If you are a Denver County resident who has recently purchased a vehicle (car, truck, SUV, or motor home) from a private party, you have 60 days to 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.
Before you purchase a vehicle from a private party, be sure to inspect the front of the original title document to be sure it is clear of lienholders on the front of the title and properly signed by the seller.
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.
Driver's licenses, ID cards, and driving records may be obtained at state offices only. Visit below to learn more:
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.
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.
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
* 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.
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
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
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.