If you are a Denver County resident who has recently purchased a vehicle (car, truck, SUV, or motor home) from a dealership, you must register your vehicle at one of our Denver County DMV branch locations. If you are not a Denver County resident, please visit the State of Colorado DMV website to locate your branch office.
New Colorado residents should visit our new resident registration instructions page.
When you purchase a vehicle from a dealership and will be making payments, the following will take place:
Note: If you do not receive a Title Complete Notice within 10 days prior to the expiration of your temporary tags, please call or visit any of our branch offices to check the status of your title paperwork.
You must come into one of our DMV branch offices to register your newly purchased vehicle. Below is a checklist detailing the types of documents a dealer may give you during the cash purchase of a vehicle. All documents supplied by the dealer should be brought with you when you come into our offices.
You must register in person at a Motor Vehicle office in the county where you reside. For information about where to register outside Denver County, visit the State of Colorado DMV Website. Visit our DMV branch offices page for Denver County DMV locations, hours and directions.
*Denver DMV Does NOT Administer Driver's Licenses
Beginning on January 1, 2015, the city eliminated the 2.7 percent service charge on credit card payments for drivers renewing their vehicle registration with the city. Read more...
Registration renewals must be completed by vehicle owners within the expiration time frame including the one-month grace period, or late fees of $25 per month—up to a total of $100 per vehicle—will be assessed. Vehicles owners who have recently purchased a car must register their new vehicle within 60 days or late fees with be assessed beginning on the 61st day after the purchase date if vehicle is not registered.
April expiration (including one month grace period) will be good through the last business day of the month, by May 29*:Add $25 – on June 1, if not registered
* The vehicle will also be subject to monthly back ownership tax and vehicle registration fees, which were due in April at the time of expiration.
The penalty for late registration of any non-motorized vehicle that weighs more than 2,000 pounds but not more than 16,000 pounds, and any camper trailer or multi-purpose trailer regardless of its weight, is $10.
March expiration (a month grace period) will be good through the last business day of the month, by April 30:
Add $25 – on May1, if not registered
Add $25 – on June 1, if not registered
Add $10 – on July 1, if not registered
July expiration (a month grace period) will be good through the last business day of the month, by August 31:
Add $10 – on Sept 1, if not registered
Get important information about selling or buying a vehicle such as why sellers need to remove their plates, or how you as a buyer can protect yourself from fraud by checking the title history. Visit our buyer and seller tips page.