Driver’s license office open in Castle Rock
by Terri Wiebold with information provided by Douglas County
County residents living and working in the southern areas of Douglas County can renew their driver’s license, change their address, and get a Colorado ID at Douglas County’s new Driver’s License Office in Castle Rock.
The Castle Rock driver’s license office handles renewals, out-of-state transfers, and motor vehicle records. It does not issue new driver’s licenses, commercial licenses, learner’s permits or driver’s tests. Citizens will need to visit the Parker or Littleton facility for these services.
According to Motor Vehicle Manager Carolyn Ringler, “Citizens have been requesting the re-opening of a driver’s license office since the State closed its Castle Rock office in December 2002 due to budget constraints. Since that time, the County has grown by an additional 50,000 citizens resulting in a growing need for these services.”
The County and the State have partnered in re-opening an office in Castle Rock to meet the growing demand, with the State allowing the County to act as its agent. The State supplied all equipment and computers for the new facility, and the County provided all employees, office space and operating funds.
The County will assess citizen use of the facility, and thus the financial feasibility of the operation over the next three years to determine the long-term viability of this location, according to Clerk and Recorder Jack Arrowsmith.
Lead driver’s license examiner for the Castle Rock office, Eric McKee, says things are a bit slow for his taste, but ever since they opened in January things have grown steadily.
McKee said that an additional service of permit-to-license services will be added. “This would allow teenagers who have fulfilled both the written and driving requirements to get ‘signed off’ and receive their license,” he said.
The Castle Rock driver’s license office is located at 402 Wilcox Street. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fees are $21 to renew a license, $10.50 for a Colorado ID and there is no charge to update address information.
For more information call the Castle Rock driver’s license hot line at 303-627-0985.