Scammers imitate official motor vehicle division

State and county officials are warning motorists to beware of fake websites designed to mimic the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles’ online page.

Seems some Coloradans have gone onto the fake sites in an attempt to renew their license plates or their driver’s licenses, DMV officials say.

Though no one locally has complained of that happening, officials are warning motorists nonetheless.

“Here locally, we haven’t heard from anyone who had been scammed or gone onto an incorrect website, but we wanted to remind people that you should go to a colorado.gov website,” Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner said. “There’s no third party that can do what we do. We’re the only place to go.”

According to a Tuesday memo from the division to all county clerks, there are various “unofficial” websites that appear to be official division sites offering driver’s license, vehicle titling and vehicle registration services for a special fee.

Other sites provide information about how to do those things, but direct Internet traffic to the official DMV site. Still, they also try to sell various auto insurance policies to those who log on.

“The information contained on these websites has not been approved by the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles,” Kyle Boyd, DMV public relations manager, writes in the memo. “The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles also has not approved any third-party entities to perform driver license or vehicle titling and registration service acting on behalf of Colorado residents.”

The official DMV site is http://www.colorado.gov/revenue. Local motorists also can get license and registration information on the county’s website at clerk.mesacounty.us/mv.


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