SB251 Driver’s Licenses: Frequently Asked Questions

December 19, 2019

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Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What is SB251?
  2. What will my SB251 License look like?
  3. Who is eligible?
  4. How can I use my license?
  5. I renewed online and haven’t received my driver’s license/instruction permit/ID yet.
  6. My driver license/instruction permit/ID has been lost or stolen. Can I get a replacement online?
  7. I don’t want to renew online. Do I need to make an appointment?
  8. If I have a Social Security number instead of an ITIN, do I need a different type of appointment?
  9. What documents can I use to show proof of my Social Security number?
  10. Which offices offer SB13-251 services?
  11. How much does a driver license/instruction permit/ID cost?
  12. What do I do if I have several traffic tickets and haven’t been able to pay them off?
  13. Where can I find more information?


  • What is SB251?
    • SB251 is a law passed in 2013 to make Colorado driver’s licenses available to all regardless of their immigration status. Immigrant communities and allies fought for 10 years to make this a reality. 

  • What will my license look like?
    • An SB251 license has a black mark and the language, “Not valid for federal identification purposes, voting, or public benefit purposes” on the front distinguish it from a Real-ID license.

  • Who is eligible?
    • Anyone with the required documents is eligible to acquire a new license. The requirements are different for people with temporary lawful presence and people with no lawful immigration status. To see the list of required documents, click here.

  • How can I use my license?
    • You can use your SB-251 license to drive and to identify yourself to police officers. As of October 2020, you will not be able to use your SB-252 license to board an airplane. It does not make you eligible for any public benefits that you were not eligible for before getting a driver’s license, and does not authorize you to work or give you the right to vote. 

  • I renewed online and I haven’t received my driver license/instruction permit/ID yet.
    • Keep in mind that it will take some time for the driver license technician to verify the documents you have submitted.
    • You may check the status of your renewal at https://mydmv.colorado.gov/?Link=TrackLicense.
    • If it has been more than 30 days since you renewed and this link does not say that your license was returned to a driver license office, please call 303-205-2335 to make an appointment to visit a driver license office and obtain a free duplicate. You will be required to renew again if it has been more than 60 days since your renewal and you have not received your card/it has not been returned to a driver license office. If you choose not to renew online, an appointment is required.

  • My driver license/instruction permit/ID has been lost or stolen. Can I get a replacement online?
    • You may apply for a renewal online to replace your lost or stolen card. You will be charged the standard renewal fee.

  • I don’t want to renew online. Do I need to make an appointment?
    • Yes. Individuals applying for the first time or renewing in an office are required to make an appointment. Appointments can be made at Colorado.gov/dmv or by calling 303-205-2335. Renewal appointments at the Aurora Driver License Office are available by phone only.

  • If I have a Social Security number instead of an ITIN, do I need a different type of appointment?
    • No. You may use the same CO-RCSA SB251 appointment type. You may only obtain a driver license/instruction permit/ID using a Social Security number after January 1, 2019.

  • What documents can I use to show proof of my Social Security number?
    • Acceptable documents to provide proof of Social Security number are:
      1. Social Security Account number card (not laminated)
      2. W-2 form (not accepted electronically)
      3. SSA-1099 form
      4. Non-SSA-1099 form
      5. Pay stub with the applicant’s name and SSN on it
      6. Documents used as proof of Social Security number must be provided in hardcopy, not electronically.

  • Which offices offer SB13-251 services?
    • To see the full list of offices providing SB251 licenses, click here.

  • How much does a driver license/instruction permit/ID cost if I am not able to demonstrate lawful presence in the United States? This cost is the same for initial issuance and renewal.
    1. Driver license – $33
    2. Instruction permit – $21
    3. Identification card – $13

  • What do I do if I have several traffic tickets and haven’t been able to pay them off?
    • Please take care of them before applying for an SB-251 license. Talk to an attorney if you have any concerns. If you are Mexican, contact the Mexican Consulate for assistance on clearing your traffic tickets. 

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the Colorado DMV webpage for more information.

Are you having issues with renewing or obtaining your license?

Submit your issue here.

http://coloradoimmigrant.org/preguntas-frecuentes-licencias-para-personas-indocumentadas/