New Resident Registrations

New Resident Registrations

New Colorado residents are required to register a vehicle within 90 days of establishing residency. Vehicles must be registered in the county that you reside.

Definition of Colorado Resident

  • Any person who owns or operates any business in the State of Colorado
  • Any person who has resided within the State of Colorado continuously for 90 days
  • Any person who has obtained gainful employment within the State of Colorado

Registration Requirements

Provide the following to register a vehicle with an out-of-state title:

Estimated Fees

Registration fees cannot be estimated over the phone or by email. Estimates may be obtained online.

License Plate Information

Colorado issues license plates for a 12-month period. Renew your registration during either the:

  • One month prior to expiration month, or
  • Month indicated on the registration, or
  • Following month, known as the one month grace period

Late Fees

Colorado law requires residents to pay late fees. Late fees may not exceed $100. Temporary permits are not subject to a one-month grace period (C.R.S. 42-3-112, 42-3-114).

Contact Us

Motor Vehicle Division

303-413-7725 (Fax)
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F


Boulder: 1750 33rd Street
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Longmont: 529 Coffman Street
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Lafayette: 1376 Miners Drive
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Mailing Address

1750 33rd Street, Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80301