• Temporary tags / plates

    Damaged plates

    The Denver County Motor Vehicle Department will issue temporary tags / plates to Denver residents only. If you are not a Denver County resident, please visit the State of Colorado DMV to locate your branch office.

    How to obtain temporary tags / plates

     Temporary tags expire at midnight on the date shown on the temporary tag. There is no grace or extension period offered for temporary tags.


    The Denver DMV will issue temporary tags to Denver Residents only. You may obtain a temporary tag from one of our DMV branch offices within 90 days of the purchase of a vehicle. Temporary tags are valid for 60 days after the date of issue. The County collects applicable fees and taxes when a permit is issued.

    Please be prepared to bring the following documents to one of our Denver DMV branch offices (Denver residents only):

    • Owner identification (secure and verifiable) or designated power of attorney. Anyone other than a named owner must present a completed and notarized Form DR2175 Power of Attorney.
    • Vehicle title must be properly assigned.
    • Copy of the title to prove ownership with a bill of sale

     Note: If you do not receive a Title Complete Notice or Title Receipt within 7-10 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.


    Temporary permits issued by dealers are one-time permits.  In the event of a problem with the title, lien or other paperwork, a 30-day extension may be issued at one of Denver's DMV branch offices.

    Extensions on dealer issued temporary tags

    If you need an extension on a temporary tag issued by a dealer while waiting for a Title Complete Notice to be process, please be prepared to bring the documents below to one of our Denver DMV branch offices (Denver residents only). Temporary tags expire at midnight on the date shown on the temporary tag. There is no grace period offered for temporary tags. To get an extension on a dealer-issued temporary tag, please bring:

    • Owner identification (secure and verifiable) or designated power of attorney. Anyone other than a named owner must present a completed and notarized Form DR2175 Power of Attorney.
    • A letter from the bank or dealer indicating a problem with the lien or paperwork
    • A temporary slip issued by the dealer or your copy of the dealer paperwork

    There are several special circumstances in which a 10-day temporary permit may be issued: These include the following.

    • For failure of emissions test, a permit may be issued for retesting. (For extensive emission repairs, contact the State of Colorado for information about obtaining an emissions waiver.)
    • To obtain an emissions test for vehicle with expired plates.
    • Paperwork not received in office.
    • Vehicle in-transit.(To another State)
    • Emergencies.
    • Computer system down time.

    Fees for temporary tags / plates

    The fee for a temporary permit includes sales tax and late fees (if applicable), plus $6.22 for the temporary permit.

     Holiday closure notice

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


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