CO Title Transfers

Your Colorado vehicle title is the means of proving that you own your vehicle. You will keep this title with you for the duration of the ownership of the vehicle, until you decide that it is time to sell, donate, or hand over the vehicle to a loved one that you have promised the vehicle to. For these actions, you will have to complete a Colorado title transfer with your county DMV title and registration office in-person. However, you will find that Colorado doesn’t limit your time for titling a vehicle after purchasing, much like other states – so you can take your time or get the title transferred as soon as possible if you want.

Title transfers in Colorado are usually needed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Sale or purchase of vehicle
  • Satisfying lien on vehicle
  • Giving vehicle to family member
  • Donating or gifting your vehicle
  • Inheritance of a vehicle
  • Name corrections on your title (even adding or removing an owner)

Selling Colorado Vehicles

If you are planning on selling your vehicle, the first thing you should ever do is obtain the vehicle history report, which you can obtain instantly online or even through the county DMV office. The history report of your vehicle will provide the proof to those interested in the vehicle of the information that they most want to know. It also helps you to put a value on the vehicle so the price doesn’t seem like something that you are asking for without a real basis, established more on the fair market value. There is more information found on 4DMV.com’s vehicle history report page.

Once you get the vehicle sold, a vehicle title transfer in Colorado is necessary, with the following steps required:

  1. Seller enters mileage amount on odometer into the odometer disclosure section on the Colorado Certificate of Title if the vehicle is less than 10 model years old.
  2. Name and address of vehicle buyer must be added to the title.
  3. Seller will provide current emissions inspection report certificate if the area requires such a test.
  4. A Colorado Bill of Sale form must be completed, including both parties names, the VIN of the vehicle, year, make, and model, and the purchase price of the vehicle.
  5. Seller keeps their license plates.
  6. Seller provides all information to buyer who must then take to the county DMV to pay the fees associated, register the vehicle, and complete other vehicle ownership processes.

Buying Colorado Vehicles

If you buy a new car in Colorado, the title transfer process is completed by the dealer, and you won’t have to do anything. If you are still looking for a new vehicle, you can even shop online for easy and simple shopping from the comfort of your own home.

If you buy a used vehicle in Colorado the process is a bit different. First things first, though, you want to find the right vehicle. Consider your budget, the cost you are willing to pay, and factor in the transfer, registration, plating, and insurance costs that will be associated with the purchase of a used car.

Also, never forget that the vehicle history report is offered and is your right to obtain in order to protect yourself from a potentially awful purchase that is going to be regretted fully.

Once you have decided on the right vehicle and are ready to make the purchase, you should follow these steps to make sure the title transfer goes as smoothly and quickly as possible:

  1. Obtain the signed and dated title from the vehicle’s seller. Confirm all information is correct including the mileage.
  2. Obtain the current inspection and emissions certification if it is required in your county.
  3. Sign and date the Bill of Sale, also obtaining the seller’s signature and the vehicle’s information.
  4. Take your documents, forms, and the appropriate proof of ID and insurance to the county DMV registration and titling office in person.
  5. Pay all necessary fees which will vary upon the vehicle and the county.

Once the name on the title is transferred, the name on the registration will also be changed.

**If you are bringing the vehicle from another state, you will be required to complete VIN inspection.

Removing Lien from Vehicle

Once the vehicle’s loan is fully paid, the lienholder must be removed from the vehicle’s title. In most cases, the lien will sign off on the Colorado title when the lien is paid without you having to take action, even mailing it to you. In order to complete the title transfer, however, you will be required to visit the county DMV and provide both the title which has been signed off on and the transfer payment of $7.20.

If you prefer to complete the process by mail, send the title and fee to the following address:

            Colorado Department of Revenue
            Motor Vehicle Division
            1881 Pierce St.        
            Lakewood, CO 80214

Colorado Family Vehicle Transfers

Transferring a vehicle to family is possible to the following members:

  • Kids or dependents
  • Parents or guardians
  • Siblings
  • Cousins
  • Grandchildren
  • Grandparents

With this type of transfer, you will follow the following steps:

  1. The vehicle’s giver will sign and date the title giving to the new owner.
  2. The current emissions testing certificate must be provided to the new owner from the giver.
  3. For a vehicle given to family for no cost, the giver will be required to indicate it was a gift by writing “Gift” in the space indicated for purchase price. This can also be indicated with a completed Bill of Sale form.
  4. The new owner will visit the DMV with these documents, identification, and proof of a current insurance policy covering the vehicle, with the appropriate fees to pay for any applied costs.

Vehicles as Gifts in Colorado

If you are gifting your Colorado vehicle, you will follow a process quite similar to that of vehicle sales. The county DMV may require that you submit a letter of gifting; however, it is not always required in every county. The vehicle’s new owner is responsible for paying any applied fees and taxes during registration of the vehicle.

  1. Vehicle’s giver will sign and date title giving to new owner.
  2. The giver must write “Gift” as purchase price on indicated section of title.
  3. The new owner must obtain inspection certificate from giver if county requires.
  4. The new owner will complete the process in-person within the title and registration office in their county, paying required fees and submitting documents and other paperwork.

**The state doesn’t have the same requirements throughout, often changing from county to county. All in all, you must contact the county DMV office to determine what requirements you must follow.

Donating Colorado Vehicles

Donating a Colorado vehicle could require different processes, all which can change from area to area of the state. You will see that there are several different rules per county, and the only way to really understand the process of donating your vehicle in Colorado is to get the information you need, which can be found at 4DMV.com’s donating a vehicle page.

If you want to make sure that you get the tax credits you deserve for your vehicle donation, contact a Colorado tax attorney for the latest and most comprehensive information and assistance.

Vehicle Inheritance in Colorado

If someone passes away, their heir can claim ownership of their vehicle. There may be different circumstances that warrant different processes, paperwork, and costs as well. The best way to find the information you need for your situation, consult with a Colorado probate attorney to ensure that you are following the right steps to inheritance and ownership of the vehicle.

As an heir to the vehicle, you will have a 10 day wait following the date of the previous owner’s death before you can bring in the appropriate documents for transfer of the title.

  1. Certified copy of previous owner’s death certificate.
  2. Copy of will or court order listing you as the rightful new owner.
  3. Vehicle title.
  4. Driver’s license.
  5. Payment for required fees.

Your situation can be different from others, meaning that you will incur different costs and processes, with registration, plates, and emissions inspection possibly required.

Colorado Title Name Corrections

If you need to change a name on your vehicle’s title, such as for name changes, typos, or other reasons, you will complete the following steps:

  1. Sign-off title as seller with previous name, signing on with new name.
  2. Provide appropriate documentation to prove name change.
  3. Provide proper identification to prove legal name and that you do own the vehicle.
  4. Bring all documents and name-change fee of $7.20 to county DMV title and registration office.

If you aren’t able to provide the appropriate document showing your name change, you can use vital records that are able to be obtained online instantly.

To delete a name of a person who is no longer an owner of the vehicle:

  1. Both parties sign off title as sellers.
  2. Person keeping title must sign-on as new buyer.
  3. Bring title and ID to county DMV title and registration office with $7.20 fee.

To add a new name to the title:

  1. Owner must sign-off title as seller, with both parties signing on as buyers.
  2. Bring title and ID of both parties to DMV title and registration office with $7.20 fee.

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