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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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Wednesday, February 5th, 2020 at 6:11pm
Come join our team! La Plata County is currently hiring for the following positions:

Maintenance Worker I, $14.59 hourly (Open through 2/09/20)
Family Therapist, $53,180 annually (Open through 2/16/20)

Apply now!:
Monday, January 27th, 2020 at 7:52pm
La Plata County Land Use: PC, BOCC to discuss code rewrite process, table of contents Thursday -
Friday, January 24th, 2020 at 6:46pm
Ranching with predators on the landscape workshop series coming soon!
Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 at 12:19pm
Colorado's first presidential primary is coming up in March. La Plata County Clerk & Recorder Tiffany Lee Parker tells you everything you need to know!
Friday, January 17th, 2020 at 6:43pm
The City of Durango and La Plata County Strategic Plan on Homelessness is complete, following a community process conducted throughout 2019. The the La Plata Board of County Commissioners and Durango City Council will discus the plan from 4-6 p.m. Jan. 21 in City at City Hall.
Wednesday, January 15th, 2020 at 2:11pm
Join Commissioner Julie Westendorff at her office hours Thursday - that's tomorrow!- at the Pine River Library in Bayfield. She'll be there from 10 a.m. to noon.
Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at 8:38pm
It's 2020 and that means it's a Census year! Lots of jobs available in La Plata County.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2019 at 8:17am
Just a reminder that La Plata County offices will be closed Dec. 31-Jan. 1. We will be here for you on Thursday, Jan. 2. Happy New Year!
Friday, December 27th, 2019 at 7:20pm
Over 60 & need help at home? La Plata County Senior Services offers a Home Chore program to help with all sorts of things including snow removal assistance (no driveways or roofs), installing hand rails, minor step & porch repair and more! Call (970)382-6444 for more information.
Monday, December 23rd, 2019 at 5:32pm
All La Plata County offices will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. The offices will also be closed Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 in observance of the New Year holidays!
Friday, December 20th, 2019 at 4:26pm
La Plata County Land Use: County Commissioners to consider changes to water regulations -
Friday, December 6th, 2019 at 6:01pm
Learn from Charmaine Summers, Foster Care & Adoption Supervisor, about La Plata County's foster care program and how you can help kids and families in our community! Watch this We are La Plata County update:
Friday, November 22nd, 2019 at 9:00pm
Here's an update on the land use code revision process with Community Development Director Neal Starkebaum

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