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Bill Detail: HB21-1254

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Title Title And Registration Motor Vehicle Regulation
Status Governor Vetoed (07/07/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Transportation & Motor Vehicles
House Sponsors C. Larson (R)
A. Valdez (D)
Senate Sponsors K. Priola (R)
F. Winter (D)
House Committee Transportation and Local Government
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 03/31/2021

Under current law, the department of revenue may implement a
system for electronic transmission of registration, lien, and titling
information for vehicles or special mobile machinery. This system is
funded by gifts, grants, and donations. Section 1 of the bill creates the
electronic transactions fund and directs the department to transfer any
gifts, grants, or donations it receives to the state treasurer for deposit in

the fund. The contributed money, as well as money from additional fees
authorized under section 2, is to be used to implement the electronic
Current law gives a person who moves to Colorado 90 days to
register their motor vehicle. Section 2 requires a person who registers a
vehicle after moving to Colorado to:
  • Provide documentation of the vehicle's previous
registration that contains the registration dates;
  • Provide evidence of the date that the person became a
Colorado resident unless the previous registration expired
within 90 days before the owner applied to register the
vehicle; and
  • Pay the vehicle's registration taxes and fees that are
prorated from the date the person became a Colorado
resident to the date the person applied to register the
vehicle unless the vehicle is used for interstate commerce
or unless the owner registered the vehicle within 90 days
after becoming a resident.
The effect of these listed changes is that an owner who fails to register the
vehicle within 90 days will be assessed back taxes and fees. The
additional fees collected under section 2 are transferred to the electronic
transactions fund until the fund achieves its purposes. The allocation and
use of the taxes does not change.
Current law exempts people with expired temporary tags from
paying the late fees for failing to register a vehicle. Section 3 repeals this
exemption. Section 3 also imposes prorated registration taxes and fees to
capture missed revenue when a person fails to register a vehicle when
required by law.
Current law limits to 2 the number of temporary plates that may be
issued for a vehicle used to transport persons or property over the road.
The purchaser or owner may get a third plate if necessary for title or lien
documentation. Section 4 requires the purchaser or owner to pay the
vehicle's registration taxes and fees to get the third temporary plate. If the
sale is not consummated, the person who attempted to purchase the
vehicle gets a 12-month credit toward a subsequent registration of another

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