How to Transfer a Car Title in Colorado

To introduce a car title in the state of Colorado, it’s a good idea to read these instructions, locate all the appropriate lines on the title, and read any instructions on the title before you start filling in the information.

Look at the back of your Colorado car title. There are several blocks of text at the top, followed by two columns where you can fill in information about yourself and the buyer. Start on the first line on the left side in those columns.

  1. Where it says “Odometer reading,” enter the car’s current mileage.
  2. Under that, print the seller’s name.
  3. Next, the seller should sign their name.
  4. If the vehicle has a second owner, the additional owner should print their name on the next line and then sign their name on the following line. There is space for two more owners to print and sign their names as well.
  5. Next, go to the column on the right side of the page. The buyer (not the seller) must sign their name next to the odometer reading to certify that they’ve reviewed what the seller wrote down and the odometer reading is correct.
  6. Where it says “Buyer’s hand-printed name,” the buyer should print their name. Under that, the buyer can sign their name.
  7. If the vehicle has a second buyer, the additional purchaser should print their name on the next line and then sign their name on the following line. There is space for two more buyers to print and sign their names as well.

For more information about transferring a car title in Colorado, visit the Division of Motor Vehicles website.

How to apply for a Replacement Title in Colorado?

Below are the five steps to apply for a replacement title in Colorado.

  1. Provide a Duplicate Title Request and Receipt. To apply for a replacement title in Colorado, one must provide a complete and duly signed Duplicate Title/Lien Request and Receipt title application (DR 2539A). The vehicle owner, lien holder, or authorized agent by the power of attorney must sign the application. Whoever signed the duplicate title must provide proper identification.
  2. Secure and Verifiable Identification for vehicles purchased on or after July 1, 2006. In Colorado, all duplicate title transactions need identification. One must secure verifiable identification for titles issued on or after July 1, 2006.
  3. Provide the vehicle identification number (VIN) and /or Colorado title number. An applicant must provide these two important pieces of information when applying for a replacement title.
  4. Pay $8.20 for a duplicate title fee. The fee for a duplicate title is $8.20 pursuant to C.R.S. 42-6-137, and it must be paid by the applicant.
  5. Secure a power of attorney when applying on behalf of the owner of the record. When applying as a lien holder and the lien is not filed in Colorado on behalf of the owner, an individual must provide a Power of Attorney from the owner.