Aspiring drivers can now take DMV’s Driving Knowledge Test online

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By Derek Kuhn  | Colorado Department of Revenue

The first step in obtaining an instruction permit in Colorado just got much more convenient.

The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is pleased to announce its newest service, online Driving Knowledge testing, which gives Coloradans the ability to test for an instruction permit online at any time, anywhere, no appointment needed as long as they have Internet access and a working webcam. Driving Knowledge Tests are often called written or permit tests colloquially.

Previously, aspiring drivers had to schedule a visit to a state driver’s license office to take a Driving Knowledge Test or do so through a driving school, but that’s no longer the case with the @Home Driving Knowledge testing application as long as they have an Internet-connected computer and a webcam. Colorado will continue to offer the in-office service as well. 

Any Coloradan old enough to test for an instruction permit can take an @Home Driving Knowledge Test by completing preregistration at myDMV.Colorado.gov. 

Except for a $5 testing fee and a $1.50 credit card processing fee, @Home Driving Knowledge Tests have the same fees as current, in-office Driving Knowledge Tests, which are free for the first attempt.

This means the first attempt with the @Home Driving Knowledge Tests platform is free of state fees. Subsequent attempts will cost $17.65 each, with the state collecting $11.15 of the total when visiting the DMV to get an instruction permit. 

It’s important to note the testing and credit card processing fees, totaling $6.50, are not paid to the state and are a convenience fee from the hosted-service vendor. Additionally, Coloradans can always test at a state driver’s license office, which offers the first two attempts for free.

After completing and passing an @Home Driving Knowledge Test, aspiring drivers will need to schedule a visit to a state driver’s license office to get an instruction permit. Coloradans can schedule an appointment after completing their exam at DMV.Colorado.gov/AppointmentScheduling.

Aspiring drivers younger than 19 will need someone 19 years old or older to register as a proxy for the exam. The proxy, in addition to the test taker, will receive the results of the test and as well as other notifications. The @Home Driving Knowledge testing application also has measures in place to ensure the integrity of each exam’s results, such as active cursor and video monitoring.

@Home Driving Knowledge Test questions are available in English and Spanish like the exam currently offered in state driver’s license offices and, if you have speakers connected to your computer, it can be read aloud in either language by the testing application.

More information on @Home Driving Knowledge Tests can be found at coathometesting.com or by visiting DMV.Colorado.gov/home-driving-knowledge-tests.

The addition of @Home Driving Knowledge Tests is part of the DMV’s sweeping efforts to better serve Coloradans and provide a 21st century customer experience.

Coloradans can DMV anywhere. Yes, anywhere. Online, in office or on the go, Coloradans have more options than ever before. Discover all the ways to DMV at DMV.Colorado.gov/Anywhere.