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Appointments now required for in-person visits. Additionally, registration renewals need to be completed out of office. Options include online, by mail or drop box, or at a self-service kiosk. Read about these changes (including benefits, and FAQs). Información en español.

Motor Vehicle Fees and Taxes

Fees

Need to know how much it will cost to register your vehicle? You can estimate your fees by using this online calculator (note that this estimate will not include taxes). Be sure to enter the original MSRP (usually different from your purchase price). You may need to look this up online.

Please also note that we cannot estimate registration fees over the phone or by email.

Fee Calculator

Registration Fees

The cost of a license plate is based on:

  • Vehicle type
  • Weight of the vehicle
  • License plate type

Colorado FASTER Fees

  • Funding Advancement for Surface Transportation Economic Recovery (FASTER) fees were created with Senate Bill 09-108.
  • The Road Safety and Bridge Safety Surcharges are based on a vehicle’s weight and class and are in addition to all other registration fees.

Road Safety Surcharge (CRS 43-4-804(1))

  • $16.00 for motorcycles, autocycles, trailer coaches and vehicles weighing 2,000 pounds or less
  • $23.00 for vehicles weighing 2,001 to 5,000 pounds (i.e. most cars, SUVs, light trucks)
  • $28.00 for vehicles weighing 5,001 pounds to 10,000 pounds (i.e. most large SUVs and large trucks)
  • $37.00 for passenger buses and vehicles weighing 10,001 pounds to 16,000 pounds
  • $39.00 for vehicles weighing more than 16,001 pounds (i.e. most commercial trucks)

Bridge Safety Surcharge (CRS 43-4-805(3)(a))

  • $13.00 for motorcycles, trailer coaches and vehicles weighing 2,000 pounds or less
  • $18.00 for vehicles weighing 2,001 to 5,000 pounds (i.e. most cars, SUVs, light trucks)
  • $23.00 for vehicles weighing 5,001 pounds to 10,000 pounds (i.e. most large SUVs and large trucks)
  • $29.00 for passenger buses and vehicles weighing 10,001 pounds to 16,000 pounds
  • $32.00 for vehicles weighing more than 16,001 pounds (i.e. most commercial trucks)

The Road and Bridge Safety Surcharges shall be imposed for an item of Special Mobile Machinery that is covered by a registration exempt certificate.

All funds generated from the surcharges will be used to maintain Colorado roads and bridges.

Note: Collector Vehicles are charged one year of Road and Bridge Safety Surcharges for a 5-year registration. These surcharges are not collected on rental or horseless carriage vehicles.

Other Fees

  • $7.20 – Title print only
  • $8.20 – Duplicate title
  • $4.00 – Duplicate registration
  • $3.50 – Homemade trailer ID
  • $7.66 – Permit
  • $4.33 – Year Tab Replacement
  • $4.63 – Year and Month Tab Replacement

If a lien is filed on the title, filing fees for the security agreement document will depend on the size and number of pages.

Late Fees

Colorado law requires residents to pay late fees. Late fees for vehicles are $25 per month but may not exceed $100. Late fees for trailers are a one-time $10 fee. Temporary permits are not subject to a one-month grace period (C.R.S. 42-3-112, 42-3-114) and late fees will be assessed on expired temporary permits.

Taxes

Specific Ownership Tax

Specific Ownership Tax is in lieu of a personal property tax. This tax is collected every year at the time of registration renewal (progressively smaller portion of the MSRP is collected each year). The formulas used are set by the Department of Revenue and based on the following:

  • Year
  • Original taxable value (MSRP – Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price)
  • Purchase date of the vehicle or registration expiration date

NOTE: Vehicles do not need to be operated in order to be assessed this tax.

Sales / Use Tax

Sales taxes are due when a vehicle is purchased (this includes vehicles that are purchased out of state).

  • If a vehicle is purchased from a dealer, the dealer collects all or a portion of the sales tax that is due. Proof of paid sales tax is required at the time of registration (see instructions for sales tax paid to another state). Any unpaid sales taxes are collected by Boulder County Motor Vehicle.
  • If a vehicle is purchased from a private party, all sales taxes are collected by Boulder County Motor Vehicle.

State, county, city and regional transportation district sales / use taxes are based on the following:

  • Purchase price of the vehicle
  • Address of the buyer
Colorado Sales Taxes
State of Colorado2.900%
Regional Transportation District1.100%

Regional Transportation District (RTD)

  • 1.100% – total Regional Transportation District (RTD) tax rate
    • 1.00% – RTD sales/use tax
    • 0.10% – Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (CD) sales/use tax
Boulder County Sales Taxes
Transportation improvements - public works department0.055%
Transportation improvements - trails0.035%
Transportation improvements - Community Planning and Permitting0.010%
Alternative sentencing & jail enhancements0.185%
Jail improvements & operations0.050%
Human services - worthy cause0.050%
Open space0.125%
Open space capital improvements 20050.100%
Open space capital improvements 20080.100%
Open space capital improvements 20110.150%
Sustainability0.125%
Wildfire Mitigation0.100%
Emergency Services0.100%
Total Boulder County tax rate1.185%
City Sales/Use Taxes
Boulder3.860%
Erie3.500%
Lafayette3.870%
Longmont3.530%
Louisville3.775%
Lyons3.500% Sales Tax or 3.000% Use Tax
Nederland4.250% Sales Tax or 3.000% Use Tax
Superior3.460%
Other Taxes
Niwot resident-to-resident district tax (LID - residents located in Old Town Niwot & Cottonwood Square only)1.000%
Ward resident-to-resident sales tax2.000%

Contact Us

Motor Vehicle Division

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday-Thursday
Closed Fridays
Online Motor Vehicle Contact Us Form
Contáctenos - Formulario en línea

Phone: 303-413-7710
Fax: 303-413-7706

Location

Boulder: 1750 33rd St.
Map and Directions Boulder Location

Longmont: 529 Coffman St.
Map and Directions Longmont Location

Lafayette: 1755 S. Public Road
Map and Directions Lafayette Location

Mailing Address

1750 33rd St., Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80301