Lakewood police crack down on vehicle registration violations

DENVER (KDVR) — Police in Lakewood are cracking down on unregistered vehicles and vehicles with expired registration.

In February, officers “went above and beyond to tackle the widespread issue of unregistered and inoperable vehicles in Lakewood,” the police department said.

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Officers in Lakewood issued a total of 1,501 citations related to registration last month, according to the police department. Additionally, those citations included 593 with parking violations.

The department said Lakewood officers are on the lookout for vehicles with:

  • Expired Colorado plates (one-month grace period)

  • No plates

  • Only one Colorado plate displayed

  • Expired temporary permit (no grace period)

  • Faded to the point of not being legible

  • A distorted, colored, tinted or very dirty license plate cover

  • Fictitious plates or temporary permit

  • Out-of-state plates when you have lived in Colorado for more than 90 days

Any vehicle with plates that violate any of the above is subject to a citation.

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Drivers who are new to Colorado have 90 days to register their vehicle. All drivers, including those with temporary tags, must renew their registration by the specified date.

Drivers who register a vehicle late could be required to pay back taxes and fees, which increase each month. Even cars that are not driven, or cannot be driven, must have an up-to-date registration.

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Lakewood police advise those with registration violations to make an appointment at their local County Motor Vehicle Office.

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