Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?

The Division of Motor Vehicles in Colorado recommends that drivers turn in their damaged or illegible titles when obtaining duplicate car titles. This ensures that the original documents are disposed of correctly and do not fall into the hands of dangerous individuals.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?

While the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles does not require drivers to file a police report before they replace car title in CO, the group does recommend that you do so to prevent fraudulent activity. Simply visit your local police department and provide the necessary information to a representative. He or she will provide you with any necessary forms to fill out.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?

In order to obtain a car title copy in Colorado, one must visit a motor vehicle office and provide the following:

  • Secure and Verifiable Identification:

    • Colorado drivers license
    • US passport
    • Valid I-551

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How do I obtain a salvaged car title?

In order to obtain salvage car title in the state of Colorado, one must fill out an Application for Salvage Title DR 2410 form. This form must include the vehicle s VIN number, title number, make, model, year and more.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

How do I transfer my car title between states?

The process to transfer car title between states varies from location to location. The best way to find out the specific procedures employed by your new state of residence is to contact their Department of Motor Vehicles.

For more information: Colorado State-to-State Transfer of Title

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?

In the event your original title has been lost or stolen, you must order a car title replacement. To do so, fill out a Duplicate Title Request and Receipt DR 2539A form and mail it with payment to the following address:

Colorado Department of Revenue DMV-Titles Section Denver, CO 80261-0016

This process can also be done at a local county office with proof of ID and the VIN and title number. Once you receive a duplicate title, you will be able to transfer.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

How do I transfer my car title?

Whereas drivers are not required to take any steps to fulfill a car title transfer in Colorado after buying a new vehicle at a dealership, as the dealer takes this responsibility, the purchase of a used vehicle requires the following actions of the buyer and seller.

The seller must:

  • Fill out the Certificate of Title for the buyer, including the following information:

    • Odometer reading
    • Name and address of the buyer
  • Fill out a bill of sale for the buyer, with the following information:Give the buyer the Emissions Inspection Certificate, if applicable

    • Date of sale
    • Selling price
    • Name, address and signature of buyer and seller
    • Vehicle information
  • Take off the vehicle license plates

The buyer must:

  • Bring all of the above documents and payment to a local title and registration office.
  • Provide proof of ID and proof of auto insurance.

Additionally, if the car was originally titled in another state, a Verification of Vehicle Identification Number form must be filled out by a licensed motor vehicle dealer, emissions testing station or law enforcement officer.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

How do I transfer the title of my RV?

In order to transfer the title of a recreational vehicle, follow the steps associated with a standard Colorado title transfer. This includes filling out a Certificate of Title, a bill of sale and providing proof of ID and insurance.

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If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?

The steps necessary to transfer titles to an heir are not very different from those in the standard transfer process. You will have to show proof of ID, prove that you meet the insurance minimums and fill and pay the appropriate fees. The only addition is that the new owner must provide a death certificate and the notarized will of the deceased to complete the transfer.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?

There are a few instances in which it is required to transfer car title in Colorado. They are:

  • If you are buying a used vehicle from a private seller
  • If you are moving to another state
  • If you received a car as a gift or as inheritance
  • If you have satisfied your lien
  • If you are donating a car
  • If you are changing your name or adding an owner

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?

The fee to obtain a car title replacement in Colorado is $8.20. This fee applies to both residents of the state of Colorado and nonresidents.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?

The documents required to obtain a duplicate car title vary based on your situation. The complete list of necessary documents is as follows:

  • Secure and Verifiable Identification:
    • CO driving license
    • United States passport
    • Valid I-551
  • The Vehicle Identification Number or car title number
  • A lien release, if there is a lien on the car
  • A power of attorney, if you are applying on behalf of the owner

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?

In order to transfer titles in Colorado at a local title and registration office, one must bring the following documents:

  • A filled out Certificate of Title
  • A completed bill of saleProof of auto insurance

    • This form must include odometer reading and selling date and price of vehicle, if the title does not.
  • Proof of ID (drivers license)
  • An Emissions Inspection Certificate, if necessary in the county

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?

There is only one form that must be filled out in order to obtain a duplicate car title in Colorado. The necessary application is the Duplicate Title Request and Receipt DR 2539A form. Be sure to include all of the required information and verify that everything is accurate before submitting it to a motor vehicle office or mailing it to:

Colorado Department of Revenue DMV-Titles Section Denver, CO 80261-0016

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?

There are a number of ways to deal with your original title if the document is located after a duplicate car title has been issued. The options are as follows:

  • The driver can turn in the original document to a motor vehicle office.
  • The driver can dispose of the invalid document at home.
  • The driver can store the original title in a safe place for their records.

Regardless of your choice, it is important to keep in mind the sensitive information featured on car titles. Take extra care to ensure that criminals do not have access to the document.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?

Scooters and motorcycle must be titled the same way that standard passenger vehicles are. The operator must visit a local title and registration office with the following:

  • Proof of vehicle insurance
  • Proof of Secure and Verifiable ID
  • Current car title
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • Proof of emissions test, if necessary
  • A bill of sale
  • A mortgage document, if a lien must be recorded
  • Proof of vehicle weight, if the car is being titled for the first time:

    • Manufacturer s Statement of Origin
    • A certified weight slip
    • A valid car registration or title showing the weight

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?

A CO bill of sale should be completed when a private party is selling a used vehicle. This form is required when the title does not feature a space for the selling date or sale price. It should also include:

  • The names and signatures of both parties.
  • Vehicle information:

    • Odometer reading
    • Make
    • Model
    • Year
    • VIN

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Colorado

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?

Requests for a Colorado car title copy can be made at a local motor vehicle office. If you would prefer to mail in your Duplicate Title Request and Receipt DR 2539A form, send the application and a check or money order to the following address:

Colorado Department of Revenue DMV-Titles Section Denver, CO 80261-0016

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?

No. The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles does not require drivers to provide proof of coverage when they apply for a CO car title replacement. However, proof of ID and vehicle information must be provided.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Colorado