Motor Vehicle Fees

Registration fees

  • Calculation: Registration fees are based on the date of registration, weight, and taxable value. 
  • Background: View the state’s registration fee sheet to help explain what the fees are and where they are distributed.
  • Fee estimator: Use the state’s fee estimator to calculate the amount due for first-time vehicle registrations.

Late fees

  • Motor vehicles: State law requires a $25/month late fee (up to $100) for vehicles registered more than 60 days after the purchase date or renewed after the one-month grace period.
  • Trailers: State law may require an additional late fee for trailers that are subject to taxation and not registered when required by law.
  • If you are currently attempting to renew online or at a kiosk and have incurred a late fee for the period of March 1 through June 30, please make an appointment, mail in your renewal with the amount due minus the incorrect late fee, or visit your Arvada, Evergreen, Lakewood, or Littleton office during walk in hours; 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Monday-Thursday.

Miscellaneous fees

  • Title: $7.20.
  • Duplicate title: $8.20.
  • Lien filing: See the procedure Instruction Sheet.
    • Up to Legal size (8 1/2" x 14"): $5 per printed side.
    • Larger than legal: $10 per printed side.
  • CLS/EM: $25. Emissions testing fee collected when a mobile emission test (RapidScreen) has been accepted and processed as part of your renewal.

Payment options

  • Credit and debit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover. Subject to small credit card fee.
  • Check: Make Payable to Jefferson County. No checks under $10 (dealerships exempt). Returned check fee $41.
  • Cash: Not available for online or kiosk services.