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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 7.15%. For all other properties including commercial, personal property, vacant land and agricultural land, the assessment rate is 29%.
The actual value is multiplied by the assessment rate which is then multiplied by the mill levy. The residential rate in Colorado currently is 7.2%. The assessment rate for all other property, including vacant land, is 29%. Example: $150,000 (actual value) x 7.15% (residential assessment rate) x .081265 (mill levy) = $ 871.56 (annual tax dollars). Please note this is only an example. Your value and mill levy maybe different.
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 2018, payable in 2019.
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 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 and is not able to estimate fees for a renewal.Have the MSRP available in order to correctly calculate the estimated fees.Note: Fees are based on the original MSRP and not the purchase price.
The MSRP will be provided in the title documents submitted by the selling dealership. If you do not have the original documents you should contact the selling dealer to obtain the MSRP for your vehicle. Arapahoe County cannot provide the MSRP for your vehicle.
Colorado has established vehicle emissions testing programs to protect our air quality. Your vehicle registration renewal postcard will indicate if your vehicle is due for an emissions test.Gas vehicles less than 7 model years old are exempt from emission testing. Diesel vehicles under 26,000 GVWR and less than 4 model years old are exempt from emission testing. Diesel vehicles 26,000 GVWR or more and 6 model years old or less are exempt from emission testing.Please visit https://aircarecolorado.com for more information.
If you financed a vehicle through a dealer/lender, your title paperwork must be completed by the dealership and County. This process takes up to 60 days. 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 then make an appointment at any Arapahoe County branch office to register your vehicle. See payment options and what to bring to your appointment on our Motor Vehicle registration page.You can check to see whether your title documents have been completed at mydmv.colorado.gov. Once your title documents are complete, make a title completion appointment at any Arapahoe County Motor Vehicle office. If your temporary tags will expire before your title documents are complete, please contact your dealership for a temp tag extension.
You will need the following:
For more information on Out-of-State titles, follow this link: https://dmv.colorado.gov/titling-vehicle#.
Yes. Valid and current proof of auto insurance is required to register a vehicle in Colorado. Colorado has a minimum requirement of $25,000/$50,000 for insurance and liability coverage, and a $15,000 minimum for property damage.We accept the following as proof of insurance:
Yes, please visit mydmv.colorado.gov. If you recently moved and did not update your address with your county motor vehicle office, it’s likely the tabs were mailed to your previous address. Please verify you have updated your address prior to processing the tab replacement. Material fees will apply for the tab replacement.
For lost tabs/plates, please visit mydmv.colorado.gov for replacements.If your plates have been stolen, please fill out the Lost/Stolen License Plate Affidavit.You will need to fill out the form then mail it to our office along with the police report and a check or money order made out to “Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder- Motor Vehicle” for the amount of $13.06. Please note: this fee if for regular passenger plates only. If you have a different type of plate, please call 303-795-4500 for additional information.
Our Mailing Address is:
Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s OfficeMotor VehicleP.O. Box 9006Littleton, CO 80160-9011
If you have moved into Arapahoe County, please update your address online at mydmv.colorado.gov. Once that is completed you can receive registration information at your new address by mail. 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.
Please bring the bill of sale or invoice to your appointment to determine if a credit can be applied to your new registration.
No. You must renew your current registration.
Please see the State DMV’s website for requirements and more information at https://dmv.colorado.gov/persons-disabilities.
We do not process motor vehicle renewals over the phone.
Yes! You may renew your motor vehicle registration online at http://mydmv.colorado.gov. You will receive your printed registration and tabs in the mail in about 2 weeks from the State’s printing facility.
Payment options for Registration and Titles:Our Motor Vehicle offices accept cash, checks, money orders and debit and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover). Checks must be payable to "Arapahoe County Clerk – Motor Vehicle" 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.
If you would like to mail in your renewal, please mail to:Arapahoe County Clerk and RecorderMotor VehicleP.O. Box 9011Littleton, CO 80160-9011. Please make sure to write your license plate number in the memo line of your check/money order. We also have Drop Boxes at all four Motor Vehicle locations you may utilize to drop off your renewal.
Your registration receipt shows the amount you paid in Specific Ownership and Prior Specific Ownership Tax. Make sure to retain a copy of your registration receipt for income tax purposes.
To see your sales tax rate, please enter your residential address at https://colorado.ttr.services/
Please contact our office for details at 303-795-4500
Please visit any motor vehicle office location to apply for a duplicate title You can also request a duplicate title online at mydmv.colorado.gov.If you are coming to one of our offices please go to make your appointment online for a list of documents you must bring with you to your appointment.For additional information, please call us at 303-795-4500.
Please contact the state of issuance for assistance.
Visit the Staff Directory to find all department and staff contact information.
See our Collection of Service Fees page for more information.
We accept cash, check or money order made payable to the Arapahoe County County Sheriff's Office. We can also accept credit or debit cards (excluding American Express).
You will receive phone calls when the system is activated and your address is within the geographic area chosen to receive the notification message. The system will only be activated for emergency purposes.
Child Support Enforcement has a variety of options for enforcing child support orders. These may include: issuing an income withholding order; suspending a driver’s license; garnishing bank accounts; intercepting tax refunds; withholding unemployment benefits and workers’ compensation benefits; placing liens on personal and real properties; reporting past due balances to credit agencies; suspending professional, occupational, and recreational licenses; passport denial; contempt proceedings; or sending a request for action to the state where a non-custodial parent resides for establishment, enforcement or modification of a child support order.
Child support and visitation are two separate matters. Regardless of visitation, a non-custodial parent must continue to provide the child with financial support. Child Support Enforcement cannot address visitation or custody issues and cannot provide legal advice. Parents may seek legal advice from an attorney. Please also ask your Case Specialist for information on low or no-cost mediation services that may be available.
Colorado uses a formula that is based upon both parents’ gross income as well as the number of overnights the child spends in each of the parent’s homes. The formula also considers certain expenses related to the child, such as health insurance and daycare expenses. It does not consider the income of step-parents or partners. These guidelines and detailed instructions are available at www.courts.co.us.
Child Support Services can arrange a negotiation conference to review financial information for both parents. We will send both parties a financial affidavit prior to the conference and require supporting documents such as pay stubs. During the conference, we will work to calculate the recommended monthly child support obligation using the child support guidelines.
The Family Support Registry is the agency responsible for receiving and disbursing child support payments and maintaining payment records. The mailing address for the Family Support Registry is P.O. Box 2171, Denver, CO, 80202. The telephone number is 303-299-9123. Please ensure that you note your FSR account number on your check or money order.
Child Support Services can determine parentage by taking a DNA sample from the mother, child and presumed father. A certified technician will take samples of each individual’s cheek cells along the inner mouth using a cotton swab. The samples are sent to an accredited lab for genetic testing. Results are typically available within 3 weeks. An individual is determined to be the biological father if genetic testing results indicate a DNA match of 97% or greater.
Either party can request a review of their child support. There are some cases where Child Support Services will start a review. Child support orders should be reviewed at least every thirty-six (36) months. Colorado requires there be at least a 10% change in the amount of current child support obligation in order for a modification review to proceed. If a review is done and the 10% threshold is not met, the modification review will be terminated. 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.
A Stipulation for Modification or an Administrative Order may be done if the parties agree. 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.