License Plates

Transfer of License Plates
License plates in Colorado are the property of the original owner of the vehicle and do not transfer to the new buyer at the time of the sale. Plates may be transferred from your traded-in or sold vehicle to your newly purchased vehicle. You may also purchase new plates from our office. If you decide to use existing plates please bring in the plates and registration from your old vehicle.

Types of License Plates
Basic plate types are available in the county office and others are only available through the state office through a process that's known as Print On Demand. For a tour of Colorado plate types and requirements, visit the State of Colorado License Plates.

Print On Demand (POD)
Colorado has 133 different types of license plates and more than twice as many inventory types. It costs millions of dollars to maintain this inventory, some of which is never even used. Print on Demand eliminates the waste, greatly reduces county inventories, and saves money.

Only when a POD plate is ordered, will it be printed. It's a common sense solution to unnecessary inventory expenditures sitting on shelves. For more information on this process, contact the Rio Blanco County Motor Vehicle department at 970-878-9460.

Personalized Plates
Personalized plates are available for additional charges as follows:
  • Colorado Designer Personalized Plates (green with purple mountains):
    • $50 Annual Renewal Fee
    • $50 Replacement Fee
    • $85 Application fee
  • Regular Personalized Plates (green and white):
    • $25 Annual Renewal Fee
    • $50 Replacement Fee
    • $60 Application fee
A completed Form DR 2810 (PDF) is required and must be sent to the state office. Upon acceptance of your plate choice, you will receive a billing notice requesting payment of the appropriate fee. Payment is required prior to manufacture of your plate.