The Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicle announce the implementation of new laws that went into effect on January 1, 2014 for Colorado residents.
Colorado residents, 65 years of age and older will now be able to renew their identification card online or by mail at no charge instead of visiting an office every renewal period. Any Colorado resident who is 65 years or older needing to renew their identification card may now go towww.colorado.gov/vroom and renew their identification card. After renewing online; customers will receive a confirmation page that they will need to keep with them until they receive their renewed identification card in the mail. It can take up to 30 calendar days for the actual document to arrive via U.S. mail. This law only is applicable for identification cards, not driver’s licenses.
The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles also announces the addition of the Veteran designator on a driver’s license or identification card for honorably discharged veterans. The Division of Motor Vehicles will offer the word “Veteran”, in blue font, to the face of the driver’s license or identification card, with valid proof of military service. The Veteran must be honorably discharged and provide proof of service, by bringing in their military identification card or a DD-214 form. Customers will also be able to request their military insignia on the driver’s license/identification card, which has been in effect since August 2013. Both the military insignia branch and the Veteran designator are available to customers at no cost.
The Driver’s License offices will offer the option of pre-registering to vote for any citizen 16-years or older, but who has not reached the age of 18. This change will allow teenagers to pre-register before they are eligible to vote so that teenagers are eligible to vote when they turn 18 shortly before or on an election day.
The Division of Motor Vehicles will now allow applicants who are determined to have a “permanent disability” the option to submit an updated verification in the third and sixth year for identifying license plates, placards and parking privileges. Chiropractors and physical therapists will be able to validate temporary disabilities for the issuance of a temporary placard.
The law in regards to special fuel tax and electric plug-in motor vehicles also took effect on January 1, 2014. The law states that the DMV is required to collect a $50 registration fee for vehicles that are propelled by plug-in electricity.
The DMV will also release several new license plates in 2014. The new license plates include; Civil Air Patrol Military license plate; UDT/Navy SEAL license plate; and the “Protect Our Rivers” license plate.
The DMV will issue Civil Air Patrol license plates for passenger cars, motorcycles, trucks, and non-commercial or recreation vehicles not exceeding 16,000 pounds. The cost of the new license plates will be $50 in addition to the registration fee for the vehicle.
The UDT/Navy SEAL license plate will only be issued to applicants that received an honorable discharge, retired, or an active or reserve member of the United States Navy Seals and received certification from the UDT/SEAL Association, Inc. or the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the UDT/SEAL.
The “Protect Our Rivers’ Group Special license plate may be issued to a person who provides proof of their $25 donation to Colorado Trout Unlimited and receives a confirmation certificate.
Each new license plate may be issued to passenger cars, motorcycles, trucks, and non-commercial or recreational motor vehicles not exceeding 16,000 pounds empty weight.
Finally, the Division of Motor Vehicles will implement amended administrative sanctions associated with “persistent drunk drivers” (PDD) in Colorado. The amended definition of a persistent drunk driver will now include any person who refuses to take, complete or cooperate in a test of their breath, blood, urine or saliva as required by law. The law requires such person to reinstate their driving privileges and hold a restricted license, requiring use of an ignition Interlock device. The law also amends the administrative sanctions associated with impaired driving arrests.
The newly implemented laws will allow the Division of Motor Vehicles to serve their customers more effectively and efficiently and improve road safety in the upcoming years.
News release attached.