This page contains information about the following:
- Title and Registration
- Joint Tenancy and Tenancy in Common
- Purchases from Colorado Dealers
- Temporary Registration Permits
- Sales Tax Rates
- Colorado Insurance Requirements
- Bonding for Title
- Homemade Trailers
- Off-Highway Vehicles and Snowmobiles
- Out-of-State Students
- Out-of-State Military
- Required proof and documentation
Title and Register Vehicle
If there is more than one owner of a vehicle, all vehicle owners are required to declare their intent to have Colorado Certificate of Title issued in Joint Tenancy with Right of Survivorship or Tenancy in Common. All owners must be present (at an Eagle
County Clerk & Recorder’s Office) or complete the Joint
Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship Acknowledgement of Intent (DR 2395) document. If the DR 2395 is filled out by all owners (printed names and signatures), then only one owner must come in to apply for a title.
Joint Tenancy with Rights of
Joint Tenancy with Rights of Survivorship is 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 a copy of the death
certificate and signature of survivor.
Tenancy in Common
Tenancy in Common is 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 that appoint a personal representative for the decedent.
Transmittal of Documents
It there is a loan on a vehicle and the vehicle was purchased from a Colorado dealer, the dealer will forward the titling documents to our office for processing. We typically receive documents three to four weeks after the purchase. Once processed, a
Title Complete Notice card will be mailed to you. Once received, please bring the Title Complete Notice card plus proof of current Colorado insurance to the Eagle County Clerk & Recorder’s Office so the vehicle can be registered.
If you paid cash for the vehicle, the dealer will likely send the paperwork directly to you, usually by certified mail. Bring these documents as well as current proof of Colorado Insurance to the Eagle County Clerk and Recorder's Office.
Vehicle Purchased from a Colorado
The following documents are required in order to register or title your car:
- title or certificate of origin, properly assigned
- standard sales tax receipt
- odometer disclosure statement if the vehicle is less than ten years old (most titles have a section on the title for odometer disclosure)
- a completed Application for Title and/or Registration Application (DR 2395)
- original or certified copy of security agreement, if financed
and verifiable ID (DR 2841)
- other documents may be needed
Colorado Insurance Requirements
Proof of Colorado insurance must include the following:
- effective dates of coverage, which must be current
- vehicle description, including vehicle identification number
- name of insured person(s)
The following are accepted forms of Colorado insurance:
- a Colorado insurance card
- a Colorado insurance binder or policy
- the declaration page from the Colorado insurance policy
- a letter from your insurance agent on company letterhead verifying Colorado insurance coverage
Please note per Colorado legislation C.R.S 42-3-105(l) (d), which came into effect July 1, 2014, out-of-state insurance policies cannot be accepted.
Power of Attorney
If you are not the owner of a vehicle,
a Power of Attorney for Motor Vehicle Only (DR 2175) must be completed and signed by the
Temporary permits may be issued on a vehicle purchase. Permits can only be issued for 60 days from the purchase date.
The following is required:
- previous owner's registration with a completed Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale or a properly
assigned Colorado title (seller(s) and buyer(s) printed names, signatures, date of sale, purchase price, and odometer reading)
- payment of applicable sales tax
- proof of current Colorado insurance (electronic copies of an insurance card on a smartphone will be accepted)
Please see above for Colorado Insurance requirements.
Vehicles going out of Colorado will only be issued a traveling permit of three to five days and will require the following:
- title, properly assigned
- if necessary, a completed Verification of Vehicle Identification Number (DR 2698) form by a Colorado law enforcement officer or Colorado licensed dealer (fees apply)
- proof of insurance (electronic copies of an insurance card on a smartphone will be accepted)
There is no grace period on a temporary permit that exceeds 60 days from the date of purchase. All other permits will be issued at supervisor’s discretion, and permit fees will apply.
Sales Tax Rates
||Sales tax type and rate
|Purchased outside Eagle County
||2.9% Colorado sales tax
|Purchased inside Eagle County but not inside a municipality*
||2.9% Colorado sales tax plus 1.5% Eagle County sales tax
If the vehicle is purchased inside Eagle County and inside a municipality*. This mean the
buyer and seller live in the same jurisdiction
|2.9% Colorado sales tax plus 1.5% Eagle County sales tax.
Plus applicable city tax: Eagle 4.5%, Gypsum 3%, Avon 4% and Vail 4%
Same sales tax applies as per regular vehicles with the exception of Vail and Avon residents
who are required to pay an additional 4% directly to the Towns of Vail and Avon
Town of Avon: 970-748-4000
Town of Vail: 970-479-2125
Town of Gypsum: 970-524-7514
*A municipality indicates a town or special taxing district.
Residents of the Town of Basalt must pay 0.8% sales tax for the Regional Transportation Authority (RAFTA) regardless of where the vehicle was purchased.
Residents of Unincorporated Roaring
Fork Valley (El Jebel and parts of Basalt and Carbondale) must pay 0.6% sales tax for the Regional Transportation Authority regardless of where the vehicle was purchased.
Please contact the Eagle County Clerk & Recorder's Office for more information about taxes and fees.
Recording of Liens
If a lien is to be recorded with the titling of a vehicle or refinancing, the following is required:
- title, properly assigned
- original, carbon copy or certified copy of the security agreement signed by all owners of the vehicle
- title fee of $7.20
- filing fee of $5.00 per page, per side for security agreements on paper size 8.5’’x 11’’ or a filing fee of $10.00 per page, per side for security agreements larger than 8.5’’ x 11’’
- proof of sales taxes paid
and verifiable ID (DR 2841)
The Clerk & Recorder’s Office accepts the following:
- check (made payable to Eagle County Clerk)
- debit card
- Master Card
- American Express
All card transactions totaling $10.01 or more will be charged a non-refundable portal administration of 2.7 percent.
Bonding for Title
A bonded title is a document that proves a person/s ownership or a motor vehicle. It can be used in place of a vehicle title in order to title and register a car.
Bonding for title is necessary if:
- the owner cannot furnish proper supporting documents to the Eagle County Clerk & Recorder to transfer ownership of a vehicle and have a new title issued
- there are errors or problems with the documents that cannot be corrected
- there is an error in the sequential number of the Vehicle Identification Number that cannot be substantiated as a clerical error from previous records
The vehicle must be:
- physically located in the state of Colorado
- in the possession of the applicant for bond
Bonding for title cannot be done for the following:
- to remove a name from a title
- when purchasing a vehicle from a Colorado dealer without proper documents. Colorado dealers are required to supply proper documents for titling
Please contact the Eagle County Clerk & Recorder’s Office for more information about Bonding for Title.
A homemade trailer is defined as a trailer that is self-assembled and does not have a Vehicle Identification Number and weighs less than 2000 pounds.
The following documents are required for issuance of a Vehicle Identification Number:
Bonding is required for a trailer that weighs over 2000 pounds. Please see above Bonding for
Please contact the Eagle County Clerk & Recorder's Office for more information about homemade trailers.
Titling of Off-Highway Vehicles - Snowmobiles and ATV's
The Eagle County Clerk & Recorder does title but does not register.
Per legislation*, the registration of an Off-Highway Vehicle is completed through Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
Per legislation**, an Off-Highway Vehicle is defined as a self-propelled vehicle that is:
- designed to travel on wheels or tracks that are in contact with the ground
- designed for use off public highways and is mostly used to transport person/s for recreational purposes
- include vehicles commonly known as ‘all-terrain’ vehicles and snowmobiles
An Off-Highway Vehicle does not include the following:
- toy vehicles (any wheeled vehicle that is not designed for public roads or for off-road use)
- vehicles designed and used primarily for travel on, over or in the water
- military vehicles
- golf carts or golf cards
- vehicles designed and used to carry persons with disabilities
- vehicles designed and used specifically for agricultural, logging, or mining purposes
- motor vehicles
Per legislation***, a Snowmobile is defined as:
- a self-propelled vehicle primarily used or altered for travel on snow or ice and off of public holidays and supported by skis, belts, or cleats.
A Snowmobile does not include machinery used for the grooming of snowmobile trails or ski slopes.
*Colorado Senate Bill 13-280, which came into effect on July 1, 2014, creates the ability for Off-Highway and Snowmobiles to be titled.
** Colorado Revised Statute: C.R.S. 45-6-102 (11.5).
*** Colorado Revised Statute C.R.S. 452-6-102 (18.5).
The following document is required:
- Manufactured Certificate of Origin/Manufactured Statement of Origin, or
- Certificate of Title, or
- current Colorado Parks and Wildlife Off-Highway Vehicle registration
- All current titling laws, processes, and procedures apply.
- Owner/s address of residence will be used unless the Off-Highway Vehicle is permanently maintained at a different site.
- For businesses, the address to be used will be the where the vehicle is principally operated and maintained.
- Per Colorado Revised Statute C.R.S. 42-6-102-17 (a) (ii) Off-Highway Vehicles may not be issued for salvaged vehicles.
- Per Colorado Revise Statute C.R.S. 42-6-148, which came into effect on July 1, 2014, dealer purchases /trades from an individual require an individual to obtain title prior to selling an Off-Highway Vehicle to a dealer.
- Obtaining a title is optional for private-party to private-party sales
If you are an out-of-state student attending school in Colorado, you have two options regarding title and registration of your vehicle:
- If you do not wish to change your residency status to Colorado, you may keep your out of-state license plates, registration and driver’s license. However, you will be required to comply with the state of Colorado emissions and insurance requirements.
- If you choose to change your residency status to claim Colorado as your home state, please refer to the Titling a
Vehicle from Out-of-State page.
Emissions testing is not required in Eagle County.
If you are active duty military personnel and are temporarily living in the State of Colorado, you have two options regarding title and registration of your vehicle:
- If you are maintaining an out-of state driver license, you may also keep the out-of-state license plates on your vehicle. However, you will be required to comply with the State of Colorado emissions and insurance requirements.
- If you are going to be in the state of Colorado for an extended period of time and are planning on obtaining Colorado license plates and registration, please refer to the Titling a Vehicle from Out-of-State page.
To be eligible to complete the Nonresident and Military Service from Specific
Ownership Tax Affidavit (DR 2667) the following is required:
- the individual on the title must be assigned to the State of Colorado as active duty military
- the vehicle must be physically located in the State of Colorado
- out-of-state residency must be claimed
- Nonresident and Military Service from Specific Ownership Tax Affidavit (DR 2667) must
be submitted each year with renewal or registration of a vehicle
- the individual who is on active duty must show as the owner or co-owner of the vehicle
Emissions testing is not required in Eagle County.