You need to know how to transfer a car title in Colorado if you’re…

  • Moving to Colorado from another state
  • Adding or removing owners
  • Buying or selling a used car
  • Donating a car or giving it as a gift
  • Transferring ownership in a divorce settlement
  • Inheriting an automobile

Step 1. Check for a Clear Title

If there’s a lien on the title, you’ll need to get a lien release before the title transfer.

If you’re transferring a title from another state, you’ll need a Verification of Vehicle Identification Number (Form DR 2698). VIN verification can be completed by one of the following:

  • Colorado law enforcement officer
  • Authorized Colorado dealer
  • Licensed Colorado emissions testing station

Step 2. Complete the Assignment by OwnersSection of the Title

  • Odometer reading
  • Buyer printed name and address
  • Buyer signature
  • Seller printed name and signature
  • Date of sale
  • Purchase price

Step 3. Complete Additional Documents

Other documents you may need include:

Step 4. Apply for a New Certificate

Complete the Application for Title and/or Registration (DR 2395). If you’re transferring to more than one owner, complete the Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship section.

Step 5. Pay Fees and Taxes

Vehicle title transfer and registration fees vary by county. Check with any of the county motor vehicle offices for your rates.


To transfer a certificate of title in Colorado, you need to Complete both the title assignment on the back of the certificate and apply for a new title.

You may need other forms, depending on your circumstances.

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