In a County that has about as many registered vehicles as it does people, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office continues to streamline its services and offer state-of-the art options.
County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman shared the latest motor vehicles news with the Board of El Paso County Commissioners at the Tuesday, Aug. 8 regular meeting, announcing that a pair of ATM-style vehicle registration-renewal kiosks are expected to open at the Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, and at the Union Town Center, 8830 N. Union Blvd., in the coming months.
“I look forward to that happening and giving our customers one more way that they can renew their tags without coming into our office,” Broerman said, noting that the “DMV in a box” will add to several other out-of–office options, including mail, phone and the internet.
Broerman’s office plans to add two more kiosks in the future. They will be located near Powers Boulevard and Airport Road (5650 Industrial Place), and at Centennial Hall (200 S. Cascade Ave.) in downtown Colorado Springs. The kiosks at the Union Town Center and Powers Boulevard locations will eventually be available 24 hours, seven days a week, Broerman said.
There are 681,660 motor vehicles registered in the County. According to U.S. Census Bureau data, El Paso County’s population was estimated at just over 680,000 in the summer of 2016. Motor vehicle registrations are up 3.4 percent from 2016 and 16.5 percent from 2012.
The Fort Carson motor vehicle office opened in August 2016 and immediately had about 150 total transactions each day. That number has steadily climbed, sometimes peaking at more than 250 per day. That office’s average for drivers license transactions has went from 20 to almost 30 per day.
El Paso County still has the only motor vehicle office in the state that is open on Saturdays at the Union Town Center. It is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and sees 30,000 people each year on Saturdays.
“That is something we can hang our hats on in El Paso County,” Broerman said of the Saturday service. “We see people from as far away as Grand Junction, Durango and Pueblo.”