Denver, CO asked in DUI / DWI for Colorado

Q: Can I get a Colorado ID if I have a bench warrant? Will the DMV check for warrants?

I believe the warrant is for not completing probation for a DUI.

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Sean Maye
Sean Maye
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Denver, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: This is an interesting question. If you have an active warrant for your arrest, it is very likely that the DMV, which has access to various government records, will see your warrant and contact the police to arrest you - especially if your criminal bench warrant is related to a traffic offense (i.e. DUI).

I think you are not likely to get a license if you violated DUI probation. You likely have outstanding costs/fees that have to be paid, notwithstanding any administrative limits you might face by having an active DUI probation warrant.

Get in contact with a lawyer and your PO to first try and clear the warrant. If you do that first, thing will be far less complicated.

Mr.  H. Michael Steinberg
Mr. H. Michael Steinberg
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  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Greenwood Village, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: The quick answer is yes.. It is my understanding that the DMV is hooked into the state warrant system and will deny driver's licenses and ID cards to individuals with existing warrants. Also, be careful - you could be arrested at the DMV if you personally appear and they learn of the existing warrant. Best

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