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Clips from the Clerk - All Terrain/Watercraft Vehicles

Clip’s from the Clerk
By Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder
Vehicles which are designed and manufactured for off-road use only.
The manufacturers of these vehicles have stated that modifications cannot be made to make the vehicle roadworthy.
Examples of Off-Road Vehicles:
  • Mini Bikes
  • Golf-Carts
  • Go-Carts
  • ATV’s With 3 or More Wheels
  • Trail Bikes
  • Dune Buggies
  • Snowmobiles
Off-Road Vehicles and all water craft are not registered as motor vehicles.  Registration may be obtained from the following agency:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Registration Unit
13787 S Highway 85
Littleton CO 80125
(303) 791-1920
Toy Vehicles.
“Toy vehicle” means any vehicle that has wheels and is not designated for use on public highways or for off-road use.
Examples of Toy Vehicles:
  • Go-ped
  • Kamikaze Boards
  • Mini Bikes
  • Hoverboards
  • Pocket Bikes
  • Stand-up Scooters
  • Segway

Clips from the Clerk - Titling Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV)

Clip’s from the Clerk
By Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder
Titling Off-Highway Vehicles (OHV)

Senate Bill 13-280 Titling Off Highway Vehicles (OHV), effective July 1, 2014, creates the ability for Off-Highway Vehicles and Snowmobiles to be titled. 

Senate Bill 13-280 applies only to titling of OHV – registration is still completed through Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Off-Highway Vehicle Definition


An Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV), C.R.S. 42-6-102 (11.5), is defined as a self-propelled vehicle that is:

  • Designed to travel on wheels or tracks in contact with the ground.
  • Designed primarily for use off of the public highways and generally and commonly used to transport persons for recreational purposes.
  • Off-highway vehicles do not include:
    • Toy vehicles (any vehicle with wheels and is not designed for use on the public highways or for off-road use)
    • Vehicles designed and used primarily for travel on, over, or in the water
    • Military vehicles
    • Golf carts or golf cars
    • Vehicles designed and used to carry persons with disabilities
    • Vehicles designed and used specifically for agricultural, logging, or mining purposes
    • Motor Vehicles
A Snowmobile, C.R.S. 42-6o-102 (18.5), is defined as:
  • A self-propelled vehicle primarily designed or altered for travel on snow or ice off of the public highways and supported by skis, belts, or cleats.
  • Snowmobile does not include machinery used for the grooming of snowmobile trails or ski slopes.
OHV Titling Requirements
Proof of Ownership.
  • Manufacturer Certificate of Origin (MCO) / Manufacturer Statement of Origin (MSO)
  • Certificate of Title
  • Current Colorado Parks and Wildlife OHV registration
  • If in a dealer’s inventory prior to July 1, 2014, a Statement of Fact (Form DR 2444) for each OHV stating the following:
“Prior to July 1, 2014, the off-highway vehicle detailed above was held as inventory by:  Dealer Name Address City, CO Zip Phone Number”
  • Completed DR 2395 Title / Registration Application
  • All current titling laws, processes, and procedures apply. Dealers have 30 days to deliver title to customers.  Owner’s address of residence is used unless the OHV is permanently maintained at a different address.  Businesses will use the address where the vehicle is principally operated and maintained.  Dealers may obtain title on behalf of the customer by a Power of Attorney (Form DR 2174 or DR 2175).  After the title has been established in the individual’s name, the dealer may make the assignment by POA on the title.  OHV may not be issued salvage titles.  Dealer purchases / trades from an individual on or after July 1, 2014 requires an individual to obtain title prior to selling an OHV to a dealer.
Titling is optional for Private Party to Private Party sale, unless required (once it has been titled, titling shall continue).
All title forms can be found at www.colorado.gov/revenue
Titles may be obtained from our office; however, Registration may be obtained from the following agency:
Colorado Parks and Wildlife – Registration Unit
13787 S Highway 85
Littleton CO 80125
(303) 791-1920
For questions please contact our office at 719-655-2512.  Jane, Desiree, Ben, Dominique and I are here to help.

Clips from the Clerk - License Plate Cancellations

Clip’s from the Clerk
By Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder
License Plate Cancellations

License plate cancellations require Secure and Verifiable I.D. and can only be completed by a registered owner of a vehicle for which the license plates are registered.  License Plates may be cancelled by someone other than a registered owner if that person has been given power of attorney or is a named beneficiary for vehicles registered to a trust.

Cancellation of license plates are not conducted over the phone or when the person cannot be established as a registered owner.

Lost or Stolen License Plates

  • Customer responsibilities:
    • Complete and sign form DR 2283 Lost or Stolen License Plates/Permits Affidavit indicating that the plates were, in fact, lost or stolen.
      • Customer must file a police report with their local law enforcement agency to report the plates as lost or stolen.
    • Submit form DR 2283 Lost or Stolen License Plates/Permits Affidavit to the local County Motor Vehicle Office for cancellation of plates at the county level.
    • Signature is required from one owner.
    • County Responsibilities:
      • Verify owner has signed the DR 2283 Lost or Stolen License Plates/Permits Affidavit.
      • Cancel the plates on the county motor vehicle file.
      • Issue replacement plates when applicable.

You can get form DR 2283 at our office or by going online to Colorado.gov/revenue and click in the following order:

    *For Customers
            *Division of Motor Vehicles

If you have any questions or need any assistance, THE AWE SOME FOUR (Jane, Ben, Desiree and Dominique) and I are here to help. 

Clip's from the Clerk - Private Tow-Abandoned Vehicle

Clip’s from the Clerk
By Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

C.R.S. 42-4-2101 provides for the removal, storage and disposal of abandoned vehicles by Private Tow.

C.R.S. 42-4-2102(1)(a)  Any motor vehicle left unattended on private property for a period of twenty-four hours or longer or for such other period as may be established by local ordinance without the consent of the owner or lessee of such property of the owner’s or lessee’s legally authorized agent; (b) Any motor vehicle stored in an impound lot at the request of its owner or the owner’s agent and not removed from the impound lot according to the agreement with the owner of the impound lot; (c) Any motor vehicle that is left on private property without the property owner’s consent, towed at the request of the property owner within forty-eight hours; or (d) A motor vehicle fitted with an immobilization device that is on private property and deemed to be abandoned pursuant to section 42-4-1105(7)(c).

Tow operators are required to be registered with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission and the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles to place a possessory lien on a vehicle. 

Clips from the Clerk - Handicap License Plates and/or Placards

Clip’s from the Clerk
By Trish Gilbert
Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

Persons with disabilities must meet one of the criteria below and have it verified in writing by a professional:

  1. Mobility: Persons who cannot walk two-hundred feet without stopping to rest.
  2. Assisted Mobility: Persons who cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device.
  3. Respiratory: Persons who are restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person’s forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one second when measured by spirometry is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty mm/hg on room air or at rest.
  4. Oxygen: Persons who use portable oxygen.
  5. Cardiac: Persons who have a cardiac condition to the extent that the person’s functional limitations are classified in severity as class III or IV according to the standards of the American Heart Association.
  6. Other: Persons who are severely limited in their ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.

Form DR2816, Persons With Disabilities Parking Privileges information sheet will be provided at time of application and renewal.

License Plates Issued To:

  • Passenger Cars, Vans
  • Light Trucks, SUV’s
  • Motorcycles
  • Motor Homes

May be Personalized:

Yes, Persons With Disabilities Personalized License Plates are available with the completion of form DR2497.

Number of Plates Allowed:

  • Two PWD Plates or Two Placards or One PWD Plate and One Placard.

Weight Limit:

  • Trucks – 16,000 pounds. Motor home – no limit.

Special Plate Fees:

  • No

Miscellaneous Information:

  • Front/rear plate required.
  • (Motorcycle) Rear plate required.
  • Staggered expiration cycle.
  • Month and year tabs must be affixed to rear plate.
  • No other plate may be attached to the vehicle.
  • Chiropractors are not permitted to verify disabilities for permanent, extended or temporary disabilities for license plates; however, Chiropractors/Physical Therapists are permitted to certify short-term disabilities. A named owner’s Secure and Verifiable Identification information is required to be presented on all new placard transactions:
    • Colorado Driver’s License or identification card, or a federally issued ID.

Persons with Disabilities Definitions:

Impairments are defined as follows:

  • Permanent – A condition that is not expected to change within a person’s lifetime.
  • Extended – A condition that is not expected to change within thirty months after the issuance of plates or placards.
  • Temporary – A condition that is expected to last less than thirty months after the issuance of plates or placards.
  • Short-Term -- A condition that is not expected to last more than 90 days after the issuance of a placard.

Three Year Placard:

Placards are only to be used by the person to whom they are issued.  The privilege does not extend to a qualified person who may be in a vehicle but not entering or exiting at a particular location.

The placard must be visible by hanging from the rearview mirror at all times that the vehicle is parked in disabled parking.  It must be removed before driving the vehicle.  The placard may be used in any vehicle where the owner is a passenger or driver.  When displaying the placard, you must carry the placard registration receipt.

eRecording is Available!

The main focus of recording is the maintenance and integrity of the Saguache County Public Land Records which date back to the 1800’s.  Our duties include recording and imaging documents for permanent public record; providing a grantor/grantee index for search and retrieval of recorded documents and providing copies of those documents to the public upon request.
Documents typically recorded in our office include but are not limited to:
  • Deeds (warranty, quit claim, beneficiary, personal representative, etc.)
  • Deeds of Trust and Mortgages
  • Plats and Land Surveys
  • Easements and Covenants
  • Liens and Transcripts of Judgment
  • Marriage and Civil Union Licenses
  • Military Discharge Records
The Saguache County Clerk & Recorder’s Office offers eRecording services.  Electronically submitting documents for recording increases speed and security and decreases costs, when compared to traditional mail submissions. 
Online document recording is encouraged for anyone who records multiple documents frequently.  If you are interested in this service please contact one of the vendors below.
  • CSC eRecording Solutions   866-652-0111
  • SIMPLIFILE                         800-460-5657
  • Indecomm Global Services 651-415-9361