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Clerk & Recorder

Welcome to the Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s home page.

It is our desire that you find this web page helpful in fulfilling all your needs and answering your questions. We pride ourselves on helping our customers and serving the public in any way we can. Please feel free to contact us if we can be of further assistance.

The Clerk & Recorder’s Office administers Recording, Motor Vehicle, Vital Statistics, and Elections for Montezuma County

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While we maintain the integrity of this office we are obligated to fulfill the state statutes by administering the Recording, Motor Vehicle, Vital Statistics, Clerk to the Board and Elections divisions pursuant to these statutes and to serve the citizens of Montezuma County in a proficient and professional manner.

We are open for business during regular office hours. We ask that you wait in the hallway until a deputy waves you in to give us time to complete the transaction between each customer.
We have been extremely busy with in-person customers. The phone lines are very busy. Messages are answered in the order they are received.
There are many options to renew your vehicle registration. (See below)

  1. You may mail the payment to our office. Staff will process and mail your registration and year tab. Please be sure to include either the complimentary renewal notice or the vehicle plate number / VIN number, so we are able to renew the correct vehicle.
  2. You may call our office at (970) 565-3728 and provide staff with your plate number and vehicle information. Staff can renew over the phone by accepting a credit card for payment. There is an extra fee to use a credit card. Staff will mail the registration and year tab. (In-person customer lines have been very busy. Phone messages are answered in the order they are received.)
  3. You may go online at and renew online using a credit card or a check as payment.

As you can see there are several ways you can be sure to keep your vehicle’s registration up to date, but why wait in line? Skip the trip at

The Clerk is the authorized agent of the State Department of Revenue and, among other duties, is charged with the responsibility of executing state laws relating to motor vehicles, certification of automobile titles, and motor vehicle registration.

The Clerk is also responsible for the conduct of all primary, general, and special elections held in the county, including matters related to registration of voters, publishing notice of elections held in the county, appointment of election judges, and printing and distributing ballots.

The Clerk also issues marriage licenses, maintains records and books for the Board of County Commissioners, is the local registrar for birth and death records for the county, and is the liquor-licensing agent for the county.

The Clerk is the ex-officio Recorder of Deeds and is responsible for the safekeeping of all public records associated with the office.

Most records are open to the public. However, under the “open records” law, access to public records may be denied when it violates state or federal law or regulation.

Staff members cannot give legal advice. This prohibition includes assisting or advising with documents to file or record, completing the documents, or assessing the legality or “correctness” of a document(s). If this type of assistance is required, contact your attorney or legal advisor.

Kim Percell, Clerk & Recorder
140 West Main Street, Suite 1
Cortez, CO 81321
Phone: (970) 565-3728
FAX: (970) 564-0215
Office Hours: 7:45 am – 5:30 pm, Monday – Thursday
Document Recording Hours: cut-off is 4:30 p.m. daily.
Marriage license Hours: cut off is 4:30 p.m. daily.

Clerk & Recorder

Kim Percell
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