Buying or Selling a Vehicle

Douglas County Motor Vehicle offices can only title and register vehicles of residents of Douglas County. If you do not live in Douglas County please contact the Motor Vehicle office for the County that you reside in.

Buying from a Dealer

If the vehicle is financed or leased, Colorado dealers will forward paperwork directly to the Douglas County Motor Vehicle Office. It may take up to 60 days for the paperwork to be processed.  After we have processed the paperwork, we will send a postcard (Title Complete Notice)  indicating a title number.

The documents the dealer will send to us will include:

  • A manufacturer’s statement of origin (MSO), or title properly assigned (aka Pink Slip)
  • A standard sales tax receipt (form DR0024)
  • Application for title (form DR2395)
  • Joint Tenancy With of Survivorship  or Tenancy in Common (form DR2395), if applicable
  • Original security agreement, carbon copy or stamped certified original, if applicable
  • Dealer’s bill of sale (form DR2407)
  • VIN Inspection, if applicable
  • Certified weight slip, applicable

If you are bringing in the paperwork to title and register a vehicle, you will be required to have proof of insurance for the new vehicle.  When registering a vehicle for someone else, a Power of Attorney (POA) is required.  If you sold or traded in a vehicle as part of your purchase, keep your license plates, as a pro-rated portion of the remainder of the registration fees may be credited towards the new vehicle registration.  Bring in proof of when the vehicle was sold, traded in or possible totaled out by your insurance company so that the credit can be back dated to that date.  If the plates are expired there is not credit transfer.  (Must be Colorado plates and registration to transfer credit.)

NOTE: If the vehicle was purchased from an out of state dealer, you will need a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification (form DR2698). A VIN verification is available for $8.00 from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 303-660-7500. VIN Verifications may also be available from a licensed Colorado motor vehicle dealer or a Colorado emissions testing station. Contact your local emissions testing station to check the availability of this service or visit www.aircarecolorado.com for more information.

NOTE: If a truck or motor home was purchased from an out of state dealer, with an empty weight between 4,500 and 10,000 pounds, and the weight is not listed on the title a certified weight slip is required to title the vehicle in Colorado.  If a trailer is bought from an out of state daeler with an empty weight over 2,000 lbs and the weight is not listed on the title a certified weight slip is required to title the vehicle in Colorado.

NOTE: If the vehicle was not financed the dealer may forward the original paperwork directly to you. Please bring all the paperwork into one of the motor vehicle offices for processing.


Buying from or Selling to an Individual

Information for both buyer and seller

As a seller make sure you keep your plates when you sell or trade in your vehicle.

On the back of titles issued after 1988 is a perjury statement where both the buyer and seller sign the document and confirm the odometer reading. The printed name and signature of both buyer and seller is required for the odometer reading.  Be sure to read the back of the title carefully so that it is filled in correctly.  This document is also a bill of sale.

Titles issued before 1988 will require additional paperwork as described below:

  • Notarized title
  • Bill of sale listing the date of vehicle sale (signed by both buyer and seller)
  • A notarized Power of Attorney (POA) is required if processing paperwork for another individual

Title issued after 1988 do not require Notarization.

  • The seller or sellers must print and sign their name, as it appears on the front of title, on the back of the title and buyer or buyers will print and sign their name
  • The odometer reading is to be completed by the seller and the buyer at the time of sale
  • Purchase date and purchase price are to be completed by the seller and buyer at the time of sale

When titling a vehicle purchased from an individual you must bring the following documentation to the Douglas County Motor Vehicle Office:

  • Title properly assigned
  • Bill of sale indicating the purchase price and date (if not disclosed on the title)
  • Odometer disclosure statement if the vehicle is less than ten years old
  • Weight slip, if applicable (Out of state title)
  • Notarized Power of Attorney (POA) is required if titling a vehicle from another individual

A VIN verification is available for $8.00 from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office at 303-660-7500. VIN Verifications may also be available from a licensed Colorado motor vehicle dealer or a Colorado emissions testing station. Contact your local emissions testing station to check the availability of this service or visit www.aircarecolorado.com for more information.

NOTE:  Sales tax is collected either at the time a temporary permit is issued, or at the time the vehicle is titled, whichever occurs first.

Information for buyer

In order to title and register the vehicle, bring the signed title or documents as described above to a Douglas County Motor Vehicle Office.

If you have a lien on the vehicle you will need a security agreement/loan agreement from the bank or leinholder. The security agreement must list:

  • Description of the vehicle including year, make and VIN
  • Total amount of payments (amount of lien)
  • Owners original signature in ink
  • Original, carbon, or copy stamped as true copy of original
  • Borrower’s lien holder’s name and address

A certified weight slip is required when titling a truck or motor home that weighs between 4,500 lbs. and 10,000 lbs when the weight is not disclosed on the title document.

  • A certified weight slip can be obtained from a facility with certified scales
  • If the vehicle weight is printed on the title, a weight slip is not necessary

If you sold or traded a vehicle as part of the purchase, keep your license plates. A pro-rated portion of the remainder of the registration fees may be credited toward new vehicle registration.

Transport of Newly Purchased Vehicle (C.R.S 42-3-115, 2b)

If the purchase occurs on a Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday or between the hours of 5:00 pm and 8:00 am, the vehicle purchaser has up to 36 hours to obtain a temporary tag from the County Motor Vehicle office. The following forms are required:

  • A bill of sale listing the date and time of vehicle sale
  • The bill of sale must be signed by both the buyer and seller
  • Proof of insurance

NOTE:  Sales tax is collected at the time a temporary permit is issued.


Purchasing a Vehicle from Outside the United States

Canadian Used Vehicle Sale:

Canada’s proof of ownership is a current registration only, not a title. Liens are not indicated.

The following is required:

  • Current Canadian registration
  • Original signed bill of sale from owner to purchaser. (Owner on foreign document must show a foreign address. If an American address is shown on the foreign document, they must establish title in their name before transferring ownership.)
  • DR2087 Verification of Vehicle Identification Number
  • Weight slip, if applicable
  • U.S. Customs Service entry form. Any one of the following entry forms is acceptable as proof of customs entry (copy acceptable). 1968 or older and motorcycles 1969 or older do not require custom entry forms:
CF 368 Collection Receipt or Informal Entry
CF 7523 Entry and Manifest of Merchandise Free of Duty
CF 3299 Declaration For Free Entry of Unaccompanied Articles
CF 3311 Declaration For Free Entry of Returned American Products
CF 7501 Entry Summary (Does not require a Customs Inspector’s signature)
CF 6059B Customs Declaration (Badge number instead of signature)
CF 3461 Entry / Immediate Delivery

Custom documents are not required if a letter from the manufacturer indicates that the vehicle was manufactured to United States standards or proof that the vehicle was previously titled in the United States.

In addition to the above, titling a newly purchased vehicle will require proof of current insurance. When registering a vehicle for someone else, a power of attorney will be required.

For further information, you may contact:

U.S. Customs Service
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20229
202.927.0300

Additional Resources

Bill of Sale
State of Colorado Power of Attorney for Motor Vehicle Only
Titling a Vehicle