Renewing License Plates

Douglas County Motor Vehicle offices can only title and register vehicles of residents of Douglas County. If you do not live in Douglas County please contact the Motor Vehicle office for the County that you reside in.

Vehicle Renewal Statement

You will receive a vehicle renewal statement in the mail approximately one week before the month of expiration. If you no longer own the vehicle, please disregard the notice. If you did not receive your renewal statement, the timely renewal of your registration is still your responsibility. Contact your County Clerk’s Motor Vehicle Office.

Beginning June 1, 2009, a late fee of $25 will be assessed each month (not to exceed $100) for expired license plates after the one month grace period has expired.

An example of the renewal statement is located at the bottom of this page.

Auto Insurance

ALL motor vehicle types MUST have insurance to be driven on Colorado highways. House Bill 98-1213, which became effective July 1, 1999, requires that prior to registration or renewal, owners of tax Class C vehicles (passenger, motor home and motorcycle), must provide proof of insurance. Effective May 12, 2000, owners of Class B vehicles (including light trucks and SUV’s) must show proof of insurance before registering vehicles. Signing the back of the renewal card DOES NOT constitute showing proof of insurance.

Emissions Information

An Emissions test may be required before renewing your license plates. Your vehicle renewal statement will indicate whether or not an emissions test is required. There are rare circumstances when an emissions test expires before renewal cards are printed and renewal cards may display erroneous emissions testing information. For additional information on emissions testing requirements see www.aircarecolorado.com

Emissions requirements differ from county to county in Colorado. Please call the Motor Vehicle Office at 303.660.7440 for more information.

Renewing Online

You can renew your plates online and pay either by e-check  (for a $1.00 fee) or credit card.  There is an additional administrative fee beyond the normal registration fee when you pay by credit card.  The processing fee  structure is further explained at www.colorado.gov/renewplates.

Expired license plates cannot be renewed online.

Note: If an emissions test is required on your vehicle, please wait 48 hours after the emissions test to renew online.

Renewing by Mail

  • Use the blue mailing label to mail your check or money order and postcard to the Clerk and Recorder
  • Include a copy of vehicle insurance if it is noted on the vehicle renewal statement
  • Provide us with your new physical and mailing addresses if they have changed
  • Include proof of emissions if it is noted on your postcard renewal notice. Tear off the perforated section (lower right corner) of emission form and enclose with your renewal card
  • Return the renewal card with payment in an envelope so that it will reach the County Clerk’s Office before the last day of the grace period (one month after the expiration month). Checks should be made payable to Douglas County Clerk. Driver’s license and phone number should be included on the check.

Renewing in Person

  • Bring proof of insurance
  • Provide us with your new physical and mailing addresses if they have changed
  • Bring proof of emissions if it is noted on your postcard renewal notice.
  • Checks should be made payable to Douglas County Clerk and a driver’s license number should be included on the check.