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Chaffee County’s Motor Vehicle Offices will be closed Aug. 1-3 during a statewide computer system upgrade to “DRIVES,”  a new motor vehicle licensing and registration computer system that will go into effect Aug. 6. “The Salida and Buena Vista offices will be closed and all motor vehicle services will be unavailable, so plan ahead,” said Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder Lori Mitchell.


Mitchell advises those needing services such as license renewals, vehicle titles, new license plates and disabled parking placards to visit one of the offices before July 31 because those services will not be available during the conversion period.  However, the county clerk’s office will remain open during regular business hours for other business and election processes.


During the switch-over, license plate renewals will be available online only at and payment can be made by credit card or e-check. The day of the switch-over, Mitchell expects the offices to be very busy and transactions to be a bit slower as her staff learn the new system. She added the upgrade is long overdue, as the current system has been in place since 1983.


“Our motor vehicle team has been working very hard over the past six months to learn the new system,” said Mitchell. “But to provide the best service possible, I encourage (residents) to complete in-person transactions before July 31 or wait until Aug. 13 when the state has had a week or so to work in the new DRIVES system.”


The state does have a month-long grace period for renewing plates, which gives citizens some flexibility around the office closure days. For more information, call the County Clerk’s office at  719-539-4004.