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Gifted and Inherited Vehicles

Vehicle Registration - Gifted & Inherited Vehicles

Gifted Vehicle

Car keys on gift box

If you recently received a vehicle (car, truck, SUV, motorcycle, or motor home) as a gift, you have 60 days to register your vehicle at one of our three MV branch locations.

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To ensure same-day service at the counter, please come prepared with the following documentation:

Inherited Vehicle

Last Will and Testament document

Registering a Vehicle Received through Inheritance

When you inherit a vehicle that you plan to drive, you will need to bring the following items to one of our offices in order to title and register the vehicle.

If you are already an owner listed on the title and/or you plan to sell the inherited vehicle, you only need to complete a title transfer.

Checklist for Registering an Inherited Vehicle

  • Secure & Verifiable ID for the new owner or Power of Attorney
    • If you are a designated power of attorney, you must also bring a completed and notarized Form DR2175
  • Death Certificate
  • Court Order
    • A copy of the court order (such as the Letters of Testamentary) appointing the personal representative or executor of estate.
    • If there is no court order, bring a completed and notarized Form DR2712 (Small Estate Proceeding). You may also complete this form and have it notarized at our office.
  • Transfer Title to new owner
    • When a single owner is listed on the title:
      • Seller’s Area of title: The representative named on court papers or Small Estate Proceedings must hand print the deceased owner’s name and then sign their own name and write “successor” or “personal representative” next to their signature.
      • Buyer’s Area of title: New owner(s) must hand print and sign their name.
    • If more than one owner is listed on the title, please see this page.
    • Odometer Reading
      • If the vehicle is under 10 years old, enter a current and accurate odometer reading in the Odometer Reading box of the title. Also check the odometer indicator checkbox.
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Emissions Test
    • When you transfer a title for a vehicle that is subject to emissions requirements, you are required to have a new emissions test even if the current inspection report still has time on it.
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Verification
    • Required if the vehicle has an out-of-state title or is from outside Colorado.
    • Our Motor Vehicle offices can perform the VIN verification for $20 per vehicle.
  • Payment

Important Tips

Emissions Tests

Emissions tests are not transferable when a vehicle changes ownership. If you receive a vehicle that is subject to emissions requirements, you must get a new test (even if the last inspection hasn’t expired).

Title Transfers

Titles must be properly endorsed, which can be tricky for inherited vehicles. Please pay special attention to the instructions on this page. If you make a mistake, it may invalidate the title. Please contact our office if you have questions about how to properly endorse a title.

Contact Us

Motor Vehicle Division

**New as of Jan 4, 2021**
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs.
CLOSED Fridays
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Phone: 303-413-7710

Fax: 303-413-7725 (Boulder office)
Fax: 303-413-7002 (Lafayette office)
Fax: 303-678-6126 (Longmont office)


Boulder: 1750 33rd Street
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Longmont: 529 Coffman Street
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Lafayette: 1376 Miners Drive
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Mailing Address

1750 33rd Street, Suite 100
Boulder, CO 80301