Colorado License Plates

Colorado License Plates

License Plate Options

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Colorado offers many different license plate styles and options. Most plate styles can be personalized and many plates can be ordered online when you register your vehicle or as replacement plates. Plates other than Regular Plates usually have special requirements and fees. Please click on the images below for details.

Most regular and disability plates are available on the same day you visit a Motor Vehicle office. Special plates will be printed on demand and mailed to your home within 10 days of ordering.

Standard plate with no special requirements or fees.

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A special design with extra fees but no special requirements.

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Available for 13 Colorado colleges & universities.

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Available for 40 different organizations & causes.

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Select styles are free for qualifying military members. Requires special application.

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Plates for a variety of special purposes, including collector vehicles, farm trucks, and other commercial vehicles.

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General Requirements

  • Colorado requires that all vehicles display valid license plates. Most vehicles must have two plates – one for the front and one for the rear of the vehicle.
  • License plates are issued for a 12-month period. You must renew your registration every year.
  • When you sell a vehicle, the plates are not transferable to the new owner. You must take your plates off of the vehicle when you sell it.
  • As a buyer, you can drive a vehicle without plates for 36 hours, or from point A to point B, as long as you have the endorsed title and Bill of Sale.
  • You cannot reuse your old plates on your new car effective January 2022. You can transfer credit for any remaining valid registration.

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Most plate styles can be personalized for an extra fee. You can order personalized plates when you register your vehicle (either online or at one of our offices) or to replace your current plates. Click here to order online.

Looking to replace your existing plates with a different plate style? You can request plates online here.

Note that many (but not all) plate styles are available online. (See plate details on this page).

You can also request a specific plate type when you register your vehicle online.

If your plates are lost or stolen, it is important that you cancel them in order to avoid liability. Please see our Canceling License Plates page for instructions.

If your plates have been lost/stolen/damaged or you want to replace your current plates with specialty plates, you can do so either online or by visiting one of our offices.

Many (but not all) plate styles are available online. (See plate details on this page). Also, the online option is not available for remanufacturing of personalized plates. Please contact us to initiate the replacement of personalized plates.

For information about applying for handicapped plates, please visit our Disability Parking page.

Some military plate styles are exempt from registration fees and ownership taxes for those who qualify. Please refer to the Military License Plate Application for styles and qualification requirements.

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Motor Vehicle Division

**New as of Jan 4, 2021**
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs.
CLOSED Fridays
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Phone: 303-413-7710

Fax: 303-413-7725 (Boulder office)
Fax: 303-413-7002 (Lafayette office)
Fax: 303-678-6126 (Longmont office)


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