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Beware of any offer that sounds too good to be true. Spot the red flags using a car report. Get free vehicle history report through Colorado license plate lookup.

Enter a Colorado License Plate: offers free license plate lookup. Enter your Colorado license plates to get a complete vehicle report. A vehicle report from contains:

  • Market Value
  • Vehicle Specifications
  • Equipment Details
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Safety Rating
  • Colorado DMV Data
  • Inspection Checklist
  • Current Warranty
  • NMVTIS Report

The Colorado DMV is another good source of vehicle information. You may inquire by calling at (303) 205-5600. Visit the Contact Us page for other means of contacting the agency.

Title and Registration in Colorado

Colorado License Plate Lookup

The Colorado DMV handles registration and title in the state. Recently sold vehicles can be registered within 61 days. New residents have 90 days to register. For vehicle owners who have just returned, they have 45 days to register.

Late registration and titling are generally penalized. However, exemptions may be granted for applicants with valid reasons. For instance, vehicles that were recently recovered from theft may qualify.

If applicable, an emissions testing may apply. Cars that do not comply with the state’s requirement may not be registered.

Check if a car has a lien. If there is a lien, show a mortgage document which confirms its validity. The title might go to the lienholder if the lien is not removed. Wait for at least a month to get your title via email.

General Registration Requirements:

  • Application Form
  • Proof of VIN Verification
  • Proof of Qualifying Insurance (w/ coverage)
  • Title/Registration (w/ owner’s name)
  • Proof of Identification
  • Proof of Colorado Vehicle Emissions, if applicable
  • Affidavit of Non-Use of Vehicle, if applicable
  • Payment

General Title Requirements:

  • Application Form
  • Proof of VIN Verification (out-of-state cars)
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Current Title/Ownership Document(s)
  • Proof of Identification
  • Proof of Colorado Vehicle Emissions (gas/diesel)
  • Odometer Disclosure
  • Bill of Sale
  • Lien Document
  • Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin/Weight Slip (for ascertaining weight)
  • Payment

Vehicle acquired from a Colorado dealer

Dealers will likely process the paperwork on their buyer’s behalf. They must register/title the car under the purchaser’s name.

Privately sold vehicle

If it came from a private seller, the buyer needs to process the paperwork itself. The DMV may apply charges that are usually covered by the dealer.

Lost/damaged Registration or Title

Get in touch with a county Colorado DMV branch to get a replacement. You may also request a replacement through their online portal.

Requirements for Duplicate Registration:

  • License Plate Number
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

Requirements for Duplicate Title:

Registration Renewal

To renew registration, the Colorado DMV may require emissions testing for some cars. If that were the case, a proof of passing the emissions test might be needed. Late fees will apply if you fail to renew your registration within a month of expiration.


  • License Plate Number
  • Vehicle Identification Number
  • Current Vehicle Emissions, if applicable
  • Valid Colorado Insurance
  • Payment

Salvage Vehicle

Any unit with a repair cost that exceeds its market value may be deemed ‘salvage’. The same applies to cars declared as ‘total loss’ by their insurance companies.

The damage may have come from:

  • Collision
  • Fire
  • Flood
  • Accident
  • Trespass
  • Others

Complete this form to apply for a salvage title. Salvage vehicles that were fixed can be applied for ‘Rebuilt‘ titles. However, they must be deemed by the DMV qualified prior to application.

Colorado License Plate Information

Colorado License PlateThe Colorado DMV issues the license plates intended for the state. The plate format has six characters, which consist of numbers and letters. Two plates are issued for each car, one for the rear and another on the front.

Colorado requires that all vehicles display valid license plates. Colorado issues license plates for a 12-month period.

Types of Colorado License Plates

There are five (5) types of license plate being issued in the state of Colorado. The requirements for each style of plate varies.

  1. Regular License Plates
  2. Group Special License Plates
  3. Military License Plate
  4. Alumni License Plates
  5. Other License Plates

Personalized Colorado License Plates

Colorado DMV is also offering personalized plates. The corresponding application form for your chosen plate must be completed. Once you are done, mail it to:

Department of Revenue

Vehicle Services Unit

P.O. Box 173350

Denver, Colorado 80217-3350

A notification will be sent if your request has been approved. You will be informed about the fees and related information as well.

Duplicate Colorado License Plates

If you need a duplicate plate, fill out the affidavit. This will help replace any damage or missing plate you might have. Be sure to give out correct details to prevent your request from being denied.

Transferring Colorado License Plates

Meet the state’s requirements to transfer plates between two vehicles you own. Request a transfer when you apply for a title/vehicle registration.

Contact the Colorado DMV near you for more information!

More Resources for Colorado Drivers:

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  1. Check for accidents. Every year, approximately 6.0 million automobile accidents are reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  2. Check for title brands. Flood, hail-damage, and salvage titles are examples of critical title brands.
  3. Check for special purpose designations, including taxi-use, rental-use, or police-use.
  4. Check for thefts. Lookup a VIN to check for an active theft or previously recovered theft record.

Run a Free Colorado License Plate Lookup to uncover the full-story of your Colorado-registered vehicle.

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