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Denver Motor Vehicle Branches Closed for In-Person Transactions Starting Nov. 23

All 5 Denver Motor Vehicle branches will be closed to the public starting Nov. 23. Residents with registrations/tags that expired prior to November will be served in-person through the end of the week (Nov. 20).

Residents may complete most transactions by mail, phone, or here on denvergov.org/dmv. Residents are strongly encouraged to use online and mail options due to very high call volumes.

Denver Police Department officers and Denver Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Right of Way Enforcement agents will not enforce expired tags in Denver beginning Mon., Nov. 23 until further notice.


2020 Furlough Day Closures: 

In addition to regular holiday closures, all Denver Motor Vehicle staff will be out of the office on the following days due to a citywide furlough:

  • November 27 (Friday after Thanksgiving)
  • December 24 (Christmas Eve)

COVID-19 Protocols

Many transactions can be completed online including:

  • Registration renewals
  • License plate or sticker replacements
  • Address updates
  • Some vehicle registrations

Currently, DMV branch offices are experiencing wait times of as much as 45-minutes with some locations having no wait time at all. The average time to process a transaction once a person reaches the customer service counter is 9 minutes.

If your transaction requires an in-person visit:

  • Ensure you have all the needed documentation to avoid multiple trips.
  • Check-in with staff once you arrive and follow their instructions for safe, socially distanced waiting. 
  • If your paperwork is complete and you're paying by check, use one of our convenient drop boxes at any branch location for touchless processing without a wait. The DMV will process and send the updated registration within 3-4 business days. 
  • To learn more about current Emissions Testing, visit the state's Emissions page.
  • To learn about guidance for New Vehicle Purchases, visit our  Register a New or Used Vehicle page.
  • Are Denver Motor Vehicle offices open?
    • Yes. All DMV locations are open and serving customers. 
    • Hours of operation are:
      • Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.: 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      • Wed.: 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Do I need to make an appointment?
    • No. Many transactions can be completed online and by mail. If you need to make an in-person visit, Denver operates on a first-come, first-served system so no appointment is necessary. We recommend planning for up to a 45-minute wait. 
  • Can I register my vehicle in Denver if I live in another county?
    • No. You must register your vehicle in the county in which you primarily reside.
  • Are you doing emissions tests? Do I need to get one?
  • Can I be ticketed for having expired tags?
    • Yes. You can be ticketed for having expired tags. All residents have a 30-day grace period to renew their tags once they expire. After that time, you can be ticketed. If you recently renewed your tags online or by mail but have not yet received your tags/stickers, keep a record of your transaction with you in your vehicle in the event you are stopped by law enforcement. If you are ticketed by law enforcement or right of way enforcement, you may also use proof of your transaction to dispute the ticket with the Parking Magistrate or court.
  • Can I renew my driver license at your DMV?
    • No. Driver licensing is managed by the State of Colorado. Visit their website for more information.

 

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UNOFFICIAL DENVER MOTOR VEHICLE WEBSITES

The official website for information regarding registering your vehicle, renewing your vehicle registration or titling your vehicle in the City and County of Denver is www.denvergov.org/dmv or www.pocketgov.org for online renewals. If you’re not on a www.denvergov.org webpage, then you may be on an unofficial website that is not associated with the City and County of Denver.

Unofficial DMV websites try to represent the state and county level DMVs and contain information that is similar but not approved by the City and County of Denver. Some unofficial websites may also ask for your personal information and in some cases may ask for financial information. Please use caution before providing personal information to any unofficial website.

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