Motor Vehicle Office

The Summit County Clerk & Recorder’s Office issues motor vehicle license plates, titles and vehicle registrations.  We do not administer driver licenses, state IDs, driving tests, or Motor Vehicle Records (MVRs).

Due to COVID-19 Public Health protocols, the Summit County Motor Vehicle Office is closed to in-person transactions. Services are available remotely by email, mail or one of the five ballot drop boxes listed below, with pickup Mondays through Fridays:

  • Breckenridge: Summit County Courthouse
  • Frisco: Summit County Commons, Frisco Town Hall
  • Silverthorne: North Branch Library
  • Dillon: Dillon Town Hall.

Skip the trip: Over 35 motor vehicle services are available online at myDMV.Colorado.gov  

READ THESE IMPORTANT POINTS BEFORE REACHING OUT DURING THE COVID-19 CLOSURE OF THE OLD COUNTY COURTHOUSE:

  • Motor vehicle registration renewals are not processed over the phone. Renewals must be mailed, completed online or dropped in a ballot drop box listed above.
  • Out-of-state vehicles: Call 970-668-8600 to obtain a VIN Inspection before reaching out to our office. You must have your title or registration in your name from the previous state, and proof of Colorado auto insurance. Without those items, we will not be able to assist you.
  • Residency restriction: We serve Summit County residents with Summit County physical/residential addresses only. If you reside in another county, contact that County’s Clerk & Recorder for service.
  • Required Information: Vehicle owners must provide the following information for registration-related inquiries via phone or email:
    • VIN
    • Title number and state of issue
    • Plate number and state of issue
    • Temporary Permit number and state of issue
    • Service requested: (e.g., renewal with proof of insurance required, new plates, County-to-County address changes, out-of-state vehicle coming into Colorado, etc.)
      • For new plates, attach proof of current/valid Colorado Auto Insurance and a copy of your drivers license

How to get in touch with Motor Vehicle Staff - Email Us!  *Remember you MUST include the above listed information or your email cannot be addresses.

Skip the Trip:  More E-Services Available


Visit myDMV.Colorado.gov to take advantage of these online services:
  • Address Maintenance (within same County only, to change Counties 
  • Disabilities Placard Management
  • Online Renewals
  • Requesting a Duplicate Record (Title, Registration)
  • Registration Fee Estimate Calculator

We Do Not Issue Drivers Licenses


The same goes for State-Issued IDs, Motor Vehicle Driving Records or Driving Test Appointments.  Those services are provided locally by the Colorado Driver License Office in Frisco.  Call their office at (970) 668-5015 or (303) 205-5600.

How Can We Help You?
Summit County Motor Vehicle staff serves our community with a strong desire to make registering your vehicles as easy as possible.  We are open Mondays-Fridays from 8:30am-4:30pm, closed on all major holidays.  Mid-day is our busiest time, we recommend visiting our office in the morning or afternoon to reduce the amount of wait time.  Our office accepts cash, checks, debit or credit cards.  Heads up: there is an additional convenience charge through the card processing vendor for all debit and credit card transactions.

Holiday Closures


2020 County Office Closures/Observed Holidays: (closure is for the entire day unless noted)
Election Day (State Primary) - June 30
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - September 7
Indigenous Peoples' Day (formerly known as Columbus Day) - October 12
Election Day (General Election) - November 3
Veterans' Day - November 11
Thanksgiving Day & Day After - November 26 & 27
Christmas Eve - December 24 (open 8am-12pm, closed in afternoon)
Christmas Day - December 25


Addresses


In our mountain community, a good share of the population doesn't receive mail to residences.  You'll need to provide our office with a physical and mailing address, and keep it up to date.  This will ensure you receive your renewal notice each year.  It's acceptable to have a mailing address outside of Summit County, or Colorado, but all motor vehicles registered in Summit County must have a physical address within the County.  Update your address any time online here.

Proof of Colorado Insurance & ID Required

It is compulsory in Colorado to provide proof of Colorado insurance when first registering, and sometimes you'll need to show it when renewing your vehicle's registration (especially if your insurance lapsed, changed, or if there is a VIN discrepancy).  It's a good rule of thumb to always bring it with you.  You will always need to furnish a form of Secure & Verifiable ID to conduct Motor Vehicle business in our office.  If your name isn't on the title to the vehicle and you'd like to make a change/discuss anything regarding the vehicle, a notarized, original (cannot be a copy) Power of Attorney from the registered owner is required.
   

Registering a New Vehicle

 

Fees


Visit the new Online Fee Estimator.  Newer, heavier vehicles with a higher Taxable Value are always going to be more expensive to register than smaller, older vehicles.

Where did you purchase it?


Whether you purchased a vehicle from a dealer or an individual, in Colorado or out of state, there is going to be paperwork required to appropriately change the title/get the vehicle registered.  If you purchased from a dealer, their title clerks should assist you with the process and help you understand what to expect.  Be sure they have the correct mailing address on file for you, and for our office - it's the simplest way to prevent a delay in processing your important paperwork.  If you purchased from an individual, be sure (at the very least) that the title is signed over to you by the person(s) named on the front side of the title.  In Colorado, license plates belong to the registrant, not the vehicle, so don't be surprised if the seller doesn't give you their license plates with the vehicle.  If you paid cash for the vehicle, the dealer will likely send the title paperwork directly to you, usually by certified mail.  Bring those documents to title your vehicle and proof of Colorado insurance to register your vehicle.  If vehicle is financed or leased, Colorado dealers will forward paperwork directly to the Motor Vehicle Division (as long as you gave them a Summit County physical address), and you will be mailed a Title Complete Notice from this office when your paperwork is ready to go.

​Taxation on Motor Vehicles

Whether or not you purchased or leased the vehicle, where you purchased the vehicle, and where you reside can all impact the rate of taxation on the sale of Motor Vehicles.  Please give us a call during business hours so we can customize your tax rates for your situation.  Colorado statewide sales tax is 2.9%, but there are multiple local taxes as well.