Motor Vehicle Office

Due to COVID-19 Countywide protocols, the Clerk’s Office will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 indefinitely.  We will attempt to reopen as soon as possible.  See this letter to keep in your vehicle: Motor Vehicle Closure Excuse Letter - Keep in Your Vehicle

The Summit County Clerk & Recorder’s Office issues motor vehicle license plates, titles and vehicle registrations. Our office does not provide driver licenses.

Please note that the motor vehicle office is open from 8:30am-4:30pm Mondays through Fridays except observed holidays (listed in detail below).

Skip the Trip!  More E-Services Available!

Visit to take advantage of these online services from anywhere:
  • Address Maintenance (within same County only, to change Counties 
  • Disabilities Placard Management
  • Online Renewals
  • Requesting a Duplicate Record (Title, Registration)
  • Registration Fee Estimate Calculator

We Do Not Issue Drivers Licenses

The same goes for State-Issued IDs, Motor Vehicle Driving Records or Driving Test Appointments.  Those services are provided locally by the Colorado Driver License Office in Frisco.  Call their office at (970) 668-5015 or (303) 205-5600.

How Can We Help You?
Summit County Motor Vehicle staff serves our community with a strong desire to make registering your vehicles as easy as possible.  We are open Mondays-Fridays from 8:30am-4:30pm, closed on all major holidays.  Mid-day is our busiest time, we recommend visiting our office in the morning or afternoon to reduce the amount of wait time.  Our office accepts cash, checks, debit or credit cards.  Heads up: there is an additional convenience charge through the card processing vendor for all debit and credit card transactions.

Plan Ahead: Holiday Closures

2020 County Office Closures/Observed Holidays: (closure is for the entire day unless noted)
Memorial Day - May 25
Election Day (State Primary) - June 30
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - September 7
Indigenous Peoples' Day (formerly known as Columbus Day) - October 12
Election Day (General Election) - November 3
Veterans' Day - November 11
Thanksgiving Day & Day After - November 26 & 27
Christmas Eve - December 24 (open 8am-12pm, closed in afternoon)
Christmas Day - December 25


In our mountain community, a good share of the population doesn't receive mail to residences.  You'll need to provide our office with a physical and mailing address, and keep it up to date.  This will ensure you receive your renewal notice each year.  It's acceptable to have a mailing address outside of Summit County, or Colorado, but all motor vehicles registered in Summit County must have a physical address within the County.  New beginning August 2018: update your address any time online here.

Proof of COLORADO Insurance & ID Required

It is compulsory in Colorado to provide proof of Colorado insurance when first registering, and sometimes you'll need to show it when renewing your vehicle's registration (especially if your insurance lapsed, changed, or if there is a VIN discrepancy).  It's a good rule of thumb to always bring it with you.  You will always need to furnish a form of Secure & Verifiable ID to conduct Motor Vehicle business in our office.  If your name isn't on the title to the vehicle and you'd like to make a change/discuss anything regarding the vehicle, a notarized, original (cannot be a copy) Power of Attorney from the registered owner is required.

I Bought A Car...Now What?



Visit the new Online Fee Estimator.  Newer, heavier vehicles with a higher Taxable Value are always going to be more expensive to register than smaller, older vehicles.

Where did you purchase it?

Whether you purchased a vehicle from a dealer or an individual, in Colorado or out of state, there is going to be paperwork required to appropriately change the title/get the vehicle registered.  If you purchased from a dealer, their title clerks should assist you with the process and help you understand what to expect.  Be sure they have the correct mailing address on file for you, and for our office - it's the simplest way to prevent a delay in processing your important paperwork.  If you purchased from an individual, be sure (at the very least) that the title is signed over to you by the person(s) named on the front side of the title.  In Colorado, license plates belong to the registrant, not the vehicle, so don't be surprised if the seller doesn't give you their license plates with the vehicle.  If you paid cash for the vehicle, the dealer will likely send the title paperwork directly to you, usually by certified mail.  Bring those documents to title your vehicle and proof of Colorado insurance to register your vehicle.  If vehicle is financed or leased, Colorado dealers will forward paperwork directly to the Motor Vehicle Division (as long as you gave them a Summit County physical address), and you will be mailed a Title Complete Notice from this office when your paperwork is ready to go.

​Taxation on Motor Vehicles

Whether or not you purchased or leased the vehicle, where you purchased the vehicle, and where you reside can all impact the rate of taxation on the sale of Motor Vehicles.  Please give us a call during business hours so we can customize your tax rates for your situation.  Colorado statewide sales tax is 2.9%, but there are multiple local taxes as well.