There are two types of suspensions that can result from a DUI or DWAI in Colorado:
Administrative Per Se Law – This is an automatic suspension, imposed by the Colorado Department of Revenue upon arrest if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or higher.
Criminal Penalties:.This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement. Colorado has two designations for impaired driving: DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and DWAI (Driving While Ability is Impaired). DWAI is the designation for drivers whose BAC is between .05 and .08. You may be eligible for early reinstatement of your driver’s license after you have served one or two months of your suspension. To qualify, you will have to have an ignition interlock installed in every vehicle you own, co-own or have access to operate. If you are under 21 and have a BAC between .02% and .08% you face automatic revocation of your license.
Do not drive during your 30 day suspension period. For certain offenses you may be required to complete alcohol treatment classes and provide proof of enrollment or completion forms.
Contact Colorado Division of Motor Vehicle Driver Services at 303-205-5613 or online to see if you qualify for early license reinstatement with an interlock.
Call your insurance company and ask for an SR-22 Certificate.
Complete the following forms found online: Alcohol Certification (DR2598), Reinstatement Application (DR2870), Restricted License Ignition Interlock Agreement Affidavit (DR2058).
Call LifeSafer Ignition Interlock at 800-634-3077 to schedule your ignition interlock installation. Ask about offers and money saving discounts.
Bring your completed forms and the $95 fee to the Department of Revenue.