• License plates

    All vehicles are required by Colorado State law to have both a front and back plate. Also visit our Buying or Selling a Vehicle page for more on operation of an unregistered vehicle ordriving without plates.

    Regular plates and fees

    These plate types are not considered specialty plates and are issued at the DMV during the time of your registration. Click a plate type below to find corresponding fees.

    Specialty plates and fees

     Notice about specialty plates: County Motor Vehicle offices will no longer issue specialty plates as of April 21, 2014. These plate types will be part of the State of Colorado's "Print on Demand" program. Please come into the Denver County DMV (Denver residents only) to choose your plates at the time of registration. Your plates will be mailed directly to your address within three weeks. 

    Click a plate type below to find corresponding fees.

    Common questions about personalized plates

    Denver Motor Vehicle will hold your personalized plates for twelve months from the time of payment. After that time, your plates will be returned to the State of Colorado Motor Vehicle Business Group to be destroyed. *Use our online service to schedule your plate pickup at one of our locations most convenient to you.
    Yes. You will not be able to get a refund for your personalized plate fees, however. You will have to reapply with new fees if you want a different personalized plate configuration.

     Holiday closure notice

    All Denver DMV offices will be CLOSED Thursday, Nov-27-2014 for Thanksgiving Day

     What to do about lost, stolen or damaged plates

    When buying a new vehicle, you are entitled to a credit from your old plates providing they are not expired. We require either the old plate, or the old registration to do so. If there is no time remaining on the plate they may still be transferred to the new vehicle within two years from the expiration date on the plate. A $1 transfer fee will apply in this case.

     Sellers, don't forget to remove your plates.

    By Colorado State Law, sellers must retain their own plates before the buyer drives away. If plates are left on the vehicle when transferred to a new owner, you could be liable for traffic tickets and other legal problems that are connected with the plate number—and with you.

    Visit the State of Colorado's website to learn about personalized plates, or download the personalized plate application now.

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