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New Residents

Welcome to Summit County!

Car registration is required by law within 90 days of establishing Colorado residency. Come see us at our location in Breckenridge with the following materials, we'll be happy to help you.


Mailing: (U.S. Mail)
P.O. Box 1538
Breckenridge, CO  80424

Physical: (FedEx, UPS)
208 East Lincoln Avenue
Breckenridge, CO  80424

Call Us

Phone: (970) 668-5623
Fax: (970) 453-3540

Office Hours: (Closed on Holidays)

M-F 8:30a-4:30p


The following documents are required:
  • Verifiable Identification
  • Current Registration or Title (if your financial institution has your title, just bring your current registration)
  • Bring the vehicle with you, and park in one of the designated "VIN Inspection" parking spaces in the Old Courthouse's parking lot.  If you can't bring the vehicle in for a VIN inspection, bring in a completed VIN Inspection Form - Colorado
  • Proof of Colorado Insurance (we cannot accept Insurance from any other State)
  • Appropriate funds (reminder: there is an additional convenience charge through the card processing vendor for all debit and credit card transactions)

What do I need to register my vehicle?

  • If the vehicle was titled in another state a VIN verification must be completed. Please see Titling a Vehicle.
  • Title assigned in owner's name or current out of state registration. 
  • Secure and Verifiable Identification Information
  • Proof of Colorado Vehicle Emissions (if applicable)
  • Proof Of Insurance:
    • Registration of your vehicle(s) may be denied or delayed if the Colorado Motor Vehicle Registration file does not show insurance coverage for the vehicle(s).  You must provide any of these forms of proof to your county motor vehicle office before you can register your vehicle(s). For more information, please view Rule 46. Application for Registration- Proof of Insurance.
    • Forms of Proof:
    • Colorado Insurance card
    • Copy of your Colorado insurance policy
    • A letter from your insurance company (on company letterhead)
    • Computer printout from insurer.
    • Facsimile of the proof of insurance.
    • Electronic proof of insurance that is not otherwise available to the department. This may be, but is not limited to, insurer provided electronic image/proof on applicant’s cellular phone, lap top, or other portable type of electronic device.
    • If web-based services are available, the department may use applicant’s insurer provided web-based services for proof of insurance.
    • Electronic mail sent from the applicant’s insurer.
  • Acceptable types of insurance polices 
    • Vehicle Specific – Identifies the vehicle by VIN, year, make, and specifies the term of coverage.
    • Commercial – Covers a fleet of vehicles and drivers, identifies the commercial entity and specifies the term of coverage.
    • Self insurance – Certificate of self insurance issued by the State Commissioner of Insurance to an owner of twenty-five or more vehicles
    • Blanket/Operator – Covers the insured driver for any vehicle driven by them, specific vehicles are not listed. Specifies the term of coverage
    • Owner/Operator Broad Form – The policy insures any or all vehicles owned by a person or business. The person or business name must show as one
      of the owners of the vehicle. This policy is not vehicle specific.

      The Summit County Clerk & Recorder's Office issues motor vehicle license plates, titles and vehicle registrations. Our office DOES NOT provide driver licenses.

      Please note that the motor vehicle office is open from 8:30am-4:30pm Mondays through Fridays except observed holidays.


      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.

      Driver License Office

      No testing is required if you hold a valid driver license from any U.S. state, Canada, France, Germany, the Republic of South Korea or Taiwan. However, you will need to meet identity requirements, provide proof of current physical Colorado address documents, provide proof of your Social Security number, and pay the applicable fee.

      If you are new to Colorado from another country, click here.

      Summit County Driver's License Office


      37 County Rd 1005
      Frisco, CO 80443

      Hours: Their hours of operation are 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday (special office closure information).

      Contact Information: 970-668-5015