Renewal Reminder Postcards
Denver Motor Vehicle will mail renewal reminder postcards the 15th of the month prior to the expiration month as a courtesy to Denver residents. If you did not receive a card or you lost your renewal card, call 311 and they can connect you with a DMV Specialist who can look up your registration fees and whether you need proof of insurance or emissions, you can then still take advantage of the online or mail in renewal options.
The State of Colorado allows for a one month grace period for renewing registrations. The grace period ends the last day of the month following the month of expiration. (Example: If your registration expires in April, your grace period ends the last business day in May)
The quickest and most efficient way to process registration renewals is by utilizing the State of Colorado online renewal service.
Credit card payments are accepted both online and at all of our branch office locations.
You will have the opportunity to review all applicable fees prior to finalizing your transaction. If you do not wish to pay the fee, you have the option to cancel your transaction and pay via a traditional, offline method. Online payment is an alternative to traditional types of payments and is considered voluntary. We appreciate your support of Colorado.gov.
The mail in process is available by utilizing the renewal reminder postcard. Effective with May 2013 renewals, the cards no longer have the blue address label on the front of the postcard.
Please make all checks payable to "Manager of Finance" and include any required documents as stated on the renewal card (i.e., insurance, emissions, etc.) The average processing time for license plate renewals by mail is 2 to 4 weeks. If you are already within your grace period, do not mail after the 15th of the month. This allows enough time for processing. Use the address below, no P.O. box or street address needed:
Denver Motor Vehicle Division
Denver, CO 80263-0001
The State of Colorado requires the Denver Motor Vehicle Division to verify that each motorist has valid motor vehicle insurance before registrations, titles or plates are issued. Insurance companies are required by law to provide necessary information on their policy holders to the State database by the seventh day of each month. If your insurance carrier has not provided proof of insurance to the State, you will be required to do so before your registration can be renewed.
The reverse side of the registration renewal card may be used to change your address if you move. If your new residence is in a different county, you must contact and mail the registration renewal to your new county of residence.
Page revised September 6, 2012