CO License plate guide. Custom or specialty plates and replacing lost or stolen license plates.
LOST OR STOLEN LICENSE PLATES
As soon as license plates are lost, stolen or illegible they must be replaced. If BOTH personalized plates are stolen/lost they must be replaced with a new plate - duplicates will not be made.
In order to replace your plates you must:
- Visit your local DMV office.
- Present proper forms of ID.
- Hand in any remaining license plates.
- Fill in an application for replacement plates. Please see the list below for links to the appropriate forms for each type of plate.
- Pay the license plate replacement fees.
Note: For stolen license plates, you will additionally have to complete the Affidavit for Lost or Stolen License Plates.
CUSTOM AND PERSONALIZED PLATES
These are the different types of plates in the regular series: Passenger, Light Truck, Persons with Disabilities, Recreational Truck, Motorcycle and Trailer. Please see the proper application forms for regular series license plates. When you have completed the forms, take them to your local DMV office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
Special Interest Plates
The following is a list of some categories of special interest plates: Alumni, Group Special Plates, Military Plates, Motorcycle Plates and Other Plates, which include Amateur Call Letter, Dealer Demo, Farm Truck, Street Rod, Columbine and Transporter. Click here to access the personalized and special interest request applications form for replacing the different types of special interest plates. When you have completed the forms, take them to your local DMV office and submit them with the appropriate fees (see below).
You can also order personalized designer plates by following this link.
The fees for replacing a license plate or getting new plates vary depending on the type of plate you need. For more information on these fees please visit Personalized and Special Interest License Plates and Regular License Plates.
Note: For disabled drivers, please see the disabilities brochure and the application for persons with disabilities.
WHAT TO DO WITH PLATES WHEN BUYING/SELLING A VEHICLE
Under Colorado Law, the seller must keep the license plates.