Transportation / Automobiles

It is not really necessary to have a car while you are a student at Naropa. All students are provided with local bus passes, which allow them to use Boulder's excellent public transportation system free of charge. Students also have access to Naropa's bike fleet: bicycles that may be borrowed free of charge for up to two weeks at a time.

Car Registration

If you bring a car to Boulder or purchase one here, you must register the car in Boulder County as soon as you arrive and you must be in possession of a valid driver's license.

To register your car, you must go to:

The Motor Vehicle Office
1750 33rd Street

Driver's License

In Colorado, you may use one of three driver's licenses: a license from your country of citizenship, an international driver's license, or a Colorado Driver's License. In order to apply for a Colorado license, you must go to:

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) 2850 Iris Avenue

(The DMV is very close to the 28th and Iris intersection);

Steps to Obtain a Colorado Driver's License

  1. Obtain a Colorado Driver Handbook. This is most easily done online at, where it can be downloaded as a PDF, but hard copies are also available at the DMV.
  2. When you are ready to take the tests required for your license, bring your passport, I-20, and I-94 to the DMV. There will be:
    • A written exam
    • An eye exam (bring your glasses)
    • A driving test (you must provide the car)
    • Fees charged for the permit (necessary to take the driving test) and the license, when you pass; be sure to look up the current fees and be sure to bring either cash or a checkbook with you.

You can take the written test first and the driving test at a later date if you prefer. You can call for an appointment for the driving test at 303-442-3006. If you pass the examination, you will be issued a regular Colorado Driver License.

If you own an automobile, you must have approved Colorado motor vehicle liability insurance, as Colorado law requires this. Consult any reliable insurance agent. The cost of automobile insurance is high. Depending on your age, the kind of car you drive, the specific types of coverage you have, and other factors, it will cost between $500 and $1000 per year. Insurance must be considered an essential part of the expenses involved in owning an automobile, as much as the original purchase price, operating expenses, and maintenance. Do not drive an automobile that is not insured.