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Renew registration online, by mail, or in person

You must renew your vehicle registration annually. The Denver County DMV strives to send all Denver County residents a courtesy renewal notice each year. Please be sure your address is up to date to ensure you receive your notice.



The Denver DMV is improving the way we do business by making it even easier for our customers to use the mail for their license plate renewals. Our new renewal data mailer still includes information about emissions and insurance, but is now postage paid and includes a self-addressed envelope with an improved renewal coupon. 

Why wait in line? Skip the trip and renew by mail, phone, or online now! For more information, read our Frequently Asked Questions or to see a glimpse of the new format.


Renew online now!

Register online up to the last day of your grace period! If you have waited until the last minute and have not exceeded your one-month grace period, you can still register online and print a temporary certificate of registration. If you have exceeded your grace period, you must come into our  branch offices to renew (Denver residents only). 

Renew by phone

We can accept your credit card payment or electronic check by phone any time throughout your one-month grace period. Call (720) 865-4600.

Renew by mail

The mail in process requires you to mail your renewal notice and payment to the address below, and to include any required documents as stated on the renewal card (i.e., insurance, emissions, etc.).

Mailing Address
Denver Motor Vehicle Division
Denver, CO 80263-0001

Make all checks payable to Manager of Finance

 The average processing time for license plate renewals by mail is 2 to 4 weeks, so if you are already within your grace period and intend to drive the vehicle you are registering, do not mail your renewal after the 15th of the month to avoid a citation. Instead come in to one of our DMV branch offices to ensure you receive your registration prior to expiration of your tags.


Renew in person

We recommend that you utilize our online and mail-in process for registration renewal due to the length of time it may require for you to be served at the counter. If you are a Denver resident and need to come into the office because you are within 15 days from the expiration of your grace period, you may register in person at one of our DMV branch offices.

 You may only register your vehicle in the county in which you reside. If you live outside Denver County, please visit the State of Colorado DMV website for information about where to renew your registration in person.


Can another party complete my renewal?

Any third party may complete registration renewals so long as they bring all documents requested in the renewal notice. This includes renewals for students living out of state and military personnel.

How can I file for an extension?
Students, Military and other Colorado residents who are temporarily out of state may file for an emission extension. For rules and regulations visit our Emissions & Insurance page.

 Denver Motor Vehicle Division Eliminates Credit Card Fee for Vehicle Owners

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...


Didn't get your renewal notice in the mail?

If you forgot to notify the DMV of an address change or simply didn't get your renewal notice in the mail, you may still renew registration online  if you are still within the one-month  grace period for online renewal, provided you did not move to Denver County from another county.

Emission and insurance requirements

Emissions Testing. Vehicles which are older than 1981 must have an emissions test annually. 

Proof of Insurance. Insurance companies are required by law to submit their policyholder information to the State's database by the seventh day of each month. If your insurance carrier has not provided proof of insurance to the State, you will be required to provide proof of insurance for renewal by coming into one of our offices. Proof of insurance can provided in hard copy, faxed to one of our branch offices, or shown to our agents on your smartphone as an email attachment at the time of your visit to the DMV. Contact your insurance company for proper verification.


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