License Plates

Please note: Through August 2024, DMV branches will have rotating closures. View a schedule of all closures.

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

Regular Plates

These plate types are not considered specialty plates and are issued at the DMV during the time of your registration. View more information below on each type of plate from the State of Colorado's DMV website

Specialty Plates

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. 

Learn more about Print-On-Demand Plates below:

Learn About Vanity, Special, & Other License Plates

How to order personalized plates

  1. Visit the State of Colorado's website to complete an application for personalized plates.
  2. Mail your application to the address shown on the application form. *Do not mail payment with application. You will receive further instructions once your application has been approved.
  3. You will receive an approval letter by mail with a billing notice requesting payment for the appropriate fees. These must be submitted within twenty-one (21) days from the dated notice.