Motor Vehicle


Renew License Plates Online

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.

Emissions Requirements

  • Gas/Hybrid vehicles are exempt from emission testing through the first 7 model years.  Once reaching the 8th model year and down to model year 1982, proof of passing emissions test will be required every other year and may be obtained at any Colorado Air Care facility.   Contact Air Care Colorado at 303-205-5603 or
  • Gas powered vehicles 1981 or older require a different type of test and are required every year.
  • Diesel powered vehicles are exempt from emissions testing for the first 4 model years.  Proof of passing diesel emissions test will be required every other year from the 5-9th model year and annually thereafter.  The price for diesel emissions varies by testing facility and type of test.  Diesel vehicles cannot be renewed online and cannot pass roadside emissions.

Contact your local motor vehicle office for information on 1981 or older gas powered and/or diesel powered vehicles emission requirements.  The cost for the test is $25.00 and can be done at any emissions testing facility in the State of Colorado.


Skip the Line with Colorado MVExpress!
The fast, easy way to renew your license plates in Douglas County.

Colorado MVExpress is a self-service kiosk where you can renew your vehicle registration. It’s fast and easy! Skip the line at a Motor Vehicle office!

To use the kiosk, type in your license plate number using the touch-screen. Pay taxes and fees via cash, check or credit card.  The machine will provide a printed receipt, your registration and license plate tabs on the spot.

Locations and Hours
The following kiosk locations serve Douglas County residents only.

Douglas County Wilcox Building
301 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock
Kiosk Hours: M-F, 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Accepts cash, checks, credit/debit cards
Park Meadows Center
9350 Heritage Hills Circle
Lone Tree
Kiosk Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Accepts checks, credit/debit cards – no cash

 Business Services Motor Vehicle Support Services for Business Owners

Skip the line.  Make an appointment today.

Are you a Douglas County business owner with one or more vehicles registered in the business name? If so, Douglas County’s new ‘by appointment’ Motor Vehicle service was created with you in mind.

Douglas County business owners may make an appointment to complete their business-owned motor vehicle transactions at the Business Support Services Desk by email   or by calling 303-814-7673,  Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

The Business Support Service Desk is located at the County’s Motor Vehicle Office in Lone Tree:  9350 Heritage Hills Circle.


 Douglas County Motor Vehicle Accepts Credit Cards

In an effort to make payments more convenient, all Douglas County Motor Vehicle offices accepts credit cards as payment, as well as cash and personal checks.

In addition to the payment amount, each transaction will be subject to an administrative fee that covers the cost associated with providing this service. This fee is paid to a third party that provides these services for and thus is not revenue for the State or County.

coloradoFlag     Late Fees for Vehicle Registrations

Colorado Senate Bill 09-108, an increase to vehicle registration late fees, became law on June 1, 2009. The new law requires a late fee assessment of $25 per month for every month past the one month grace period up to a maximum of $100. This fee is assessed in addition to renewal fees.   Late fee for trailers is a flat $10.00.  The legislation provides for NO EXCEPTIONS to these late fees.

iStock_000003705264Small  Military Exempt License Plate Issuance

An applicant that meets the requirements for a qualified exempt military license plate may only be issued one license plate that is exempt from ownership taxes and registration fees. Additional license plates will be assessed full taxes and fees.

dcSheriffBadgeReport Out-of-State Plates or Expired Temporary Tags

According to Colorado State Law, residents with out-of-state license plates must register their vehicle in Colorado within 90 days of residency even if the plates are not expired. You may anonymously report vehicles with out-of-state plates that are domiciled in Douglas County. Each report will be followed-up by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Vehicles with expired in- or out-of-state temporary tags may also be reported.

Transferring License Plates

If you have recently sold a vehicle and the license plates for that vehicle are not yet expired, you may be able to apply the pro-rated portion of the ownership tax fee towards a new registration or renewal that is due.  You must bring in the license plates, registration and proof of sale for the vehicle that was sold. See Registering a Vehicle for additional information.