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Denver Motor Vehicle Will Reopen for In-Person Services June 29, 2020

All Denver Motor Vehicle locations will re-open for in-person transactions on Monday, June 29, 2020.

Customers will notice physical and process changes implemented to protect both customers and staff from potential COVID-19 exposure 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. Once clients check-in at the facility, DMV staff will use a text messaging system to alert clients when it is their time to enter the building. Please bring a cell phone or mobile device to enable text notifications. 

Additionally, dropboxes have been installed at all DMV branch locations. Clients with completed paperwork who are paying by check can place their information into the dropbox and staff will process and send the updated registration within 3-4 business days. 

You may continue to use online, mail, and phone options for renewals, new registrations, disability placards, and other transactions. Visit mydmv.colorado.gov.

The City is providing a grace period for expired registrations through July 31, 2020. Denver Police Department and Denver Right of Way Enforcement will not issue citations for expired tags during this time.


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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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