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How to Obtain Driving Instructor Certification in Colorado

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After you obtain your Colorado driver’s license and turn 21, you can get driving instructor certification in the state through a driving school that offers a certifying program. The Motor Vehicles Division of the Colorado Department of Revenue regulates driving schools and instructors. A school will complete a criminal background check on you and investigate your driving record before it allows you to enroll in its training program.

Attend 40 hours of classroom and laboratory training to become qualified to teach students the laboratory phase of driving instruction. The laboratory portion of the program refers to behind-the-wheel activities that prepare you to show someone how to drive.

Complete 80 hours of classroom and laboratory training to become qualified to teach students theory and hands-on driving.

Take the driving instructor license exam given by the Colorado Department of Revenue. Get a score of 85 percent on the multiple-choice test to receive your certification. If you fail, you may retake the exam two more times that calendar year.

Tip

The Colorado Department of Revenue requires you to be an employee of a licensed driving school to work as a driving instructor.

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