Motor Vehicle Taxes and Fees

Arapahoe County residents will pay standard fees, ownership tax, sales tax and license fees when you register a vehicle for the first time. You will not pay sales tax on renewals. 

Tax rates and fees are listed below.

Use our Vehicle Registration Fee Estimate Calculator to obtain an estimate of your new vehicle registration fees, including License Fees and Ownership Tax.

Motor Vehicle Fees

Service Fee
Title $7.20
Duplicate Title $8.20
Duplicate Registration $4.00
Temporary Registration (Permit) $7.03
Tab Replacement $4.22
VIN Inspection (if completed by Arapahoe County Motor Vehicle) $12
Lien Filing Fee $5 or $10 per page, depending on page size
Late Registration Fee (assessed to vehicles registered more than 60 days form date of purchase, or vehicles renewed after the one-month grace period) $25 per month (not to exceed $100)

Ownership Tax:

1. Determine the Vehicle's Taxable Value:

  • Passenger Vehicle = 85% of M.S.R.P. (Sticker Price) 
  • Light Truck = 75% of M.S.R.P. (Sticker Price)
  • Class B, C, D and F Vehicle Types: See Tax Assessment. Please call 303-795-4500 for additional information.

2. Determine the Vehicle's Year of Service (The year manufactured is the first year of service):

Year of Service Ownership Tax
1st 2.1% of Taxable Value
2nd 1.5% of Taxable Value
3rd 1.2% of Taxable Value
4th 0.9% of Taxable Value
5th - 9th 0.45% of Taxable Value
10th and Older $3 Minimum Per Year

Sales Tax

Sales tax is required to be paid (if applicable) when applying for a new Certificate of Title or a new temporary registration for all new vehicle purchases. It is based on the jurisdiction (city/town) where the vehicle owner or lessee resides.

Entity State RTD CD* County City/Town Total
Aurora - RTD 2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% 3.75% 8.00%
Aurora - Non-RTD 2.90% 0% 0.10% 0.25% 3.75% 7.00%
Bennett 2.90% 0% 0.10% 0.25% 0% 6.25%
Bow Mar 2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% 0% 4.25%
Centennial 2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% 2.50% 6.75%
Cherry Hills Village 2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% Call 303-789-2451  
Columbine Valley 2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% 3.00% 7.25%
Deer Trail 2.90% 0% 0.10% 0.25% 0% 3.25%
Englewood 2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% 3.50% 7.75%
Foxfield 2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% 0% 4.25%
Glendale 2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% 3.75% 8.00%
Greenwood Village 2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% 0% 4.25%
Littleton 2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% 3.00% 7.25%
Sheridan 2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% 3.50% 7.75%
Unincorporated Arapahoe 
Non-RTD with CD
2.90% 0% 0.10% 0.25% 0% 3.25%
Unincorporated Arapahoe 
RTD
2.90% 1.00% 0.10% 0.25% 0% 4.25%

License Fees

Vehicles/Trailer Weight Fee
2,000 lbs & under $29
2,001 - 5,000 lbs $41
5,001 - 10,000 lbs $51
10,001 - 16,000 lbs $66
16,001 lbs & over $71
Fees Included in License Fee Portion of Registration Fee
Highway Fee (Based on age of vehicle) $12.00, $10.00, or $7.00
Diesel Emissions Fee (state fund) (C.R.S. 42-3-304(20)) $10.00
E-470 (based on address) $10.00
County General Fund (C.R.S. 42-1-210(1)(a)) $4.00
Motorcycle Operator Safety Training Fund (C.R.S. 42-3-304(4)) $4.00
State Department of Revenue for Emergency Medical Services
(C.R.S. 42-3-304(21))
$2.00
County Road & Bridge Fund $1.50
State Department of Health for Emissions Control (C.R.S. 42-3- 04(18)(b)) $1.50
County Emissions Control Account (C.R.S. 42-3-304(18)(a)) $0.70
Peace Officer Safety and Training Fund (C.R.S. 42-3-304(24)) $0.60
Colorado State Title and Registration System (C.R.S. 42-3-306) $0.60
Air Account in Highway User Tax Fund (HUTF) (C.R.S. 42-3- 304(18)(a)) $0.50
Insurance Identification Database (C.R.S. 42-3-304 (1)(a)) $0.10
Additional Fees May Apply (based on vehicle type, year and weight) Varies
License Plate Cash Fund  (C.R.S. 42-3-301) - Item Fee
Embossed License Plate (single) $1.89
Embossed License Plate (set) $3.78
AZON License Plate (single) $2.82
AZON License Plate (set) $5.64
Year Tab (stuffed and mail ready) $0.17
Year Tab (not stuffed and mail ready) $0.11
Month Tab (loose) $0.11
SMM Ownership and Rental Tab $0.25
Permit $1.08
Additional Plate Fees
Additional license plate fees are due upon issuance or replacement of the following:
●  Designer License Plates
●  Group Special License Plates
●  Military License Plates
●  Personalized License Plates

Additional plate fees are forwarded to the Highway User Tax Fund and License Service Cash Fund. (C.R.S. 42-3-312). Annual special renewal fee for designer plates and personalized plates are forwarded to the Highway User Tax Fund.