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As a part of the States continuing commitment to safety on the roads and responsible driver education, I am proud to present this years manual.John Hickenlooper Governor State of ColoradoColorado Driver Handbook3Introduction1.The Drivers License .............................................. 31.1Persons Required to have a Drivers license ........... 31.2Persons Who Cannot be Issued a ColoradoDrivers license ......................................................... 31.3Obtaining a Colorado Drivers license...................... 31.4Classes of Colorado Drivers license ....................... 41.5Parent Consent for Minor/ Affdavit ofLiability and Guardianship ........................................ 42.Types Of Instruction PermitsAnd License ............................................................ 43.New Resident/Renewal .......................................... 63.1New Resident With a Valid License ......................... 63.2Renewal of a Colorado Drivers license or Instruction Permit ..................................................... 64.Duplicate Drivers License .................................... 64.1Lost, Stolen or Mutilated License or Permit ............. 64.2Change of Name and/or Address ............................. 65.Extension Of ColoradoDrivers License ..................................................... 76.Keeping Your License ............................................ 76.1Re-Examination ....................................................... 76.2Colorado Point System ............................................ 76.3Your Driving Privilege May be Suspended,Revoked or Canceled if you... .................................. 87.Understanding Colorados Motor Vehicle Laws .. 87.1Motor Vehicle insurance Database Law ................... 87.2Financial Responsibility LawCompulsory Insurance ............................................. 87.3Colorados Safety Belt Law ...................................... 97.4Colorados Child Passenger Protection Law ............ 97.5Colorados Graduated License Law ......................... 97.6Occupants of Vehicles ............................................. 97.7Using a Cell Phone While Driving ............................ 97.8Toy Vehicles ............................................................. 97.9License Plates .......................................................... 98.Driving Under The Infuence ............................... 108.1Alcohol and Driving ................................................ 108.2Drugs and Driving .................................................. 108.3Express Consent .................................................... 118.4Under Age 21........................................................ 119.Before You Drive .................................................. 1110.Rules Of The Road ............................................... 1210.1Traffc Controls ....................................................... 1210.1a Traffc Signals .............................................. 1210.1b Traffc Signs ................................................. 1310.1cPavement Markings .................................... 1510.1d Lane Controls ............................................... 1510.2Right of Way ........................................................... 1610.3Speed ..................................................................... 1710.4Turning ................................................................... 1810.5Parking ................................................................... 1911.Safe Driving Tips .................................................. 1911.1Steering .................................................................. 1911.2Scanning ................................................................ 2011.3Following Another Vehicle ...................................... 2011.4Adjusting to Traffc ................................................. 2011.5Trouble Spots ......................................................... 2011.6Entering the Freeway............................................ 2011.6a Freeway Driving.......................................... 2111.6b Leaving the Freeway .................................... 2111.7Changing Lanes ..................................................... 2111.8Passing .................................................................. 2111.9Hills and Curves ..................................................... 2111.10Night Driving .......................................................... 2111.11Bad Weather .......................................................... 2211.11a Snow and Ice .............................................. 2211.12Mountain Driving .................................................... 2311.13Rural Driving .......................................................... 2311.14Construction Zones ................................................ 2312.Sharing The Road ................................................ 2312.1Large Trucks and Buses ........................................ 2312.2Railroad Crossings ................................................. 2412.3Light Rail ................................................................ 2512.4Bicycles and Motorcycles ....................................... 2612.5Careless/Reckless Driving ..................................... 2612.6Aggressive Driving ................................................. 2613.THE DRIVE Test .................................................... 2714.Emergencies ......................................................... 2814.1Avoiding Collisions ................................................. 2814.2Vehicle Emergencies ............................................. 2814.2a Brake Failure ................................................ 2814.2b Tire Blowout ................................................. 2814.2c Power Failure ............................................... 2814.2d Headlight Failure .......................................... 2814.2e Jammed Gas Pedal ..................................... 2914.2f Drivingoff the Pavement .............................. 2914.3Animals .................................................................. 2914.4Accidents ............................................................... 2914.5First Aid .................................................................. 2915.Pedestrians ........................................................... 2916.Bicycles ................................................................ 3017.Organ Donation .................................................... 3018.Service Center Guide ........................................... 3118.1Drivers license ....................................................... 3118.1a Services ....................................................... 3118.1b Offce Locations ........................................... 3318.2County Offces ( Vehicle License Plates) ............... 3519.Drive Time Log Sheet .......................................... 37DR 2337 (08/01/14)Table Of ContentsColorado Driver Handbook4Colorado State Patrol700 Kipling St.Denver, Colorado 80215Public Affairs: 303.239.4574Take, TWO Seconds for Safety!Take two-seconds to fasten your seat belt. Take two deep breaths to become centered. Take two-seconds to be mindful of how unacceptable driving behavior can affect your life and others.Use the Colorado State Patrols TWO Seconds for Safety salute to remind yourself and others to be civil on our highways. When confronted by an aggressive driver, ignore them and get out of their way. Avoid eye contact. Maintain a positive attitude when you drive!Unacceptable aggressive driving behavior includes tailgating, weaving in and out of traffc, passing on the right or the shoulder of the highway, cutting people off, failure to allow others to merge or pass, obscene hand gestures, honking, yelling or fashing lights, exceeding the speed limit, bumping or ramming another vehicle or brandishing weapons.Start Taking an Active Role To report an aggressive driver, road hazards or request assistance, you can use your cell phone to make a free call directly to the Colorado State Patrol by dialing STAR CSP (*277). Colorado Driver Handbook5IntroductionThe purpose of this Driver Handbook is to provide you with information on how to become a safe driver.The Driver Handbook is a summary of the laws, rules and safe driving practices that apply to all persons who drive a vehicle in the state of Colorado. It is based on current laws, legislation and department policies and is subject to change. It is not a book of laws and should not be used as a basis for any legal claims or actions. It is a book of information only and does not supersede Colorado Revised Statutes. Traffc regulations in cities, towns, counties and federal territories may go beyond state laws, as long as they do not confict with state law. For more information on Colorado motor vehicle laws refer to the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) Vehicles and Traffc, Title 42 Common Code book. Dont discard this handbook after you have obtained your license; keep it as a reference or pass it on to another applicant.1. The Drivers License1.1Persons Required To Have A Drivers License: Any person who operates a motor vehicle, motor-driven cycle or moped on the public streets and highways in Colorado is required to be at least 16 years of age and have a valid drivers license.Resident: Per C.R.S. 42-1-102 (81), any person who owns or operates a business in Colorado or who has resided within the state continuously for 90 days or who has obtained gainful employment within this state, whichever shall occur frst, is considered a Colorado resident. (See New Resident 3)Special Exemptions C.R.S. 42-2-102 and 24-60-1106The following persons need not obtain a Colorado License provided they are 16 years of age or older and possess a valid license from their home state or state of last assignment.Colorado Residents: Any resident of this state who is emp