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DMV Temporarily Halts In Person Transactions Due to Heat

Denver Motor Vehicle will stop accepting additional clients at branch locations after 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 10 due to high temperatures outside. 

The DMV must maintain safe capacity in lobbies due to COVID-19 exposure risks and is experiencing long lines outside in hot temperatures. As we head into the hottest part of the day, those arriving after 12:30 p.m. will be asked to instead visit next week, to drop off their paperwork in the branch dropboxes or to complete their transactions online, by mail or by phone.


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Denver Motor Vehicle Will Reopen for In-Person Services June 29, 2020

All Denver Motor Vehicle locations will re-open for in-person transactions on Monday, June 29, 2020.

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. Once clients check-in at the facility, DMV staff will use a text messaging system to alert clients when it is their time to enter the building. Please bring a cell phone or mobile device to enable text notifications. 

Additionally, dropboxes have been installed at all DMV branch locations. Clients with completed paperwork who are paying by check can place their information into the dropbox and staff will process and send the updated registration within 3-4 business days. 

You may continue to 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.

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.

You must renew your vehicle registration annually. A courtesy renewal reminder is mailed within 30 days prior to your expiration month. Please be sure your address is up to date to ensure you receive your notice.

Our Renewal Notices are New and Improved!

Notices now include a postage paid self-addressed envelope and renewal coupon. As always, notices provide updates regarding emissions and insurance requirements.

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payment options - eCheck, Visa, Mastercard and Discover

Denver residents can register online to avoid visiting one of our branches. You can register online up until the last day of your grace period and if you are within the last 10 days of your grace period, you will receive a printable temporary registration to allow mailing time of your new registration. 

Renew By Phone

Denver Motor Vehicle accepts credit card or electronic check payments by phone. You can renew over the phone at any time but we recommend only using this service if you have at least 10 business days remaining in your grace period to allow for mailing time. We do not have the ability to issue temporary registrations with this service. Please call to inquire about eligibility.

Dial 720-865-4600 or 311 to renew by phone. Please have your license plate number and checking account or credit card information available.


Renew By Mail

Notices now include a postage paid self-addressed envelope and renewal coupon and provide information on emissions and insurance requirements. If you are unable to utilize our data mailer, our mailing address is:

Denver Motor Vehicle Division
Denver, CO 80263-0001

Make all checks payable to Manager of Finance. Renewals by mail must be mailed out prior to the last day of your expiration month to allow time for processing and mailing.

Renew In Person

To save you valuable time, we recommend utilizing our online, mail in or phone options but in order to serve you better in our branch offices we have implemented “renewal lines” to optimize your time and customer experience.

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?

Anyone may complete registration renewals with the vehicle registration, insurance, and emissions if required.

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.

Emission and insurance requirements

Emissions Testing. Vehicles with a model year of 1981 and older 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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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.