Motor Vehicle Late Fees

For Motor Vehicles:

Effective July 1, 2009
Senate Bill 09-108 declares a mandatory $25 late fee, up to $100, will be assessed to vehicles registered more than 60 days after the purchase date; or to vehicles renewed after the one-month grace period. Ownership tax starts to accrue from the month of purchase. The tax is also due for any time period the vehicle is unregistered, such as a renewal after the one-month grace period. It will show on your registration receipt as “Prior OT.”

For Trailers:

Under 2,000 lbs

Effective July 1, 2010
House Bill 10-1211
requires a $10 late fee be assessed to vehicles without motive power* weighing 2,000 pounds or less, which are subject to taxation and not registered when required by law. The weight of a trailer of any kind is the empty weight. Colorado Revised Statutes 42-3-112(1.7)

Camp / Travel / Multi-purpose

Effective July 1, 2010
Effective Senate Bill 10-198
sets a $10 late fee for vehicles without motive power* weighing 16,000 pounds or less - camper trailers or multipurpose trailers, regardless of weight – that are subject to taxation and not registered when required by law. Specifications for the majority of trailer coaches meet the weight requirement and, therefore, SB10-198 will apply to trailer coaches. The weight of a trailer of any kind is the empty weight. C.R.S. 42-3-112(1.7)

Over 16,000 lbs

Heavy trailers not covered by House Bill 10-1211 or Senate Bill 10-198 are covered by Senate Bill 09-108 as outlined in the Motor Vehicles section above.

"Vehicles without motive power" include trailers, camper trailers, trailer coaches, multipurpose trailers and special mobile machinery without motive power.

Trailer late fees accrued before July 1, 2010, will be included in the late fee assessed on or after July 1, 2010; however, the total amount assessed shall not exceed the $100 late-fee limit, for example:

  • Transaction date is July 15, 2010. Customer’s registration for a 14,000-pound trailer expired January 2010 with a one-month grace of February 2010. The late fee due is $100.
    • Calculation: $25 * four months = $100 + $10 = $110, but late fee is limited to $100.
  • Transaction date is July 15, 2010. Customer’s registration for a camper trailer expired February 2010 with a one-month grace of March 2010. The late fee due is $85.
    • Calculation: $25 * three months = $75 + $10 = $85 late fee assessed.

Ownership tax starts to accrue from the month of purchase. The tax is also due for any time period the vehicle is unregistered, such as a renewal after the one-month grace period. It will show on your registration receipt as “Prior OT.”


Payment Options

  • Cash, check or credit and debit cards accepted
  • Please make checks Payable to Jefferson County
    • No checks under $10 - Dealerships exempt
    • Returned Check fee increasing from $25 to $41 Nov 1, 2017
  • Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover are accepted
    • Subject to additional convenience fee.