How do I register to vote?
You may mail or deliver your signed voter registration form to:
La Plata County Elections Department
679 Turner Drive, Suite C
Durango, CO 81303
Forms may also be emailed (as a signed PDF attachment) or faxed to:
Fax: (970) 259-5413
You may also register to vote in person when you obtain your Colorado Driver's License.
Manufactured Home Forms - Where can I get Manufactured Homes Forms?
Marriage licenses are available from the La Plata County Clerk and Recorder’s office located in Bodo at 679 Turner Drive, Ste C Durango, Monday through Friday 7:30am- 4:00pm.
Marriage License FAQs
Civil Union licenses are available from the La Plata County Clerk and Recorder’s office located in Bodo at 679 Turner Drive, Ste C Durango, Monday through Friday 7:30am- 4:00pm.
Civil Union FAQ’s
Vehicle Registration & Titling: Do you have any other information on vehicle registration and titling?
- Buying and Selling a Vehicle
- Titling or Registering a vehicle from Out of State
- Licensing a vehicle
- Renewals may be completed by walk-in, by mail or on-line. On-line requires current Colorado insurance status, registration, and current mailing address.
- Insurance - Proof of insurance (with a valid insurance card) is always required when registering your vehicle.
- License Plates
- When a vehicle is titled in the name of a company, the individual shall present a letter of authorization to act on behalf of the company
For more information on registering and titling you can visit the State of Colorado web site at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/vehicles
New Resident Vehicle Registration: I just moved to Colorado. How long do I have until I have to register my vehicles?
- Residency Requirements
- Licensing a Vehicle
- Renewals can be done by walk-in, mail or on-line by clicking the following link On-line Vehicle Renewals. Your insurance must be current and you must be within your 30 day grace period to renew on-line. On-line renewals include a non-refundable Portal Administration Fee of 2.70% of the total transaction amount if paid by credit card, or $1.00 per transaction if paid by e-check.
- License Plates
- Insurance - We must see a current insurance card. Insurance is always required when registering your vehicle on-line or in person.
Buying or Selling a vehicle - What are my responsibilities?
Lost title - How do I apply for a duplicate title?
Duplicate title application can be mailed to either Clerk and Recorder's Office location in La Plata County.
1199 Bayfield Parkway
P.O. Box 1746
679 Turner Drive, Suite C
Disabilities Parking Privileges: How may I obtain an application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Privileges?
- Disabilities Parking Privileges application see Form DR 2219
When is Secure and Verifiable Identification required?
Secure and Verifiable ID is required to obtain:
• New Titles
• Duplicate Titles (original title issued on or after 07/01/2006)
• New Registrations
• New Temporary Registration Permits
• New Placards
The following types of identification are Secure and Verifiable:
• Any Colorado Driver License, Colorado Driver Permit or Colorado Identification Card,
current or expired one year or less. (Valid temporary paper license with invalid Colorado
Driver’s License, Colorado Driver’s Permit, or Colorado Identification Card, expired one
year or less is acceptable.)
• Out-of-state issued photo driver’s license or photo identification card, photo driver’s
permit current or expired one year or less.
• U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport Card, current or expired less than 10 years.
• Valid foreign passport with I-94 or valid processed for I551 stamps. Valid I-94 issued by Canadian government with L1 or R1 status and a valid Canadian drivers license or valid Canadian identification card.
• Valid I551 Resident Alien/Permanent Resident card. No border crosser or USA B1/B2
• Valid I688 Temporary Resident, I688B, and I766 Employment Authorization Card with
• Valid US Military ID (active duty, dependent, retired, reserve and National Guard).
• Tribal Identification Card with intact photo. (U.S. or Canadian)
• Certificate of Naturalization with intact photo.
• Certificate of (US) Citizenship with intact photo.
If you have questions about Secure and Verifiable Identification, please contact the Title and
Registration Sections at 303-205-5608.
The identification must be provided by the owner of record or agent if a power of attorney is used. When a vehicle is titled in the name of a company, the individual shall present a letter of authorization to act on behalf of the company.
Please see form DR2841
VIN Inspection: Where do I get a VIN inspection?
La Plata County Motor Vehicles has an inspector on-site (Durango office only): Those hours are Monday - Friday: 8:00am – 4:00pm.
Please call ahead to verify that the inspector is available, (970) 382-7075.
Any Colorado licensed dealer can do VIN inspections.
La Plata County Motor Vehicle Office, Durango
98 Everett Street Suite A
Durango, CO 81303 (map)
Notary Public - Does your office have a Notary Public?
Yes, there is a notary at the Clerk & Recorder's Office at 679 Turner Drive, Suite C, Durango. There is also a notary at the La Plata County Administration Building, 1101 E 2nd Avenue, Durango.
Please bring a valid state-issued photo ID and $5 for each notary.
How are my registration/renewal fees calculated?
The notice you receive when it is time to renew your license lists information about your vehicle, the Taxable Value (TX VAL), the License Fee (LIC.FEE) and the Specific Ownership Tax (OWN.TX)
Taxable Value: This is calculated using a percentage of the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) and remains constant throughout the life of the vehicle. The taxable value of passenger cars is 85% of the MSRP; the taxable value of a truck is 75% of the MSRP.
For example, if the MSRP of your automobile is $20,000, the taxable value is $20,000 x 85% = $17,000.
Specific Ownership Tax: Using the taxable value of the vehicle, the Specific Ownership Tax is calculated using the following table:
1st year of service
2.1% of taxable value
2nd year of service
1.5% of taxable value
3rd year of service
1.2% of taxable value
4th year of service
.9% of taxable value
5th, 6th ,7th, 8th & 9th
.45% of taxable value
10 and all later years
License fee: This fee is based on the weight of the vehicle (license fee may vary).
Online documents - Are your recorded documents online?
La Plata County has records on-line visit https://idocmarket.com to view our recorded documents. Please note: the basic search will allow you to view the index only, you will be unable to view or print any documents unless you subscribe. Otherwise to obtain copies you must be on-site or send in a request along with payment. If you need assistance please call 970-382-6281.
Sales Tax - What is the sales tax rate in La Plata County?
Our State Sales Tax rate is 2.9%. The La Plata County Sales Tax on motor vehicle purchases is based on where you take possession. If you purchase outside La Plata County the 2% County tax does not apply. Purchases within La Plata County result in an additional 2% Tax. If you reside in Durango City limits an additional 3% city sales tax is due.
- Our State Sales Tax rate is 2.9%. The La Plata County Sales Tax on motor vehicle purchases is based on where you take possession. If you purchase outside La Plata County the 2% County tax does not apply. Purchases within La Plata County result in an additional 2% Tax. If you reside in Durango City limits an additional 3% city sales tax is due.
Late fee - Is there a late fee if I do not register my vehicle?
- Purchase - Vehicles must be registered within 60 days from the date of purchase to avoid late fee.
- Renewal - There is a one month grace period, after the month grace there is a late fee.
- Late fees - $25 for each month or portion of a month that a vehicle is not registered after the one month grace period, not to exceed $100, will be charged.
Where can I register to vote in person?
You may register to vote in person Monday through Friday (except holidays) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the following location:
- La Plata County Clerk & Recorder, 679 Turner Drive, Suite C Durango, CO 81303
- La Plata County Motor Vehicle, 1199 Bayfield Parkway Bayfield, CO 81122
Recorded documents - How do I get copies of recorded documents?
Payment for copies must be received before we can release the recorded documents. If you are out-of-town please visit https://idocmarket.com or write in your request indicating which reception number and/or book and page you would like a copy of. Be sure to include payment (cash or check) and a return address so we know where to send your requested document.
Business License - Where do I obtain a business license?
For businesses located in the City of Durango call (970) 375-5010.
For businesses located in the Town of Bayfield call (970) 884-9544.
For businesses located in the Town of Ignacio call (970) 563-9494.
In La Plata County, business owners are required to obtain the appropriate land use and building permits, as well as a valid Certificate of Occupancy prior to starting, expanding, or relocating a business. Please be aware that not all businesses are allowed in all planning and zoning areas. For further details, please contact the La Plata County Planning Department at (970) 382-6263
- Do I need a business license?
- Doing Business in La Plata County
Can I hold a block party?
Any citizen or group who wishes to close, use, or block a county road right-of-way for an event must first obtain approval from the County Road & Bridge Office. If a liquor license is required for the event you must contact the Liquor Licensing Clerk at (970)-382-6252 . The event itself may require a Temporary Use permit from the Planning Department as well. If the event will not use or block a road, you may still need to obtain Special Event or Temporary Use Permits. If a Temporary Use Permit is required through the County Planning Department, please be aware that the process may take 2 - 3 months, so planning ahead is necessary.
Please contact the Planning Department at (970) 382-6263 for more information.
Divorce - How do I file for a divorce?
For information about divorces or annulments, please contact the local courts: (970) 247-2304.
Can I register to vote online?
- Yes. Please visit the Secretary of State at https://www.sos.state.co.us/Voter
How do I obtain a certified document of registration for in-state tuition purposes or other purposes?
- The certificate can be obtained in person or by mail. You must provide identification.
- Contact the La Plata County Elections Department, 679 Turner Drive, Suite C Durango, CO 81303.
- If requesting by mail: Include in your request your printed name, date of birth, residence address, mailing address (if different from your residence address) and signature.
Foreclosure Properties - Where do I get a list of foreclosure properties?
Although foreclosure documents are recorded with us in this office we do not have a "list" of such properties. The Public Trustee's office has a web site that you can view current foreclosure properties:
For further information on foreclosures please call the Public Trustee Office (970) 382-6352.
Birth Certificates - Where do I get birth certificates?
The Clerk and Recorders Office does not issue or keep records of births in La Plata you will need to contact San Juan Basin Health (970) 247-5702 ext. 108.
Map or plat - Where can I get a map or plat of my property?
The La Plata County Clerk and Recorder’s office maintains indexing and scanned images of all documents recorded in the county. These may include, but are not limited to, plats, easements, deeds, right-of-way or easement vacations, annexations, and liens. Visit www.idocmarket.com or visit the office.
For assistance with researching recorded documents, please call the Clerk’s Office at (970) 382-6281.
Property taxes - Where do I pay property taxes?
Property taxes are maintained by the Treasure's Office. If you need payment information or have questions regarding the amount of your taxes you will need to contact the Treasurers Office (970) 382-6352.
Recorded document - How do I find a recorded document?
To find documents recorded with the Clerk and Recorder you may visit
www.idocmarket.com or visit the office. Please note: This office does not conduct document researches - if you are looking for a documents you will need to do the research yourself or contact an independent researcher.
Illegal lots - If the deed was illegal, why did the Clerk's office record the documents?
By state law, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office must record documents as presented, for public record. Recording does not establish the legality or validity of documents; that responsibility lies with the person preparing and/or recording the document. Once recorded and discovered, documents that appear to indicate illegal land actions are now sent to the Planning Department for review. If you are preparing documents that will change the boundaries of a property, please consult Planning prior to recording.
What type of payment(s) does the Clerk and Recorders Office accept?
The Clerks Office accepts cash, checks or credit cards (surcharge fees do apply). Please make checks payable to the La Plata County Clerk.