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Vehicle Taxes And Fees Late Registration

Concerning regulation related to the ownership of a vehicle, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2022 Regular Session
Transportation & Motor Vehicles
Bill Summary

Current law gives a person who moves to Colorado 90 days to register the person's motor vehicle. Section 2 of the bill requires a person who registers a vehicle after moving to Colorado to:

  • Provide documentation of the vehicle's previous registration that contains the registration dates or the vehicle's bill of sale;
  • Provide evidence of the date that the person became a Colorado resident; and
  • Pay the vehicle's registration taxes and fees that are prorated from the date the person became a Colorado resident to the date the person applied to register the vehicle, unless the vehicle is used for interstate commerce or unless the owner registered the vehicle within 90 days after becoming a resident.

The effect of these listed changes is that an owner who fails to register the vehicle within 90 days will be assessed back taxes and fees. The allocation and use of the taxes and fees does not change.

Current law exempts people with expired temporary tags from paying the late fees for failing to register a vehicle. Section 3 repeals this exemption. Section 3 also imposes prorated registration taxes and fees to capture missed revenue if a person fails to register a vehicle when required by law.Section 4 lowers the registration fee that is based on the age of a vehicle:

  • For motor vehicles less than 7 years old, the fee is lowered from $12 to $9;
  • For motor vehicles at least 7 years old but less than 10 years old, the fee is lowered from $10 to $7; and
  • For motor vehicles 10 years old or older, the fee is lowered from $7 to $5.

The department of revenue (department) may adjust the fees to make the bill revenue neutral but may not lower a fee below one dollar or raise the fees above the amount from which the bill lowers the fees. In 2026, this fee decrease repeals, so the fees return to their original amounts. One dollar of the fee is retained by the department and used to offset the cost to the department and the authorized agents to implement the bill.

Current law imposes a fee of $1.50 on motor vehicles, trailers, and semitrailers. The fee is sent to the county where the vehicle is registered for its road and bridge fund. Section 5 lowers this fee to $0.94 to offset the increased taxes and fees collected by the county under sections 2 and 3. The department will annually adjust the fee amount to keep the bill revenue neutral to the counties.To implement the bill, $248,249 is appropriated to the department of revenue from the Colorado DRIVES vehicle services account in the highway users tax fund.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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