Taxes & Fees

This information is intended to provide basic guidelines regarding the collection of sales and use tax, ownership tax, and license fees. The State Department of Motor Vehicles website provides comprehensive information on taxes and fees, along with a Registration Fees fact sheet.

You may contact the County Motor Vehicle Department via email at

Ownership Tax Calculator Estimate ownership taxes.

Sales/Use Tax

The following table is intended to provide basic information regarding the collection of sales and use tax and reflects rates currently in effect. Owners may be subject to a different tax rate if the vehicle was purchased within the entity where they reside (Fountain, Manitou Springs, or Monument). Rates also may change based on the date the vehicle was purchased. Please refer to the Motor Vehicle Collection of Use/Sales Tax, Current Rates.

Entity Rate Purchase or Lease
State of Colorado 2.9% All
El Paso County 1.23% All
Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority
1.0% All
Calhan 3.0% All
Colorado Springs 3.07% All
Live in – Buy in
Use 2.0%
Sales 3.40%
Green Mountain Falls 3.0% All
Manitou Springs
Live in – Buy in
Use 3.8%
Sales 3.9%
Live in – Buy in
Use 2.0%
Sales 3.5%

Palmer Lake





*PPRTA is due if the address is located in El Paso County, cities of Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Ramah, Green Mountain Falls and Calhan.

*PPRTA tax is not due if the address is located within the town limits of Fountain, Monument, or Palmer Lake.

Filing Fees

The filing fee is calculated based on size and type of document. This fee will always stay the same unless there is an increase in the fee through State legislation.

Fee Type of Document
$7.20 Title Fee
$5.00 Per printed page up to 8.5 x 14 inch paper


Per printed page larger than 8.5 x 14 inch paper

Dealer for Resale Title

Ownership Tax

Ownership tax is a personal property tax based on the original taxable value (sticker price) of your vehicle. It is distributed to the various taxing entities in accordance with established mill levies.

Collection of Ownership Tax

This table is for all motor vehicles (except those shown below) including motorcycles, motor homes, sedans, coups, and sports utility vehicles. Taxable Value: 85% of the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).

Vehicle Age Tax
1st Year of Service Taxable Value x .021
2nd Year of Service Taxable Value x .015
3rd Year of Service Taxable Value x .012
4th Year of Service Taxable Value x .009
5th-9th Yr of Service Taxable Value x .0045
10th Year & Greater $3.00
Information is here for Specific Ownership Tax.

Trailers, Campers, Trailer Coaches , Trucks and Special Mobile Machinery (SMM) Equipment are in a different tax class and subject to a different Specific Ownership Tax scale.

Late Fees

Late fees may apply when a registration renewal is not completed within the designated time period. Visit the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles website for more information.

Motor Vehicles
Registration of a newly purchased vehicle is due within 60 days of purchase. Late fees will be applicable if the vehicle is not registered 61 days after purchase. Late fees are $25 per month, with the total amount not exceeding $100 (four months). Renewal of your motor vehicle registration is due in the month of expiration. A grace period of one month after the expiration is allowed. This grace period does not apply to temporary permits. A late fee will be imposed on a registration renewal transacted after the one-month grace period. The late fee is $25.00 per month, with the total amount not exceeding $100 (four months).

Non-Motive Power Vehicles
Included in this category are trailers, camper trailers, multipurpose trailers, trailer coaches and special mobile machinery, that weigh up to 16,000 pounds and are taxable. For any type of trailer, this is the empty weight.

The late fee on non-motive power vehicles is $10 total, effective July 1, 2010. When there are late fees accrued prior to that date, those fees are added to the late fees incurred after July 1, 2010. These late fees, however, may not exceed the limit of $100 total. Late fees on commercial vehicle trailers and farm vehicle trailers could be reduced or waived if these trailers have been idled for a full registration period.