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Denver Motor Vehicle New Branch Hours Effective Aug. 3

All Denver Motor Vehicle locations implemented new hours on August 3, 2020:

Open 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. M, Tu, Th, F
Open 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Wed.

Please Note: 

Most Motor Vehicle branches are experiencing waits of up to 30 minutes with some branches having no wait times. 

Customers who visit in person will notice physical and process changes implemented to protect customers and staff from exposure to COVID-19 including:

  • Glass dividers at all customer-facing windows
  • Physical distancing cues to help customers observe social distancing
  • Increased cleaning frequency for high traffic areas
  • Hand sanitizer for staff and clients, face masks for all staff and for clients who forget their mask, and other protective measures

Lobby areas must remain at a safe capacity. Clients will first check-in at the facility and DMV staff will notify you when it is safe to enter.

Clients with completed paperwork who are paying by check can place their information directly into the drop box at any of the five branch offices without waiting and staff will process and send the updated registration within 3-4 business days. 

To learn more about current Emissions Testing, visit our Emissions page.

To learn about guidance for New Vehicle Purchases, visit our  Register a New or Used Vehicle page.

Filing a lien is a process that involves using a motor vehicle title for collateral. Lienholders may be companies or individuals whom an applicant owes money, and where the title will be held by the lienholder until the debt has been paid in full.

Lienholder Filing Process

Lienholders should submit the following documentation according to the instructions below:

  1. Ensure that you submit a properly assigned title or Manufacturers Statement of Origin (MSO/MCO).
  2. Make sure the mortgage paperwork and vehicle description agree with the title or MSO.
  3. Mail the documents to the county where the buyer resides.
  4. Enclose all sales tax receipts for the purchase of the motor vehicle and sign all checks or money orders for calculated sales taxes due (8.31% of the purchase price) and proper filing fees.
  5. Remember that sales tax is only required for newly purchased vehicles; if the vehicle is being refinanced no sales tax is due as they have already been paid.
  6. Check for required signatures on each document.
  7. Include powers of attorney, VIN inspections, and weight slips where required.
  8. Properly release previous liens.

Fees

  • $7.20 Title fee (per title)
  • $5.00 per printed page for security agreements up to 14” in length and 8 ½ in width.
  • $10.00 per printed page for security agreements longer than 14” in length or 8 ½ in width


Mail-in requests:
Make checks payable to Denver Manager of Finance.

2855 Tremont Place
Denver, CO 80205

Please Note:

Acceptable copies of the security agreement include the original or carbon copy. All copies must be certified as a true and exact copy of the original “pursuant to C.R.S. 12-55-110”. This statute gives the notary the power to certify without having witnessed the original signatures.

A properly assigned title or M.S.O. is accompanied by an application for title (DR 2395), chattel mortgage/security agreement and sales tax receipts, are sent with filing fees. When all processing has been completed, customers will receive a post card notifying them that their paperwork is done.

 

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