Learn your responsibilities when selling a car under Colorado state law.
Colorado Seller Responsibilities
Certificate of Title
Complete the following on the title:
- Buyer name and address.
- Buyer signature.
- Signature of all sellers. If there’s more than one owner, all must sign.
- Odometer disclosure.
- Rebuilt from salvage disclosure if needed.
Report the transfer online or at your county’s motor vehicle office.
Bill of Sale
The bill of sale must include the following:
- Buyer name.
- Purchase price.
- Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
- Your name, signature, and date.
If the buyer lives in an area that requires emissions testing, you must provide an emissions report.
Automobiles are exempt from emissions testing for 7 years from the model year. In other words, a new 2020 Honda CRV is exempt through 2027.
But when you sell a car in the 7th year of the exemption, you’ll need emissions testing.
The Colorado DMV requires you to keep the license plates. Remove them before you hand over the title and the keys.
Colorado Buyer Responsibilities
Make Sure the Vehicle Isn’t Stolen
The buyer can verify with the Motor Vehicle Verification System.
Check the Vehicle Title History Report
The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) has a list of approved providers.
When you sell your car with PrivateAuto Premium, a vehicle inspection report is included.
Ensure It Wasn’t Totaled
Go to the National Insurance Crimes Bureau website to verify the car wasn’t declared a total loss.
Get a Temporary Permit
A temporary permit allows the buyer to legally drive on public roads while waiting for Colorado plates.
The buyer can get the permit at the motor vehicle office in his or her home county. The buyer will need to show the following:
- Seller Documents.
- Secure and verifiable identification.
- Proof of insurance.
When you sell your car in Colorado, your listing on PrivateAuto includes state-specific documents. You’ll get a vehicle history report included.