Selling a Vehicle

Selling a Vehicle

  • In the seller’s section of the title, print and sign your name exactly as it appears on the title (first name, middle name, last name). If the Colorado title is in more than one name, all sellers must sign the title. Other states have different rules for multiple owners. Contact the Motor Vehicle office. If the title has a space for a notary, then the sellers’ signatures must be notarized.
  • If the vehicle is less than 10 years old, an odometer disclosure statement is required. Most titles have a section for the odometer reading.
  • Seller must remove the license plates from the vehicle. The plates belong to the seller, they do not transfer with the vehicle.

Temporary Permits


A permit may be issued to a new owner for a period of 60 days from date of purchase. This allows the vehicle to be driven while waiting for the title and registration process to be completed. You must present the following:
  • Title
  • Properly endorsed or copy of a title with a bill of sale or a bill of sale with a copy of the seller’s registration
  • Proof of insurance
  • Secure and Verifiable ID (SVID) required.
VIN Inspection required if titled in another state. Effective 7/1/05, SB 05-014 allows the buyer of a vehicle to operate the vehicle on the highway prior to registering the vehicle in the following situations:
  • The buyer has purchased the vehicle within the last 36 hours from a person who is not licensed motor vehicle dealer.
  • The vehicle was purchased either on a Saturday or Sunday, on a legal holiday, or any day between 5 pm - 8 pm.
  • The vehicle is being driven from the place where the seller stored the vehicle to the place where the buyer intends to store the vehicle.
  • The buyer must carry in the vehicle, a bill of sale that shows the time and date of sale and is signed by both the buyer and the seller. The owner must also possess proof of insurance as required by stature.