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Bill Detail: HB22-1254

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Title Vehicle Taxes And Fees Late Registration
Status Senate Third Reading Passed - No Amendments (05/09/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Sponsors A. Valdez (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (R)
F. Winter (D)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee Transportation and Energy
Date Introduced 02/22/2022

Current law gives a person who moves to Colorado 90 days to
register the person's motor vehicle. Section 2 of the bill requires a person
who registers a vehicle after moving to Colorado to:
  • Provide documentation of the vehicle's previous
registration that contains the registration dates or the
vehicle's bill of sale;

  • Provide evidence of the date that the person became a
Colorado resident; and
  • Pay the vehicle's registration taxes and fees that are
prorated from the date the person became a Colorado
resident to the date the person applied to register the
vehicle, unless the vehicle is used for interstate commerce
or unless the owner registered the vehicle within 90 days
after becoming a resident.
The effect of these listed changes is that an owner who fails to
register the vehicle within 90 days will be assessed back taxes and fees.
The allocation and use of the taxes and fees does not change.
Current law exempts people with expired temporary tags from
paying the late fees for failing to register a vehicle. Section 3 repeals this
exemption. Section 3 also imposes prorated registration taxes and fees to
capture missed revenue if a person fails to register a vehicle when
required by law.
Section 4 lowers the registration fee that is based on the age of a
  • For motor vehicles less than 7 years old, the fee is lowered
from $12 to $9;
  • For motor vehicles at least 7 years old but less than 10
years old, the fee is lowered from $10 to $7; and
  • For motor vehicles 10 years old or older, the fee is lowered
from $7 to $5.
The department of revenue (department) may adjust the fees to make the
bill revenue neutral but may not lower a fee below one dollar or raise the
fees above the amount from which the bill lowers the fees. In 2026, this
fee decrease repeals, so the fees return to their original amounts. One
dollar of the fee is retained by the department and used to offset the cost
to the department and the authorized agents to implement the bill.
Current law imposes a fee of $1.50 on motor vehicles, trailers, and
semitrailers. The fee is sent to the county where the vehicle is registered
for its road and bridge fund. Section 5 lowers this fee to $0.94 to offset
the increased taxes and fees collected by the county under sections 2 and
The department will annually adjust the fee amount to keep the bill
revenue neutral to the counties.

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