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New law allows immigrants to get driver's license with Social Security number

Posted at 1:14 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 15:14:42-05

DENVER — Starting on the first of the new year, Colorado residents who cannot prove their lawful presence in the United States will be able to use a Social Security number to obtain a driver's license.

This also works for an instruction permit or ID card.

This change comes as a result of Senate Bill 18-108, which the Colorado General Assembly passed this year to modify the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act, which includes simplifying the process for those seeking to get or renew a driver's license.

Currently, those residents are required to provide proof of an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) to get a license, and a Social Security number is not accepted.

As of Jan. 1, 2019, these are the requirements:

  • Proof of Social Security number or ITIN AND
  • Proof of Colorado tax return filing for the immediately preceding tax year and proof of current residency in Colorado OR
  • Three documents demonstrating proof of continuous residency in Colorado for the immediately preceding 24 months AND
  • An affidavit of residency (available at the driver license office) AND
  • A passport, consular ID card or military ID from the applicant’s country of origin AND
  • An affidavit that the applicant has applied or will apply as soon as the applicant is eligible for lawful presence within the U.S. (available at the driver license office)

Residents who just need their license renewed can do so online by clicking here. People applying for the first time must make an appointment at or by calling 303-205-5663.

For more information, click here.