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Insured driver database

CRS 42-7-604, requires the State of Colorado to contract with a provider to develop and maintain a database of insured vehicles. Any insurance company that writes vehicle liability policies in Colorado is required to report new policyholders and canceled policies at least monthly to the provider.


CRS 42-3-105 (1) (d) (I). This law, effective July 1999, states that the County Clerk and Recorder Office shall not register a motor vehicle unless the applicant has a complying motor vehicle insurance policy pursuant to part 6 of article 4 of title 10, CRS or a certificate of self-insurance in full force.

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Vehicle registration

  • Vehicles must be covered by auto insurance before they can be registered in Colorado.
  • You may use out-of-state insurance to register a vehicle in Colorado, but you must obtain Colorado insurance before renewing your registration.
  • If using out-of-state insurance, you must provide proof that it meets Colorado’s minimum standards
    • $25,000 for bodily injury or death to any one person in an accident
    • $50,000 for bodily injury or death to all persons in any one accident
    • $15,000 for property damage in any one accident
  • If state records indicate a vehicle is not insured in Colorado, you must provide proof of insurance at the time of registration.

Registration renewal

You must provide proof of insurance if:

  • Indicated on your renewal postcard, or
  • You registered your vehicle using out-of-state insurance. To renew your registration you must provide proof of Colorado insurance.

Proof of insurance

Mesa County Motor Vehicle must verify insurance with one of the following items to register a vehicle:

  • Current insurance card for the vehicle
  • Insurance policy, declaration or binder
  • Letter from the insurance provider on company letterhead
  • Proof of self-insurance for the vehicle or owner

Proof of insurance must include the following

  • Year
  • Make
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Effective and expiration dates