Individual or Dealer Purchase

If you have recently purchased a vehicle, registration must be obtained within 60 days (C.R.S. 42-3-103).

Individual Purchase

If you purchased your vehicle from an individual, you must submit the following documents:

  • A current title properly endorsed by the previous owner(s) to the purchaser.
  • If the vehicle has an out-of-state title, a completed VIN Verification Form DR2698.
  • If the title doesn’t have a space on the title assignment for a purchase price, a bill of sale is recommended.
  • Proof of current Colorado insurance; must reflect year, make and VIN of vehicle being registered.
  • Secure and Verifiable Identification.
  • If the vehicle is being financed, a copy of the loan document (Security Agreement or Chattel Mortgage).
  • If there is more than one owner of the vehicle, all owners are required to declare their intent to have the Certificate of Title issued in Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship. This may be accomplished by completing the Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship Acknowledgement of Intent Form (DR2395).
NOTE: This list includes the basic forms which are required. Additional documentation may be needed after the paperwork is reviewed.

Purchase from a Colorado Dealership with Financing

If the vehicle was purchased from a Colorado dealership with financing, the dealership sends the documentation to the Motor Vehicle Office for processing. Once processed, a Title Complete Notice will be mailed to you.

Purchase from a Colorado or Out-of-State Dealership without Financing

If you purchased your vehicle from a dealership with NO financing, the dealership usually will send you the following documents. In some instances, the dealership will have you pick up the documents or they will submit them to the Motor Vehicle Office. If the paperwork is submitted to the Motor Vehicle Office, you will receive a Title Complete Noticeonce it has been processed.

  • A current title properly endorsed by the previous owner(s) to the purchaser.
  • If the vehicle has an out-of-state title, a completed VIN Verification Form DR2698. If the vehicle was purchased from an out-of-state dealership, you will need to have this form completed.
  • A Dealer Bill Of Sale (DR2407) if purchased from a Colorado dealership (if applicable).
  • Sales tax receipt if purchased from a Colorado dealership or a purchase order/bill of sale if purchased from an out-of-state dealership.
  • Proof of current Colorado insurance; must reflect year, make and VIN of vehicle being registered.
  • Secure and Verifiable Identification.
  • If the vehicle is being financed, a copy of the loan document (Security Agreement or Chattel Mortgage).
  • A completed Application for Colorado titleDR2395. If there is more than one owner of the vehicle, all owners are required to declare their intent to have the Certificate of Title issued in Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship. This may be accomplished by completing the Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship Acknowledgement of Intent Form (DR2395). If purchased from an out-of-state dealership this form can be completed by the Motor Vehicle Office at the time of title/registration.
NOTE: This list includes the basic forms which are required. Additional documentation may be needed after the paperwork is reviewed.

Title Complete Notice

After the dealership or financial organization submits the title work to the Motor Vehicle Office, a Title Complete Notice (white postcard) will be mailed to notify the vehicle owner(s) that the title work has been processed. Plates then can be purchased and/or transferred.

If you have not received a Title Complete Notice and your temporary tag is nearing expiration, contact the title clerk at the dealership and ask for the date when the Motor Vehicle Office signed for the paperwork. Then, come into our office with that date, the dealership name, proof of Colorado insurance and Secure and Verifiable Identification to register your vehicle.