Military Non-Residents

The Clerk and Recorder’s Office wants to facilitate vehicle registration for our military personnel transitioning into the area. Information on this page will provide instruction on the Military Non-Resident Tax Exemption program.

When visiting our County Motor Vehicle Office, active duty military ID card holders will be served at the front of the queue. Please show your military ID to the greeter to be afforded this expedited service.

You also will find additional information for vehicle registration on these pages of our website:

New Resident Requirements

Purchasing a Vehicle from an Individual or from a Dealership

Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact our Motor Vehicle Office with questions and our staff will be glad to assist. Email motorvehicledept@elpasoco.com or phone 520-6240.

MILITARY NON-RESIDENT INFORMATION

YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR A NON-RESIDENT TAX EXEMPTION, IF:

  • You are an active duty military member assigned to a duty station in Colorado; OR
  • You are assigned to a unit in Colorado from which you were then assigned to an unaccompanied/remote duty station.

NOTE: The tax exemption is only valid for OWNERSHIP TAXES in Colorado.

THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTATION IS REQUIRED TO CLAIM MILITARY NON-RESIDENCY FOR LOWER REGISTRATION FEES:
Please use the following as a checklist to ensure all documentation is completed.

  • A copy of your orders stationing you at a military facility in Colorado is required.
  • A military ID card is required.
  • An end-of-month Leave and Earnings Statement within the last three months is required. It must show a home of record state other than Colorado.

IMPORTANT AFFIDAVIT NOTES:

  • You must be either the active duty military member OR a lawful agent with power of attorney to execute the affidavit.
    (Please provide a copy of the general power of attorney or original if a specific power of attorney is used.)
  • This affidavit is valid for 60 days from the execution date.
  • A separate affidavit must be provided for each vehicle AND renewed on an annual basis.
  • Renewals must be processed in person or by mail only.
  • This affidavit may be obtained from your legal office on base or the Motor Vehicle Office.
  • Affidavit of Non-Residence DR 2667.

All other new resident requirements apply.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of each military member to request and ensure that he or she receives the military non-residency exemption as our office has a 30-day refund policy on ownership tax paid in error. Further questions may be answered by contacting the Motor Vehicle Department via email at motorvehicledept@elpasoco.com.

Active Duty Military Non-Resident Colorado Registration Renewal
Procedures During Office Closures

Option 1 – With Registration Renewal Notice
  • Registration renewal notice
  • Copy of the vehicle’s insurance
  • Check or money order made payable to County Clerk in the amount of the license fee notated on the registration renewal notice
    • No cash payments
  • Copy of orders assigning the military service member to a Colorado military installation
  • Copy of the end of month Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) indicating the tax withholding state for the military service member
  • DR2667 Affidavit of non-residence. Forms are available at the following website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/forms-number-order
    • Section I or II needs to be completed on page two of the form.
Option 2 – Without Registration Renewal Notice
  • A note requesting to process the registration renewal must include
    • Vehicle description: Year, Make, VIN, Plate number
    • Contact information for payment by phone
  • Copy of the vehicle’s insurance
  • Copy of orders assigning the military service member to a Colorado military installation
  • Copy of the end of month Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) indicating the tax withholding state for the military service member
  • DR2667 Affidavit of non-residence. Forms are available at the following website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/forms-number-order
    • Section I or II needs to be completed on page two of the form.

Once items are gathered and placed in a sealed envelope they can be dropped off at our (ballot) drop boxes located at:

Southeast Motor Vehicle Office – 5650 Industrial Pl, 80916

On the east side of the building, flush against the building.

Main Motor Vehicle Office – 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd, 80907

On the east side, drive-up at the base of the roundabout.

North Motor Vehicle Office – 8830 N. Union Blvd, 80920

To the west of the exit doors, flush against the building.

At the current time emissions testing facilities are closed until further notice.

Those in need of emissions testing can request a 60-day registration extension at the following website: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/how-covid-19-closure-affects-vehicle-services.

This website also discusses how the COVID-19 closure, overall, impacts vehicle services. However, we will continue to seek alternative methods to provide motor vehicle services to those who reside in El Paso County.