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Values are most often determined by comparing your property with properties that are similar in location, design, size, age and amenities. The value placed on your property for the year 2020 was based on sales between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2020, utilizing the Sales Comparison Approach. A copy of this method for your residential property is available from our office and will be included in your Notice of Value.
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 property that is classified residential is currently assessed at 6.95% of the actual value for the property. Agricultural is 26.40% and all other Agricultural Business is 29%. Commercial Renewable Energy and Commercial Renewable Personal Property is 26.40% and all other commercial property 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 6.95%. Agricultural is 26.40% and all other Agricultural Business is 29%. Commercial Renewable Energy and Commercial Renewable Personal Property is 26.40% and all other commercial property is 29%.
Example: $150,000 (actual value) x 6.95% (residential assessment rate) x .081265 (mill levy) = $ 847.18 (annual tax dollars). Please note this is only an example. Your value and mill levy maybe different.
Each property is revalued to a June 30, 2020 value regardless of the percentage change. Some people think the previous (2019/2020) values are simply multiplied by an inflation factor, but in a reappraisal year, new data from relevant time frame is used, along with the latest mass appraisal techniques.
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 the exemption annually.
A marriage may be solemnized or Civil Union may be certified by judges, retired judges, magistrates, Indian tribe officials and clergy, or by the couple themselves. We do not provide officiants but you are welcome to invite one to your appointment. A friend or relative may not solemnize the marriage or certify the union unless they are a judge or clergy (ordained with a religious title).
If you wish for your ceremony to be officiated by a court judge, please call for more information:
See this printer-friendly PDF with all you’ll need to bring.
Both applicants should appear in person to apply for and sign the marriage application. If one party cannot appear because they are ill, out-of-state or incarcerated, they must complete the Marriage Absentee Application Form or Civil Union Absentee Application Form and have it notarized in advance. The party applying must bring the absentee application and valid identification for the absent party. If the absent party does not have a social security number, they must fill out the Social Security Affidavit and have it notarized.
Your Marriage license /Civil Union license is valid as soon as you complete the application in our office.
No. You must complete your license application in Colorado. Once your license is recorded, all other states will recognize your marriage/union.
A “Civil Union” is a relationship established by two eligible parties, pursuant to CRS 14-15-104, that entitles them to receive the benefits and protections (and be subject to the responsibilities of) spouses.
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.
For first-time registration in Colorado, you must make an appointment and bring your documentation to an Arapahoe County motor vehicle office.
Make an appointment and view the documentation requirements for out-of-state vehicles.
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 $13.73. 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.
Criminal justice records pertaining to cases and bookings.
No. Please contact the clerk of the court to receive this information.
View our current fee schedule which includes an explanation of how records fees are calculated.
Online: Using our service provider Point&Pay
By Mail: Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office13101 East Broncos ParkwayCentennial, CO 80112
In Person: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., excluding county holidaysArapahoe County Sheriff’s Office13101 East Broncos ParkwayCentennial, CO 80112
Online: Credit cards (excluding American Express), debit cards, and electronic checks
By Mail:Check or money order made payable to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
In Person:Cash, check, money order, credit cards (excluding American Express), or debit cards
Visit https://recordsrequest.arapahoegov.com and enter your Request Number and Email Address.
Note: Your request number was sent to you via email from firstname.lastname@example.org. Check your spam or junk email folder if you did not receive an email within five minutes of submitting your request.
Our payment partner Point&Pay charges a service fee for processing the payment transaction. This fee is not charged by Arapahoe County, nor does Arapahoe County retain any portion of the fee.
The service fee is assessed to cover operating costs associated with servicing your credit card transaction, debit card transaction, or electronic check payment. When you use this service, two line items will appear on your receipt. One is for the record requested paid to Arapahoe County, and the other is for the service fee charged by Point&Pay. You will be informed of all charges and fees before you authorize your payment.
$1.50 in addition to the cost of the record. We will charge a $20.00 fee for returned Electronic Checks.
Credit/Debit Cards: $2.00 or 2.45% of the transaction fee, whichever is greater.
Our system is not optimized for mobile devices. You may experience difficulty in requesting or retrieving records on a phone or tablet. For best results use a desktop or laptop computer.
This report lists the Calls For Service (CFS) at a specific location in Unincorporated Arapahoe County over a particular time period. The report typically includes dates and times as well as the nature of the CFS. Address Checks are available for physical addresses only, but not for specific units within complexes. Address Checks can be requested for increments of up to three years. As with all other reports released under the Colorado Criminal Justice Records Act, identifying information on Sex Assaults and Juveniles, as well as information for which release would not be in the public interest, will be redacted.
A clearance letter indicates the individual has had no contact during the required detention schedule with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office or the City of Centennial. Clearance letters are used for the purposes of employment, adoption, immigration, or presentation to a government entity.
The report includes the timeframe an individual was booked and released from the detention facility and it includes the individual’s charges. This is typically requested for Social Security or Unemployment verification.
Point&Pay is the electronic service provider for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. Please contact Point&Pay by phone at 888-891-6061 and select Option 1, or by email at email@example.com if you experience difficulties making an online payment after County business hours.
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.
The Arapahoe County Land Development Code, Section 3-3.5, regulates Marijuana Land Uses. The County also has an Ordinance 2013-1 prohibiting commercial marijuana activities and establishments. Ordinance 2020-02 allowed the four legally-established medical marijuana dispensaries to add retail marijuana. County regulations prohibit any new retail marijuana dispensaries.
You can find links to all incorporated cities through our website. But, we've provided links to marijuana regulations for our largest communities: City of Aurora / City of Centennial / City of Littleton / City of Greenwood Village / City of Englewood
No, these regulations are retroactive and all properties in unincorporated Arapahoe County must be in compliance. All marijuana land uses are subject to all restrictions contained within this Section 3-3.5, including those uses that were in existence prior to the adoption of this Section 3-3.5.