SB-251 Driver’s Licenses
The Colorado Road and Community Safety Act (CO-RCSA), otherwise known as SB-251 or driver’s licenses for all, provides drivers licenses to all Colorado residents, regardless of immigration status. Up until 1998, all immigrants had access to a driver’s license in Colorado irrespective of their immigration status. Driving without a license has resulted in tickets, vehicle impoundment, arrests, and thousands of deportations.
The SB-251 program has successfully provided documents to nearly 113,000 Coloradans as of 2020. There are 11 offices throughout the state of Colorado offering driver’s licenses to undocumented Coloradans. To make an appointment, call 303-205-2335 or visit the DMV website.
To learn more about the program, required documents and the appointment process, please visit this Informed Immigrant page, made in collaboration with the I Drive Coalition partners FWD.us, or visit the DMV’s SB251 Program page.
SB251 License FAQ
LEGISLATIVE WINS: Since 2016, the I Drive Colorado campaign worked on several bills to fix the SB-251 program and to make it more accessible for undocumented Coloradans:
SB18-108 allows a person to present a social security number as an alternative to a taxpayer identification card. The bill allows the license or identification card to be reissued or renewed in accordance with the process used for other licenses and identification cards. A person whose license is lost or stolen may obtain a replacement without renewing the license. $108,992 is appropriated to the department of revenue from the licensing services cash fund to implement the bill.
HB-1335, sponsored by Rep. Pabon, makes it a deceptive trade practice to sell public appointments and services (aka SB-251 appointments) that are available to the community for free. It also makes the selling of public goods and services a class one misdemeanor. This bill aims at tackling the sale of SB-251 appointments on the black market and has the ultimate goal of stopping this practice to free up SB-251 appointments for people trying to apply through the system established by the DMV.
HB-1415, sponsored by Rep. Pabon, allows all SB-251 applicants that fail their driving test to go to a 3rd party private testing center and return to any SB-251 DMV office within 60 days to get their license without having to schedule a new appointment. This has freed up more appointments for all SB-251 applicants.
HB-1274, sponsored by Rep. Singer and Sen. Ulibarri, passed in 2016 to repeal the footnote that reduced the number of offices offering SB-251 services to 66,000. This bill allowed the program to continue to operate indefinitely.
SB18-108, sponsored by Sen. Crowder, Sen. Coram, Sen. Arndt, and Rep. Singer, passed in 2018 allows for online renewals and for people who were issued Social Security numbers who no longer have legal status to apply for SB-251 licenses.
SB19-139, sponsored by Sen. Coram, Sen. Moreno, and Rep. Singer, passed in 2019 to open seven new offices across the state process SB-251 licenses. The new offices opened in 2020 in Glenwood Springs, Montrose, Durango, Lamar, Pueblo, Alamosa, and Ft Morgan!
This photo was taken on May 28, 2019 with Governor Polis and community partners when he signed SB19-139 into law, opening 7 new driver’s license offices in rural parts of Colorado to process SB251 licenses for undocumented Coloradans.
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