State of Colorado offices are responding to the emergency situation created by the coronavirus known as COVID-19 with a variety of steps. Governor Jared Polis has issued directives including: closing departments to public access, extending deadlines, and clarifying unemployment insurance eligibility for those whose incomes have been affected.

Dept. of Motor Vehicle and Dept. of Revenue

The Governor announced Dept. of Motor Vehicle (DMV) and Dept. of Revenue (DOR) facilities will be closed to the public for one month from March 18 – April 18. But many operations and processes will continue.

All state driver license offices will be closed to the public but will continue to process online license and ID renewals and other DMV online services. Those that cannot complete renewals online are encouraged to call the DMV call center at 303-205-5600, which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Coloradans specifically seeking CO-RCSA services [Colorado Road and Community Safety Act] or information should call 303-205-2335. Customers who have appointments will need to reschedule them once normal operations resume but are encouraged to try the many online services available at DMV .

Colorado’s Unemployment Insurance Division

Colorado is offering unemployment benefits for workers affected by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Photo by The Denver Post.

Colorado’s Unemployment Insurance Division is responding to questions from both employers and workers impacted by closures as a result of the coronavirus. Employees experiencing a reduction in hours or layoffs are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits, which can provide partial wage replacement, at https://www.colorado.gov/cdle/unemployment

The state is reminding employers that they may also be eligible for programs, such as the Colorado Work Share program to avoid layoffs. This program allows employers to split the cost to retain employees with Colorado Unemployment Insurance.

To respond to this public health emergency, the State of Colorado has also announced that it will need extra staff to contend with a surge in cases in the very near future. The state’s jobs database, ConnectingColorado.com will continue to post listings for statewide jobs available.

The Governor’s full emergency declaration is available here:

Readers can also view the Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment directive on COVID-19