What brings you to Colorado Springs? A new job, military assignment, family connection or new beginning? Maybe this has been a beloved vacation destination or a favorite military station where you’ve chosen to return and put down roots.
People come to the Springs for a myriad of reasons—they stay for the amazing Pikes Peak lifestyle. This is a pretty big city—39th largest in the U.S.—but it feels small, in a good way. It blends the best of the mountains and the plains, overflowing with natural beauty and easy-to access outdoor activities. It’s a regional arts hub, filled with vibrant creators, performances, exhibitions and installations. It’s home to a flourishing dining scene, with new restaurants opening every few weeks. And it’s a welcoming, family-friendly community where it’s easy to connect and do business in a thriving economy.
Recent years have brought a wave of momentum as the city embraces its identity as Olympic City USA. With the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum and new Pikes Peak Summit House both opening this year, this is Colorado Springs’ moment in an ongoing era of collaboration, cooperation and progress. We’re happy you’ve chosen to be part of it.
Whatever brings you here, I know you’re going to love it.
Below are a few of the first-stops on your way to settling in. If you need visual points of references, check out this Colorado Springs map.
Drive, Vote, Handle Official Records
The Office of the Clerk and Recorder is where to go for driver’s licenses and automobile registration, voter registration, marriage licenses, land records, deeds and more. Most services can be found at the main Citizen Services Center, with others available in four satellite offices:
Clerk and Recorder’s Office: 719-520-7276, clerkandrecorder.elpasoco.com
Main Office: 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Rd.
Downtown, Centennial Hall: 200 S. Cascade Ave.
Fort Carson: 6351 Wetzel Ave., Bldg 1525
North, Union Town Center: 8830 N. Union Blvd.
Southeast, Powers: 5650 Industrial Pl.
Driver’s License & Auto Registration
After becoming a Colorado resident, you must transfer your driver’s license within 30 days and register your vehicle within 90 days. Motor vehicle services are available at the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in five locations. See above for locations.
Information and Regulations: 719-520-6240, clerkandrecorder.elpasoco.com/motor-vehicle-department
Register to vote or update your registration online or in person at all five Clerk and Recorder’s offices.
Details, guidelines, resources: 719-575-VOTE (8683)
Colorado Springs Utilities
Colorado Springs owns and operates its water, wastewater, electric and natural gas through Colorado Springs Utilities. The elected City Council serves as the Utilities Board, answering to its citizen owners. You can start new service online, by phone or in person.
111 S. Cascade Ave.
719-448-4800 or 800-238-5434
Mountain View Electric Association
Electric for Black Forest, Cimarron Hills, Falcon, Gleneagle, Monument, Woodmoor, parts of rural El Paso County.
Intermountain Rural Electric Association
Electric for Palmer Lake, Woodland Park, Divide.
Black Hills Energy
Natural gas for Black Forest, Falcon, Monument, Palmer Lake, Fountain, Security-Widefield, Woodmoor.
Other Utility Districts
Fountain Utilities: fountaincolorado.org
Fountain Sanitation District: fsdnew.fountainsanitation.com
Meridian Service Metropolitan District: meridianranchmetro.org
Monument Sanitation District: colorado.gov/msd
Monument Water Department: townofmonument.org/149/Water
Palmer Lake Water Department: townofpalmerlake.com/water
Security Water and Sanitation District: securitywsd.com
Widefield Water and Sanitation District: wwsdonline.com
Woodmen Hills Metropolitan District: woodmenhills.org
Woodmoor Water & Sanitation District: woodmoorwater.com
Mountain Metropolitan Transit
Bus service within the city, including west to Manitou Springs, north to PPCC Rampart, east to Powers Boulevard and south to
Mountain Metro Mobility
ADA paratransit service in same areas as Mountain Metro.
Commuter bus service to Denver. Bustang Outrider serves Colorado Springs to Lamar, including Pueblo.
Pet licensing for Colorado Springs and El Paso County is handled by the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. All dogs and cats over 4 months old must be licensed in Colorado Springs. In other parts of El Paso County, dog licenses are required and cat licensing is strongly encouraged but not required by law. Licenses may be obtained online, in person, by mail or at participating veterinarian’s offices.
610 Abbot Ln.