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Vehicle Registration

The requirements for completing vehicle registration can be found here.  Vehicles in Colorado are registered for a 12‑month period, with registration expiring on the last day of the month of the 12‑month registration period.   Certain vehicles (utility trailers, special mobile machinery) qualify for a five‑year registration period.  Finally, vehicles may be registered at intervals less than one year in order allow a multi‑vehicle owner's registrations to expire simultaneously.

Persons titling or registering a vehicle in Colorado pay registration fees and surcharges, specific ownership taxes, and title fees.  Registration fees are based on the empty weight and type of vehicle.  The table below provides a summary of fees and their use. 

Motor Vehicle Fees

Motor Vehicle Fee

Fee Amount

Use

Registration Fee

 

● $3.00 for motorcycles

● $6.00 for passenger vehicles up to 2,000 pounds, plus $0.20 extra per 100 pounds up to 4,500 pounds; and

● $12.50 for passenger vehicles 4,500 pounds or more, plus $0.60 each additional 100 pounds

This fee is credited to the Highway Users Tax Fund.

(Section 42‑3‑306 (2), C.R.S.)

Road Safety Surcharge

● $16.00 for motorcycles and vehicles weighing 2,000 pounds or less;

● $23.00 for vehicles weighing 2,001 to 5,000 pounds;

● $28.00 for vehicles weighing 5,001 to 10,000 pounds;

● $37.00 for passenger buses and vehicles weighing 10,001 to 16,000 pounds; and

● $39.00 for vehicles weighing more than 16,000 pounds.

This fee is credited to the Highway Users Tax Fund.

(Section 43‑4‑804 (1), C.R.S.)

Bridge Safety Surcharge

● $13.00 maximum surcharge for motorcycles, trailer coaches, multipurpose trailers, and vehicles weighing 2,000 pounds or less;

● $18.00 maximum surcharge for vehicles weighing 2,001 to 5,000 pounds;

● $23.00 maximum surcharge for vehicles weighing 5,001 to 10,000 pounds;

● $29.00 maximum surcharge for vehicles weighing 10,001 to 16,000 pounds or passenger buses; and

● $32.00 maximum surcharge for vehicles weighing more than 16,000 pounds.

This fee is credited to the Bridge Special Fund.  The Bridge Safety Surcharge has scheduled fee increases set for subsequent fiscal years. 

(Section 43‑4‑805 (3)(a), C.R.S.)

Public Highway Authority Fee

● $10.00

This fee is collected annually for vehicles registered within public highway authority boundaries.  The fee is applied to the financing, construction, operation, or maintenance of public highways. 

(Section 43‑4‑506 (1)(k), C.R.S)

Emissions Control Fees

● $0.50 for all vehicles, plus $0.70 extra, to be collected and retained by the county, for vehicles in the emissions program area; and

● $1.50 for vehicles in the emissions program area.

These fees are assessed at registration and are credited to the AIR account.  The fees are used for emissions program enforcement efforts and administration of the program by the Department of Public Health and Environment and the Department of Revenue. 

(Section 42‑3‑304 (18)(a) and (18)(b), C.R.S.)

Additional Highway Fee (based on the age of the vehicle)

● $12.00 for vehicles under 7 years old;

● $10.00 for vehicles between 7 and 10 years old; and 

● $7.00 for vehicles 11 years old and older

All fees are credited to the Highway Users Tax Fund.

(Section 42‑3‑306 (2)(b)(II), C.R.S.)

Emergency Medical Services Fee

● $2.00

This fee is credited to the Emergency Medical Services Account in the Highway Users Tax Fund.

(Section 42‑3‑304 (21), C.R.S.)

Additional Registration Fee

● $0.50 for motor vehicles not exempted from the Motorist Insurance Identification Fee; and

● $0.10 for motor vehicles exempted from the Motorist Insurance Identification Fee.

This fee is credited to the Colorado State Titling and Registration Account in the Highway Users Tax Fund.

(Section 42‑3‑306 (14)(a), C.R.S.)

Motorist Insurance Identification Fee

● adjusted annually

This fee is credited to Colorado State Titling and Registration Account.

(Section 42‑1‑211 (2), C.R.S.)

Motorcycle Surcharge Fee

● $4.00

This fee is collected for all motorcycle registrations and credited to the Motorcycle Operator Safety Training Fund.

(Section 42‑3‑304 (4),C.R.S.)

Diesel Fee

● $10.00

This fee is collected for all qualified diesel vehicles registering within the AIR program area and credited to the AIR account.

(Section 42‑3‑304 (20), C.R.S)

Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Board Fee

● $1.00

This fee is collected at registration on Class A, B, and C vehicles to support the training activities of the P.O.S.T.  Board. 

(Section 42‑3‑304 (24), C.R.S)

County Road and Bridge Fees

● $1.50

This fee is collected for the maintenance of county highways, roads, and bridges.

(Section 42‑3‑310, C.R.S.).

Plug‑in Electric Vehicle Fee

● $50.00

This fee is collected annually on plug‑in electric vehicles.  $30 of the fee is credited to the Highway Users Tax Fund, and $20 is credited to the electric vehicle grant fund.

(Section 42‑3‑304 (25), C.R.S.)

Prepared by  Legislative Council Staff