Colo. Rev. Stat. § 42-6-139. Registration and title application - where made

(1) (a) For purposes of this section, a person's residence is the person's principal or primary home or place of abode, to be determined in the same manner as residency for voter registration purposes as provided in sections 1-2-102 and 31-10-201, C.R.S.; except that, in applying the terms of those sections, "voter registration" is replaced with "motor vehicle registration" or "off-highway vehicle registration" as a circumstance to be taken into account in determining the principal or primary home or place of abode.

(b) A person's residence for the purposes of titling an off-highway vehicle is the same as determined by paragraph (a) of this subsection (1).

(2) (a) Except as may be otherwise provided by rule of the director, it is unlawful for a person who is a resident of the state to register, obtain a license for, or procure a certificate of title to a motor vehicle at any address other than:

(I) For a motor vehicle owned by a business and operated primarily for business purposes, the address where the vehicle is principally operated and maintained; or

(II) For a motor vehicle to which subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (a) does not apply, the address of the owner's residence; except that, if a motor vehicle is permanently maintained at an address other than the address of the owner's residence, the vehicle shall be registered at the address where the vehicle is permanently maintained.

(b) Except as may be otherwise provided by rule of the director, it is unlawful for a person who is a resident of the state to procure a certificate of title to an off-highway vehicle at an address other than:

(I) For an off-highway vehicle owned by a business and operated primarily for business purposes, the address where the vehicle is principally operated and maintained; or

(II) For an off-highway vehicle to which subparagraph (I) of this paragraph (b) does not apply, the address of the owner's residence; except that, if an off-highway vehicle is permanently maintained at an address other than the address of the owner's residence, the vehicle must be registered at the address where the vehicle is permanently maintained.

(3) A person who knowingly violates any of the provisions of subsection (2) of this section, section 42-3-103 (4) (a), or section 42-6-140 or any rule of the director promulgated pursuant to this part 1 is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of one thousand dollars.

(4) In addition to any other applicable penalty, a person who violates subsection (2) of this section, section 42-3-103 (4) (a), or section 42-6-140 is subject to a civil penalty of five hundred dollars. The violation is determined by, assessed by, and paid to the municipality or county where the motor or off-highway vehicle is or should have been registered, subject to judicial review pursuant to rule 106 (a) (4) of the Colorado rules of civil procedure.

(5) A person subject to the penalties imposed by this section continues to be liable for unpaid registration fees, specific ownership taxes, or other taxes and fees concerning the registration of a vehicle owed by such person.

HISTORY: Source: L. 94: Entire title amended with relocations, p. 2467, § 1, effective January 1, 1995.L. 97: (3) and (4) amended and (5) added, p. 1003, § 7, effective August 6.L. 98: (3) and (4) amended, p. 787, § 3, effective July 1, 1999.L. 2003: (3) and (4) amended, p. 2004, § 74, effective May 22.L. 2005: Entire section amended, p. 823, § 28, effective August 8; (3) and (4) amended, p. 1179, § 20, effective August 8.L. 2009: (3) amended, (SB 09-108), ch. 5, p. 52, § 11, effective March 2.L. 2013: (1), (2), and (4) amended, (SB 13-280), ch. 407, p. 2394, § 34, effective June 5.

C.R.S. 42-6-139