Vehicle Registration Fee Hike Coming in July
by Michelle Nauer, Ouray County Clerk and Recorder
May 13, 2009 | 649 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
CLERK'S CORNER

The Ouray County Clerk and Recorder’s Office reminds all vehicle owners that a new fee hike on vehicle registrations approved by the State Legislature goes into effect July 1, 2009. Fine collections for expired registrations, including temporary permits, approved by the State Legislature also goes into effect as early as June 1, 2009.

Generally, the average car registration, license fee (weighing 2,001-5,000 pounds) will increase by $32. Motorcycles and very lightweight vehicles (2,000 pounds or less) will increase by $22.50. An average pick-up (5,001-10,000 pounds) will increase by $39.50, and larger trucks will see an increase of $51.50 to $55. The fee hike applies to utility and camper trailers as well, based on weight. Fees are set to increase each year through 2012.

Another aspect of this bill involves a mandatory fine for late renewals. Newly purchased vehicles issued temporary registrations (permits) by dealers are also subject to the late fees upon expiration. The fine will be $25/month for every month past the grace or expiration period on your vehicle, up to a maximum of $100. This will be in addition to the standard renewal fees.

Please evaluate your vehicle registrations to determine if you have any vehicles or trailers that may be expired or at least note the month of expiration and mark your calendars; do not let your registration lapse! This legislation gives clerks no discretion to waive fees or fines! Check all your vehicle registrations now!
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