DEPARTMENT FUNCTION

To provide accurate and timely registration and titling of motor vehicles in a manner consistent with the laws and regulations of the State of Colorado.


Title & Registration Requirements

Application for motor vehicle titles and registration must be made in the county of residence or in the county in which the vehicle is domiciled.

 ID Required on Title Transactions!

Selling a Vehicle

 

The following items need to be given to the buyer:

  • The Colorado certificate of title (must be in the name of the seller) signed in the sellers area of the title. All owners must sign if the title shows more than one owner on the face of the title. The name and address of the buyer must be filled in. If the title indicates a place for a notary, the seller must have his/her name(s) notarized.
  • The odometer reading must be entered on titles of vehicles less than 10 (ten) years old. All parties, buyer and seller must print and sign their name to acknowledge the odometer reading. The odometer reading is encouraged to be carried out on vehicles older than ten years old.
  • bill of sale with the vehicle description, date and time of purchase, and amount paid, if the title does not have a place for purchase price.

Please note: License plates from the vehicle remain with the seller.

 

Purchasing 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(s) without obtaining a properly assigned title.
  • JTWROS (Joint With Right of Survivorship). To create joint tenancy with rights of survivorship, there must be specific language declaring such intent, signed under penalty of perjury in the second degree by all owners. This form, (DR 2395), is only applicable to multiple owners and must be signed by all parties.
  • Current and accurate vehicle odometer reading (vehicles less than 10 years old must have both parties' signatures and hand printed name of sellers and at least one hand printed of the buyer, per Federal Law).
  • If the vehicle has an out-of-state title, a Verification of Vehicle Identification Number Form (DR 2698) completed by the sheriff's office or town police or a licensed Colorado motor vehicle dealer.
  • bill of sale for sales tax purposes, unless the purchase price is indicated on the title.
  • Proof of Insurance

 

  • Titling of OHV and Snowmobiles
  • Senate Bill 13-280 allows for titling of off highway vehicles.
  • Title is required for powersports vehicle dealers and auctioneers who are licensed dealers to buy or sell on or after July 1, 2014.
  • Sales tax is due on purchases made after July 1, 2014.
  • You may apply for a title using your current Colorado State Park registration.
  • Titling is optional for private party to private party sales.
  • All forms can be found at www.colorado.gov/revenue.
  • For questions, please contact the Rio Blanco County Motor Vehicle Department at 970-878-9460.

 

  • Filing a Lien 

  • 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, vehicle identification number or VIN), lienholder'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.

Please note: The office may have the option to print your title if a current U.S. Driver's License or a U.S. Driver's License expired one year or less 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 lienholder. Please allow 2 to 4 weeks for delivery.

 

New Resident

Residency Requirements



Colorado requirements for residency are as follows:

  • Own or operate a business in Colorado.
  • Gainfully employed in Colorado.
  • Reside in Colorado for 90 consecutive days.

 

Colorado law states that, upon establishment of residency, you have 90 days in which to register your vehicle



Exceptions:

  • Military personnel, on active duty in Colorado and claiming another state as their home state of residence, may retain valid out-of-state plates.
  • College students, temporarily residing in Colorado and claiming another state as their residence, may retain valid out-of-state plates.
  • Non-residents employed in Colorado who commute daily from their residence to their place of employment within Colorado may retain valid out-of-state plates. This is restricted to only those states entering into a reciprocal agreement with Colorado (Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Kansas & Nebraska)

 

 

The following documents are required:
  • An out-of-state title or current registration (if your title is being held by a lienholder/lender).
  • VIN Verification - Out-of-state vehicles must be inspected by the sheriff's office or town police. Form DR2698 is required to complete the inspection. There may be a charge for this service.
  • Insurance - All vehicles under 16,000# (empty weight) are required to show current proof of insurance prior to registration.
  • If your vehicle has a lien on the title, the lienholder's name and address must be provided if not shown on the out-of-state title or registration.

 

License Plates

 

Transfer of License Plates:
License plates in Colorado are the property of the original owner of the vehicle and do not transfer to the new buyer at the time of the sale. Plates may be transferred from your traded-in or sold vehicle to your newly purchased vehicle. You may also purchase new plates from our office. If you decide to use existing plates please bring in the plates and registration from your old vehicle.

Types of License Plates:

Basic plate types are available in the county office and others are only available through the state office through a process that's known as Print On Demand. For a tour of Colorado plates types and requirements, see:

State of Colorado License Plates

Print On Demand (POD)

Colorado has 133 different types of license plates and more than twice as many inventory types.  It costs millions of dollars to maintain this inventory, some of which is never even used.  Print on Demand eliminates the waste, greatly reduces county inventories, and saves money.

Only when a POD plate is ordered, will it be printed.

It's a common sense solution to unnecessary inventory expenditures sitting on shelves.

For more information on this process, contact the Rio Blanco County Motor Vehicle department at 970-878-9460.

 

Personalized Plates

 

Personalized plates are available for additional charges as follows:

  • Regular Personalized Plates (green and white)
    $60.00 Application fee
    $25.00 Annual Renewal Fee
    $50.00 Replacement Fee

  • Colorado Designer Personalized Plates (green with purple mountains) 
    $85.00 Application fee
    $50.00 Annual Renewal Fee
    $50.00 Replacement Fee

A completed form DR2810 is required and must be sent to the state office. Upon acceptance of your plate choice, you will receive a billing notice requesting payment of the appropriate fee. Payment is required prior to manufacture of your plate.

 

Special Title Transfers

 

Deceased Owner:
Titles held in joint tenancy may be transferred to the survivor upon payment of a title transfer fee and submission of the title and a copy of the death certificate.Titles held in solely the deceased owner's name may be transferred by the executor or personal representative of the estate or the successor (estates less than $60,000). The following will have to be submitted to our office:

  1. Title in the name of the deceased, signed by the executor, pers. rep. or successor.
  2. copy of the death certificate
  3. A small estates affidavit (if the estate is valued at $60,000 or less). Small estate affidavit forms are available in our office. OR
  4. A copy of any court order giving applicant the right to finalize the estate.

 

Bond Title:
The bonding procedure is followed when the required documents for titling are not available or are incorrect. The vehicle must be physically located in Colorado, roadworthy, and in your possession before completing the bonding procedure. Form DR2922 lists the 9 steps needed to complete the bonding process and is available in our office.

 

Special Mobile Machinery (SMM)

 

All mobile machinery that is used on or off road must be registered. SMM's are generally not titled. These include, but are not limited to, welders, backhoes, forklifts, ditchers, trenchers, loaders, graders, etc. Year, make, manufactures suggested retail price when new, and weight are required at time of registration. Sales tax may be applicable.


SMM Worksheet

 

Manufactured Homes

 

Due to House Bill 1260, additional fees and forms are required. All transfers require a 
Manufactured Home Transfer Declaration.

The Delta County Assessor's Office has developed a comprehensive website detailing the requirements and necessary paperwork needed to move, set, destroy and/or transfer ownership on manufactured homes. Click on the Delta County website to access a scenarios chart with writable forms.


MOTOR VEHICLE FEES

Sales Tax

Sales taxes are due on newly purchased vehicles. If purchased from a dealer, a portion or all of the sales taxes due are collected by the dealer. Any unpaid sales taxes are collected by the County Clerk. If purchased from a private party, all sales taxes are collected by the County Clerk. Sales tax is collected on the purchase price of the vehicle at the following rates:

  • 2.9% State Tax
  • 3.6% Countywide Tax

Leased vehicles are not exempt sales tax. If leased within Colorado, the state tax is collected in the lease payments, but the county use tax on the total lease payments is collected at the time of titling.

Motor Vehicle Fees

Registration fees vary per vehicle. The actual cost of the plates is determined by several factors: the date of purchase, the weight, year, taxable value or MSRP, vehicle type and plate type. You may call our office (970) 878-9460 for an estimate. Please have the above vehicle information ready. The fee for a temporary permit is $6.22.

Title fees:
New Owner Title $7.20
Duplicate Title $8.20
Add/Delete Name $7.20

Lien Filing fees:
$5.00 per page (standard size)
$10.00 per page (legal size+)

Plate Replacement fees:
$8.06 Double plate
$6.17 Single plate

Tab Replacement fees:
$2.37

Duplicate Registration fees:
$2.20



MOTOR VEHICLE GENERAL INFORMATION

Insurance

All motor vehicles must be insured before they can be registered.

If the state computer records indicate your vehicle is uninsured, you must provide proof of insurance in order to register your vehicle. Our office must verify insurance with One of the following:

  • Current insurance card on the vehicle
  • Insurance policy, declaration, or binder
  • Letter from your insurance provider on company letterhead
  • Proof of self-insurance on the vehicle or owner
  • Electronic media (cell phone)

Questions concerning discrepancies in your insurance status should be directed to: 1-800-970-3468, Ext. 100. or www.colorado.gov/driveinsured.

Temporary Permits

Temporary registrations ($6.22 each) are issued for up to 60 days to allow time to complete the paperwork necessary for titling or to allow the purchaser of a vehicle in Rio Blanco County to transport the vehicle to their home outside of the county. The purchaser must provide the original assigned title or a bill of sale and a registration from the previous owner. Permits cannot be issued to vehicles that are being transported into Rio Blanco County. These must be obtained from the county in which the vehicle is being purchased.

Homemade Trailers

A Homemade Trailer ID number is required when an individual assembles a trailer from either a kit or materials on hand. The builder must supply the following information: length, width, weight, value, type of trailer, and any receipts for materials purchased.

DR2409 (Statement of Assembly of Homemade Trailer and Assignment of Trailer Identification Number) must be completed by the owner in our office. The ID number assigned is affixed to the front part of the metal frame of the trailer. The trailer ID fee is $3.50. Upon completion of the DR2409, title and plates for the trailer may be issued.

Once the trailer is ready to be registered, a Certified VIN Inspection,DR2704, is required, completed by a certified officer verifying that a VIN number is not present. The officer will also fill out a Certificate of Equipment Compliance, DR2697, verifying that the trailer is roadworthy.

Persons with Disabilities Parking Privileges

Disability plates and placards are issued to a vehicle or individual upon submission of a completed DR2219 (Persons with Disabilities Parking Privileges Application). This form must be completed and signed by a physician for both plate and placard. Secure and verifiable identification of the person with disabilities is required. Parking privileges are available only to persons meeting the qualified criteria stated on the DR2219.

Three types of registration are available:

  • Permanent License Plates - Fees are calculated the same as a standard plates. The disabled person must be a registered owner of the vehicle.
  • Permanent Placards (hang tags) - For persons with permanent disabilities who own more than one vehicle or do not own their own vehicle. The placard is to be hung from the review mirror inside the car, in which the disabled person is riding, while parked. This must be removed while the vehicle is in motion. The placard may be moved to any vehicle.
  • Short Term Placards - are issued to persons with a short term disability for a period of up to 3 months.

These may be issued in the following combinations: (1) 1 set of plates, (2) a set of plates and a placard or (3) 2 placards.

Residency Requirements

Colorado requirements for residency are as follows:

  • Own or operate a business in Colorado.
  • Gainfully employed in Colorado.
  • Reside in Colorado for 90 consecutive days.

Colorado law states that, upon establishment of residency, you have 90 days in which to register your vehicle

Exceptions:

  • Military personnel, on active duty in Colorado and claiming another state as their home state of residence, may retain valid out-of-state plates.
  • College students, temporarily residing in Colorado and claiming another state as their residence, may retain valid out-of-state plates.
  • Non-residents employed in Colorado who commute daily from their residence to their place of employment within Colorado may retain valid out-of-state plates. This is restricted to only those states entering into a reciprocal agreement with Colorado (Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming, Kansas & Nebraska)


MOTOR VEHICLE FORMS

  • Bill of Sale 
  • CO Motor Vehicle Site Forms:
    New! Joint With Right of Survivorship (JTWROS)-DR2395 
    Application for Farm Plates - DR 2159
    Application for Persons with Disabilities Parking Privileges- DR 2219
    Affidavit of Non-Use of Vehicle - DR 2303
    Power of Attorney - DR 2175
    Application for Purple Heart License Plates - DR 2223
    Request for National Guard License Plates - DR 2226
    Application for Prisoner of War License Plates - DR 2502
    Application for Personalized Plates - DR 2810
    Bond Title Worksheet - DR 2922