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If you are a Denver County resident who recently inherited a vehicle (car, truck, SUV, or motor home), 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.

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Checklist for a vehicle received through inheritance and small estate proceedings

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. Bring your owner identification (secure and verifiable) or designated power of attorney completed and notarized Form DR2175 and your own identification (secure and verifiable), to one of Denver's DMV branch offices (Denver residents only).

  • Death certificate. 

  • Court order. A copy of the court order such as the Letters of Testamentary appointing you:

    a) personal representative; b) executor of estate; or c) original Small Estates Proceedings.

  • Title signed by court appointed representative and / or surviving owners. 
    a) When a single person is listed on the title, bring the title in the decedents name (the "decedent" is the person who died), signed by the representative named on court papers or Small Estates Proceedings, in the Seller's Signature area of the title.

    b) When two owners names appear on the title and Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship does not appear on the title, the title must be signed by the representative named on court papers or Small Estates Proceedings, and the other surviving owner in the Seller's Signature area of the title.

    c) When two owners names are listed on the title and appear with Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship, the title must be signed by the surviving owner only in the Seller's Signature area of the title.

  • Emissions test.
    When you inherit a vehicle or receive a vehicle as a gift, you are required to have a new emissions test, even if the current inspection report still has time on it. Please visit Air Care Colorado for exceptions to this rule. For emissions testing locations visit Air Care Colorado.

  • Odometer reading.
    If you plan to register a vehicle and transfer a title into your name, you must provide a current and accurate odometer reading. For vehicles older than 10 years, an odometer reading is not necessary.

  • 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.

  • Vehicle identification number (VIN) verification. A VIN verification is required if the seller has an out-of-state title or the vehicle is from outside Colorado. A VIN inspector must complete a VIN verification Form DR2698. Denver Motor Vehicle will perform VIN verifications for a nominal fee of $ 20.00 per vehicle. Learn more...

  • 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.

**Note: Expect your new Colorado title to be mailed to you within 4 - 6 weeks of registration.

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Gifts, inheritances, family 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.


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.



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