Effective 1/1/2017 (Requirement for CO Residents): New Regulations for What Constitutes Acceptable Proof of Ownership
Who must register:
Colorado residents are required to register their OHVs and must provide acceptable proof.
Non-residents aren’t required to register their OHVs (but may choose to do so). If a non-resident chooses to register their OHV they are required to provide acceptable proof. Non-residents must purchase a permit (see below), regardless of whether or not they choose to register.
What constitutes acceptable proof?
Colorado Parks & Wildlife regulations now state that a registration applicant must provide acceptable proof of ownership for boat, snowmobile and off-highway vehicle registrations in the form of one of the following:
Bill of sale* that includes both the seller and buyer's printed names and signatures, the vessel/vehicle identification number (if any), the vessel/vehicle make, model and year (if known), and the date of the sale;
Previous registration certificate issued by a governmental entity that lists the applicant as registered owner;
Manufacturers Certificate of Origin (MCO)/Manufacturer Statement of Origin (MSO);
Certificate of Title;
Any court issued document proving ownership;
A collection of personal property by affidavit form pursuant to 15-12-1201, C.R.S.;
A physical inspection form completed by a CPW agent
*An acceptable private party to private party
Bill of Sale Template can be downloaded here for your use.
For Non-Residents and Resident Plated Vehicles:
OHV Permits for non-residents and resident plated vehicles (off road + street legal vehicles) are available for purchase online at CPW Shop from April through December. Please allow 14 days for your order to arrive in the mail.
OHV permits are also available at retail locations selling hunting and fishing licenses.
To purchase a permit in-person upon arrival in Colorado, please see the
license agent list to find a retail location near you.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife strives to make registering your boat, snowmobile or OHV as simple as possible. We know you'd rather be on the water or on the trail than on the phone. See the choices below to register online or get more information.
To learn more about creating an account to renew an OHV or Snowmobile registration, or obtain a non-resident permit in our integrated purchasing system, please visit our online purchasing FAQs page.