Vehicle registration in Summit County, CO |

Vehicle registration in Summit County, CO

If you’re from one of those states where license plate fees are around $50, you’re in for a big surprise — about 10 times the surprise.

Colorado’s license plate fees depend on the year, list price and weight of the vehicle, plus additional fees. As your ride ages, the price of your plates will decrease. The Department of Motor Vehicles can provide a specific price when you present your automobile information, but don’t be surprised to pay $500 or much more.The good news is that a percentage of the fees are tax deductible.

The Summit County DMV vehicle registration office is located at 208 Lincoln Ave. in Breckenridge on the main level of the building. This office does not issue driver’s licenses. That is handled by the DMV office in Frisco, located in the County Commons at 0037 Peak One Drive.


If you see the letters ZL on predominantly green Colorado license plates, you know that driver is a long-timer — especially if a number less than 100 follows ZL. The ZL series was the first the DMV issued to Summit County residents. After that came ZR and then WPA, WPB, WPW and WNZ. While some people think it’s snobbish to be proud of a ZL plate, we tip our hats to these true locals who have weathered so many cold winters. Some local wannabes may have vanity plates with ZL, but you’ll know the difference in authenticity because they usually sport Colorado’s newer plates, which are predominately white, with green on top. Some drivers honor the ZL tradition with European-style stickers that read ZL.

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