COLORADO SPRINGS — Drivers in Colorado will now be able to take their learner’s permit test online from the comfort of their homes.
Colorado’s Division of Motor Vehicles has rolled out its newest service, the Online Driving Knowledge Test, which gives Coloradoans the ability to test an instructional license online anytime, anywhere, without an appointment. you as long as they have internet access and a working webcam.
Drivers can take the test at home by pre-registering at myDMV.Colorado.gov [mydmv.colorado.gov]. With the exception of the $5 test fee and the $1.50 credit card processing fee, @Home driving knowledge tests have the same fees as the written test. The $6.50 is not paid to the state, but rather to the hosted service provider. Subsequent attempts will cost $17.65 each, with the state collecting $11.15 of the total.
“For our family, online options are really great,” Fiona Feickert said.
Her 14-year-old son, Daniel, gets his license in December. He likes to do most things online rather than in person.
“He loves in-person group and engineering classes, but if he just has to regurgitate knowledge, he wants to do it online,” Feickert said.
She says the home testing option could help her family immensely.
“We have a big family, we have places to go and things to do every day. It’s one more place we don’t have to go,” Feickert said.
Her two oldest children used First Drive, a local driving school. She went back to them because they give a discount to siblings.
“We can do this for Daniel and have him take the test throughout the class. However, if we decide we don’t want to go anywhere else, especially if we end up with sick family over the Christmas holidays , which is a possibility, we could just do it online and we wouldn’t have to worry about who is healthy and who needs to stay home,” Feickert said.
The Department of Motor Vehicles says the service will make the process easier and more convenient, especially for working families and rural Coloradans.
“It is convenient, allows Coloradans to take the test on their own terms and schedules. Provides testing after hours and on weekends,” said Lori Daigle, Acting Director of the Driver Licensing Section, Department of Motor Vehicles.
Measures are also in place to ensure the integrity of each exam’s results, such as active cursor and video monitoring.
“The Colorado DMV employs a strict anti-cheat measure through a secure internet browser. This includes camera validation and third-party identity verification,” Daigle said.
“I think other states are going to start copying us because that’s the way to go,” Daigle said.
More information about home testing can be found at coathometesting.com [coathometesting.com] or by visiting DMV.Colorado.gov/home-driving-knowledge-tests [dmv.colorado.gov]