How to Get a Personalized License Plate in Colorado

Are you a Colorado resident who wants to show your wit and wisdom each time you are behind the wheel of your vehicle? In the Centennial State, you can add a personalized license plate to your car, light truck, motorcycle or trailer. The steps below outline how to get a personalized license plate in Colorado.

Steps

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    Visit the Colorado Department of Revenue website at www.colorado.gov/revenue.
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    Click on the Motor Vehicle box in the center of the page.
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    Choose "License Plates," and then "Personalized Plates."
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    Select the Personalized License Plate Application link to open the .pdf file.
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    Fill out the form online, or print a blank form and enter the required information.
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    List yourself and all other owners, if applicable, of the vehicle and a daytime telephone number for each owner.
    • Make sure all names appear exactly as they are written on the vehicle registration.
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    Add your legal address and, if applicable, a mailing address.
    • Include the county in which you reside.
    • Note that post office boxes are not to be entered in the space provided for your legal address.
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    Check your vehicle type below the plate design you are choosing. Some plate designs are not available for all vehicle types.
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    Enter up to 5 choices for your personalized license plate in the character boxes provided.
    • List your choices in order of preference, as you will be issued the first available choice.
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    Explain the meaning of each personalized license plate entry in the space provided beside each choice.
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    Sign and date the application.
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    Mail the completed application to Department of Revenue, Motor Vehicle Registration, Denver, CO 80261-0016.
    • Do not send payment of any fees when mailing the application.
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    Remit payment of fees after receiving written notification from your county clerk office. Personalized plates are ordered only after payment is received.
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    Pick up your personalized license plate from your county clerk office upon receipt of a letter notifying you that your plates are ready.

Tips

  • Certain sequences of letter and number combinations are not allowed. The Personalized License Plate Application details which combinations are not allowed for personalized license plates in Colorado.
  • No more than 5 characters can be used if your personalized license plate contains only numbers.
  • Zeroes are the only number not allowed when creating a personalized license plate in Colorado.
  • Personalized license plates for cars and trucks in Colorado allow up to 7 characters. Allowable characters include capital letters, numbers, periods, dashes and spaces. Motorcycle plates use up to 6 characters.

Warnings

  • You have up to one year to pick up your personalized license plate. After this period, the plate is destroyed.
  • Applications that do not include an explanation of meaning for each plate choice will not be processed.
  • Do not use vulgar or profane language when entering personalized license plate choices. Entries determined to be offensive will be rejected.
  • You cannot make changes to a personalized license plate after fees are paid.
  • Logos do not appear on any type of personalized license plate in Colorado.

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Categories: Personalized and Specialty License Plates