Colorado Department of Revenue
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Fees and Taxes



  Tax Booklet With Calculator and Pen


Registration Fees

Fees are based on the empty weight and type of vehicle being registered.

  • Additional fees may be collected based on county of residence and license plate selected.




Specific Ownership Taxes

  • These taxes are based on the year of manufacture of the vehicle and the original taxable value which is determined when the vehicle is new and does not change throughout the life of the vehicle.
  • Ownership tax is in lieu of personal property tax. Vehicles do not need to be operated in order to be assessed this tax.
  • The ownership tax rate is assessed on the original taxable value and year of service
    • Original taxable value is 85% of manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). 
    • The annual specific ownership tax is based on the year of service.



  • Cash
  • The following Counities accept MasterCard, Visa, Discover as payment options when titling and registering a vehicle: Adams, Alamosa, Arapahoe, Archuleta, Baca, Boulder, Broomfield, Chaffee, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Delta, Denver, Dolores, Douglas, Eagle, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Gunnison, Huerfano, Jackson, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lake, Larimer, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Ouray, Park, Phillips, Pitkin, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Routt, Saguache, San Miguel, Summit, Teller, Washington, Weld and Yuma accept Master Card, Visa, Discover and American Express as a payment option when titling and registering a vehicle.  Additional counties may be added at later dates.  Please contact your County Motor Vehicle office for updated information.