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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:

  • Glass dividers at all customer-facing windows
  • Physical distancing cues to help customers observe social distancing
  • Increased cleaning frequency for high traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer for staff and clients, face masks for all staff and for clients who forget their mask, and other protective measures

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

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.

To learn more about current Emissions Testing, visit our Emissions page.

To learn about guidance for New Vehicle Purchases, visit our  Register a New or Used Vehicle page.

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The Denver County Motor Vehicle Department provides disability plates and placards to persons with disabilities who reside in Denver County only. Disability plates and placards permit qualified applicants to park their vehicle, or a vehicle in which they are a passenger, in designated disability parking spaces. If you are not a Denver County resident, please visit the State of Colorado DMV website to locate your branch office.


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To qualify for disability plates and placards, see the criteria listed below.
All criteria require certification by a person fully licensed to practice medicine in Colorado.


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  • Mobility: Persons who cannot walk two hundred feet without stopping to rest.
  • Assisted Mobility: Persons who cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device.
  • Respiratory: Persons who are restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person's forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second when measured by spirometry is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty mm/hg on room air or at rest.
  • Oxygen: Persons who use portable oxygen.
  • Cardiac: Persons who have a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classified in severity as Class III or Class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association.
  • Other: Persons who are severely limited in their ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.

How to apply for plates and placards


The application process for plates and placards is the same. Denver County residents may bring all documentation listed below to any of our Denver DMV branch office locations and see the options above for applicable fees.


 Where to place placards

Permanent placards will be issued at the time of your transaction and should be placed visibly inside the vehicle of which the person with a disability is a passenger. Placards may be moved from one vehicle to another.


To apply for temporary placards, Denver County residents should bring all documentation listed below to any of our Denver DMV branch office locations (Denver residents only). Temporary placards are free of charge.


 Where to place placards

Permanent placards will be issued at the time of your transaction and should be placed visibly inside the vehicle of which the person with a disability is a passenger. Placards may be moved from one vehicle to another.


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