New temporary registration pilot program begins Monday

New Colorado temporary registration tags
Published Monday, May 23, 2016

A new temporary registration permit will be issued by  five auto dealers and three county motor vehicle offices as part of a pilot program beginning May 23. All auto dealers and county motor vehicle offices will be issuing new permits by the end of June. 

The most noticeable change to the new permit is the requirement for it to be placed on the rear of the vehicle where the permanent license plate is normally affixed.

The new permit was developed and tested by the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Department of Corrections, and E-470.  The new temporary permits will be issued through an electronic process which will ensure an efficient transfer of data to both DMV and law enforcement officials, giving them the ability to quickly identify license plates, which will enhance community safety.

The new design and issuance process will reduce data entry errors for increased customer convenience and will also assist in reducing the use of fraudulent registration permits.

Following the pilot program, auto dealers and county motor vehicle offices will begin issuing the new registration permits on a regional basis between June 6 and June 30, 2016. Current permits issued prior to a county or dealer's conversion date will remain valid until their expiration date. The last of the current style of permits will expire by August 30, 2016. 

Colorado began issuing temporary registration permits in 1920.The current temporary registration permit has been in issuance since 2003. 

This change is a result of the passing of Senate Bill 15-090.