Registration: That Was Then, This Is Now
Recently state officials from the Colorado Department of Revenue put some county motor vehicle offices on notice that they should be “resuming timely processing of requests” for new, standard license plates by the end of March. In other words, they need to clear their backlog of work-related from COVID-19 closures and other restrictions. Drivers who do not address their plate and registration situations by April 1 may receive a ticket.
Fortunately, if you live in Leadville Today, the driver’s license and Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is one of the ONLY counties that noticeably DID NOT shutter its doors, aside from maybe 6 weeks at the very beginning of COVID-19 restrictions, which began nearly a year ago. The local team was at-the-ready even as the courthouse remained officially (per BOCC order) “closed to the public,” staff and residents needing assistance with vehicle registration or license renewal have done well to adjust to online scheduling, albeit with the unfortunate winter-waiting outside until their number is called. Others made the virtual transition completely, simply renewing not only their registration tags but also their driver’s license on the internet.
In fact, the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers a plethora of online services, including license and ID card renewals, vehicle registration renewals, paying a traffic ticket, motor vehicle records, first-time vehicle registration, and many more. But as anyone living in Leadville Today can attest, not everyone has internet, not everyone has a smartphone and for those who do, service is increasingly unreliable, particularly for low-end users in the telecommunications chain.
So, thanks to the real people, in real buildings, doing real essential jobs! And for those who have been putting off some of those things on your to-do list, when it comes to hitting-the-road, you’d better have your papers in order as the grace period will be over come April 1. And remember, as a health precaution, customers are required to wear a facemask or covering during their appointment. More information on the health precautions the DMV is taking to safeguard customers and staff is available at their website.
Here’s another perspective from LT Contributor CSP Trooper Cutler with his latest tips.
On-The-Record for On-The-Road
By Master Trooper Gary Cutler, Colorado State Patrol
I have plenty to say about driving, the hardest part is picking a single topic among the myriad number of laws to talk about. But, if you are interested in more, try out the Colorado State Patrol YouTube channel and watch our podcast on driving in Colorado. We go more in-depth on a lot of the topics I hit on each month and have a little fun with it as well.
With that said, let’s hit on being up to date on your driver’s license, vehicle plates, and insurance. Last year the pandemic put a crimp in our ability to continue our lives the way we used to. One of those items that we lost control of is our vehicles.
When the Department of Motor Vehicles and county buildings shut down around the state, it put the world of driving in chaos. Law enforcement took notice and backed off stopping vehicles for expired registration and driver’s licenses. That was then, and this is now.
There seem to be two elements happening now. One is people that are not sure if they can get their registration and licenses renewed and the other is a group that is trying to manipulate the system. Law enforcement is now enforcing things that have expired.
A lot of renewals can be and are being handled over the internet. This is allowing drivers to get registered so they can be legal. We know the system is still backed up and sometimes a little slow. If you can’t get it done over the internet and are required to go in person it could take a little time to get your appointment. To solve the problem of being ticketed for expired items, make sure you print out your appointment date and time. That shows you are doing your due diligence when it comes to trying to stay within the law.
When it comes to insurance, make sure you have an updated card in your vehicle. It is a law that you need to be able to present proof of insurance to law enforcement when requested. This can be either a printed piece of paper or a digital copy from your insurance company. If you do have it on your phone please make sure you can access it in a reasonable amount of time. Law enforcement can’t wait forever for you to find the information and if it takes too long they may write the ticket for no proof of insurance.
So, there are a few tips on keeping your vehicle information up to date so you won’t be surprised with a ticket. As always, safe travels!
Master Trooper Gary Cutler is a Public Information Officer for the Colorado State Patrol.
New Driver’s License Design in Fall
For drivers who will renew this year, you could see a new design this fall as the DMV announced yesterday its winner for the Iconic Colorado contest. More than 55,000 Coloradans voiced their choice for the State’s upcoming Driver License design and on March 1 the winning art and the Coloradans who created them were revealed.
Most artists can’t say their work is in wallets and purses throughout the state, but photographers Matt Nunez and Gabriel Dupon won’t have that problem when the new Colorado driver license rolls out in Fall 2021. Nunez and Dupon won the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) Iconic Colorado contest to redesign the State’s identification credentials after 55,760 votes were tallied on Feb. 5.
The Iconic Colorado contest launched Aug. 17 with the goal of transforming Colorado’s driver licenses into the most beautiful in the world and closed with 407 submissions (280 front-side entries, 127 back-side entries) from 119 entrants. Nunez and Dupon will receive a $500 grant each, courtesy of Colorado Creative Industries, a division of Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), which partnered with the DMV to help promote the contest.
Front Design: At Least It’s NOT Maroon Bells!
Nunez placed first with his Mount Sneffels entry, which received 26,520 votes or 47.56% of the total. The second-place design of the Maroon Bells garnered 21,124 votes or 37.88% of the total. The Black Canyon entry placed third with 8,116 votes for 14.56% of the total votes. Nunez was the lone finalist selected through two rounds of blind voting that saw his three colorful images vie for the Iconic Colorado crown.
Nunez is a fifth-generation Coloradan from Colorado Springs, currently living and working in Glenwood Springs. He is proud to come from a long line of family members in military and government service, including his late grandfather, Joe Nunez, who came to Colorado as a child and served in the State legislature representing Douglas County.
Nunez was raised in a military family, spending his childhood abroad and across the U.S., before returning to Colorado after college. He has taken photos since high school and quickly took up landscape photography as his focus after spending summers in the Centennial State while in college.
Nunez works full time as an economic development professional for the city of Glenwood Springs, and is passionate about building more vibrant Colorado communities while showcasing them through photographs in his free time. Matt’s work can be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Back Design: No Local Contenders
In a tight race, Dupon placed first with his Sprague Lake entry, which received 19,989 votes or 35.85% of the total. The second-place design of the Shrine Ridge Trail by Fred Lord netted 18,694 votes or 33.53% of the total. Jenn Cunningham’s painting of the Bison on the Plains placed third with 17,077 votes for 30.63% of the total votes.
More than 55,000 Coloradans voiced their choice for the State’s upcoming Driver License design in the Iconic Colorado contest, and now it’s time to reveal the winning art and the Coloradans who created them.
Dupon is a Colorado native who loves to be creative and make the unknown into extraordinary. One way he does this is by taking pictures of the beauty that surrounds him and being able to inspire others with his work.
Currently, Dupon runs a photography business focusing on portrait and event photography. Other than photography, Dupon enjoys adventuring, alpine skiing, cycling, rock climbing and being creative in any way possible.
Everybody Gets a Ribbon – And Runway!
While it’s difficult to believe that a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) runway rehabilitation project that was tens of thousands of dollars over budget and nearly a year past schedule would win any awards, it’s true. And as many would say, “only in Leadville.” After all, the asphalt job that contractor APC Southern Construction performed was top-notch. It’s not their fault that Lake County leadership didn’t show up during the pre-board, or that the experimental aircraft crashed on the newly laid airstrip a mere two weeks after the job was complete during a time the airport STILL did not have a manager in place, right?
To that end, the pavers earned their due, so here’s a video of that award from the “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Pavement Awards for the 2020 paving season. Congratulations!