New temporary license tags made to stop fakes, but thefts are high

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DENVER -- Temporary license plates have a new look in Colorado. The Department of Motor Vehicles said the new design will make the permits more visible for law enforcement and tolling, and help reduce fake tags.

The most noticeable change for Coloradans is the requirement for it to be placed on the back of the vehicle where the permanent license plate is normally located.

The Denver Police Department sent out a warning on its Facebook page.

The new permits have the car’s vehicle identification number, color, make and model, which should detract thieves from stealing. But that was not the case for Richard Kolkovich just days after buying a new car.

“Woke up and walked out to my car and had no tags,” he said. “Not even a week old and the temporary tags are gone. I’m assuming they got stolen.”

Kolkovich did what he was supposed to -- filed a police report, made a visit to the DMV, purchased new temporary tags and hopes this time they will last.

“Hope that they don’t get stolen or take them off of my car every night,” he said with a laugh.

The change is a result of the passing of Senate Bill 15-090.