Some county buildings are reopening to the public on June 1, while other services remain online. See current safer-at-home order with face coverings.

Resources are available for those impacted by COVID-19. For help, submit questions or call 720-776-0822 weekdays (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Level 1 Fire Restrictions remain in place for western Boulder County. View the flyer and map for more details. No fires, no shooting.

What Happens to My Money?

What Happens to My Money?

Fees and taxes collected by the State of Colorado and the Boulder County Motor Vehicle Division are disbursed to several funds in accordance with state law.

Sales Tax (C.R.S. 39-26-113)

Sales taxes are due when a vehicle is purchased.

License Fee (C.R.S. 42-3-306)

$1.50 – County Road District and Bridge Fund (C.R.S. 42-3-310(1))
$4.00 – County General Fund (C.R.S. 42-1-210(1)(a))
$0.50 – Air account in Highway User Tax Fund (HUTF) (C.R.S. 42-3-304(18)(a))
$0.70 – County Emissions Control Account (C.R.S. 42-3-304(18)(a))
$1.50 – State Department of Health for Emissions Control (C.R.S. 42-3-304(18)(b))
$2.00 – State Department of Revenue for Emergency Medical Services (C.R.S. 42-3-304(21))
$0.10 – Insurance Identification Database (C.R.S. 42-3-304 (1)(a))
$1.00 – Peace Officer Safety and Training Fund (C.R.S. 42-3-304(24))
$4.00 – Motorcycle Operator Safety Training Fund (C.R.S. 42-3-304(4))
$10.00 – Diesel Emissions Fee, state fund (C.R.S. 42-3-304(20))
$0.50 – CSTARS Colorado State Title and Registration System

License Plate Cash Fund (C.R.S. 42-3-301)

$1.89 – Embossed License Plate (single)
$3.78 – Embossed License Plate (set)
$2.82 – AZON License Plate (single)
$5.64 – AZON License Plate (set)
$0.17 – Year Tab (inserted and mail ready)
$0.11 – Year Tab (not inserted and mail ready)
$0.11 – Month Tab
$0.25 – SMM Ownership and Rental Tab
$0.22 – Permits
$0.25 – Electric Vehicle Decal

The remaining license fee is forwarded to the Highway User Tax Fund (C.R.S. 42-3-304 (9)(a) +(10)) and (C.R.S 42-3.306 (2)(b)(11)). This is based off the age of vehicle:

  • 1-6 years: $12
  • 7-9 years: $10
  • 10 years+: $7

Ownership Tax (C.R.S. 42-3-106(4))

$0.50 – Finance state motor vehicle computer system
$0.50 – County general fund

The remainder of the tax is distributed by the Boulder County Treasurer in accordance with the various mill levies that have been established in the community, including:

  • School districts
  • Fire districts
  • Water districts
  • Flood control

More than one-half of the money collected goes to school districts. Special plate fees are due upon issuance or replacement of the following:

  • Designer plates
  • Special organizational plates
  • Military plates
  • Personalized plates

Special plate fees are forwarded to the Highway User Tax Fund (HUTF) and License Service Cash Fund (LSCF) (C.R.S. 42-3-312). Annual renewal fee for designer plates and personalized plates are forwarded to Highway User Tax Fund (HUTF).

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