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Renewing License Plates


Are your license plates expiring soon? If you’re not sure, there are three easy ways to find out: 1) check the stickers on your vehicle’s plates; 2) locate the expiration date on your vehicle registration card; and 3) watch for your courtesy renewal card in the mail. Renewal cards are a courtesy from the county and if you did not receive your renewal statement, the timely renewal of your registration is still your responsibility.

PLEASE NOTE: Changes being implemented by the State of Colorado will cause February renewal cards – normally mailed the first week of January – to instead be mailed the first week of February. The February renewal notices will be received before the renewal expiration date. 

There is a grace period for registration renewals to be completed no later than the last day of the month following the date of expiration. 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.

To renew your license plates and registration in Douglas County you may renew online, by mail or in person at one of three locations.  In a hurry and want to skip the lines, visit a Motor Vehicle Kiosk.  Regardless of how you renew, you will be asked to provide current auto insurance, and an emissions test (if required).

If your license plates or registration were lost, stolen or just too hard to read?  Find out how to get a replacement.

PLEASE NOTE (January 2021): Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the production and issuance of license plates is delayed. New Specialty and personalized plate requests are not being produced at this time. Regular (green and white) plates or additional temporary permits may be requested through our office.

Auto Insurance Requirement

Automobile liability insurance is generally defined as coverage for bodily injury you cause to another person or for property damage you cause to another person’s property through negligent use of your vehicle.

The minimum amount of liability insurance required by Colorado law is as follows:

  • $25,000 per person for bodily injury;
  • $50,000 per accident for bodily injury; and
  • $15,000 per accident for property damage

Additional coverage, such as medical payment coverage, uninsured motorist coverage, comprehensive and collision are available, but not required.   As of Jan. 1, 2009, Colorado requires mandatory “med-pay” coverage with all insurance policies. Consumers may refuse this coverage in writing. More information on med-pay can be found at Medical Payment Coverage in Colorado.

Renewing at Kiosk

Colorado MVExpress is a self-service kiosk where you can renew your vehicle registration. It’s fast and easy! The machine will provide your registration and license plate tabs on the spot. Skip the line at a Motor Vehicle office!

Motor Vehicle Kiosk Locations in Douglas County  

Use any kiosk if you live in a participating county!
If you live in one county, but you work, go on vacation or attend college in another, you may renew your license plates, even if past the grace period, at any kiosk along the way! Residents of the following counties may use any ColoradoMV Express kiosk in the state: Arapahoe, Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa, and Weld.  Click here for a list of all Colorado locations

If you do not live in these counties, the kiosks are not available for use. Contact your county motor vehicle office for information.

Things to know before visiting an MVExpress Kiosk:

  • If your vehicle requires an emissions test, please complete it at least two business days before using a kiosk.
  • If you have recently changed or updated your auto insurance, please wait four business days before using a kiosk.

How To Use a Kiosk

Simply scan the barcode on the back of your renewal postcard or type in your license plate number using the touch-screen. Pay taxes and fees via check or credit card. The machine will provide a printed receipt, your registration, and license plate tabs on the spot. Click here for kiosk FAQs.

Renewing by Mail

  • 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 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

Douglas County Motor Vehicle Offices provide a drop box for your convenience.  The new registration and year sticker will be mailed out once the transaction is completed.

  • Bring proof of Colorado 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.
  • Payment is accepted by check (payable to Douglas County Clerk and a driver’s license number) and credit cards.  There is an administrative fee for use of credit cards.

Renewing Online

Expired license plates cannot be renewed online.

You can renew your plates online by check or credit card. There is an additional admin fee beyond the normal registration fee. The administrative processing fee structure is further explained at  Douglas County will also accept an e-check as a form of payment for an additional cost of $1.00.  If the information provided is inaccurate it could result in the e-check being returned by the financial institution and considered insufficient funds.

You can renew plates online up until midnight on the last day of the month of your grace period.  Please print out your receipt from the online transaction, as this will serve as your registration for 10 days until you receive your new registration and plate stickers.

Click here for more information on renewing online.