Purchasing from a Dealer
Purchasing from a Private Party
Secure and verifiable identification is required on all new titles, duplicate titles, new registrations, new temporary registration permits, and new persons with disability placards. If the name of the buyer on the secure and verifiable identification and the new title application do not match, the Statement of One in the same DR2421 must be submitted. The vehicle will be titled as assigned on the ownership document. The identification must be provided by the owner of record or a power of attorney presented by the agent. The agent must have Secure and Verifiable Identification to complete the transaction. Commercially owned or lienholder transactions require a letter of authorization.
- The buyer has purchased the motor vehicle within the last 36 hours from a person who is not a licensed motor vehicle dealer.
- The vehicle was purchased either on a Saturday, on a Sunday, on a legal holiday, or between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.
- The vehicle is being driven from the place where the seller stored the vehicle to the place where the buyer intends to store the vehicle.
- A bill of sale that identifies the vehicle by year, make, and VIN and shows the time and date of sale and is signed by both the buyer and the seller.
- Proof of insurance
Purchasing from an Owner with Out-of-State Title
- Secure and verifiable identification
- Required on all new titles, new registrations, and new temporary registration permits.
- If the name of the buyer on the secure and verifiable identification and the new title assignment do not match, the Statement of One in the Same DR2421 must be submitted.
- The vehicle will be titled as assigned on the ownership document.
- The identification must be provided by the owner of record or a power of attorney presented by the agent. The agent must have Secure and Verifiable Identification to complete the transaction. Commercially owned or lien holder transactions require a letter of authorization.
- Out-of-state title/ownership document from the purchaser
- Title - If the title has been lost or destroyed, the seller will need to contact the state in which it was issued in order to replace the title.
- Title and registration combined - This document is acceptable if it is submitted to our office BEFORE the expiration date.
- Application for Colorado title DR2395
- Required if multiple owners will be listed on title
- The Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship Acknowledgement of Intent section on the reverse side of the form must be completed.
- Odometer disclosure statement
- Title - listed on the title assignment area
- Or a separate odometer disclosure
- Please contact our office at (970) 498-7878 to speak with a technician if a separate form is required.
- Collection of sales tax is a prerequisite to titling and is based on the purchase price of the vehicle.
- A bill of sale is required notarized or with a perjury clause included. See sales tax information.
- Credit may be applicable for some local jurisdictions. Please contact our office if tax was previously paid.
- Emission test
- Adams County residents are required to obtain a certificate of emissions
- Required on vehicles over seven years old
- Please see the Air Care Colorado website for information.
- Verification of the Vehicle Identification Number Inspection
- Inspection can be obtained from an Adams County Motor Vehicle office, a licensed dealer, a licensed inspection station or a law enforcement officer.
- The inspection is annotated on form DR2698 - Verification of Vehicle Identification. This form is also available at all motor vehicle locations and emission stations.
- If the vehicle comes from a non-title state, your vehicle may require a certified vehicle identification number inspection or other documents. This procedure may require you to speak with one of our technicians for complete details. Please call our office at 720.523.6010 to speak with a technician. A temporary permit may be issued to allow the owner to obtain the VIN Verification.
- Weight slip - Required on all motor homes and trucks with an empty weight or more than 4,500 pounds. (If the weight is not displayed on the out-of-state title or registration.)
- Proof of insurance - See insurance requirements.