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The state of Colorado maintains public driving reports that they call motor vehicle records. Anyone who has ever had a driver's license will have a report. The motor vehicle record (MVR) will include minor infractions like speeding tickets and parking violations as well as criminal charges like DUIs and reckless driving. The Colorado Department of Revenue is like a Colorado division of motor vehicles (or Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles - DMV).

The state offers a 7-year record, a full driving history, and an accident report. The 7-year record is the most common, and it cannot be limited to less than seven years. Employers and others looking for a copy of someone else's report must have consent by the driver first.

Each motor vehicle record will contain the driver's name, date of birth, license number, registration data, and phone number. The full report may also include the driver's social security number, home address, medical information, and other personal details. These items are protected by the Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) and will not be supplied to anyone without proper consent. Typically, employers or attorneys are the only ones who request records for other people.

How to Request a Driving Report

The Colorado DMV fields requests for motor vehicle records. They do have a website where users can request a copy of their own, or an attorney or private investigator can request a copy of someone else's.

People can also request a copy by mail by sending in the following information:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Driver license number (if available)
  • Complete and legible original signature of the driver
  • Photocopy of driver photo ID bearing the signature
  • DR2489
  • Appropriate fee

Subjects can also visit any full-service driver's license office to obtain a non-certified copy for themselves. They can download the proper form and bring it with them to save time. There is an office in Denver.

Certified and non-certified copies are available online and by mail. The requestor must also pay the appropriate fees and designate what type of report they want.

CO Driving Report Cost

The state offers reports in various formats and to individuals and employers as well as private investigators and attorneys. They accept payment in the following forms:

  • Cash
  • Check (made payable to DOR)
  • Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card
  • Payroll and 3rd party checks are not accepted
  • Short check fees must be paid by cash or money order only
  • Fees cannot be combined for credit card charges or payments made by check

The cost for a non-certified copy of your driving record is $9, and the cost for a certified record (available by mail or at the Lakewood office only) is $10.

Driving Laws in CO

Anyone 16 years or older may apply for a driver's license. They must be a resident of the state for at least 90 days before applying. Anyone under the age of 18 is not allowed to drive while using a cell phone regardless of texting or talking. Some other state driving laws consist of:

  • Driving up a narrow mountain roadway, the car going down must yield to the car going up
  • You are not allowed to merge if the flow of traffic has to slow down. That is a ticketable offense in the state
  • When traveling on the highway, only use the left lane to pass

Speeding is a serious offense in the state, and according to the table below, offenders will face fines and possibly jail time depending on how fast they were going. License revocations may also be a penalty.

  • 1-4 mph over the speed limit - $30 fine
  • 5 to 9 mph over the speed limit - $70 fine + $10. Plus 1 point assessment
  • 10-19 mph over the speed limit - $135 + $16. Plus 4 points
  • 20-24 mph over the speed limit - $200 + $32. Plus 6 points
  • 25 or more mph over the speed limit - $150-$300, with a minimum of 10 days in jail up to a year
  • 40 or more mph will earn someone 12 points on their license

Some other common roadway offenses are:

  • Driving too fast when road conditions are not perfect - $100 + $10. Plus 3 license points
  • Driving too slow - $50 + $6
  • Driving too fast on a bridge or elevated structure - $30 + $6

Anyone earning 12 or more points in 12 months will lose their license. Anyone earning 18 points in a twenty-four-month period will also lose their driver's license.

Different Types of CO Driving Records

Motor vehicle reports are provided in accordance with state and federal laws such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act and DPPA. The state offers both certified and non-certified driving records. They have a 7-year report, which is the most common, a full report which covers everything, and an accident report.

7-Year Report

The seven-year report includes all activity on a Colorado driver's record, including minor things like a ticket for failing to stop at a stoplight and speeding. It also includes major items like points on your license, suspensions, DUIs, and other criminal driving infractions. It shows only the last seven years.

Full Motor Vehicle Report

The full motor vehicle report will show all activity going back until you first got your license. It may also include protected information like social security numbers, driver's license numbers, addresses, and medical information.

Accident Report

The accident report will show police details about any accidents that your vehicle has been involved in. These may be requested by insurance companies.

Criminal Driving Offenses

Criminal driving offenses in the state are much more serious and could end up as felonies. They include things like DUIs, reckless driving, speeding more than 25 mph over the speed limit, and vehicular homicide. Driving without a valid license, driving without insurance, and not stopping for an officer are other criminal driving offenses. Most will earn the offender a steep fine and may also result in jail time. Speeding in a construction or school zone may also be charged as a criminal offense and cost fines and 90 days in jail with a possible license suspension.

Those criminal driving offenses that are felonies are:

  • Leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality or serious bodily injury
  • Eluding a law enforcement officer
  • Reckless driving

Habitual offenders who commit the following crimes more than once may lose their license indefinitely:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI)
  • Aggravated motor vehicle theft
  • Driving recklessly
  • Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID)
  • Driving while alcohol-impaired (DWAI)
  • Leaving the scene of an accident with a fatality or serious bodily injury
  • Vehicular assault
  • Vehicular homicide

Civil Driving Offenses

Some of the most common civil driving offenses in the state are failing to obey a traffic signal, speeding, and carelessly changing lanes. The least serious offenses are Class B offenses, and they may also include things like:

  • Running a stop sign
  • Expired plates
  • Unregistered vehicle
  • Parking in a no-parking zone

State Driving Records Statistics

According to the state Department of Transportation (DOT), motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death in the state. Some other interesting driving record statistics from the DOT include:

  • The number of deaths from motor vehicle crashes Colorado has continued to rise since 2011, resulting in 648 deaths in 2017
  • Speeding was a factor in 35% of all fatalities. In 2017, there were 230 speeding-related motor vehicle fatalities, a nine percent increase from the previous year
  • Among the people who died in a motor vehicle crash, 53% were not wearing a seat belt. The number of unrestrained motor vehicle occupant fatalities reached 222 deaths in 2017, a 19 percent increase from 2016
  • Alcohol-impaired drivers were involved in 27% of all fatalities. In 2017, an estimated 177 motor vehicle deaths resulted from crashes that had an alcohol-impaired driver, a nine percent increase from 2016
  • In 2017, there were 103 motorcyclist fatalities, an 18% decrease from 2016. Approximately 70% of the motorcyclists who died in 2017 were not wearing a helmet
  • Colorado's fatalities per vehicle miles traveled (VMT) increased five percent over the past year and exceeded the United States fatality rate per 100 million VMT (1.21 and 1.16 respectively)
  • Fatalities in urban areas increased eight percent, from 342 deaths in 2016 to 369 in 2017
  • Fatalities in rural areas increased four percent, from 266 deaths in 2016 to 277 in 2017

Driving Record Search Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions about state driving records.

How Can I Get a Copy of My Driving Report?

The Colorado Department of Revenue is the government agency in charge of motor vehicle records and issuing reports. They make it easy for individuals to obtain a copy of their own report online, through the mail, and in-person at a full-service license office. The instructions for doing so are here.

How Do I Get My Copy When Ordering Online?

When you order online, you can download a copy of your report from there, or you can order a non-certified or certified copy to be mailed to you. Anyone ordering a copy for someone else must have a signed consent form from the subject of the report.

What is Included in the Report?

The 7-year report will include all civil and criminal infractions that have occurred on your motor vehicle record in the past seven years, as well as the status of your license and any points you have incurred. The full report will include everything going back to when you first got your license.

Can I Order One by Mail?

Yes. The state makes it easy to order by mail. You download the order form, fill it out and send it to the Colorado Department of Revenue office with your payment for the fee. You must designate which type of report you want.

Will the Report Include My Address?

Any copy you order for yourself will include your address. Only authorized parties can obtain a copy of your records, and they must comply with DPPA laws. Personally identifiable information (PII) is protected by these laws.

Who Can Get a Copy of My Motor Vehicle Record?

Only you or someone you provide authorization to, for example, an employer. Others like law enforcement, a private investigator, or an attorney may also get a copy.

Helpful State Driving Record Links

Below are some helpful state driving record links.

Disclaimer: The materials presented here are for informational purposes only. The information is taken from state and local resources, and is current as of the most recent site update. Changes made by state and local departments and agencies after our latest update may render some information and fees outdated, and may cause links to break and forms to be unavailable. Infotracer strongly encourages you to visit the relevant state and local resources to ensure you have the most recent information.