The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles early next month will reopen nine driver’s license offices to commercial drivers on an appointment-only basis.
The DMV worked with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Department of Transportation and others to develop the limited openings, part of a measured effort to keep Colorado’s economy rolling, according to a Friday news release.
The offices, scheduled to reopen May 4, have been disinfected and cleaned. Glass barriers were installed at work stations to help minimize COVID-19 transmission risks, the release said.
“We have taken the necessary actions to resume CDL services in these nine offices in a manner that will protect the health and wellness of customers and employees while meeting the needs of the commercial motor vehicle industry.” said Mike Dixon, DMV senior director, in the release. “We remain dedicated to the people of Colorado and providing these essential DMV services in this challenging new environment.”
For Coloradans who are not commercial drivers, the DMV is making several changes to fight the spread of coronavirus including:
- Drivers 65 and older are temporarily able to renew online at mydmv.colorado.gov.
- Coloradans 21 to 64 whose license or ID will expire during stay-at-home closure and who are unable to renew online will receive a 60-day expiration date extension.
- Drivers under 21, if eligible, can renew online their driver’s license, instruction permit or identification card.
The plan for commercial driver’s licenses will allow the DMV to offer first-time issuance of written exams and CDLs. The steps will help commercial drivers keep grocers and many other critical businesses stocked, the release said.
The nine offices reopening Monday are in Aurora, Colorado Springs, Glenwood Springs, Golden, Lakewood (Westgate), Loveland, Montrose, Northglenn and Pueblo.
The offices will issue CDLs to applicants who have met all the training requirements, issue commercial learner’s permits, upgrade endorsements of CDLs and administer written exams.
“As the DMV rolls out these limited office openings, it is also allowing commercial driving testing units in Colorado to reopen so they can test new commercial drivers,” the release said. These testing units will also adhere to the CDC safety precaution measures.
To schedule an appointment, call 303-205-5613 and use option 4. People using the offices must wear face masks and gloves. No walk-in customers will be served. Anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be turned away, the release said.
Measures at the reopening offices will include social spacing, no more than 10 people, including workers, inside the office at any time, and an adequate supply of disinfectant cleaning supplies on hand. CDC guidelines will be practiced and followed.