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Old 10-17-2017, 01:23 PM
 
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I have tried searching online for the answer, but can't find it. Am I allowed to drive a used car I buy from craigslist home before registering it? What do I need? Bill of Sale, Title, and insurance? I am buying it in Denver and driving to Lakewood.

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Old 10-17-2017, 02:08 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Not sure about LEGAL, but people do this everyday and have forever.

If you are unlucky, please post after your release from Cañon City.
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Wheat Ridge, CO
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Yes. I believe you have 36 hours to get at least temporary plates and can only drive it from the sale to your home. Must have bill of sale and insurance.
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Old 10-17-2017, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Yes. I need to dig up the rule, but I researched this a while ago and you can. I’ll see if I can find the website.
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Old 10-18-2017, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Littleton, CO
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You cannot drive without plates. When you sell or buy a car privately, the seller should keep the plates.

Dealerships issue temporary plates on the spot. You must go to the DMV to get plates ASAP.

A private seller should have given you: Title with appropriate signatures, bill of sale (you will pay sales tax, ownership taxes, and licensing fees at the DMV right away, and a valid passing emissions test from the past couple of weeks (they cannot sell you a car that does not pass emissions). You will get plates right away.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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You cannot drive without plates. When you sell or buy a car privately, the seller should keep the plates.

Dealerships issue temporary plates on the spot. You must go to the DMV to get plates ASAP.

A private seller should have given you: Title with appropriate signatures, bill of sale (you will pay sales tax, ownership taxes, and licensing fees at the DMV right away, and a valid passing emissions test from the past couple of weeks (they cannot sell you a car that does not pass emissions). You will get plates right away.
This is not accurate. Under certain circumstances (listed below) you can drive without a license plate.

https://www.denvergov.org/content/de...a-vehicle.html

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Operation of an unregistered vehicle. A buyer of a vehicle may operate a vehicle on the highway prior to registering the vehicle or obtaining a temporary permit under the following conditions:

The buyer has purchased the motor vehicle within the last 36 hours from a person who is not a licensed motor vehicle dealer.

The vehicle was purchased either on a Saturday, on a Sunday, on a legal holiday, or between 5p.m. and 8 a.m.

The vehicle is being driven from the place where the seller stored the vehicle to the place where the buyer intends to store the vehicle.

The buyer must carry in the vehicle the bill of sale that identifies the vehicle by year, make and VIN and shows the time and date of sale signed by both the buyer and the seller.

Proof of insurance.
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Old 10-18-2017, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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You cannot drive without plates. When you sell or buy a car privately, the seller should keep the plates.

Dealerships issue temporary plates on the spot. You must go to the DMV to get plates ASAP.

A private seller should have given you: Title with appropriate signatures, bill of sale (you will pay sales tax, ownership taxes, and licensing fees at the DMV right away, and a valid passing emissions test from the past couple of weeks (they cannot sell you a car that does not pass emissions). You will get plates right away.
You can certainly at least drive home with all of the paperwork showing it was just purchased.

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Yes. I need to dig up the rule, but I researched this a while ago and you can. I’ll see if I can find the website.
I researched this awhile back as well when we purchased a used car from a private seller on a Saturday. We did not need to tow it home to avoid driving without plates.
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Old 10-19-2017, 07:04 AM
 
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I sold a car a few months ago, and it is true that the buyer can drive a short distance to store the vehicle while they go get the car registered as long as they have the paperwork. If you can complete the sale while the DMV is open, then just meet in the parking lot of the DMV, sign all the paper work, hand over the money, and then walk into the DMV for your plates. This worked perfectly for my buyer.
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