Deleting an Owner From a Certificate of Title in a Divorce in Colorado
By Teo Spengler
Updated March 19, 2020
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When a married couple splits up in Colorado, their property is also split between them. The judge's order of dissolution indicates which party is awarded ownership of a vehicle held jointly by the couple, yet this does not automatically change the title. The couple must transfer vehicle ownership with the Department of Revenue.
Certificate of Title
A certificate of title is the official record indicating who owns a vehicle. In Colorado, vehicle titling is handled by the Department of Revenue's Division of Motor Vehicles. Every change of title must be made through the motor vehicles office in your county of residence. Deleting an owner from the title is considered a change of title.
Signing Off Title
If both former spouses are listed as owners on a certificate of title, both must sign off to release the couple's joint interests after a divorce. The party awarded ownership completes the paperwork in her name as buyer. If a former spouse refuses to sign off his interest, the other party may ask the court to allow the court clerk to sign in his place.
Teo Spengler earned a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall. As an Assistant Attorney General in Juneau, she practiced before the Alaska Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court before opening a plaintiff's personal injury practice in San Francisco. She holds both an M.A. and an M.F.A in creative writing and enjoys writing legal blogs and articles. Her work has appeared in numerous online publications including USA Today, Legal Zoom, eHow Business, Livestrong, SF Gate, Go Banking Rates, Arizona Central, Houston Chronicle, Navy Federal Credit Union, Pearson, Quicken.com, TurboTax.com, and numerous attorney websites. Spengler splits her time between the French Basque Country and Northern California.