Buying a Vehicle


The following documents will be required to complete the application for title and vehicle registration:

  • The current title or documents from the dealer properly endorsed by the previous owner(s)
    • Signatures must be notarized if the title has a section for notarization
    • Do not purchase a vehicle from an individual without obtaining a properly assigned title
  • A current and accurate vehicle odometer reading (for vehicles less than 10 years old)
  • If the vehicle has an out-of-state title, a Verification of Vehicle Identification Number Form must be completed by the sheriff's office or town police or a licensed Colorado motor vehicle dealer
  • A bill of sale (PDF) for sales tax purposes, unless the purchase price is indicated on the title
  • Proof of insurance
  • If the vehicle has a lien to be recorded, an acceptable mortgage document (security agreement) must be provided
    • The document must be an original, carbon copy, or a certified copy and must contain the vehicle description (year, make, and VIN), lien holder's name and address, lien amount, and the owner's signature

Vehicles purchased from a Colorado dealer with liens to be filed are generally mailed to the County Clerk's office. A notice of receipt will be mailed to the owner that will include any additional taxes due and an estimate of registration fees

The Office may have the option to print your title if a current Colorado Driver's License is presented and the computer safety checks are valid. Titles sent to the state for processing will be mailed to the owner, if there are no liens on the vehicle. If there is a lien, the title will be mailed to the lien holder. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for delivery.

More Information

For more information, contact the Motor Vehicle Office at 719-836-4333.