A new law (House Bill 22-1388) requires owners of an inoperable vehicle undergoing maintenance, repair, restoration, rebuilding, or renovation, to pay an annual specific ownership tax (SOT). Upon payment, the owner will receive a decal as proof of payment which needs to be placed on the inoperable vehicle. If the vehicle is kept on private property, the owner shouldn’t be charged additional surcharges or fees for the purposes of getting the vehicle into working condition. Once the vehicle is in working condition, the vehicle owner will need to register the vehicle with their county motor vehicle office.
Please be advised that if you do not pay the annual SOT for an inoperable vehicle (and receive the decal), you will be subject to prior registration fees according to Colorado Registration Fairness Act (House Bill 22-1254) when you go to register your vehicle after it is in working order. Late fees may also be assessed.
Place the decal on the windshield of the inoperable vehicle. If the vehicle doesn’t have a windshield (due to the state of the vehicle), the decal can be placed by a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
No, inoperable vehicles must remain on private property and are not allowed to be operated on roadways until they are deemed roadworthy by a P.O.S.T. certified officer and all registration documentation is processed by their County Motor Vehicle office.
The Vehicle Registration and Certificate of Title law (HB22-1388) went into effect on March 1, 2023.