Colorado License Plate Information Summary
In general, you will get new license plates when you register a new vehicle. You can transfer plates from one vehicle to another, but only if you own both vehicles. Otherwise, you need new Colorado license plates.
Colorado License Plates Offered
Colorado requires license plates for nearly all types of vehicles you own, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, trailers, and mobile homes.
You also need to display up-to-date stickers on your Colorado license plates to show you have renewed them.
Colorado offers standard plates, vanity plates, major organization plates, military plates, and disabled plates.
A dealership will issue you temporary plates until you go to the DMV to register your vehicle and get actual Colorado license plates.
Should you buy your vehicle privately, you can get a temporary permit at the DMV. This is not advised, however, because it is just as easy for you to get your plates during that visit.
For a private sale you will need the bill of sale, an emissions certificate, odometer disclosure, proof of insurance, a form of ID, and a check for fee payment.
When You Need To Get Colorado License Plates
If you purchase a vehicle while living in the state, you have 60 days to register and get your Colorado license plates. If you move to the state, you have 90 days to get your plates.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
You must renew your Colorado license plate once a year. You can do so by mail, online, or in person. When you do so, you'll get new stickers you should attach to the license plate.
If Your Colorado License Plates Are Stolen
Should your Colorado license plates be stolen, before you go to the DMV you must file a police report and get a copy.
Then you have to go the DMV in person to get new plates. You will need the report, plus a check for the fees for new plates.
If your plates were damaged, you must bring in the damaged plates.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
When you move out of the state, you must surrender your plates to the Colorado DMV.
As for transferring your plates, you can only do so from one car you own to another.
Colorado License Plate Costs
Fees for new plates, or to replace stolen or damaged plates, vary widely depending on the type of vehicle, when you bought it, and where in Colorado you live. You need to contact your local DMV to find out how much it will cost you.