Effective July 1, 2006: Regardless of purchase date, the only person(s) that may pick up a title, registration and/or plates at the county must be a named owner of the vehicle. If not named on the paperwork, an original notarized power of attorney will be required.
License plates in Colorado belong to the owner and do not transfer to a buyer upon the sale of a vehicle. Please keep your tags when selling your vehicle, do not leave them with the new owner! Contact Gilpin MV to have them removed from your name.
When you purchase a vehicle you will need to buy new plates. You can order personalized plates based on your current plate configuration and use the new plate, but as of January 1, 2022 SB21-069 does not allow us to transfer old plates to a new vehicle. You can however, transfer personalized plates to a new vehicle.
New residents must register their vehicles within 90 days after becoming a resident. Late fees will apply beyond 90 days.
- Own and operate a business.
- Are gainfully employed in Colorado
- Resides in Colorado for 90 consecutive days.
The State of Colorado maintains a database of insured vehicles, based upon information submitted by insurance agents. By law, the Clerk & Recorder's Office is required to verify insurance coverage for any vehicle at the time of registration before we can issue license plates to you. If your agent has not submitted your vehicle coverage information to the state database, your record of insurance will not be on the database. You will need to show us proof of Colorado insurance for that specific vehicle if verification is not available through the database.
The actual cost of the plates is determined by several factors; the weight of the vehicle, the date of purchase, the taxable value, whether or not sales tax will be due, and whether or not the title fee has been paid. Below are the fees you may be charged when licensing a vehicle:
- The license fee is based on the weight of the vehicle.
- The ownership tax is based on the year of the new vehicle, taxable value, and the date of the purchase.
- If you purchased the vehicle from a Colorado dealer, the dealer will collect State sales tax. If you purchase a vehicle from a private party, the sales tax will be collected by our office. (See Sales Tax Information). A bill of sale will be required to verify the purchase price unless there is a place on the title for purchase price.
- The title fee of $8.20 is collected when you transfer title to a vehicle.
- We are unable to give an estimate of how much you will owe. You may calculate an estimate at mydmv.colorado.gov under the Vehicle Services tab.
Upon registration you will receive a set of two license plates and two tabs to be placed on the rear license plate. One tab, which indicates the month of expiration, should be placed in the lower left corner of the rear plate. The second tab, which indicates the year of expiration, should be placed in the lower right corner of the rear plate.