Leadville News – July 24

New Technology Means New Services for Drivers

PLAN AHEAD! Clerk’s Office Closed August 1-5.

The State of Colorado is replacing the Colorado State Titling and Registration System (CSTARS), originally installed between 1983 and 1986, with a new system, Colorado DRIVES, which will allow for faster transaction processing, additional online services and better county-to-county integration. The DRIVES system was successfully implemented for driver services on February 21, 2017.

The Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will be closed next week, Wednesday – Friday (August 1 – 3) so that the staff and office can prepare for the new Colorado DRIVES program which will provide many more services online. Photo: Leadville Today.

The bad news is that the Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will be closed next Wednesday – Friday (August 1 -3 ) according to Lake County Clerk and Recorder Patty Berger. Please plan accordingly.

The good news is that this is a 35-year leap in technology! After an 18-month project, on August 6, 2018, all Colorado title and registration services will be available via the new DRIVES system. In advance of the deployment, services including motor vehicle registration renewal, vehicle titling, International Registration Plan (IRP) and ownership transfers will not be available August 1-5, 2018 due to the conversion from the old to the new system.

Colorado driver license services, both in-office and online, will be unavailable August 1-5, 2018. State driver license offices will be closed, including Leadville/Lake County.

Extended wait times in some county motor vehicle offices may occur this summer as employees prepare for and adjust to the new system. The Colorado Division of Motor requests your patience during this implementation process. As always, we encourage the use of online services, allowing Colorado residents to skip the trip to the DMV entirely. 

The good news is that there will be new services with DRIVES including:

  • Improved online vehicle registration renewal
  • Out of state emissions extension
  • Emissions waiver application
  • Generate prior receipts
  • Duplicate registration receipt request
  • 2% rental upload spreadsheet fee estimator
  • Document uploading
  • Personalized plate request
  • Change of address
  • New registration
  • Instant emissions uploads from AirCare Colorado
  • Better county-to-county integration
  • Faster transaction processing

“We apologize for the inconvenience this closure may cause and look forward to providing the state and county employees with a modern, user-friendly system for driver and vehicle services which will allow them to provide Coloradoans with great customer service.” – The DRIVES Team

dmv line

The line at the Department of Motor Vehicles could be getting a bit shorter – or eliminated altogether – with the new upgrades to be put in place this August.

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