No license plates will be handed out Aug. 1 to 3 |

No license plates will be handed out Aug. 1 to 3

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The motor vehicle office in the historic Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs won’t be able to issue license plates or temporary permits Aug. 1, 2 and 3, but don’t worry, law enforcement should go easy on drivers, said Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kim Bonner.

Bonner said all 63 counties in Colorado will be implementing a new Window-based system that should eventually make getting a license plate a lot easier. While the system is being upgraded, the motor vehicle license office will be closed for three days, from Aug. 1 to 3.

“It will be faster … more intuitive and user friendly,” Bonner said.

Bonner said law enforcement throughout the state knows the system will be down and she expects tickets won’t be handed out for expired temporary permits.

The driver’s license office on Anglers Drive in Steamboat also will be closed Aug. 2 and 3 as the Department of Motor Vehicles interfaces with its system.

The new system should be up and running by Aug. 6 when all DMV offices will be fully open for business.

Routt County’s motor vehicle office will be open Aug. 1 to 3 to answer questions and look at paperwork, but vehicle renewal services will not be available.

Colorado has also come up with a new way to renew vehicle registrations through a kiosk system that is set up like an ATM machine. Drivers can scan their renewal postcard or type in their license plate at the kiosk to begin the process of checking status of insurance and address. Vehicle owners pay on the spot, and the machine prints out the license plate decal and registration documents on the spot.

Routt County allows drivers to renew their vehicle registration through this system, but the nearest kiosks are in cities like Fort Collins, Denver and Boulder.

In addition to vehicle registration fees, it costs about $3 to use kiosks. The kiosks accept credit and debit cards and checks.

Visit to find where kiosks are located and for more information on how they work.

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