How to Transfer a Car Title in Coloradoby Robert Moore
It is easy to become overwhelmed when you transfer a car title for the first time. The state of Colorado has specific requirements that you must follow to transfer ownership of your vehicle. If you’re moving from out of state or purchase a vehicle from another state, there are extra steps you have to take. Once you have all of the information you need, fill out the Request for Title Transfer Form at your local motor vehicles office.
Any time you transfer ownership of a vehicle in Colorado, regardless of your specific situation, you must supply the following documents and information:
- Proof of Colorado Insurance -- if registering at the time of ownership transfer
- Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship Acknowledgement of Intent form -- if filing joint ownership
- Verifiable identification
- Proof of residence
- Current title or ownership documents endorsed and signed over by the previous owner
- Bill of sale
Colorado does not require a state-specific bill of sale form -- it can even be handwritten. Ensure that it includes the year, make, model and selling price and is endorsed by the seller and yourself.
Everybody’s situation is different. Perhaps your car is less than 10 years old or you’ve moved from a new state and are approaching the 90-day deadline to transfer your vehicle’s title. Maybe you purchased your car from a seller in another state. All of these circumstances may require you to provide additional documentation before you can transfer your car's title.
Weight certification is required for pickup and heavy-duty trucks if you’re transferring an out of state title. This certification can be in the form of a manufacturer’s statement of origin, previous title or registration with the curb weight listed or a certified weight slip from any public scale facility. If you’re providing a previous registration or title as weight certification, it must not be more than six months expired.
If your vehicle is less than 10 years old, and the mileage at the time of sale isn’t noted on the title, you’ll need to supply an odometer disclosure statement that is endorsed by you and the seller of the vehicle. This from helps prevent odometer fraud on newer vehicles and releases you from liability from any discrepancy of mileage that may arise, if the odometer was fraudulently altered before the purchase or transfer of the vehicle.
The state of Colorado requires emission testing every two years in certain counties if your vehicle is a 1982-or-newer model. If your vehicle is a 1981-or-older model, a two-speed idle test is required. If you purchased the vehicle from within the state, the seller is responsible for providing current emission testing or two-speed idle testing results when you purchase the vehicle. The following counties require emission and two-speed idle testing:
If you live outside the county areas that require testing but commute to or through any of those counties more than 90 days out of a calendar year, you’ll also be required to present emissions-testing documents at the time of registration renewal.
Lien Holder Information
If there is to be a lien placed on your vehicle, you must provide a mortgage document -- also known as a security agreement – at the time of title transfer. This document must be the original document, a carbon copy or a certified copy. It must include a description of the vehicle, the vehicle identification number, lien holder information and your signature.
The title will be mailed to the lien holder once it is processed.
If you’ve moved from another state, or if you purchased your vehicle from another state, you need to have the VIN verified prior to transferring the title. Fill out the VIN verification form, and have it completed by a Colorado law enforcement officer, Colorado motor vehicle dealer or an agent at any Colorado emissions testing station.
Items you will need
- link Titling a Vehicle
- link Application for Title Transfer
- link Verification of VIN
- link Get a VIN Inspection
- link Gas Vehicles
- link Titles - FAQs
- link Weight Slip Information for Pickups and Trucks
- link Odometer Disclosure Statement
- link Bill of Sale for a Motor Vehicle
- link Aircare Colorado Locations