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Process to Reinstate Driving Privilege


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A Colorado driver whose license has been suspended, revoked, canceled, or denied must go through a process of reinstatement to have their driving privilege restored.

This process can only be initiated after the conditions of the revocation, suspension, cancellation, or denial have been satisfied.

To reinstate after a suspension or revocation:

  1. Identify your eligibility date communicated at the hearing or via mail and specific reinstatement requirements.
  2. Certain Full Service Driver's License Offices can reinstate the following suspensions and revocations (requirements are listed below each):


  • Unpaid Tickets (within CO and out-of-state). 

a.  Paid receipt from the court

b.  $95.00 reinstatement fee

c.  New license and fee required


  • Child Support
    1. Compliance received by DMV from child support agency
    2. $95.00 reinstatement fee


  • Point Suspensions
    1. Period of suspension complete
    2. Evidence of current liability insurance with your name on the policy
    3. $95.00 reinstatement fee


Click to see a list of full service driver's license offices supporting reinstatements. 


For mail-in applications:

  1. Complete the Application for Reinstatement (Form DR 2870). 
  2. Mail the completed application, check or money order for $95 and specific requirements (for example: evidence of insurance, SR22, etc.) to the address noted on the application. You must clearly write your name and date of birth on the coupon when paying by money order.
    • Mail this information approximately 30-60 days before your eligibility date. This allows us to complete your request in a timely manner. 
  3. Allow up to 20 business days after mailing for us to complete your application.
  4. Once we verify that all the necessary information has been received and we have completed processing the application, we will mail a Letter of Clearance to the address you listed on the application.  












Additonal Information:


  • A driver's license suspension or revocation is a separate action from any court case. You must follow Division of Motor Vehicle reinstatement procedures to regain your driving privileges. Reinstatement is not automatic and may require issuance of a new driver license including a written and/or drive test.
  • License suspension and revocation information is shared with all 50 states. No state may issue a driver's license if there is an active suspension or revocation in any other state.   
  • The letter you receive when the restraint action is first taken states the beginning and ending dates of the suspension or revocation period. The Division of Motor Vehicles does not notify drivers when their suspension or revocation period has ended. Information may be requested from the DMV regarding the period and reinstatement requirements of a current restraint.