Some county buildings are reopening to the public on June 1, while other services remain online. See current safer-at-home order with face coverings.

Resources are available for those impacted by COVID-19. For help, submit questions or call 720-776-0822 weekdays (9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Level 1 Fire Restrictions remain in place for western Boulder County. View the flyer and map for more details. No fires, no shooting.

Purchase from Private Party

Purchase from Private Party

Boulder County Motor Vehicle Offices Will Reopen on June 1 - By Appointment Only

If you need to register a vehicle purchased from a private party, please call our office between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. to make an appointment: 303-413-7710.

Cash Purchase Checklist

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

  • Secure and Verifiable ID
  • Title (notarized if required on the title)
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Bill of Sale (in rare circumstances, such as when proper ownership documents are missing, please contact our office for alternative Bill of Sale paperwork)
  • Verification of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), if an out-of-state title.
  • Odometer disclosure statement if the vehicle is less than ten years old:
    • Disclose on title
    • Include odometer reading and indicator
    • Hand-printed names and signatures of seller(s) and buyer(s) is required
  • Weight slip is required with an out-of-state title for the following:
    • Motor homes, buses, cargo vans, and trucks if the empty weight is over 4,500 pounds and not listed on title
    • Trailers weighing more than 2,000 pounds
    • Contact the Motor Vehicle Division if the vehicle has been modified
  • Current registration on your previously owned vehicle (if applicable)
  • Proof of emissions test if required:

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

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


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Boulder, CO 80301