The effect a DUI has on your driving privileges is determined by the Legislature and administered by the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You have the opportunity to request a hearing with a DMV hearing officer and the arresting officer before restrictions go into effect. To reinstate your driver license, you may have to complete some or all of the following:

  • Serve a period of revocation
  • Install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle or the vehicle you drive
  • Pay a $95.00 license reinstatement fee
  • Provide proof of SR-22 insurance
  • Enroll in a required alcohol and drug education and treatment course

Restricted Driving Privileges

The process of having your driving privileges fully reinstated depends on your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) and whether it was your first impaired driving offense. You may be able to drive again after 30 days by installing an ignition interlock device in any vehicle you own or drive. This device monitors your BAC periodically as you drive and will report back to the DMV. If this is your first DUI and your BAC was .149 or lower, you may be able to get your full driving privileges reinstated sooner with 4 months of perfect performance on the ignition interlock device. First time offenders with a low BAC may also choose to not drive for 9 months and then reinstate their license.

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Offense No Drive Period Ignition Interlock Restricted License Early License Reinstatement
First DUI
(BAC ≤ .149)
1 month 8 months Yes, after 4 months with ignition interlock and no violations
2 or more DUIs
or BAC ≥ .15
1 month 2 years No
Refused BAC
Testing
2 months 2 years No

Education And Treatment

Both the DMV and the Court will require you to complete alcohol and drug education and treatment in order to fully reinstate your driving privileges. You will be required to complete a set number of hours for both education and treatment. Those hours must be completed over the course of a minimum time period. As an example, if you were assigned to Track A in the grid below, you would not be able to complete your 42 treatment hours in fewer than 21 weeks.

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Track Prior
DUI?
BAC Total
Education & Treatment

(hours, period)
Length of
Treatment

(hours)
Minimum
Treatment
Period

(weeks)
Length of
Education

(hours)
Minimum
Education
Period
A No < .15 66 hours,
5 months
42 21 24 12
B No ≥.15 or Refusals 76 hours,
6 months
52 26 24 12
C Yes < .15 92 hours,
8 months
68 34 24 12
D Yes ≥ .15 or
Refusals
110 hours,
10 months
86 43 24 12
F Yes 4 or more impaired driving offenses 180 hours,
18 months
180 72 0 0