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La Plata County, Colorado Overview

La Plata County is a county located in the state of Colorado. The county was formed in February 10, 1874. Named after the Spanish word for “the silver”, the county seat is Durango and it has a population of 54,688 as of 2015. The county has a total area of 1700 square miles, with its land area encompassing 1692 square miles, and its water area 7.6 square miles. The county consists of 6 ZIP codes, with ZIP code 81301 recorded as the one with the largest population. Moreover, La Plata County borders the following counties: San Juan County, Colorado to the north; San Juan County, New Mexico to the south; Archuleta County, Colorado to the east; Montezuma County, Colorado to the west; Hinsdale County, Colorado to the northeast, and; Dolores County, Colorado to the northwest.

La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Information

The mission of the County Clerk and Recorder’s office is to provide election, vehicle registrations, and recording services to La Plata County citizens, businesses and interested parties so they can comply with legal requirements, conduct business and exercise their civic responsibilities.


Recording has the duty to record, index, maintain, and provide access to all real estate documents, uniform commercial code fixture filings, federal tax liens, military discharges, marriage licenses, civil unions, and other vital records. Historic documents for research and archival purposes date back to the 1800’s.

Motor Vehicle

Services provided at Branch offices:

  • License plates
  • Titles
  • Renewals
  • Standard VIN Inspections (Durango Branch only) are required for all vehicles and trailers with out-of-state titles. Cost per inspection is $20.
  • To schedule a Certified VIN inspection with the state patrol office please call 970-385-1675 ext. 7

How to Record a Document

If recording in person – bring the original document or certified copy of the original to the Clerk and Recorder’s office, 98 Everett St,Suite C, Durango, CO 81303 during business hours. If your document meets all of the requirements and you pay the appropriate fees, your document will be recorded in the order it was received. They advocate that you try and avoid recording during their busiest times (8:00-10:00 am & 3:30-4:00 pm every day). They will keep the document for processing as an image of the document is kept in the Recorder’s office permanent records where it becomes part of the public record. They will mail the original back to the name and address stated on the first page of the document once it’s been recorded (approximately 2-3 business days).

If submitting documents by mail please include a check or money order for the amount of the appropriate recording fees. Make checks payable to: La Plata County Clerk and mail the document along with payment to the Clerk & Recorder’s office, 98 Everett St, Suite C, Durango, CO 81303. Once they have received your document(s) and payment for recording they will determine if it will be either accepted or rejected. If it is rejected, your document and payment will be mailed back to you unrecorded with an explanation of why it was rejected. Accepted documents will follow the procedure stated above. If you need a copy of your recorded document ($0.25/page), please include the payment along with a self-address envelope so they can mail it back to you.

Below is the physical address of the County Clerk and Recorder:

Tiffany Lee Parker, County Clerk and Recorder
98 Everett Street Suite C
Durango, CO 81303
Phone: 970-382-6281
Fax: 970-259-5413

La Plata County Assessor Information

The County Assessor is responsible for valuing all real and personal property, including mobile homes, residential, commercial properties, oil and gas, and agricultural land for property tax purposes. The Assessor determines the equitable value of property to ensure that each tax payer pays only his or her fair share of the taxes. The Assessor strives to ensure property ownership and land configurations are current, correct and that the proper person receives Notices of Value and the property tax bill. Anyone who disagrees with changes in the actual value of real property can object or file a protest with the Assessor.

Below is the physical address of the Assessor:

Carrie Woodson, County Assessor
1101 E 2nd Ave, Suite A
Durango, CO 81301
Phone: 970-382-6221
Fax: 970-382-6237

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Friday, August 16th, 2019 at 2:57pm
Butch Knowlton tells us what to expect this monsoon season in this episode of We are La Plata County:
Friday, August 2nd, 2019 at 10:36am
La Plata County Land Use: Areas & Activities of State Interest draft regulations DEADLINE EXTENDED -
Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at 8:30am
Chip & Seal projects starting Monday!
CR 213 from Weasel Skin Bridge north to River Bridge behind Home Depot, Aug. 5-12.
CR 240 from intersection at CR 234 south to Timberline View Estates, Aug. 13-21.
Expect delays and thank you for your patience!
Monday, July 29th, 2019 at 8:50am
Come join our team! @LaPlataCountyCO is hiring:
•Asst County Attorney, $78k-90k/year (closes 8/1)
•Finance Director, $93,163-116,454/year (closes 8/1)
•Operations & Maintenance Specialist, $20.30/hr (closes 8/11)
•PT Admin Asst in Human Services , $13.31 hr (closes 8/8)
Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 at 1:50pm
If you're not already signed up for emergency notifications - or you need to update your information - now's the time!
Friday, July 19th, 2019 at 2:36pm
La Plata County Land Use: Areas & Activities of State Interest draft regulations -
Thursday, July 18th, 2019 at 8:24am
Updates from @SanJuanNF on the 441 Fire. Crews are managing the fire to help clear fuels on the ground. Plan is to keep it up today!
SanJuanNF @SanJuanNF
441 fire update: Today, the fire grew to an estimated 50 acres while firefighters worked on creating a safe anchor point on it's south edge. Photo: Light smoke can be seen from CR 246
Tuesday, July 16th, 2019 at 3:05pm
La Plata County's Weeds Department offers free site visits & weed management plans for any landowner/manager in the county! Stop by the Fairgrounds Extension office or call (970) 382-6470 to find out more & learn about noxious weeds (see Russian Knapweed below!)
Wednesday, July 10th, 2019 at 11:45am
Join our team! La Plata County is currently hiring:
• Finance Director, $93,163 - $116,454 annually (Closes 8/1/19)
• Maintenance Worker I, $14.14 hourly (Closes 7/11/19)
• Systems Coordinator, $64,900 annually (Closes 7/25/19)

Find out more & apply:
Thursday, June 20th, 2019 at 2:25pm
Seniors: You may qualify for a partial exemption from property taxes. Apply today! And if you've received the exemption in previous years, no need to apply again - you'll receive it again this year.
Tuesday, June 18th, 2019 at 12:16pm
Help shape Vallecito District's future! Join us for a meeting: 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 25 at the Vallecito Community Event Center.

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