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How to Register a Vehicle in Colorado

Vehicle Registration Online Services Guide

Colorado law requires that motor vehicle owners must register their vehicle with the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles before taking it on the road. Both new and second-hand vehicles must be registered, regardless of whether they are purchased from a dealer or an individual. In addition, new Colorado residents who have registered their vehicle in another state must register their vehicle in Colorado. The initial vehicle registration must be done in person, and registration renewals must be done annually, either in person, online or by mail.


If you are registering a motor vehicle in Colorado for the first time, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Take your vehicle for emissions testing. Emissions tests must be performed at an inspection station or by an inspector that has been licensed by the Colorado DMV. Find out more about vehicle inspections in Colorado, or locate an inspection station near you. Once the vehicle passes inspection, you will be issued an inspection certification.
  2. Secure and verifiable form of identification as noted by Colorado's DMV as a valid driver's license, state-issued ID or a U.S. passport. For a complete list of acceptable forms of identification, click here.
  3. Visit your county motor vehicle office, and bring the completed title/registration form with you, along with the inspection certification. In addition, you will need to provide proof of insurance, and the odometer reading, if the vehicle is less than 10 years old.
  4. For vehicles that have been registered in another state, you must also bring the original, out-of-state title. If the title is unavailable, bring the registration document, along with proof of sales tax payment.


When registering your vehicle at the county tax office, you will be required to pay certain fees, typically as follows:

  1. The registration fee, which varies depending on the manufacturer's model year or the vehicle's total weight.
  2. Title application fee.

There may be additional fees when you register, depending on your county. Contact the county motor vehicle office for the specific requirements.


Owners of motor vehicles in Colorado are required to renew their vehicle registration annually, and can do so in person, online or by mail. See our Registration Renewal section for complete details.


Submitted by frank kramer on 6th Jan 2015

unbealivable how i could have

unbealivable how i could have bought registration for my colorado vehicle and recieved my tag and paperwork. i go to renew and am told yhere is no record of me having registration at all and nobody knows what to do. my question, how the hell did i get my tag and paid paperwork ? this is our D.M.V. here in colorado. they appartently dont believe me and think i made the tag and paperwork myself W.T.F.REALLY (http://W.T.F.REALLY) please get a few people who know what the hell they are doing to work there. then maybe when YOU make a mistake it could be fixed. WHERE THE HELL DO I GO FROM HERE?

Submitted by Edwin Martin (not verified) on 9th Aug 2012

Can a camptrailer be

Can a camptrailer be considered a antique and be titled as such? How can I get a title not haveing a clue who owned camptrailer befor?

Submitted by savage1 (not verified) on 1st Jun 2012

So we are supposed to drive

So we are supposed to drive an unregistered car on the road FIRST to an emissions testing place BEFORE going to the DMV? Isn't that illegal?!?!?

Submitted by Carman9 (not verified) on 23rd May 2013

You are an idiot. Get a temp

You are an idiot. Get a temp tag.

Submitted by russianbitch22 on 3rd Jan 2015

Don't be rude, I had the same

Don't be rude, I had the same question, and while I appreciate you answering it I don't appreciate being thought of as an idiot considering this is my first time owning a vehicle and no one told me about temp tags. So please take the time to think before you type.

Submitted by nada on 22nd Jan 2015

not suprising. these people

not suprising. these people in different dmv's enforce only rules and laws they want to. They wnt recognize their own laws, they would rather do it the way they THINK they should do it. If you ever try and tell them they made a mistake they will treat you like garbage and just do what they want. If you try and go to the higher ups they will tell you they make the law but dont enforce it on the local dmv's. So you have laws and rules that the dmv's refuse to abide by. They do it the way they think they should and dont abide by the laws of colorado. Just try and get a car registered here from out of state and they will tell you that you need a title. Per colorado law you DO NOT NEED a title to register a vehicle here from out of state. You only need a dl, insurance, out of state registration, emissions, vin check, bill of sale, and proof of taxes paid. Just try and get them to acknowledge that!! They wont and they do what they want. And they are not governed or supervised by anyone. What good is the law if even state and county employees wont follow it!! what a joke.

Submitted by DMVGuru on 29th Jun 2015

You are all "slow", let's

You are all "slow", let's hold on idiot again. The problem is you are looking at a site. Go to the offical state DMS sites. Like There you will find all of the official and easy to follow instruction. You go onto any ".com" or ".org" site for state and local government information are gambling and yes will likely get very frustrated.