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Trailers

The State of Colorado titles and registers ALL trailers. Title applications for trailers have the same requirement as applications for other vehicles.

Trailer Manufacture's Statement of Origins (MSO) that are not on secure paper are not acceptable with the following two exceptions:

  1. Trailer MSOs from any person who only manufactures trailers that weigh less than 2000 pounds and does not manufacture any other type of motor vehicle.

    And/or

  2. Trailer MSOs from any person, other than a manufacturer operating a dealership (or as a dealer), who is a licensed dealer selling motor vehicles that such person has manufactured.

Beginning with the 1981 model year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of Transportation, required manufacturers selling over the road vehicles in the United States to produce the vehicles with a 17 character fixed form VIN, with a check digit within the number, applies to passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, trailers, incomplete vehicles and motorcycles.

If the vehicle identification number is lost or removed

If the vehicle identification number is lost or removed from a manufactured trailer:

  • The county motor vehicle office issues an assigned identification number to the trailer.

If the manufacturer's name is still on the trailer:

  • The year and the make remain the same.

If a manufacturer's name does not appear on the trailer:

  • The make will be shown as homemade on the new application.

Additional documentation may be required depending on the weight of the trailer. Contact the Vehicle Licensing Division by calling (970)498-7878 or visit one of the three available locations for more information.

Kit Trailers

A kit trailer that was purchased unassembled from a retail sales business that is not a licensed Colorado Motor Vehicle Dealer, and assembly was completed by the owner will be titled as a kit trailer and issued an assigned identification number. Although the manufacturer may have included an identification number, an assigned identification number is required.

The applicant must surrender:

  • The MSO (Manufacturer's Statement of Origin), invoice or written bill of sale. A cash register receipt, will only be accepted, if it identifies the trailer by VIN, year and make.
  • DR2697 Certificate of Equipment Compliance for Trailers Less than 2000 pounds
  • Colorado Roadworthy Trailer Checklist completed and signed by a Certified VIN Inspector
  • Certified Weight Slip (as determined by the inspector on the DR2697)
  • DR2409 Statement of Assembly of Homemade Trailer and Assignment of Trailer ID Number.
    • The make will be "KIT" and the year will be the year of application.

Trailer from non-title states

Small type trailers that come into Colorado from states that do not title trailers but require only registration of trailers must follow this procedure.

Documents required for titling:

  • Current registration (priginal required)
  • If registration is transferred to a new owner, assignment on registration must be completed, or a notarized bill of sales is acceptable if there is no assignment area. Application acceptance date must be made prior to the expiration of the registration. No grace period.
  • DR2697 Certificate of Equipment Compliance for Trailers Less Than 2000 Pounds
  • Completed Colorado Roadworthy Trailer Checklist completed and signed by a Colorado State Patrol
  • Certified Weight Slip (as determined by the inspector on the DR2697

NOTE: If the applicant has an expired registration for the trailer in their name, a written DR2444 Statement of Fact along with the expired registration is acceptable for the applicant to apply for a title in their name. Name(s) must remain the same as on the registration. The DR2444 Statement of Fact must state the trailer has not been registered or titled in any other state since the expiration.

Trailers from states that do not title and do not register trailers

When a trailer is brought into Colorado from a state that does not title or register small trailers, the following documents for titling are required.

  • DR2697 Certificate of Equipment Compliance for Trailers Less Than 2000 Pounds
  • Completed Colorado Roadworthy Trailer Checklist completed and signed by a Colorado State Patrol
  • Certified Weight Slip (as determined by the inspector on the DR2697)
  • DR2374 Statement of Trailer Ownership, completed and signed by the applicant.
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