Carbon Neutral License Plates support in-state carbon reduction projects to mitigate the effects of climate change. With nearly 2,000 plates now on Colorado vehicles, we’re educating people and local businesses on climate change while investing back into our state.
Calculate your vehicle’s annual emissions using the tool to the right.
Make a tax-deductible donation of at least 50% of your calculated total emissions and you will be emailed a Certificate for the plate.
Take your Certificate to the DMV for your annual car registration and pay a $50 one-time specialty plate fee to receive your new plates.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are carbon offsets?
A carbon offset is a certificate that represents the reduction of one metric tonne of carbon dioxide emissions, the driving force of climate change. We sell carbon offsets in order to fund Colorado-based projects that reduce emissions in one place order to account for emissions made elsewhere in the state. It is a simple way for individuals and businesses to reduce their emissions to zero without making extreme changes to their lifestyle. The Colorado Carbon Fund provides the bridge to account for the gap between the emissions you can realistically reduce, and achieving zero emissions. By using carbon offsets, it is easy to become carbon neutral while supporting projects that make a difference throughout Colorado.
How are carbon offsets created?
A carbon offset is created when a project reduces 1 metric tonne of carbon emissions. Our emission reduction projects are put through the rigorous Climate Action Reserve verification process to ensure that 1 metric tonne of carbon emissions are being reduced for every carbon offset produced.
How do different projects work?
BY CAPTURING AND STORING (SEQUESTERING) GREENHOUSE GASES
An example of this is reforestation and grassland conservation projects which release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide.
BY CAPTURING AND DESTROYING GREENHOUSE GASES
These gases would otherwise be emitted into the atmosphere. An example of this is a methane capture project at a landfill that converts the methane into electricity.
BY PRODUCING ENERGY FROM A RENEWABLE SOURCE OR IMPROVING ENERGY EFFICIENCY
An example of this is funding wind power projects.
Where does my money go?
Your donation supports the project development, verification, retirement, and distribution of carbon offsets produced from projects located within Colorado. Your donation currently supports carbon offsets from the Larimer Methane Capture Station which has been called
One of the Most Promising Sequestration Formations in the Rocky Mountain Region.
Your donations also support the development of an entirely new economic model to incentivize local farmers to adopt regenerative practices on the Front Range to sequester more carbon, save water, and grow food for the community. You can learn more about this project here – Carbon Farming on the Front Range
Is there a minimum donation amount?
Yes, there is a minimum donation of $25 that goes to the Colorado Carbon Fund for your approval certificate.
How much does the Carbon Neutral license plate cost?
The amount to offset 50% of your emissions plus your regular registration fee.
It breaks down like this: A minimum of $25 goes to the Colorado Carbon Fund for your approval certificate. It is a one-time, tax-deductible donation that is used to support carbon reduction projects in Colorado. $50 goes to your county clerk for the one-time state specialty license plate fee.
Where do I register my car?
Follow this link here to find a location near you.
What do I bring to the DMV to receive my plates?
You must bring both a printed copy of your CCF License Plate Certificate and all the documents which are usually required for registering your vehicle.
Do I need a Certificate for each vehicle I’m getting license plates for?
Yes. Each certificate is good for one set of front and rear plates.
How far in advanced should I order my certificate?
At least 1 hour before you plan to go to the DMV. Certificates are sent directly to your provided email address shortly after your donation is made.
Where do I get my Carbon Neutral plates? Do I pick them up in person?
Take your Certificate to your county clerk office just as you would to get standard Colorado plates. No special license plates are kept in stock at county clerk offices, but you will be issued temporary tags and your Carbon Neutral Plates will be mailed to you. You must go in person. Be sure to bring your Carbon Neutral Certificate and any other documents and payments your county clerk requires.
Do I have to wait for my current registration to expire before I order plates?
You can order the plates at any time.
What types of vehicles can I put the plates on?
Motorcycles, passenger cars, trucks, and recreational vehicles that don’t exceed 16,000 pounds empty weight.
Can I order personalized plates?
Yes. Note: The center graphic will be removed per state rules.
Feel free to contact us at (720) 684-6580 or via email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any inquiries regarding your carbon offset donation or questions about obtaining your license plate.