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Taxes and Fees
Special Mobile Machinery
Low Speed Electric Vehicle
Print On Demand License Plates
Emergency Vehicle Authorization
Permanent Fleet Registration
Inoperable Collector's Item Registration
Low -Power Scooter
What do I need to register my vehicle?
If the vehicle was titled in another state a
must be completed. Please see
Titling a Vehicle
Title assigned in owner's name or current out of state registration.
Secure and Verifiable Identification Information
Proof of Colorado Vehicle Emissions (if applicable)
Proof Of Insurance:
Registration of your vehicle(s) may be denied or delayed if the Colorado Motor Vehicle Registration file does not show insurance coverage for the vehicle(s). You must provide any of these forms of proof to your county motor vehicle office before you can register your vehicle(s). For more information, please view Rule 46. Application for Registration- Proof of Insurance.
Forms of Proof:
Colorado Insurance card
Copy of your Colorado insurance policy
A letter from your insurance company (on company letterhead)
Computer printout from insurer.
Facsimile of the proof of insurance.
Electronic proof of insurance that is not otherwise available to the department. This may be, but is not limited to, insurer provided electronic image/proof on applicant’s cellular phone, lap top, or other portable type of electronic device.
If web-based services are available, the department may use applicant’s insurer provided web-based services for proof of insurance.
Electronic mail sent from the applicant’s insurer.
Acceptable types of insurance polices
Vehicle Specific – Identifies the vehicle by VIN, year, make, and specifies the term of coverage.
Commercial – Covers a fleet of vehicles and drivers, identifies the commercial entity and specifies the term of coverage.
Self insurance – Certificate of self insurance issued by the State Commissioner of Insurance to an owner of twenty-five or more vehicles
Blanket/Operator – Covers the insured driver for any vehicle driven by them, specific vehicles are not listed. Specifies the term of coverage
Owner/Operator Broad Form – The policy insures any or all vehicles owned by a person or business. The person or business name must show as one
of the owners of the vehicle. This policy is not vehicle specific.
Affidavit of Non-Use of Vehicle
Colorado residents who wish to register vehicles that will not be operated for a period of time or are temporarily residing out of state with valid out of state insurance, may complete the
Affidavit of Non-Use
and submit it to their county motor vehicle office.
How are vehicles defined in Colorado?
"Vehicle" means a device that is capable of moving itself, or of being moved, from place to place upon wheels or endless tracks. "Vehicle" includes, without limitation, a bicycle, electrical assisted bicycle, or EPAMD, but does not include a wheelchair, off-highway vehicle, snowmobile, farm tractor, or implement of husbandry designed primarily or exclusively for use and used in agricultural operations or any device moved exclusively over stationary rails or tracks or designed to move primarily through the air.
Within sixty days after purchase (42-3-103(1)(a) C.R.S.)
Within ninety days after becoming a resident of Colorado
An owner of a foreign vehicle operated within this state (42-3-103(2) C.R.S.)
Every nonresident person who operates a business within this state and owns and operates in such business any motor vehicle trailer, semi-trailer, or trailer coach (42-3-103(3) C.R.S.)
Within forty-five days after the owner has returned to the United States (42-3-103(4)(b) C.R.S.)
Payment of Taxes and 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.
The following counties 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.
Registration exemptions may apply. Contact your county motor vehicle office for details or to register your vehicle.
(25) A credit shall be allowed for taxes paid on any item of Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, or Class F personal property if the owner disposes of the vehicle during the registration period or if the owner converts the vehicle from any class of personal property to Class F property. The credit may apply to payments of taxes on a subsequent application by the owner for registration of an item of Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, or Class F personal property made during the registration period or may be assigned by the owner to the transferee of the property for which taxes were paid; except that, when the transferee is a dealer in new or used vehicles, the transferee shall account to the owner for any assignment of the credit. The credit shall be prorated based on the number of months remaining in the registration period after the transfer and disposal of the vehicle. The calculation for the credit shall be determined by using the period beginning with the first day of the month following the date of transfer through the last day of the month for the period for which the vehicle was registered. Specific ownership tax credit will be allowed only if the total ownership tax credit due exceeds ten dollars.
C.R.S. 42-3-115(1) Whenever the owner of a motor vehicle registered under this article transfers or assigns the owner's title or interest, the registration of such vehicle shall expire, and such owner shall remove the number plates. The owner, upon applying for registration in such owner's name during the same registration period of another motor vehicle, may receive credit upon the fees due for such new registration for such portion of the fees paid for the cancelled registration as the department may determine to be proper and proportionate to the unexpired part of the original term of registration. A transfer fee of one dollar shall be paid in all cases.
Please contact your county of residence for more information.