Colorado Permit Study Guide

Taking the DMV permit test in Colorado does not have to be scary.  Using this study guide, and taking the permit practice test will help make the process easy.

Drivers under the age of 16 in Colorado must complete a state approved driver's education or driver awareness program.  This program must be completed before you can take the written portion of the permit test.  Although a driver's education program can help teach you what you need to know for the test, it is also important to read the Colorado Driver Handbook so that you are fully prepared. Drivers over the age of 21 do not need to take the written permit test.

The written Colorado driver's permit test has 25 multiple choice questions, on which you must score an 80% or better to pass. Most questions have four possible answers that you can choose from, but some questions may have five.

The test will require you to know about traffic laws, road signs, driving under the influence and driver safety. You can find this information in various chapters of the Colorado Driver Handbook. Here is a listing of the most important chapters to read when preparing to take the written test:

  • Chapter 7: Understanding Colorado's Motor Vehicle Laws
  • Chapter 8: Driving Under the Influence
  • Chapter 9: Before You Drive
  • Chapter 10: Rules of the Road
  • Chapter 11: Safe Driving Tips
  • Chapter 12: Sharing the Road
  • Chapter 14: Emergencies
  • Chapter 15: Pedestrians
  • Chapter 16: Bicycles

As a teen, it is important pay special attention to any rules and restrictions that apply your age group in regards to obtaining and possessing a Colorado driver's permit.

It will be greatly beneficial to study prior to taking the exam. Make flash cards and take notes to help you learn important information, or try taking a practice test. Taking a Colorado permit practice test will give you a good idea of what the actual test will be like and what information will be most important to study.