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The Alive at 25 program helps participants recognize that their casual attitudes toward driving can cause collisions and violations, and encourages them to adopt safer approaches to driving. The program addresses peer pressure and how to manage it. Drivers learn through interactive video participation and role-playing exercises and have the opportunity to practice making responsible choices.

This four and a half hour driver’s awareness course is for young drivers ages 15-24. The courses are designed by the National Safety Council and include defensive driving, decision-making and taking responsibility.

Visit Alive at 25  for a course dates and locations in Colorado.

Why should I take the class?

If you want to get an instruction permit when you’re 15 years old, you need proof that you’ve taken a state-approved awareness program like Alive at 25.

More importantly, drivers younger than 25 are four times more likely to be involved in a serious motor vehicle accident than older drivers. Research shows this is a result of several factors:

  • Inexperience with the complexities of driving
  • Driving as a social activity
  • Lack of awareness of the consequences of risk-taking behavior
  • Peers in the vehicle with the young driver
  • Impaired driving
  • Speeding

Who teaches the class?

The Alive at 25 Program is taught by off-duty DCSO deputies and officers from other agencies who believe in the importance of this early intervention program designed to prevent driving decisions that can have tragic consequences. The deputies use real-life examples from working car crashes and fatalities involving inexperienced drivers.

How much does it cost?

  • Tuition is $39.00 for students who are taking the class to obtain their driver’s permit
  • $79.00 for students referred by the district attorney’s office or the courts to reduce their points or as part of a plea bargain.

What are Colorado’s permit and driver’s license requirements?

  • Drivers under 18 are required to hold an instruction permit for at least 12 months before getting a driver’s license.  An instruction permit allows them to drive when accompanied by a licensed driver ages 21 or older. Colorado residents 15 to 18 years old can get an instruction permit.
  • For a driver to obtain an instruction permit at age 15, they must provide documentation that they have completed a state-approved driver’s education course through a private driving school.
  • or a driver to obtain an instruction permit at age 15 ½ , they must provide documentation that they have completed 4 ½-hour, state-approved awareness program, such as Alive at 25.