July vehicle registration renewal reminders arrive late in Colorado

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) – The Colorado Department of Revenue has revealed that a computer programming update is responsible for thousands of overdue vehicle registration renewal reminders to vehicle owners across state this month.

The state began sending July 2022 notices on Wednesday and will take 7-10 days to arrive; the situation may also affect renewals due in August.

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Chuck Broerman, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder, said Thursday the situation was not serious because the notices are only being mailed as a courtesy reminder.

“You have a 30-day grace period after the month your renewal is due, to pay,” he said. “So you shouldn’t have to worry unless you wait until the last minute, which we don’t recommend.”

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Broerman said about 4,000 people each month don’t renew on time and pay a $25 late fee.

Late arrival vehicle registration notices are not unusual, he explained; delays are sometimes caused by programming updates required by the Legislative Assembly to reflect new laws.

“(It is) to enable the implementation of the transport sustainability program – and this program will now add fees and taxes to electric and hybrid vehicles,” he explained. “So they had to change the programming of our drive system that we use for vehicle renewal and vehicle titling.”

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The state says that whether a notice arrives late or not at all, owners of affected vehicles should know when their renewal dates are and plan accordingly.

Broerman said people can renew immediately if they go to a county DMV office — which requires making an appointment — or a 24-hour DMV kiosk.

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Renewal by mail or online can take up to a week.

Some days at the DMV offices are better than others.

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“I ask people to stay away from Mondays and Fridays,” Broerman said. “They are always extremely busy in our offices. “The best days to come to our offices are always Wednesdays. Wednesdays and Thursdays are generally the lightest days.”

He added that the county DMV office on Union Boulevard is the only one in the state open on Saturdays.

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