As of March 1, 2011, all vehicle owners are required to declare their intent for a Colorado Certificate of Title to be issued in Joint Tenancy with Right of Survivorship or Tenants in Common. All owners must be present or complete the DR2395 Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship Acknowledgement of Intent form.
- Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship is defined as: A form of legal co-ownership of property (also known as survivorship). At the death of one co-owner, the surviving co-owner becomes sole owner of the property. Transfer of ownership requires copy of death certificate and signature of survivor.
- Tenancy in Common is defined as: The equal or unequal holding of property by two or more persons. At the death of one co-owner, the deceased share of the property goes to his/her estate and is to be divided according to his/her will or the law in the absence of a will. Transfer of ownership requires documents appointing a personal representative for the decedent.
Motor vehicle registration must be completed within 90 days after becoming a resident of Colorado. Residency is established when any one of the following criteria is met:
- Own or operate a business in Colorado
- Reside in Colorado continuously for 90 days
- Obtain employment in Colorado
If registration is not completed within 90 days of becoming a resident, you will be charged a late fee of $25 per month up to a total $100. The following documents are required in order to register a vehicle in Colorado that is currently registered in another state:
- Title or current registration
- VIN inspection (Form DR2698) by Colorado law enforcement officer or Colorado licensed dealer. Fees apply.
- Name and address of lender, if vehicle is financed
- Current proof of insurance on vehicle
- Secure and verifiable identification is required to register a vehicle
- Weight slip if registering a truck weighing more than 4,500 pounds unless the empty weight is on the title or registration