Denver Motor Vehicle Will Reopen for In-Person Services June 29, 2020
All Denver Motor Vehicle locations are open for in-person transactions. We are experiencing long wait times and encourage customers to use alternate methods for completing transactions when possible.
Customers will notice physical and process changes implemented to protect both customers and staff from potential COVID-19 exposure including:
Lobby areas must remain at a safe capacity. Clients will first check-in at the facility and DMV staff will notify you when it is safe to enter the building.
Clients with completed paperwork who are paying by check can place their information into the drop box at any of the five branch offices and staff will process and send the updated registration within 3-4 business days.
Residents may also use online*, mail, and phone options for renewals, new registrations, disability placards, and other transactions. Visit mydmv.colorado.gov.
The City is providing a grace period for expired registrations through July 31, 2020. Denver Police Department and Denver Right of Way Enforcement will not issue citations for expired tags during this time.
*If you live in Denver and renew your expired registration online after July 1, you may be charged a late fee. Request a refund of late fees by completing this form. Denver is waiving late fees through July 31, 2020.
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.
These plate types are not considered specialty plates and are issued at the DMV during the time of your registration.
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:
Denver Motor Vehicle will hold your personalized plates for twelve months from the time of payment. After that time, your plates will be returned to the State of Colorado Motor Vehicle Business Group to be destroyed. *Use our online service to schedule your plate pickup at one of our locations most convenient to you.
Yes. You will not be able to get a refund for your personalized plate fees, however. You will have to reapply with new fees if you want a different personalized plate configuration.