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Auto Industry Division

  • We regulate the motor vehicle and power sports industry with a balanced emphasis on education, compliance, and enforcement of applicable laws and regulations.

  • We foster an honest and viable auto industry to ensure public confidence in the manufacture, distribution, and sale of all vehicles in our jurisdiction.

  • The Auto Industry Division investigates when a consumer is concerned that they may have been the victim of violations of Colorado law or Dealer Board regulations perpetrated by a Colorado motor vehicle or powersport dealer or salesperson.

  • Each year, the Division receives 1,200-1,500 consumer complaints directly related to law violations or regulations. Staff diligently investigates each claim with the ultimate goal of ensuring integrity in the industry.

  • Complaints received by the Auto Industry Division include failure to deliver title, financing issues, failure to honor written agreements, misrepresentations, odometer violations, fraudulent activities, and unlicensed sales.

  • The Auto Industry Division, working in concert with and under the authority of the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board, governs the licensing and regulates the activities of motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors, dealers and salespersons, wholesalers, manufacturer representatives, buyer agents and whole auction dealers in Colorado.

  • The Motor Vehicle Dealer Board is authorized and empowered to promulgate, amend and repeal rules, review licensing matters, review complaints, discipline licensees when necessary, conduct rulemaking hearings, set fees, and delegate authority to the board’s executive secretary.

Division of Gaming

  • We are focused on ensuring honesty and integrity in Colorado’s gaming industry.

  • We regulate the limited-stakes gaming industry in the Colorado cities of Black Hawk, Central City, and Cripple Creek. Limited gaming in Colorado is allowed only in the three gaming towns and was approved in 1990 to revitalize and maintain the integrity of these communities.

  • In Colorado, 21 means 21. You must be 21 years of age with valid proof of identification to gamble or linger in a casino. Minors will be arrested.

  • Underage persons may not watch others gamble, participate, play, place wagers, or collect winnings, whether personally or through an agent, in or from any limited gaming game or slot machine.

  • Regulation serves to protect the public, casinos and the state of Colorado. We work to preserve the public’s confidence that gaming is conducted in a fair manner. Additionally, casinos’ adjusted gross proceeds (AGP) are subject to a gaming tax, which is paid into the Limited Gaming Fund. On an annual basis, distributions are made to fund state historical restoration projects, community colleges, mitigate the impacts to state and local governments caused by gaming, and finance on-going regulation of the gaming industry.

  • We work closely with the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) on illegal gambling that takes place outside of the gaming jurisdictions.

  • We support law enforcement agencies with issues related to gambling, and we work closely with our law enforcement partners in the gaming communities, providing officer assistance when requested.

  • Colorado regulates virtually every aspect of gaming, from the companies that manufacture slot machines, to the people working on the casino floor.   

  • Colorado has a total of 35 casinos in the three gaming communities of Cripple Creek, Blackhawk, and Central City. 

  • The Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission is a five-member regulatory body appointed by the Governor responsible for promulgating all rules and regulations governing limited gaming in Colorado, including the establishment of the gaming tax rate. The Commission has final authority over all gaming licenses issued in the state.

  • Division of Gaming investigators are on-call 24-hours every day and patrol casinos during all hours of operation to handle patron complaints and observe for violations of gaming laws, rules, and regulations.

  • We are involved in the day-to-day activities of limited gaming. In 26 years, the Division of Gaming licensing section has processed just over 48,000 new licenses for casinos and casino employees.


Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement Division

  • We monitor compliance with Colorado liquor and tobacco laws and regulates through education, outreach, licensing, inspections, and enforcement activities in conjunction and cooperation with local and state enforcement officials, local licensing authorities, the industry, advocacy, community groups, and the general public.

  • The regulation of the alcohol industry is critical in creating a balance between the business needs of the industry and public safety. With careful and purposeful regulation and rulemaking for the alcoholic beverage industry, we are designing an alcohol regulatory control system that prevents crime and other public safety concerns (heavy use, alcohol dependence, and underage drinking) while simultaneously creating market balance and voluntary compliance.

  • We are committed to keeping alcohol and tobacco out of the hands of underage persons.

  • We investigate a wide range of complaints including regulatory compliances, alcohol purchase sources, sales to minors, sales to visibly intoxicated persons, wholesale trade practices, hidden ownership issues, and liquor establishments conduct.

  • We are responsible for processing liquor license applications and collecting fees, conducting investigations (background, administrative and criminal) of liquor applicants and licensees; partnering with other law enforcement agencies to investigate non-compliant activity in liquor and tobacco establishments; conducting compliance inspections of licensed premised; and providing education services to licensees, the public and local law enforcement agencies.

  • Colorado is a dual licensing authority for the state's licensed retailers and special event permittees. Liquor licensing in Colorado requires retailers to first obtain license approval at the local government level. For state-only issued licenses (manufacturers, wholesalers, importers, and public transportation carriers), the Liquor Enforcement Division conducts all background investigations.

Division of Racing Events

  • We ensure fair races are conducted to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all participants (the public, athletes, and animals). The Division of Racing Events is statutorily mandated to regulate the horse racing industry in Colorado, protecting the citizens of the state from corrupt practices and ensuring honesty and integrity in racing and racing-related activities (simulcasting). 

  • To ensure the safety and welfare of the racing industry in Colorado, we initially license all participants with extensive background checks and investigations into their criminal history, conduct stable inspections, administer random drug testing on all contestants (licensees and horse), and officiate, through the board of Stewards, all sanctioned races to ensure fairness.

  • The horse racing industry in Colorado brings recreational and commercial benefits to the state, including job creation, tax revenue, and tourism.   


The Division of Racing Events is responsible for:

  • Licensing of all business and simulcast facilities;

  • Licensing all persons who are employed in any occupation at the racetracks and simulcast sites;

  • Performing inspections of all licensed racetracks, simulcast facilities, stables/kennels, and training locations to ensure that proper care, treatment, and safety of any racing animal is being maintained and that health and cleanliness standards are being met; 

  • Supervising the conduct of all races/race meets, monitoring the health and safety of the racing animals and conducting drug tests to certify that animals race without prohibited substances;

  • Overseeing all pari-mutuel wagering activity, approve simulcasts, test, and audit the performance of the totalisator equipment, and verify the proper allocation and distribution of revenue generated by pari-mutuel wagering; 

  • Enforcing rules relating to and investigate any evidence of misconduct by licensees; 

  • The only current operating live venue is Arapahoe Park, which offers live racing on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays for 13 consecutive weekends in May through August. Arapahoe Park also offers simulcast wagering on out-of-state races during the live racing season. The Division also oversees the ten off-track betting facilities that offer wagers on simulcast horse and greyhound racing from around the country.   

The Division works in concert with the Colorado Racing Commission (Commission) and the Executive Director of the Department of Revenue (EDO) pursuant to provisions of Colorado Revised Statutes Title 44, Article 32, the regulations and policies implementing the statute and ancillary federal and other state law and regulations. This body of law governs the licensing and regulates the activities of racetrack association(s) and simulcast (off-track wagering) facilities, all persons who serve in any capacity at these sites and all owners, trainers, jockeys, exercise riders, grooms, farriers, veterinarians, and all persons having any direct or indirect involvement with animals and activities being held at the aforementioned locations.