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According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the annual vehicle theft report ranks the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area 58th nationwide with 8,014 car thefts.  Here are some tips about Auto Theft Prevention to help reduce your risk of becoming a victim of auto theft or of a fraudulent motor vehicle transaction.

 

 

Vehicle Certificate of Title and Registration Fraud:

  • If someone has unlawfully obtained a certificate of title or registration for a motor vehicle that you own, you will need to contact your local law enforcement authorities and file a report.
  • In order to change the name on any certificate of title, you will need a court order.  The court order shall include the vehicle identification number (VIN) and the name(s) of whom the vehicle shall be transferred from and to.
  • If someone has caused a certificate of title to be altered or forged, pursuant to the Colorado Revised Statutes (CRS) section 42-6-143, you will need to contact your local law enforcement authorities and file a report.
  • If you suspect fraudulent activity of a licensed dealer in Colorado, you will need to contact the Auto Industry Division (AID)

 

Pursuant to CRS 18-5-105, Criminal Possession of a forged instrument is a class 6 felony.  A forged instrument may include one ore more of the following:

  • Certificate of Title
  • Temporary Registration
  • License Plates
  • Power of Attorney
  • Any other records and/or forms issued by the Department that were forged

 

Auto Theft:

Thinking of buying a car?  Here are some precautions you can follow to help avoid becoming a victim of a motor vehicle related crime:

  • Always ask to see a private seller’s driver license or Identification
  • Never leave an original title in your vehicle
  • Always have your name placed on the title immediately after any transfer, transaction or exchange
  • Prior to purchasing any vehicle, you should check to see if that vehicle is stolen.  You will need to know the VIN, which should conform to NICB standards
  • Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  • For additional prevention and safety tips regarding motor vehicles, please visit Auto Theft Prevention

 

Recovered Auto Theft:

If you have reported your motor vehicle stolen and it has now been recovered, you will need to contact your local law enforcement authorities to ensure the motor vehicle is no longer listed as stolen in their system.  You will need to provide the license plate number and VIN # to law enforcement.

 

Report an Incident:

  • If you have reason to believe you have been a victim of identity theft or your personal identifying information has been compromised and it has impacted your motor vehicle record you can contact MVIU to determine if your case meets the requirements for an investigation.  If you have reason to believe that your Certificate of Title paperwork has been compromised and it has impacted your motor vehicle registration process you can contact MVIU to determine if your case meets the requirements for an investigation.  Please contact MVIU at dor_investigationsunit@state.co.us

 

TO REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Call toll free: 1-855-RPT-2DMV (1-855-778-2368)

or Email: dor_investigationsunit@state.co.us