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We currently contract with The Aurora Animal Shelter for the sheltering and treatment of strays.
The assessor determines the actual (market) value for all real and personal property. Then a percentage (assessment rate) is multiplied by the actual value to determine the assessed value. In Colorado the residential assessment rate is currently 7.2%. For all other properties including commercial, personal property, vacant land and agricultural land, the assessment rate is 29%.
You can get all the information you need in any of the following ways: Search Property information online, use our in office customer service kiosks to research property information. Or, use the copy of your residential comp sheet appraisal (backside of Notice of Valuation) that is mailed with your Notice of Valuation May 1 every odd-numbered year.
In the November 2000 election, Colorado voters passed a Property Tax Exemption for Seniors, known as Referendum A. Qualifying Seniors will see 50 percent of the first $ 200,000 of actual value of their primary residence exempted from property tax. To qualify, at least one owner of a home must be 65 years or older as of January 1, and must have occupied the home as a primary residence for at least 10 consecutive years prior to January 1 of the year he/she applies. The Colorado Assembly reviews annually and has approved funding for the senior citizen property exemption for tax year 2017, payable in 2018.
You can renew at a kiosk anytime – even after the renewal month and your one-month grace period have passed! (However, please note that, by law, a late fee of $25 per month and back ownership taxes will be assessed if you renew after your grace period has expired.)
You can renew at a kiosk immediately after completing a gas emissions test.
Please wait at least two (2) days after a diesel emissions test or after updating your auto insurance before renewing at a kiosk. This allows time for the machine to be updated electronically by testing facilities. The kiosk cannot accept paper proof.
Your renewal postcard will indicate if you need proof of emissions.
You will pay a $3 service fee for every vehicle renewed at a kiosk, or $3.95 at kiosks inside King Soopers stores. This fee pays for the technology and is not assessed nor retained by Arapahoe County. In addition, there is a $0.50 convenience fee to pay by check, or 2.15% convenience fee to pay by credit or debit card.
Note: Arapahoe County has temporarily waived the service fee and check fee through Dec. 31, 2018 for vehicles registered in our county. Our residents will not pay for these fees, but the waiver does not apply to residents from other counties. We have opted to temporarily cover these costs to help encourage our citizens to use the kiosks, at a time when motor vehicle transactions at our service counters are taking longer as a result of the new statewide motor vehicle system.
Colorado MVExpress is a self-service kiosk that offers a fast and easy way to renew your vehicle registration. It is a blue and yellow machine with touch-screen technology that looks similar to an ATM machine. Simply scan the barcode on your renewal postcard, or type your license plate number and the last eight numbers of your Vehicle Identification Number on the touch-screen. The machine will accept your payment and print your registration and license plate tabs on the spot!
You may use any kiosk in the state if your vehicle is registered in Arapahoe County or in another participating county. Please see a list of participating counties.
If you do not live in one of these counties, the kiosks are not available for your transaction. For information, please contact your county motor vehicle office.
Cash, check, credit or debit card are accepted at most locations. However, please note that cash is NOT accepted at the AAA and King Soopers kiosks. Only one method of payment is allowed per transaction.
There are 20 kiosk locations in 12 Colorado counties. Only citizens of the following counties can renew their license plates at a kiosk, and may use any kiosk in the state : Arapahoe, Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Douglas, El Paso, Fremont, Jefferson, La Plata, Larimer, Mesa and Weld. Find your nearest kiosk at www.arapahoegov.com/kiosk.
No, the kiosk will only process a license plate renewal. It cannot issue replacement tabs or change the name or address on your motor vehicle registration. We hope to expand the capabilities of the kiosks in the future.
Please visit www.arapahoegov.com/DMV for information on how to access these services at a motor vehicle office.
Please call ITI Customer Care at 1-866-955-5258 with questions about your transaction at a kiosk.
Arapahoe County residents may contact Arapahoe County Motor Vehicle at 303-795-4500 with questions about your vehicle registration. Our phones are answered Monday-Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Residents of other counties should contact the motor vehicle office in your county with questions about your vehicle registration.
The Recording Division can search to see if your Release of Deed of Trust has been recorded by the lender. If it has been recorded, you can purchase a copy from our office.
If it has not been recorded, you will need to contact your lender and inquire when your loan paperwork will be released.
Use our online Legal Document Search to search for and purchase copies of recorded documents dating back to Feb. 1, 1996. Visit our Recording Division at the County Administration Building, 5334 S. Prince Street, Littleton to search for public records dating back to 1902.
For Court records, such as divorce or probate records, please contact the Colorado Judicial Branch and contact the District Court in which the case was filed.
Order a birth or death certificate through Tri-County Health Department at 303-220-9200 or 6162 S. Willow Drive #100 Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Arapahoe County does not maintain birth or death certificates.
Please use our New Vehicle Fee Estimate Calculator to determine an estimate of your registration fees. This tool works for first-time registrations only, and includes ownership taxes and license fees. It will not include sales tax. It also does not work to estimate fees for a renewal.
Taxes and fees to register vehicles in the State of Colorado are based on age of the vehicle, weight, taxable value, purchase date, and type of license plate requested. See tax rates and fees in Arapahoe County.
If it has been less than 55 days since your temporary tags were issued, please wait to receive a Title Complete postcard in the mail. Once you receive this postcard, you can visit any of your branch offices to register your vehicle.
If it has been more than 55 days since your temporary tags were issued and you have not received a Title Complete postcard, please visit one of our branch offices to request an extension on your temporary tags. The cost is $7.08 for another temporary registration.
See payment options and what to bring to register your vehicle on our Motor Vehicle registration page.
If you have a loan or lease on the vehicle, you also need to bring the security agreement.
You also need a cash, check, credit or debit card for payment of fees and taxes.
Finally, you also need a VIN verification completed by an authorized agent in Colorado. We can do this for you at our branches, weather permitting, for a fee of $12.
For more information, please see these requirements for Out-of-State Titles
-Valid insurance card (fax acceptable)-Declaration page (fax acceptable)-Binder/letter from an insurance company on company letterhead (fax acceptable)-Electronic proof of insurance. This may be, but is not limited to, an insurer-provided electronic image/proof on applicant’s cellular phone, lap top, or other portable type of electronic device.
For more information, see a complete list of Registration Requirements
Renewal postcards are forwardable, but registrations are not. If you updated your address with the U.S. Postal Service, your renewal postcard would have been forwarded to your new address. However, you did not file a change of address specifically with the County's Motor Vehicle Division, then your registration was sent to your old address.
Please come to one of our County offices to request replacement tabs and to file a change of address. We will void the original tabs. There is a cost of $2.37 for replacement tabs, which can be paid by cash, check or credit/debit card. See our locations and hours.
If you have moved to or within Arapahoe County, please update your address online at mydmv.colorado.gov. You will receive a new registration with your new address by mail.
You may also request an address change by calling our hotline at 303-795-4500, or visiting our any of our Motor Vehicle office locations. We can assist with address changes for Arapahoe County residents only.
Please note, if you already received your registration renewal postcard at your old address, it is too late to change your address in order to renew online. Instead, please return the renewal postcard with payment and write your new address in the field provided.
Please use these additional links to change your address on your Colorado Driver's License or ID card, and your Voter Registration.
No. Please contact the county where you now reside. See this list of Colorado counties.
If you do not receive a Title Complete Card prior to your temporary registration expiring, please contact our office at 303-795-4500 for assistance.
Yes! Renew your motor vehicle registration online at http://mydmv.colorado.gov. You will receive your printed registration and tabs in the mail.
Payment Options For Motor Vehicle Registration and Titles:
Our Motor Vehicle offices accept cash, check and money orders, debit cards and credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. Checks must be payable to Arapahoe County Clerk for the exact amount. We do not accept checks under $10.
Please note that credit and debit card transactions over $10 are subject to a convenience fee of $0.75 + 2.25% of the total amount. This fee is not assessed or retained by Arapahoe County. It is required by a third-party vendor for the State of Colorado.
You will find this information on the paperwork from the dealership. If you do not have the original paperwork, you will need to contact an auto dealership and request the MSRP for your vehicle year, make, model and specific amenities. Arapahoe County cannot provide an MSRP in-person or over-the-phone.
Arapahoe County has a well-deserved reputation for being an efficiently-run, fiscally responsible entity. However, Arapahoe County grew by 32 percent from 2000 to 2016 to become the second largest county in the metropolitan area. By 2030, Arapahoe County is expected to become the largest county in the metro area – surpassing the City and County of Denver with more than 800,000 population.
With this rapid growth comes extreme challenges of not only keeping up with demands for new infrastructure while simultaneously maintaining our current infrastructure, such as the Detention Center (jail), roads and bridges, and the Judicial Center.
This is becoming increasingly challenging due to the increased costs of equipment, building materials and labor costs.
The County has undertaken a comprehensive process to identify and quantify future needs. In 2016, the Board of County Commissioners established the Long Range Budget Committee. This committee, which consists of community members and County leadership, was directed to take an in-depth look at budget trends and issues. In particular, the Committee was created to study the ability of the County to fund ongoing operations, as well as address future needs for both capital and operating expenses with current revenue and outlook.
In February 2017, the committee determined that the funding necessary to improve and maintain roads, replace aging infrastructure, such as the County jail; and provide the staffing necessary to address service demands, has not kept pace with expenses. This has resulted in a in a backlog of needs that will continue to grow unless the County can identify ways to provide additional funding to meet these needs.
The issues can be grouped into four areas:
The Board of County Commissioners determined that the next critical step in the planning process would be to identify levels of service. Specifically, what levels of service currently are being provided by the County and what are the desired levels of service going forward? To guide this discussion at the 2018 Leadership Workshop, the County engaged the services of Ehlers and Associates.
Participants used a strategic process to explore current and desired levels of service for those areas that have significant long-term impacts on the finances of the County. It is important to note the discussion focused only on identifying current and desired service levels going forward. In other words, identifying the “what.” There was no discussion on “how” to achieve the targeted levels of service. That discussion will occur after further research and discussion with the residents and businesses in the County.
Ehlers is a full-service independent municipal advisory firm specializing in the development of solutions to challenges facing states, counties, cities, school districts and special districts. The Colorado Ehlers’ office was formed in 2014 after merging with Public Finance Associates, which advised clients across Colorado since 2002. Ehlers works with clients, such as Arapahoe County, to develop detailed needs assessments and help formulate appropriate solutions.
The research and the information gathered during the balance of 2018 will be critical to help guide the discussion and decisions made at the 2019 Leadership Workshop. Research will include gauging citizen viewpoints on County services and citizen knowledge of County services, infrastructure, services and revenue. Research will involve residents, business. Concurrently, the County will be taking the lead in developing additional information on long-term needs, especially as related to the detention center and transportation.
Substantial increases in east-west travel, affecting unincorporated and incorporated areas of the County, are projected through 2035. Congestion and delays cost our residents, businesses and the traveling public.
Because of budgetary constraints, investment into roads has been flat and inflation continues to erode buying power. Everyone in the County benefits from alleviating congestion. Benefits include reducing driver frustration, better air quality, improved safety and shorter response times for emergency responders. An update to the County’s transportation plan is currently underway and will be available in advance of the 2019 Leadership Workshop.
Asphalt and concrete represent more than three-fourths of the County’s total infrastructure assets of $800 million. These assets need to be protected but with flat maintenance budgets and rising costs, pavement condition is on a downward spiral.
In addition, the County owns and maintains more than $200 million in assets including bridges, signs, signals, guardrail, curbs, gutters and sidewalks. As with the other transportation-related needs, stagnation in the Road and Bridge Fund has reduced the ability of this program to perform the necessary maintenance activities. There is a serious and growing backlog of maintenance projects.
The County’s detention facility is nearing or has reached the end of its useful life. Throughout the jail, maintenance and repair demands are prevalent. Overcrowding in the Booking and Release area and space limitations present a serious safety concern for staff and inmates.
The jail was originally designed for 360 inmates but regularly houses more than 1,000 inmates resulting in the use of double and triple bunking in cells intended for single occupancy.
The Booking and Release area within the jail is substantially inadequate to meet current and growing needs. This area was designed for 29 inmates, but often holds as many as 80. Additionally, the major tasks of booking inmates, releasing inmates and transporting inmates to and from court and other entities are all conducted in this limited space, which causes the high potential for mistakes and increased liability.
There also is an ongoing discussion of needs at the adjacent Arapahoe County Justice Center including security, maintenance and courtroom space.
A more in-depth analysis of the programming and condition of the detention facility and judicial complex will get underway later this year.
Public safety and law enforcement are important to the citizens of Arapahoe County. The Sheriff’s Office is highly rated, but there are challenges in maintaining that level of citizen satisfaction going forward. Population growth and increasing demand for public safety services will steadily increase the demands on enforcement and patrol staffing.
Additionally, the seriousness of calls and resources needed to safely resolve them has increased, resulting in less time for proactive policing. Failing to meet this increased demand with proper staffing and equipment will result in a decrease in the level of service provided.
External forces – population growth, expanded service areas, salaries and benefits and inflation – create increasing demands on County services including building maintenance, technology investment and digital services.
The backbone of providing effective County service is the retention (and recruiting) of a strong, engaged and committed staff. Maintaining the status quo doesn’t mean the budget for these ongoing services can remain the same. Maintaining even the current level of service requires increased funding every year. Since the County provides more than distinct 240 services to our citizens, this is one of the most complex issues facing the County going forward.
In order to have a review in less than 36 months since the last review, a continuing and substantial change in circumstance must be shown. A brief explanation of the continuing change and any proof of the change has to be provided with the written request for review. If no change or proof is provided, the request may be denied or more information may be requested.
If an agreement cannot be reached, a Motion to Modify Child Support may be filed with the Court by Child Support Services. Note that this does not mean an automatic court appearance. Once the motion is filed, if no objection is received within 15 days, the Court may grant the Motion to Modify Child Support.
With any court filing, a copy must be provided to Child Support Services and the other party. If an objection is filed in a timely manner, the Court may request a hearing.