New Resident Registration

New to Colorado?

If you have recently moved to Arapahoe County from another state, you must register your vehicle within 90 days from establishing Colorado residency. Delaying this registration may subject you to late fees. For information about where to register outside Arapahoe County, visit the State of Colorado DMV website

Colorado residency is established when you meet one of the following:

  • You have obtained employment in Colorado
  • You own or operate a business in Colorado
  • You have resided in Colorado continuously for 90 days

Registration Checklist for Out-of-State Vehicles

You must make an appointment and come in person for a first-time registration in Colorado.

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To shorten your wait and expedite service at the counter, please come prepared with the following documentation:

  • Valid identification
  • One of the following types of documents:
    • Vehicle title in your name, or
    • An original out-of-state registration no more than six months expired, or
    • A Manufacturer Statement of Origin (MSO), or
    • A vehicle record history on state letterhead from previous state of residence.
  • Emissions test
    New residents must show proof of a passing Colorado vehicle emissions test. Vehicles that are 7 model years old or newer are exempt from emissions requirements. For emissions testing locations visit Air Care Colorado.
  • Proof of Colorado automobile insurance coverage 
    Insurance card, copy of insurance policy or letter from your insurance company on the company’s letterhead including a description of the vehicle with the following information: year, make, model, vehicle identification number (VIN), effective date and expiration date of the policy.

    New residents to the State of Colorado must have a complying insurance policy on their vehicle pursuant to C.R.S. 42-3-105(1)(d) before the vehicle can be registered in Colorado. Out of state insurance policies are not accepted.
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN) verification
    A VIN Verification completed by a Licensed Colorado Dealer, law enforcement entity, Emissions Center, or Arapahoe County Motor Vehicle Office is required if the seller has an out-of-state title or the vehicle is purchased outside Colorado. A VIN Inspector must complete form DR 2698 from Colorado Department of Revenue. Please note: VIN inspections are not performed during inclement weather, including temperatures below 32 degrees (F). We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • Bill of Sale or Invoice
  • Payment 
    We accept cash, checks, certified checks, credit/debit cards, and money orders.
  • Trucks weighing over 4,500 pounds will also require a Certified Weight Slip
  • Lease Agreement (if leasing)
  • Loan Documents (if financing)

Learn more about State DMV requirements for vehicle registrations in Colorado.