New Colorado Driver’s License Design

Colorado driver's license designNew Colorado Driver’s License Design

In April 2016, Colorado DMV began issuing a new design for the driver’s license, instruction permit, and identification card.

A pilot program was completed in March in Littleton, Aurora, and Frisco.

The fee for the new card will not change.  Valid driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards with the old design can be used until their expiration date.

The card design includes an entirely new format and enhanced security and safety features, including laser-engraved information in grayscale, as well as new card material.

Front Side Features

On the front side, the background image features Mount Sneffels, 14,158 feet, in the San Juan Mountain Range, in southwest Colorado, between Ouray and Telluride,  It is the 27th tallest mountain in the state.

It uses blue, yellow and green coloring.  A large “COLORADO” is across the top of the card, with “USA” and the Colorado border in the color that corresponds to the card type:
Green for a Driver’s License and Instruction Permit, or Red for an Identification Card.

The layout of the design corresponds to card holder’s age:
Horizontal layout for an Adult or vertical layout for a Minor (under 21 years of age).

The individual photo, in a semitransparent window, is in black and white, with the document type, name, date of birth, and other information laser engraved in grayscale.  Raised print is used for specific individual and license information.

A star on top right indicates REAL ID compliance.  This allows the card to be used to enter federal buildings and for air travel.  For more information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), see REAL ID Act.

An organ donor election is designated by a heart symbol in grayscale with Y in the middle.
Military veterans may choose to have military or Veteran on their card, laser engraved in black.

Colorado driver's license design backBack Side Features

On the back side is a primary image of the Colorado State Capital building, with a snowflake-like design, in blue and green coloring.

Standard and 2D bar codes are used.  There is a metallic “C” from the Colorado state flag and the logos for the State of Colorado and Department of Revenue.

Temporary Card

Persons obtaining a newly-designed card in an office will receive an updated temporary paper document with an image that resembles the card in a removable section.  The foldable temporary document will be valid for 30 days to allow for the physical card to be produced and mailed.

Colorado DMV bannerColorado Road and Community Safety Act (CO-RCSA SB13-251)

Senate Bill 13-251, the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (CO-RCSA SB13-251), authorizes the issuance of a Colorado driver license, instruction permit or identification card to individuals who either cannot demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S. or can only demonstrate temporary lawful presence in the U.S.

Individuals issued driver licenses, identification cards and instruction permits under CO-RCSA will receive a similar design.   The card will contain a black box above the photo stating “Not Valid For Federal Identification, Voting or Public Benefit Purposes”.  The card will not have a star indicating REAL ID compliance.

For more information, see Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles.

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