Denver Motor Vehicle Branches Closed
To protect the health and safety of our community and limit the spread of COVID-19, Denver’s motor vehicle branches are closed to the public until further notice. We are only processing online registrations at this time.
You can renew online, but if your registration requires an in-person visit, the city is providing a grace period for expired registrations through May 31. Denver Police Department will not issue citations for expired tags during this time. For extra peace of mind, you can obtain a letter from the state to keep in your vehicle at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/DMVCOVID-19.
Many transactions can be completed online including:
New tags will be mailed in approximately 2-3 weeks and you will receive a letter to keep with you in your vehicle until they arrive.
Emmissions Stations Are Closed!
Emissions stations are currently closed and the Denver Department of Motor Vehicles, like the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles, does not have the authority to waive emissions test for vehicle registration. Vehicle owners who need an emissions test to renew their registration should visit www.colorado.gov/pacific/ dmv/how-covid-19-closure-affects-vehicle-services and fill out the “Unable to Renew Online” form to request a vehicle registration extension.
Visit the Air Care Colorado at www.AirCareColorado.com for emissions station closure updates.
The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles requires residents of Denver County to get emissions inspections as part of the State's overall strategy to improve air quality throughout Denver and the front range. Vehicles from a model year of 1981 or older must have an emissions test annually; vehicles from model year 1982 and newer must test every other year. You must obtain an emissions test:
Proof of valid vehicle insurance coverage is required by state law. The Department of Motor Vehicle will accept an insurance card, copy of insurance policy or letter from your insurance company on their letterhead including a description of the vehicle with the following information: year, make, model, vehicle identification number (VIN), effective date and expiration date of the policy. We will also accept proof of insurance displayed electronically via smartphone.
Questions about proof of insurance for registration renewals?
Even if you have provided proof of insurance in the past, you may be asked to provide it again if your insurance carrier has not transmitted data for your proof of insurance to the State of Colorado. Insurance companies are required by law to provide necessary information on their policy holders to the State database by the seventh day of each month. If your insurance company has not submitted this information in time, you will need to provide proof of insurance to the DMV by mail, fax, in-person, or by email attachment displayed on a smartphone at the DMV, before your registration can be renewed. Contact your insurance company to provide proper verification.
Want to renew online but need an emissions test? No problem! Get your emissions test and wait approximately 48 hours. The emissions information will be uploaded to the state portal during that time frame and you will be able to renew online.