Motor Vehicle Office
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!
As of August 2018's implementation of the new DRIVES motor vehicle software statewide, there are MANY more online services available to the public including but not limited to:
- Address Maintenance
- 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
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 RequiredIt 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?
We cannot give registration fee estimates over the phone, please visit the new Online Fee Estimator. Newer, heavier vehicles 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.