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Old 10-30-2017, 09:01 AM
 
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Is there annual or at-purchase car inspection required in Colorado? I'll be moving there in April with a new car from Massachusetts. Do I remember correctly that there is quite a registration fee?
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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You will need to get a VIN verification done before you can get your Colorado plates. On the front Range you need an emissions test, but it think you’re good without where you are going to be living.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Inspection only if you live in Denver. Go to the town marshals office and get a VIN inspection, Jeff will do it there's a small fee for that. Take that and your insurance info and go to the courthouse in Ouray for your tags. Get ready to pay a LOT for them. You will get your CO DL in Montrose.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:32 AM
 
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You will need to get a VIN verification done before you can get your Colorado plates. On the front Range you need an emissions test, but it think you’re good without where you are going to be living.

thank you. What is involved in getting a VIN verification?

I think I'm gonna like getting out of Massachusetts, where this year there is a rust inspection and it supposedly is beamed to the DMV by cameras just in case the inspector isn't too attentive. I got by three years ago with duct tape and primer (for just a little rust!) and the past two years from a friendly inspector. Even though Massachusetts is Disneyland for some things that matter to me, I will happily get away from car inspections that consider some rust to be a safety problem.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:33 AM
 
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Inspection only if you live in Denver. Go to the town marshals office and get a VIN inspection, Jeff will do it there's a small fee for that. Take that and your insurance info and go to the courthouse in Ouray for your tags. Get ready to pay a LOT for them. You will get your CO DL in Montrose.
Thank you so much!
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:41 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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Some areas require emission testing at registration time and then every 2 years. Check with the DMV for the county you will be moving to.
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Old 10-30-2017, 09:45 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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thank you. What is involved in getting a VIN verification?

I think I'm gonna like getting out of Massachusetts, where this year there is a rust inspection and it supposedly is beamed to the DMV by cameras just in case the inspector isn't too attentive. I got by three years ago with duct tape and primer (for just a little rust!) and the past two years from a friendly inspector. Even though Massachusetts is Disneyland for some things that matter to me, I will happily get away from car inspections that consider some rust to be a safety problem.
You hand your registration to Jeff and he fills out a form and hands it to you. I don't know how much the fee is because mine was free (heheheh).
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Old 10-30-2017, 10:40 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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thank you. What is involved in getting a VIN verification?

I think I'm gonna like getting out of Massachusetts, where this year there is a rust inspection and it supposedly is beamed to the DMV by cameras just in case the inspector isn't too attentive. I got by three years ago with duct tape and primer (for just a little rust!) and the past two years from a friendly inspector. Even though Massachusetts is Disneyland for some things that matter to me, I will happily get away from car inspections that consider some rust to be a safety problem.
They verify that the VIN matches on your vehicle and your title. Takes about 1 minute.
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Old 10-30-2017, 02:43 PM
 
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Emission testing is only done in most of the 9 county area around Denver
Air Care Colorado :: Program Area Maps

There is no safety test anymore. (You can have all the rust you want ;-)

VIN verifications can be done by:
The following provide VIN verifications:

  • Centralized Air Care Colorado emissions inspection stations.
  • Independent emissions inspection stations in both the Enhanced and Basic emissions program areas.
  • Licensed diesel emissions inspection stations.
  • Some motor vehicle dealerships.
  • Some County Clerk and Recorder offices.
  • Some law enforcement agencies.


Title & Registration is done by County Clerk of your residence
(Fees are set statewide. Here is a fee estimator/calculator from Boulder County)
https://www.bouldercounty.org/record...istration-fee/
(The Ownership Tax portion is tax deductible if you itemize, and drops some every year)

Driver's License is done at a State office. Nearest may be Montrose, but can use any for D/L.
https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/locations-0
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Old 10-30-2017, 06:05 PM
 
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The Vehicle ID # is usually on the driver side dashboard (and maybe in the engine compartment and/ or on driver's door) so you just give them access so they check it to try to find stolen vehicles and perhaps vehicles with other legal issues.


The fees for a car, iirc, are $75 (or so, based on vehicle weight) plus about 2% of the estimated value. Per year. For verification of that, use a fee calculator like the one mentioned in post before mine.


Some inspectors might check lights and for illegal modifications, but I dunno if that is authorized. My memory is that at least one guy did this to my car.

Last edited by NW Crow; 10-30-2017 at 06:42 PM..
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