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Old 03-03-2019, 01:20 AM
 
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I've googled this but can't seem to find a clear answer. I bought a new car in early January and the temporary tags expire on Monday. I literally just received the documents needed to register it today. The DMV hours are ridiculous- they all close at 4?! I'm going to to the closest one on Monday before 7 AM and hope that with it being so early I'll get in by the time I have to leave for work around 7:30.

If not, I'm going to have to take a day off of work just to go to the DMV . Due to some things I have going on at work, that's going to be the end of this week at the earliest. Am I going to have to pay a late fee or get into some sort of trouble if I end up having to register it after the 60 day mark? I did get a new temporary tag from the dealer late last week when I called and complained that I hadn't received the registration stuff yet, so getting pulled over is not a concern- it would just be when I go to the DMV to actually register. I'm in Arapahoe county if that makes any difference.
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Old 03-03-2019, 06:38 AM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Relax.
Just make sure you go the correct DMV.
Motor Vehicle Registration | Arapahoe County, CO - Official Website
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:05 AM
 
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If you have the correct documentation, you may be able to register your new car on-line, and get plates mailed to you .

See Motor Vehicle Registration | Arapahoe County, CO - Official Website for details
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:29 AM
 
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Here in AZ I went to the AAA motor club office and they offer a range of DMV functions...might be worth checking out as there's no lines at the AAA offices.
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Old 03-03-2019, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Denver via Austin
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If you have temporary tags to cover you, you have nothing to worry about. Dealerships are notorious for taking a long time on paperwork, and you’re actually supposed to allow 60 days for processing. Arapahoe County has a decently efficient process where you can make an appointment online and be in and out within 30 minutes. Book something early in the day so there’s not as much chance of appointments running behind.
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. I actually took the day off work today and went to the DMV only to find out I didn't have what I needed . I've never bought a car in this state so I had no idea- in my home state you can register the car at the dealer! This whole process is absurd.

I got a big packet in the mail from the dealer stating that it included everything I needed to go register the car at the DMV. When I got there, the person at the door told me I needed some postcard from them saying the title was ready. She said that I could check with them and see if perhaps it was ready and I just hadn't received the post card, but the wait time was over 2 hours! I certainly wasn't going to sit there for 2 hours to just check and see if they happened to have it ready.

You can't do online for a first time registration, and they only do appointments for driver's license services. I've checked on both things.
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Old 03-08-2019, 01:38 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. I actually took the day off work today and went to the DMV only to find out I didn't have what I needed . I've never bought a car in this state so I had no idea- in my home state you can register the car at the dealer! This whole process is absurd.

I got a big packet in the mail from the dealer stating that it included everything I needed to go register the car at the DMV. When I got there, the person at the door told me I needed some postcard from them saying the title was ready. She said that I could check with them and see if perhaps it was ready and I just hadn't received the post card, but the wait time was over 2 hours! I certainly wasn't going to sit there for 2 hours to just check and see if they happened to have it ready.

You can't do online for a first time registration, and they only do appointments for driver's license services. I've checked on both things.
Sorry you had to go through all this for a simple car registration. I agree that the process in CO is a bit unnecessarily complicated whereas in states like TX you can have the dealership do all the paperwork.

If you are willing to name the dealership it might be helpful to future buyers to double check and follow-up with them.
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:28 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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You can't do online for a first time registration, and they only do appointments for driver's license services.
Cars and people are totally separate organizations even though both use DMV.
One is county and the other is state.
Do not conflate them.
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Old 03-11-2019, 04:30 AM
 
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We had the same issue a few years back when we bought a new car and were ignorant of the system in Colorado, so we went to the DMV the next day thinking we could simply register the car. In every other state I'd lived, one can go to the DMV the very same day and get plates and tags, so it was quite surprising to learn that one has to wait weeks here while the dealership sends in the paperwork to the DMV. As others said, you can get an extension while you wait.
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