Bill HB1023 to ease foster kids’ access to driver’s licenses passes Colorado House committee

It’s one of the most treasured rites of passage in a teenager’s life, the day he or she gets that most coveted of adult documents: the driver’s license.

But for children in Colorado’s foster care system, that rite of passage is more often than not denied. State House Bill 1023, which won unanimous approval from the House Transportation and Energy Committee on Wednesday, aims to change that.

Current law requires counties to obtain permission from a foster parent for a foster child under the age of 17 1/2 to obtain a learner’s permit. To obtain a driver’s license, a minor must submit “driving logs” that show 50 hours of instruction. And those under the age of 16 who obtain a learner’s permit must be accompanied by the person who signs off on liability for that teen.