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    New Colorado Residents

    For information about topics from registering a vehicle, to getting a driver’s license, and even registering to vote, we hope you’ll enjoy this useful guide for residents new to Colorado.

    Register Your Vehicle in Colorado

    If you’re new to Colorado and are bringing your out-of-state vehicle with you, you must register it within 90 days of establishing residency. Don’t wait until the last minute; find out how to do it now on our Car Registration in Colorado page.

    Special Vehicles

    If you own a unique vehicle such as a motorhome or an off-road vehicle, the registration process may be a little different. Find our more about this topic on our CO Special Vehicle Registration page.

    Car Insurance

    In order to have your car registered with the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV), you must have adequate car insurance through the state. To make sure you get the best coverage and value possible, please refer to our page on Car Insurance in Colorado.

    Inspection Requirements

    If you’re registering a vehicle that’s new to Colorado, it may be subject to an emissions inspection and a vehicle identification number (VIN) verification. Our Car Inspection in Colorado page has more information.

    CO Driver’s Licenses and ID Cards

    If you wish to drive in Colorado, you may use your out-of-state driver’s license for the first 30 days after moving. After this time, however, you must have a valid CO driver’s license.

    Be sure to visit our Applying for a New License page for more information.

    If you’re a teenager, you must meet all requirements of the CO DMV’s graduated driver’s licensing (GDL) program. See our page about applying for a new teen license for more information.

    Identification Cards

    If you won’t be driving in Colorado, but need a form of identification, you can obtain an ID card from the CO DMV. For more information, please check out our Identification Cards in Colorado page.

    Voter Registration in Colorado

    One thing often overlooked during a move is registering to vote. Don’t miss out on any important elections; remember to register to vote in Colorado after you’ve moved.

    Military Members Stationed in Colorado

    If you’re temporarily in Colorado on military duties, have a look at our Driver’s in the Military page for information about using your out-of-state driver’s license and vehicle.

    DMV Offices and Resources

    Need to know where the closest DMV office is in Colorado? Find out now using our DMV Office Finder.

    You may also want to study the Colorado DMV’s handy manuals before hitting the road: