eager to get out there and explore the open road.  After all, a learners permit represents a new sense of freedom and independence.  But before you can get your learners permit in the Centennial State you are going to need pass the mandatory permit test. The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is responsible for administering the test and has offices throughout the state.  The permit test is a written test that contains a series of multiple-choice questions.  You will be tested on the rules of the road, Colorado traffic laws, safe driving practices, and various road and highway signs.

Improve Your Chances of Success With CO DMV Practice Permit Tests

With statistics revealing over half of all applicants fail the exam it’s important that you prepare yourself.  Nobody wants to take the permit test twice.  A failed permit test means not only leaving the DMV office empty-handed but will also need to come back and take the test all over again.  Who has time for that?

Start preparing now with our Colorado practice permit tests.  The practice tests are designed to simulate the format of the real exam while covering some fo the very same topics.  We also recommend immersing yourself in the Colorado Drivers Handbook.  The Colorado DMV sources all of it’s permit test questions from the information found in the handbook so it’s essential that you master the material.  Start with the handbook and then test your knowledge with our practice tests.  Together, they will give you the best possible chance of passing the real thing.

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