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REGISTERING A VEHICLE PURCHASED AT A DEALERSHIP


Dealership registration

If you are a Denver County resident who has recently purchased a vehicle (car, truck, SUV, or motor home) from a dealership, you must register your vehicle at one of our Denver County DMV branch locations. If you are not a Denver County resident, please visit the  State of Colorado DMV website to locate your branch office.

New Colorado residents should visit our new resident registration instructions page.

 

FINANCED PURCHASES THROUGH A DEALERSHIP

When you purchase a vehicle from a dealership and will be making payments, the following will take place:

Cash Purchases Through Dealership

You must come into one of our DMV branch offices to register your newly purchased vehicle. Below is a checklist detailing the types of documents a dealer may give you during the cash purchase of a vehicle. All documents supplied by the dealer should be brought with you when you come into our offices.

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Registration checklist for cash purchases through dealership

You must register in person at a Motor Vehicle office in the county where you reside. For information about where to register outside Denver County, visit the State of Colorado DMV Website. Visit our DMV branch offices page for Denver County DMV locations, hours and directions.


To shorten your wait and ensure same day service at the counter, please come prepared with the following documentation:

  • New owner identification (secure and verifiable) or designated power of attorney.
    Anyone other than a named owner must present a completed and notarized Form DR2175 Power of Attorney and their own identification (secure and verifiable)

  • Emissions test.
    New Denver County residents must show proof of a Colorado vehicle emissions test. For emissions testing locations visit Air Care Colorado.

  • Proof of automobile insurance coverage. 
    Insurance card, copy of insurance policy or letter from your insurance company on the company's letterhead including a description of the vehicle with the following information: year, make, model, vehicle identification number (VIN),effective date and expiration date of the policy.

  • Purchase receipts and paperwork from dealer. If you have not received a Title Complete Notice from the DMV in the mail, you can still register your vehicle by visiting one of our DMV branch offices (Denver residents only) by bringing in the title and all of your original purchase documents from the dealer (carbon copies are not permissable). 

  • Payment. 
    Learn more about title and registration fees so that you arrive to our office prepared. Also see fees for specialty and personalized (vanity) plates.

 

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Family title transfers

For information about how to transfer the ownership of a vehicle by gift, inheritance or through a family transfer of ownership, visit our page on title transfers.

 

 

Late fees

Registration renewals must be completed by vehicle owners within the expiration time frame including the one-month grace period, or late fees of $25 per month—up to a total of $100 per vehicle—will be assessed. Vehicles owners who have recently purchased a car must register their new vehicle within 60 days or late fees with be assessed beginning on the 61st day after the purchase date if vehicle is not registered.

Example

April expiration (including one month grace period) will be good through the last business day of the month, by May 29*:

      Add $25 – on June 1, if not registered
      Add $50 – on July 1, if not registered
      Add $75 – on August 3, if not registered
      Add $100 – on September 1 or later if not registered


Total:  $100 in late fees


* The vehicle will also be subject to monthly back ownership tax and vehicle registration fees, which were due in April at the time of expiration.

The penalty for late registration of any non-motorized vehicle that weighs more than 2,000 pounds but not more than 16,000 pounds, and any camper trailer or multi-purpose trailer regardless of its weight, is $10.

Example 1

March expiration (a month grace period) will be good through the last business day of the month, by April 30:

      Add $25 – on May1, if not registered
      Add $25 – on June 1, if not registered
      Add $10 – on July 1, if not registered

Total:  $60 in late fees


Example 2

July expiration (a month grace period) will be good through the last business day of the month, by August 31: 

      Add $10 – on Sept 1, if not registered

Total:  $10 in late fees

 

Buyer and seller tips

Get important information about selling or buying a vehicle such as why sellers need to remove their plates, or how you as a buyer can protect yourself from fraud by checking the title history. Visit our buyer and seller tips page.

 
 


Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Locations & Wait Times
 


Contact Information

Phone: 720-865-4600

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