The Electric Vehicle (EV) license plate became available on July 1, 2022 and can be personalized. If an EV owner elects to have a different license plate (Group Special, Alumni or Military plate) then the vehicle must be issued an EV decal to be placed on the inside upper right-hand corner of the front windshield of the vehicle to identify the vehicle as an EV.
EV decals are currently available at your county motor vehicle offices and will eventually be available through myDMV; they will not be available through a kiosk.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why was the Electric Vehicle license plate created?
House Bill 21-1141 established the electric vehicle (EV) license plate for plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles to raise awareness in Colorado of electric vehicles and to make them easily identifiable.
- Are there additional fees for having an electric vehicle?
Yes, electric vehicle owners (plug-in hybrid and battery electric) must pay an annual fee of $50 plus inflation (SB 21-260) per Colorado Revised Statute (CRS) 42-3-304 beginning with registrations in the 2022-2023 fiscal year. EVs also have Motor Vehicle Road Usage fees for commercial and personal vehicles. For the most current EV fee information, please visit the Taxes and Fees page and see the “Sustainability of the Transportation System Act (SB21-260) Fees” tab.
- Can I order an EV plate online through myDMV?
- Yes, you can select an EV plate through the “Replace license plate” options if the vehicle was issued an EV decal on August 6, 2018 or after. Unfortunately, it is generally not an option for first-time registrations. First-time registrations would need to go to the county motor vehicle office.
- You can also order an EV plate through your county motor vehicle office.
- Why can I not renew my EV registration online through myDMV?
Since updating our current operating system in Aug. 6, 2018, some records may not indicate that the vehicle has an EV decal if it was issued prior to that date. Since all plug-in hybrids and battery electric must have either the EV plate or a decal you may be required to complete the transaction at your county motor vehicle office.
- If the EV changes ownership is a new decal required?
No, the decal is transferable to the new owner.
- If an EV decal is needed, can I get that through myDMV or a kiosk?