Colorado DMV Point System

What is the Colorado DMV point system?

Under the Colorado DMV point system, your Colorado driver's license can be suspended if you accumulate too many “points” within a certain consecutive period of time. 

Like all the best Colorado DUI lawyers, the attorneys at the Colorado Legal Defense Group know, however, that the DMV isn't always right. We invite you to contact us for a free consultation if you are facing suspension or revocation of your Colorado driver license for too many points.

How many points will cost me my Colorado license?

The number of points at which the Colorado DMV will suspend your license depends on your age and whether you are a professional driver. For purposes of a suspension on points, the time periods are consecutive periods of time as follows:

Adults 21 and older:

  • 12 points in 12 months, or
  • 18 points in 24 months.

Minor drivers ages 18-20:

  • 9 points in 12 months,
  • 12 points in 24 months, or
  • 14 points or more between the ages of 18 and 21 years old.

Minor drivers under 18:

  • 6 points in 12 months, or
  • 7 points before turning 18.


The Colorado DMV uses a different point system for those whose points were incurred entirely while employed as a professional driver. These professional drivers include taxi cab drivers as well as traditional chauffeurs. It is up to you, however, to prove the points were incurred during the course of your employment.

The number of “chauffeur” points leading to a Colorado driver's license suspension are:

  • 16 points in 12 months,
  • 24 points in 24 months, or
  • 28 points in 48 months.

Examples of Colorado DMV points

The following are some examples of points for various Colorado driving crimes and traffic infractions:

  • Colorado DUI (driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol): 12 points.
  • Colorado DUI per se (driving with a BAC of .08% or higher): 12 points.
  • Colorado DWAI (driving while ability impaired): 8 points.
  • Colorado UDD (underage drinking and driving): 4 points
  • Leaving an accident scene: 12 points.
  • Speed contests: 12 points.
  • Evading an officer: 12 points.
  • Reckless driving: 8 points.
  • Careless driving: 4 points.
  • Speeding: 1-12 points, depending on MPH over the speed limit
  • Failure to show proof of insurance: 4 points.
  • Improper passing: 4 points.

Requirements for reinstatement of your Colorado license

The requirements for reinstatement of your license vary depending on what the suspension or revocation was for. But in most cases they include:

In addition, if you refused a DUI chemical test or your license was revoked or suspended due to alcohol and/or drug use, you may be required to provide some or all of the following:

You may also be subject to an eligibility hearing if your license was suspended due to:

Finally, if your license was revoked (as opposed to suspended), you will be required to take new eye, written and driving tests.

Check your Colorado driving record

You can purchase a non-certified copy of your Colorado motor vehicle record as any full-service driver's license office. For a certified copy, you must contact:

Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles
1881 Pierce St.
Lakewood, CO 80214.

Written requests must include:

  • Your full name
  • Date of birth
  • Driver license number (if available)
  • Full and legible signature
  • Photocopy of driver photo ID with signature
  • Check for $2.60 (for non-certified copy) or $3.20 (for a certified copy).

To report errors on your driving record, you can call the Colorado DMV at (303) 205-5600 or TDD (303) 205-5940.

 Call us for help…

If you or a loved one is facing a Colorado DMV license suspension or revocation, we may be able to help. Our compassionate Colorado DUI lawyers represent clients at DMV hearings throughout the state of Colorado. Communities we serve include Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora, Fort Collins, Lakewood, Thornton, Arvada, Westminster, and Centennial.

For more information, we invite you to call us at (720) 955-6112 or use the form on this page.

Our main Colorado DUI office is located at:

Colorado Legal Defense Group
4047 Tejon Street
Denver, CO 80211
(303) 222-0330

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