Purchase from Private Party

Purchase from Private Party

Cash Purchase Checklist

Provide the following to register a newly purchased vehicle from a private party, if paid in cash:

Financed Purchase Checklist

Provide the following to register a vehicle purchased from a private party, if financed:

  • Complete paperwork from lien holder, if not sent to Motor Vehicle Division
  • Security agreement or loan documents

Sales Taxes

Sales Taxes are collected at the time of titling and/or registration.

Estimated Fees

Registration fees cannot be estimated over the phone or by email. Estimates may be obtained by visiting https://mydmv.colorado.gov.

Registration Timelines

A buyer can operate a newly purchased vehicle on the highway prior to registration if the vehicle was purchased on the following:

  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Legal holiday
  • 5 p.m.–8 a.m., Monday-Friday

The buyer must carry the following documents in the vehicle:

  • Bill of sale signed by the buyer and seller
  • Proof of insurance

Visit a Motor Vehicle Division office on the next business day to register the vehicle. The seller’s license plates are not transferable to the buyer.

License Plate Information

Colorado issues license plates for a 12-month period. Renew your registration during the month indicated on the registration or during the following month, known as the one-month grace period.

Late Fees

Colorado law requires residents to pay late fees. Late fees may not exceed $100. Temporary permits are not subject to a one-month grace period (C.R.S. 42-3-112, 42-3-114).

Contact Us

Motor Vehicle Division

303-413-7725 (Fax)
Hours: 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. M-F


Boulder: 1750 33rd Street
Map & Directions

Longmont: 529 Coffman Street
Map & Directions

Lafayette: 1376 Miners Drive
Map & Directions

Mailing Address

1750 33rd Street, Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80301