How to Sign Over a Car Title in Colorado

By Shanan Miller
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The state of Colorado requires sellers to sign the title to transfer ownership, complete an odometer statement, include a bill of sale if the car is sold after hours and provide the seller with an emissions inspection certificate (depending on location). While some states require notarized signatures or additional action from the seller after the sale, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does not.

Look at the front of your Colorado title to ensure that any previous lien holders have marked your lien as satisfied. If not, call the bank listed on the title to obtain an original lien release, as the state of Colorado accepts either the released lien notice on the title or the original lien release letter.

Turn the title over to sign and print your name on line three, exactly as your name appears on the front. Have any co-owners sign next to you, as no spot exists for an additional owner on a Colorado title. List your address in the space provided and include the selling price.

Complete the odometer disclosure portion of the title and input the selling price. If for some reason the odometer disclosure has already been filled out, you can obtain an official Motor Vehicle Bill of Sale (form DR2173) for a fee through the Standard Register at 303-860-8000, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue website.

Create a bill of sale for your buyer if she is purchasing on a weekend or after the DMV is closed. The Colorado Department of Revenue website states the seller-created bill of sale should include the vehicle's year, make, vehicle identification number (VIN), and the time and date of the sale. Both you and the seller must sign the form to complete it.

Give the buyer your vehicle's emissions inspection certificate if you live in an area that requires the inspection. Go to Colorado.gov to find out if the inspection applies to your location.